(aka "Scenes from a Marriage")

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Sweden 1973

 

Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) always seemed like the perfect couple. But when Johan suddenly leaves Marianne for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. Shot in intense, intimate close-ups by master cinematographer Sven Nykvist, the film chronicles ten years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages. Flawless acting and dialogue portray the brutal pain and uplifting peace that accompany a lifetime of loving. Originally conceived as a six-part miniseries for Swedish television. 

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: April 11th, 1973 - Sweden (TV Premiere)

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DVD Comparison:

Criterion (3 Disc) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. SF  (Svenska filmindustri) (2 Disc) - Region 2 - PAL

NOTE: SF (Svenska filmindustri) is only the Television version!

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the SF  (Svenska filmindustri) screen captures!

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Distribution Criterion - Spine # 229 -  Region 0 - NTSC SF  (Svenska filmindustri)
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime Approx. 2:43 US Theatrical and 6 hour Swedish Television version 
part 1:  49:28, part 2:  39:26, part 3:  49:22
part 4:  49:25, part 5:  49:26, part 6:  48:46
 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: unknown
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 

Swedish (Dolby Digital 1.0) 

Subtitles English, and none Swedish HoH, Norwegian, Finnish , Danish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision 

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.37:1

 

Edition Details:

• SPECIAL EDITION THREE–DISC SET FEATURES: 
• New high-definition digital transfers of both the television and theatrical versions, with restored image and sound 
• Comparison between the television and theatrical versions by film scholar Peter Cowie 
• Exclusive new video interview with stars Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson 
• Video interview with Ingmar Bergman 
• New essay by author Phillip Lopate 
• New and improved English subtitle translation 
• Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer editions 

DVD Release Date: March 16th, 2004

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Chapters: 9 + 8 + 8 = 25

Release Information:
Studio: SF  (Svenska filmindustri)

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.37:1

Edition Details:

ONLY THE TELEVISION VERSION
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DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2003
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Chapters 6 X 6

 

According to the cover:  The film is restored from original film-negative and original sound mix

 

 

 

Comments:
When the film was shot for television, and afterward re-cut to cinema, the cinema print is most probably made from an inter negative from the original negative, and then made a new 35 mm inter-negative for the film-copies, therefore, I suspect that the TV version should have better picture quality than the cinema print!
Opposite to Rohmers 16 mm films, this is NOT MADE FOR THE SCREEN. Therefore it's made as most of the Nordic TV series in early 70'. I have seen it in television, and it looks exactly the same. Most of the 16 mm films shot for the screen uses more lightning than the television productions!

Per-Olof Strandberg

The image quality of these editions don't seem very different. The Criterion is cropped on top the Svenska filmindustri on the bottom - both negligibly. The Criterion has English subs and the SF version does not. The SF looks a little green and a little 'heavy', but nothing untoward. This looks pretty acceptable from both sides. Criterion will nip ahead in the image, Extras and menus.

 - Gary W. Tooze





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Distribution Criterion - Spine # 229 -  Region 0 - NTSC SF  (Svenska filmindustri)
Region 2 - PAL

 


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