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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words aka "Jag är Ingrid" [Blu-ray]
(Stig Björkman, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Mantaray Film
Video: Criterion Collection Spine #828
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 45,045,518,059 bytes
Feature Size: 32,212,205,568 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.33 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: August 16th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Swedish 3302 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3302 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• New interview with Björkman (18:35)
• Selection of 8 mm home movies shot by Bergman in the 1930s (7:07)
• Two deleted scenes, showing Bergman’s daughters reading an essay she wrote at age seventeen (2:54) and an interview with film historian and Bergman scholar Rosario Tronnolone (8:45)
• Extended versions of scenes featuring interviews with actors Sigourney Weaver and Liv Ullmann and Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini and with the three Rossellini siblings (14:01 + 5:48)
• Clip from the 1932 film Landskamp, featuring Bergman in her first screen role (0:34)
• Outtakes from Bergman’s 1936 film On the Sunny Side (4:02)
• Music video for Eva Dahlgren’s song “The Movie About Us,” which is included on the film’s soundtrack (4:42)
• Trailer (1:35)
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Jeanine Basinger
Description: Whether headlining films in Sweden, Italy, or Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman always pierced the screen with a singular soulfulness. With this new documentary, made on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of Bergman’s birth, director Stig Björkman allows us unprecedented access to her world, culling from the most personal of archival materials—letters, diary entries, photographs, and 8 mm and 16 mm footage Bergman herself shot—and following her from youth to tumultuous married life and motherhood. Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by actor Alicia Vikander, provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend.
Ingrid Bergman, whose personal life could seem more electrifying than
her movies, had the kind of towering self-possession that is a requisite
for immortal stars, but also for modern women. Toward the end of her
life, when her daughter Isabella Rossellini asked why she had kept so
many letters, diaries, photos and other mementos, Bergman responded with
consummate movie-star sang-froid: “I always knew I was going to be
famous.” (She died in 1982 at 67.) Ms. Rossellini shared this
anecdote in The New Yorker in 1989, in a Talk of the Town item in
which she described her mother’s trove — letters from Alfred Hitchcock
and Ernest Hemingway included — and its meaning.
Some stars shine on, even after they wink out. Ingrid Bergman is such a
figure; gone these 34 years – she’d have turned 100 last summer – her
presence on the screen remains so vital, it’s hard to imagine she’s
already part of cinema’s ancient history.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words looks excellent on Blu-ray from Criterion and is cited as a "supervised by director Stig Björkman". Since this documentary is filled with vintage clips, 16 + 8mm home movies and stills - the image quality varies depending ion the elements available but the transfer is dual-layered with a very high bitrate and I doubt it can look much better. Some of the visuals are striking - rich, and impressive, often older stills. This Blu-ray, provides an impressive presentation of a wonderful documentary.
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Criterion use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3302 kbps in the original Swedish (optionally subtitled) with some sequences in English. Predictably, there aren't a lot of separations but the narration and dialogue are consistent and clean. My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.
Criterion add many extras including a new, 18-minute, interview with Björkman, a selection of 8 mm home movies shot by Bergman in the 1930s, two deleted scenes, showing Bergman’s daughters reading an essay she wrote at age seventeen (2:54) and an interview with film historian and Bergman scholar Rosario Tronnolone (8:45) as well as extended versions of scenes featuring interviews with actors Sigourney Weaver and Liv Ullmann and Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini and with the three Rossellini siblings. There is a brief clip from the 1932 film Landskamp, featuring Bergman in her first screen role and 4-minutes of Outtakes from Bergman’s 1936 film On the Sunny Side. We get a music video for Eva Dahlgren’s song “The Movie About Us,” which is included on the film’s soundtrack and a trailer. The package has a liner notes booklet with an essay by film scholar Jeanine Basinger.
July 10th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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