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ShaunS

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Take a trip over to dvdbeaverand take a look at their Upcoming DVD Covers section. Don't see any specs. Haven't seen these three as of yet (but love the many others I have seen and own). Not sure if I like the covers too much, and the box looks a little plain. But 3 Criterion Bergmans at once? Not sure if my heart (and my wallet) will be able to handle it. I'm glad they are not just boxing up their previously released films, like the Kurosawa and Hitchcock, as I own a number of the Bergmans already.

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Dave F

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Ooooh...The Silence! I love that one! I agree, it's very good to see that this isn't just another repackaging of old releases.

-Dave
 

PatrickL

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Whoa, I must have missed the memo. When are these beauts being released?

And hasn't MGM announced 3 Bergman special editions also?

By the way I love those covers.
 

Deepak Shenoy

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Wow ! Those are amazing covers. I have been waiting for these titles ever since Criterion mentioned them in a chat 2 years back. I almost picked up the Malata player and the R2 Tartan discs, but I am glad I decided to hold off. It's gonna be a great year for Bergman releases (with MGM releasing 4 titles including Persona in November).
 

andrew markworthy

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I already have these titles on the Tartan R2 editions, and they're perfectly acceptable. Personally, I'll only pick up the Criterion editions as well if there are commentaries or significant extras.
 

Mike Broadman

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Exellent! I am currently collecting and loving the Criterion Bergman films. I am sill haunted from my viewing of Cries and Whispers the other night.
 

Lew Crippen

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! These covers are similiar in style to those of the Dreyer box set.
Appropriately so, as while Bergman often examines religion and its role closely, these three films in particular are thought to be (and according to some of Bergman’s writings) his attempt to redefine ‘God’ or at least to reinterpret his view (and relationship with) of God.

Dreyer’s box set has two of the three films with subject matter directly concerned with our relationship with God.
 

Brian PB

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From the HVE website:

Price: $79.95. Only available as a box set.

• New high-definition digital transfers
• Exploring the film: Video discussions of each film with Ingmar Bergman biographer Peter Cowie
• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
• Original theatrical trailers
• Promotional poster gallery
• New English subtitle translations for all films
• More!

At the beginning of the 1960s, renowned film director Ingmar Bergman began work on what were to become some of his most powerful and representative works—the Trilogy. Already a figure of tremendous international acclaim for such masterworks as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, Bergman turned his back on the abundant symbolism and exotic imagery of his ‘50s work to focus on a series of impacted, emotionally explosive chamber dramas examining faith and alienation in the modern age. Utilizing a new cameraman—the incomparable Sven Nykvist—Bergman unleashed Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence in rapid succession, exposing moviegoers worldwide to a new level of intellectual and emotional intensity. Each film employs minimal dialogue, eerily isolated settings, and searing performances from such Bergman regulars as Max von Sydow, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom in their evocation of a desperate world confronted with God’s desertion. Drawing on Bergman’s own severely religious upbringing and ensuing spiritual crisis, the films in the Trilogy are deeply personal, challenging, and enriching works that exhibit the filmmaker’s peerless formal mastery and fierce intelligence. The Criterion Collection is proud to present The Ingmar Bergman Trilogy: Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence.
 

Marc_Sulinski

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I don't want to steer this thread off topic, but on that same website, there was some other pieces of cover art that caught my eye.

First was the conver art for Brazil. Does this mean that there is a new edition coming out? Why is there a FOX logo on the side of the box, as I thought Universal owned this?

I also noticed cover art for Croupier. Does anyone know if or when this is coming out?

Thanks
 

Brian PB

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These are both recent Region 2 [PAL] releases from the UK. Fox has the distribution rights to Brazil in R2 (release date: May 20th). Croupier was released by Cinema Club on April 15th. More info is available on DVD Beaver's Foreign Film Release Calendar.
 

Jim Rankin

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• Exploring the film: Video discussions of each film with Ingmar Bergman biographer Peter Cowie
I was hoping for a full commentary on at least one of the discs from Cowie - this might mean no commentary or maybe somebody else could be doing it. His commentary on Wild Strawberries is one of my all time favorites.
 

Brook K

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So far I'm safe, the and more will need to be a lot more for me to rebuy these. I can't imagine them improving much on the Tartans.

But for any who don't have these already, it would be well worth your while to see them. 3 of Bergman's finest, especially Winter Light.
 

Lars Vermundsberget

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Quote (from an amazon.com customer review of the upcoming Criterion Bergman set):

"Beware this cut version of "The Silence", July 13, 2003
Reviewer: A viewer from NY, USA
At the time of this writing (June 13th 2003), the running time listed for the upcoming Criterion DVD release of "The Silence" (third film in the "Ingmar Bergman Trilogy") is 95 minutes. The running time of the UNCUT version, long available in Sweden, the UK, and elsewhere is 96 minutes. While this might seem to be just a matter of rounding a running time up or down, make no mistake, the 95 minute cut is the CENSORED version first shown to US audiences in 1963 and the only one available here since."

The whole review:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...v=glance&s=dvd


So, is Criterion going to give us a censored version...?
 

Brandon Conway

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Criterion releasing a version that is not what the director originally intended is very odd.

I also would like official word on this matter. Perhaps someone could write a letter of inquery to Jon Mulvany?
 

DonaldB

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The Silence will be uncut. Jon Mulvaney was asked about this and his response was posted in this thread:

This is untrue,

Our release of THE SILENCE will feature the original, uncensored version of
the film.

Thanks,
JM
 

Lars Vermundsberget

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Thanks for that clarification - just what I though and hoped. Criterion seems to be too serious to do anything but the right thing where it matters.
 

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