( aka "Det Sjunde inseglet" )

 

by Ingmar Bergman
Swedish 1957

 

"The Seventh Seal is, as you'd expect, brilliantly acted by Bergman's stock players. Bergman's direction is incredibly powerful, with many memorable moments - the opening light in the sky; the parade of flagellants; and, of course, the dance of the dead over the hill, shot on the spur of the moment in a truly inspired piece of film-making."

Excerpt from Review by Keith Brown
Taken from EUFS Programme 1996-97

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DVD REVIEW: Criterion Region 0 vs. Spectrum (Korean) - Region 0

R0 screenshots courtesy by  Kevin Parent

(Criterion Region 0 -Left, Spectrum Region 0 - Right)

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Distribution

Criterion (Home Vision )

Region 0 -NTSC

Spectrum (Korean)

Region 0  NTSC

Runtime 1:36:57  minutes

1:36:48 minutes

Video Original aspect ratio 1.33:1.00
Average Bitrate: 7.70 mb/s

NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Original aspect ratio 1.33:1.00
Average Bitrate:7.69 mb/s

NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Bitrate: Criterion 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: Spectrum 

Audio Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (commentary) (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 

Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (commentary) (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 

Subtitles English, None (removable): English / Korean
Features:

Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1 - NTSC

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 0
Layers: Dual Layer - Single Sided

Edition Details:
• Region 0 encoding (NTSC)
• Black & White
• Commentary by noted film historian Peter Cowie
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• An annotated, illustrated Bergman filmography, featuring excerpts from Wild Strawberries and The Magician with commentary
• Improved English subtitles
• Restoration demonstration
• Original theatrical trailer has optional English subtitles

Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1 - NTSC

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 0 encoding - NTSC

Layers: Dual Layer - Single Sided

Edition Details:
• Region 0 encoding 
• Color, Dolby

Seventh Seal: Audio: Swedish or English
Subtitles: Korean, English, none
Commentary by Peter Cowie
Cast & Crew (Korean only)
Theatrical Trailer (unsubtitled)
Highlights

Comments:
It appears as though the Korean release have taken all the exact extras from the Criterion. If you look at the bitrates they are virtually identical in transfer as well. With inclusions of Korean optional subs and Cast and Crew in Korean only (and the trailer NOT being subtitles) and the different Menu, it is exactly the same as the Criterion disc. The added 8 seconds is most likely the Criterion opening logo. We can only really give the edge to Criterion in the menu department and the extras with the illustrated Bergman bio (Both have the Cowie Commentary), the image quality and sound and both ties.
Alternate version:  There is also a region 2 version out that in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 but has only Dolby Digital Mono audio. There is a review HERE.

DVD Release Date: October 29th, 2001
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 28
DVD Release Date: Summer, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 28



DVD Menu
(Criterion Region 0 -Top, Spectrum Region 0 - Bottom)

 


(Criterion Region 0 -Top, Spectrum Region 0 - Bottom)



(Criterion Region 0 -Top, Spectrum Region 0 - Bottom)





(Criterion Region 0 -Top, Spectrum Region 0 - Bottom)


 

Report Card:

Image:

-

Sound:

-

Extras: Criterion
Menu: Criterion