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(aka "Waiting Women" or "Secrets of Women" )

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Sweden 1952

 

While at a summerhouse, awaiting their husbands’ return, a group of sisters-in-law recount stories from their respective marriages. Rakel (Anita Björk) tells of receiving a visit from a former lover (Jarl Kulle); Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson) of agreeing to marry a painter (Birger Malmsten) only after having his child; and Karin (Eva Dahlbeck) of being stuck with her husband (Gunnar Björnstrand) in an elevator, where they talk intimately for the first time in years. Making dexterous use of flashbacks, the engaging Waiting Women is a veritable seedbed of Bergman themes, ranging from aspiring young love to the fear of loneliness, with the finale a masterpiece of chamber comedy.

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Theatrical Release: November 3rd, 1952

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Review: Criterion (Ingmar Bergman's Cinema) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Criterion (Ingmar Bergman's Cinema) - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:48:35.884   
Video

Disc Size: 49,960,870,553 bytes

Feature Size: 27,764,643,840 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.19 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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LPCM Audio Swedish 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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Criterion

 

Disc Size: 49,960,870,553 bytes

Feature Size: 27,764,643,840 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.19 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• shares the Blu-ray Disc with Brink of Life


Blu-ray Release Date: November 20th, 2018

Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters 18

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Criterion Blu-ray of Waiting Women is part of their Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema 100th Anniversary 30 Blu-ray Boxset (reviewed, as a work in-progress, HERE). Waiting Women shares this Blu-ray with Brink of Life. See comparative captures, a listing of technical details, extras etc., on this page.

Criterion present Bergman's Waiting Women (1952) on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a high bitrate.  This was transferred from a 35mm dup-negative. It looks especially pleasing in 1080P.  The Blu-ray exports excellent contrast, tight lines and a consistent presentation in-motion. No damage no digitization, no complaints. It starts with this text-source screen:

The film is presented in its original Swedish language, on a mono 24-bit linear PCM track. Dialogue is clear, flat and consistent. The score is by Erik Nordgren (Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly, The Virgin Spring, The Magician, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal) plus music from the opera "Orfeo ed Euridice", the recognizable Can-Can (Nordgren), La Marseillaise etc.  There are optional English subtitles on this Region-Free Blu-ray.

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no extras at all on the Blu-ray disc, only the two films; Waiting Women and Brink of Life.

I had never seen Waiting Women and I believe its the first time the film has ever been on Blu-ray, although it was on Tartan DVD. It's an excellent drama with some humor and includes a Hitchcockian-cameo by Bergman and risqué cabaret with bare breasts. It has the director's unmistakable moodiness and less-familiar vintagesque formal comedy of circumstance. Upon reflection it is impressive - more brilliance that is very welcome in the Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema 100th Anniversary 30 Blu-ray Boxset.

Colin Zavitz


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