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WOW! The release of the year! Bergman and Criterion!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ken Koc, Jul 12, 2018.

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  1. Ken Koc

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    Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema
    In honor of Ingmar Bergman’s one-hundredth birthday, the Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive collection of his films ever released on home video. One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. The struggles of faith and morality, the nature of dreams, and the agonies and ecstasies of human relationships—Bergman explored these subjects in films ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family life.

    Arranged as a film festival with opening and closing nights bookending double features and centerpieces, this selection spans six decades and thirty-nine films—including such celebrated classics as The Seventh Seal, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander alongside previously unavailable works like Dreams,The Rite, and Brink of Life. Accompanied by a 248-page book with essays on each program, as well as by more than thirty hours of supplemental features, Ingmar Bergman’s Cinematraces themes and images across Bergman’s career, blazing trails through the master’s unequaled body of work for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

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    Just received an email from Criterion on this box set. If you are a Bergman fan this is a must have!
     
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    This is a release of the year only if you are spanish like he was
     
  4. Ken Koc

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    SPECIAL FEATURES
    • Thirty-nine films, including eighteen never before released by Criterion
    • Digital restorations, including a new 4K restoration of The Seventh Seal and new 2K restorations of Shame, The Touch, Waiting Women, and The Serpent’s Egg, among many others, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks
    • Introductions to eleven of the films by director Ingmar Bergman
    • Six audio commentaries featuring film scholars Peter Cowie and Birgitta Steene
    • Over five hours of interviews with Bergman
    • Interviews with many of Bergman’s key collaborators, including actors Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Bergman, Erland Josephson, Gunnel Lindblom, Liv Ullmann, and Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist
    • Daniel and Karin’s Face, two rarely seen documentary shorts by Bergman
    • Documentaries about the making of Autumn Sonata, Fanny and Alexander, The Magic Flute, The Serpent’s Egg, The Touch, and Winter Light
    • Extensive programs about Bergman’s life and work, including Bergman Island, . . . But Film Is My Mistress, Laterna Magica, Liv & Ingmar, and others
    • Behind-the-scenes footage, video essays, trailers, stills galleries, and more
    • PLUS: A lavishly illustrated 248-page book, featuring essays on the films by critics, scholars, and authors including Cowie, Alexander Chee, Molly Haskell, Karan Mahajan, Fernanda Solórzano, and many others; selections from Bergman’s own writing and remarks on his work; and detailed guides to the feature films and supplements included in the set
     
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    Fortunately he was not Spanish........
     
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    You all can thank me for the announcement of this set.

    Over the last several months I purchased a good number of the individual Bergman Criterions during a CC flash sale (and Virgin Spring during the recent B&N sale).

    But I doubt I really need to add the lesser-known titles to my collection.

    Wonder what the price tag's gonna be on this 39-film set??

    [​IMG] Even if you meant Swedish, I cannot imagine what anyone's nationality might have to do with their ability to appreciate the content of this release.
     
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    List $299, I think on sale thru Criterion's site for $240.
     
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    $300 MSRP, so $150 during one of the 50% off sales (Hope B&N make it to the end of the year:mellow:)
     
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    I've seen almost everything Bergman ever laid his hands on, and this is a massively exciting release for me. My rankings of the titles:

    Masterpiece:
    1. Fanny and Alexander
    2. Scenes from a Marriage
    3. Shame
    4. Winter Light
    5. Through a Glass Darkly
    6. Sawdust and Tinsel
    7. Saraband
    8. Autumn Sonata
    9. Wild Strawberries

    Excellent:
    10. Thirst
    11. The Silence
    12. Smiles of a Summer Night
    13. Summer with Monika
    14. The Seventh Seal
    15. Persona
    16. The Virgin Spring
    17. Cries and Whispers
    18. Brink of Life
    19. Hour of the Wolf
    20. Summer Interlude

    Good:
    21. Dreams
    22. Port of Call
    23. The Passion of Anna
    24. The Magician
    25. Waiting Women
    26. A Ship to India
    27. The Magic Flute

    Okay:
    28. To Joy
    29. The Rite
    30. The Serpent's Egg
    31. Fårö Dokument
    32. Fårö-dokument 1979

    Not so hot:
    33. From the Life of the Marionettes
    34. A Lesson in Love
    35. The Devil's Eye
    36. Crisis
    37. After the Rehearsal
    38. The Touch
    39. All These Women

    Best films not included:
    In the Presence of a Clown
    Hustruskolan
    Spöksonaten
    The Last Gasp
    Ovader

     
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    I am surprised that Seventh Seal is not higher on your list ... Perhaps we can settle this with a game of
    rsz_seventh_seal_chess_5978[1]. Chess ;) ...
     
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    May I assume this is a DVD set, and not Blu-ray? I can't imagine paying only a bit more than $5.00 per title during a B&N sale for Blu.
     
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    A Blu Ray release only
     
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    and this is what makes this forum worthwhile in that everyone gets to express their opinion, for I consider FROM THE LIFE OF MARIONETTES one of his greatest films. Grim as all getout, not to mention dark, but also very illuminating, where Bergman finally stops using symbols and simply shows us the lives of characters, whose only positive aspect is that they are fellow human beings. And just because Bergman's technique is pared down, without all that beautiful light and lovely composed frames, doesn't mean this is inferior filmmaking; just different, and of course I would argue superior.
     
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    I don't think they'd close up before the end of the Xmas season. Anything beyond that has finally now become Injury Time.
    Of course that's some 9 years longer than a large and loud contingent was predicting a while back when Borders was supposed to bury the carcass next to Circuit City. I've been playing with house money since 2010.
     
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    Spanish? Priceless. :lol::lol::rolling-smiley:
     
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    Stepping off track for just a second, if Criterion was able to include SHAME and HOUR OF THE WOLF here (which is awesome!), that means they still have some kind of arrangement with Fox/MGM. How about a comprehensive Truffaut box that includes Blu-rays of SMALL CHANGE, THE WILD CHILD and any other films released here by MGM/UA?
     
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    A must have but pity it was kept dark until today's email. I just received their blu ray Virgin Spring. Happens all too often but I will invest in the set which comes out on what would have been my late Mother's birth anniversary, she would have been 91. Good reason to get this set. As a family we watched some of these films on 16mm with lunch borrowed from the government's film institute locally on Sundays, my payment for taking or picking up films from railroad stations for them.
     
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    39 movies on 30 Blu-ray discs for $240 (+ tax). Wow is right.

    Luckily, I'm relatively fluent in Spanish.
     
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    Really excited about this - I have about half of these already but will happily pick up this set during the next B&N sale or Criterion's Flash sale.

    Regards,
     
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    Well I just google it and it turned out he is from sweden.. I knew that some third world country is in question
     

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