(aka 'The Vifgin Spring')

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  Winner of the 1961 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. Starring Bergman stalwart and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between the sacred and the profane and one father’s longing to avenge the murder of a child.

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Theatrical Release: February 8th, 1960

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This edition (without any extras) is also available in The Essential Art House - 50 Years of Janus Films - a 50-disc celebration of international films collected under the auspices of the groundbreaking theatrical distributor. It contains Alexander Nevsky (1938), Ashes And Diamonds (1958), L'avventura (1960), Ballad Of A Soldier (1959), Beauty And The Beast (1946), Black Orpheus (1959), Brief Encounter (1945), The Fallen Idol (1948), Fires On The Plain (1959), Fists In The Pocket (1965), Floating Weeds (1959), Forbidden Games (1952), The 400 Blows (1959), Grand Illusion (1937), Häxan (1922), Ikiru (1952), The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952), Ivan The Terrible, Part II (1958), Le Jour Se Lève (1939), Jules And Jim (1962), Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949), Knife In The Water (1962), The Lady Vanishes (1938), The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943), Loves Of A Blonde (1965), M (1931), M. Hulot's Holiday (1953), Miss Julie (1951), Pandora's Box (1929), Pépé Le Moko (1937), Il Posto (1961), Pygmalion (1938), Rashomon (1950), Richard III (1955), The Rules Of The Game (1939), Seven Samurai (1954), The Seventh Seal (1957), The Spirit Of The Beehive (1973), La Strada (1954), Summertime (1955), The Third Man (1949), The 39 Steps (1935), Ugetsu (1953), Umberto D. (1952), The Virgin Spring (1960), Viridiana (1961), The Wages Of Fear (1953), The White Sheik (1952), Wild Strawberries (1957), Three Documentaries By Saul J. Turell plus the hardcover, full color 240-page book.

Runtime 1:29:30 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Audio Swedish / German (mono), DUB: English (mono)
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene
• Video interviews with actresses Gunnel Linblom and Birgitta Petersson

• Ingmar Bergman at AFI
• 30 page Liner notes booklet with photographs and an essay by film historian and Bergman scholar Peter Cowie as well as a letter by Berman and other relevant material. 

DVD Release Date: January 24th, 2005

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Comments:

Like Forbidden Games this Criterion release also has a thick border around the edge of the frame and it also has an English DUB option. In Forbidden Games we surmised that the DUB was included to make a suitable presentation for children. Perhaps this is the case as well with The Virgin Spring?!? However, the black border, in this case as well, limits resolution... meaning the image can look even better if it had been transferred to fill the entire screen. Of course many players will automatically compensate by zooming in slightly, however this still does not improve resolution.

Regardless, Criterion's image looks stellar. I suspect a shade of black boosting to bring up sharpness but overall the quality is Criterion's usual excellent standard. As are the subtitles (best in DVD production) , Ang Lee's intro and the commentary. I've only skimmed the Video interview with Linblom and Petersson and haven't yet listened to the Bergman seminar at the AFI - it was in 1975 at the Harold Lloyd Masters ceremony in Los Angeles. The fairly hefty booklet included is gorgeous. Aside from my initial comments (black border, DUB), which I sincerely hope will not become a new Criterion DVD production trend, this edition is as great as you may have expected. We strongly recommend and assume it easily eclipses the PAL Tartan release listed HERE (sample now shown below).

Gary W. Tooze

 





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CLICK to order from:

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 321 - Region 1 - NTSC

(click titles for DVDBeaver reviews)

This edition (without any extras) is also available in The Essential Art House - 50 Years of Janus Films - a 50-disc celebration of international films collected under the auspices of the groundbreaking theatrical distributor. It contains Alexander Nevsky (1938), Ashes And Diamonds (1958), L'avventura (1960), Ballad Of A Soldier (1959), Beauty And The Beast (1946), Black Orpheus (1959), Brief Encounter (1945), The Fallen Idol (1948), Fires On The Plain (1959), Fists In The Pocket (1965), Floating Weeds (1959), Forbidden Games (1952), The 400 Blows (1959), Grand Illusion (1937), Häxan (1922), Ikiru (1952), The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952), Ivan The Terrible, Part II (1958), Le Jour Se Lève (1939), Jules And Jim (1962), Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949), Knife In The Water (1962), The Lady Vanishes (1938), The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943), Loves Of A Blonde (1965), M (1931), M. Hulot's Holiday (1953), Miss Julie (1951), Pandora's Box (1929), Pépé Le Moko (1937), Il Posto (1961), Pygmalion (1938), Rashomon (1950), Richard III (1955), The Rules Of The Game (1939), Seven Samurai (1954), The Seventh Seal (1957), The Spirit Of The Beehive (1973), La Strada (1954), Summertime (1955), The Third Man (1949), The 39 Steps (1935), Ugetsu (1953), Umberto D. (1952), The Virgin Spring (1960), Viridiana (1961), The Wages Of Fear (1953), The White Sheik (1952), Wild Strawberries (1957), Three Documentaries By Saul J. Turell plus the hardcover, full color 240-page book.





 

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