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One of the more important figures of modern film, a gifted cinematic artist, Ingmar Bergman continued to venture into exciting narrative and thematic areas in his directorial career. Almost defining his own genre Bergman probed the heights and depth of human emotion. His work was influential on entire generations of filmmakers around the globe. His primary concerns crossed over from spiritual conflict while probing the fragility of the human psyche. Within this framework, he has crafted a body of work universally celebrated for its technical innovations while exploring the human condition. Bergman is quoted as saying "No form of art goes (as far) beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul."

Thirty-nine films from the legendary Swedish filmmaker, including essential classics & astonishing rarities.

A Centennial Celebration

In honor of Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday, the Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive collection of his films ever released on home video. One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. The struggles of faith and morality, the nature of dreams, and the agonies and ecstasies of human relationships—Bergman's films range from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family life.

Arranged as a curated film festival with 'opening' and 'closing' nights bookending double features and 'centerpiece' programs, this selection spans six decades and thirty-nine films—including such celebrated classics as The Seventh Seal, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander alongside previously unavailable works like Dreams, The Rite, and Brink of Life.

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema traces themes and images across Bergman’s career, blazing trails through the master’s unequaled body of work for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

 

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NOTE: This Blu-ray set is Region FREE!

 

Criterion's package of Ingmar Bergman 39-films includes some that have been released by them previously on Blu-ray (Persona, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring etc. ), most, of which have new transfers (Autumn Sonata, The Seventh Seal in 4K Restored etc. etc.) other that we are comparing to other company's Blu-ray releases (The Magic Flute, A Ship Bound For India, Sawdust And Tinsel, Dreams etc.) and some that have never been released on Blu-ray before (Winter Light, Thirst, Port of Call, Waiting Women etc.) Where we can we will compare to past DVD releases and make general comments on this page. Since Criterion are one of the most consistently strong film-to-digital companies, we have decided to use this space to identify how similar they are to previous Criterion Blu-ray releases, the individual transfer uniformity and any anomalies in the set. Example; All have linear PCM mono audio (24-bit) in the Swedish language, except From the Life of the Marionettes which has linear PCM mono (24-bit) in the original German language and the English language films (The Serpent's Egg, The Touch). We will identify which Blu-ray discs in the set share 2 films (ex. Hour of the Wolf on the same disc as From the Life of the Marionettes), some offer optional English DUBs (ex. Winter Light, The Silence etc.). Individual review links are below. These are the advertised stats of the set:

 

• Thirty-nine films, including eighteen never before released by Criterion
• Digital restorations of the films, including a new 4K restoration of The Seventh Seal and new 2K restorations of Crisis, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, and many others, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks
• Eleven introductions by director Ingmar Bergman
• Six audio commentaries
• Over five hours of interviews with Bergman
• Interviews with Bergman’s collaborators, including actors Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Bergman, Erland Josephson, Gunnel Lindblom, Liv Ullmann, and Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist
• Daniel and Karin’s Face, two rarely seen documentary shorts by Bergman
• Documentaries about the making of Autumn Sonata, Fanny and Alexander, The Magic Flute, The Serpent's Egg, The Touch, and Winter Light
• Extensive programs about Bergman’s life and work, including Bergman Island, . . . But Film Is My Mistress, Laterna Magica, Liv & Ingmar, and others
• Behind-the-scenes footage, video essays, trailers, stills galleries, and more
• PLUS: A lavishly illustrated 248-page book, featuring essays on the films by critics, scholars, and authors including Cowie, Alexander Chee, Molly Haskell, Karan Mahajan, Fernanda Solórzano, and many others, along with selections from remarks and texts by Bergman himself

 

The English language films (The Serpent's Egg, The Touch) offer optional English (SDH) subtitles with standard English subtitles in the set for everything else that is non-English dialogue.

 

NOTE: As has been pointed out by some consumers; this is not a complete collection of Ingmar Bergman's films (ex. Face to Face, is absent). Janus Films does not have the copyright to the director's complete oeuvre... and no company does. Criterion have parsed the 39-films into 5 groups, listed below and this correlates to the disc numbering: 

 

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