(aka "En Passion" or "The Passion")

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Sweden 1969

"The Passion of Anna" is a brutally honest and complex story centering on four characters who are attempting to fill the voids in their lives left by abandoned trust and past tragedy. Director Bergman's use of color is of particular interest to his following. A stellar cast of Bergman regulars including Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow who each give strong characterizations. This is a director at, or near, his peak. This film has caused a variety of reactions and is not my favorite Bergman film, but a worthwhile viewing experience and an integral part of his canon.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 10th, 1969 - Sweden

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DVD Review: MGM -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution MGM  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:40:39 
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
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NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
 

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Audio Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) , DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Bergman biographer Marc Gervais
• "Disintegration of Passion" featurette (20:11)
• On-camera interviews with Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, and Bibi Andersson
• Elliott Gould reads The Passion of Anna (with photos)
• Photo gallery
• Original theatrical trailer


DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2004

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Comments: NOTE: Sent to us from John  in email: "I recently purchased the German ARTHAUS-10 DVD Boxset "Ingmar Bergman Edition 2" with Passion of Anna in it. I knew the pictures from your site and... well, was quickly underwhelmed. The Arthaus picture quality is a LOT worse than the MGM version on your site (even though Arthaus seems to include screenshots sourced from that version in their DVD menu).

So I thought "OK, Arthaus is shit as in 70% of their releases, so let's get the MGM one for a few pounds."

I bought the UK-MGM version and was absolutely happy with the picture and sound quality. Really really great DVD, I thought... until I read some discussion on the film a few days later.
It seemed to me, as if I had missed something: "What about that dog that was hanging from the tree? Was that real?" Eh... which dog?
I re-visited the MGM DVD... nope, no hanging dogs at all.
Then I went over to the German Arthaus DVD... which once again looked as bad as before. But guess what? At around the 13:30 mark, there is a scene (faked, obviously, since we don't see the legs of the dog and it doesn't struggle at all) where a dog is hanged and rescued by Von Sydow's character.
I went back to the MGM DVD - did I miss this? And nope, I didn't miss it - at around the 14:00 minute mark (the MGM includes an opening for UA in the beginning), the film cuts and the scene is left out
." (thanks John!
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It should be noted here the events that have transpired in regards to the MGM Boxset - originally scheduled for release on February 10th, 2004. Two of the 5 films, Shame and Hour of the Wolf, were not originally set in their proper aspect ratio of 1.37:1, but altered to 1.66:1. The Internet community banded together to voice their displeasure at this bastardization, and MGM have showed they were listening and are making amends by delaying the Boxset citing problems with "two of the films". More information can be found HERE. I am unsure if the other three films in the Boxset will be available individually, but I was fortunate enough to get my hands on this copy prior to the MGM announcement.

This is a solid DVD from MGM. Very strong image quality, even if not anamorphic. The aspect ratio appears to have been maintained - and the colors seem true (maybe a little too much red) and there is a lack of visible digital manipulation. Contrast and brightness are also exceptional for a non 16X9 offering. I don't see a lot of film grain, but overall I am very pleased with this image. The audio is quite adequate with no noticeable fluctuations. I have never found sound a huge part of Bergman expression anyway. The Extras are also top-notch. Elliott Gould reading Passion is kind of a throw away in my mind, but the "Disintegration of Passion" short featurette is terrific. The Commentary by Jesuit Priest Marc Gervais is also unique and insightful. White, clear, removable subs - ahhh. 

After the initial letdown of the AR debacle in Shame and Hour of the Wolf, I didn't have my hopes up, but I am more than pleasantly surprised. A Great job on this DVD MGM.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze





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