Criterion Press Release: Persona (Dual Format)

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    PERSONA (dual-format Blu-ray and DVD edition)  By the mid-sixties, Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal) had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann (Scenes from a Marriage) plays an actress who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson (Wild Strawberries) is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema’s most influential ideas. Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark shadows and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist (Cries and Whispers), Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.
    1966 • 83 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Swedish with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio
     
    DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New, 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New visual essay on the film’s prologue by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie
    • New interviews with actor Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Paul Schrader
    • Excerpted archival interviews with Bergman and actors Bibi Andersson and Ullmann
    • On-set footage, with audio commentary by Bergman historian Birgitta Steene
    • Liv & Ingmar, a 2012 feature documentary directed by Dheeraj Akolkar
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, an excerpted 1969 interview with Bergman, and an excerpted 1977 conversation with Andersson
     
    TITLE: PERSONA (dual-format Blu-ray and DVD edition)                
    CAT. NO: CC2342BDDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11341-0
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-812-5
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 2/25/14
    STREET: 3/25/14
     
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