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on November 14, 2013
This is one of the stellar packages from the Criterion Collection. The films have been restored in the best possible condition; as far as can be seen, the films have been rendered so that the flaws which plagued the original prints (bad sound synchronization, cuts from different version according to the country of release, etc.) have been corrected, which was no easy task! Incredible care and diligence have been taken with these films, and the extras are voluminous and entertaining as well as informative. This edition of 3 FILMS BY ROBERTO ROSSELLINI STARRING INGRID BERGMAN was obviously a labor of love for all concerned, but kudos must be given to Ingrid Isolte Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini: they waited until digital technology could fulfill all the restoration aims before allowing these films to be seen in their correct forms. This is a stunning achievement!
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on November 17, 2013
I am a huge movie fan and had never seen these films of Ingrid Bergman with Roberto Rossellini directing. So far the only one I have watched is Stromboli which was very interesting. If you watch it and then go on to see the extras you will gain a lot of insight as to Rossellini and Bergman and their working together. The difficulty of the working conditions on this island with no electricity. His way of working without a formal script. Criterion films for someone like myself is almost an education in film. Well worth the cost and always well done.
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on November 10, 2014
plus europe 51 which is I think only available here.

Criterion did a fantastic transfer. If your serious about cinema you should purchase this

The footage of the director in his continental mode introducing the films is almost alone worth the price
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on October 21, 2013
I have waited years for great DVD copies of these 3 films. Especially Stromboli my favorite of all of them. This DVD collection shows off these films as they have never been seen before. Plus amazing extras and a gorgeous booklet. If you love Ingrid this is the moterlode of her Italian Rossellini period. My favorite DVD of the year. I recommend it to anyone who admires Rossellini and who adores Saint Ingrid!!!!
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on June 25, 2014
Ingid Bergman and Rossellini take cinema by storm and come up with Europa 51, one her very best with him..a heart-wrenching portrait of a woman supposedly losing her mind, as she begins to communicate with the world 'out there'

The religious dimensions are always challenging in Rossellini's work, and none so much as with these three films.

Il Viaggio in Italia is a masterpiece..a study of a marrigae with an ending that is shattering. NB, do not overlook the tour of the museum with Bergman and her guide, or the visit to the skulls!! Pompey also!!

Stromboli, a real volcano, tempts Ingrid with its heat and power. A priest is involved, a young sailor, and her desire to get off this island that is a sort of hell or heaven or what?.

This is what Bergman gave up Hollyuwoo for and was she on target. No longer Sister Ingrid in that Bells of St Mary, but an actress with powerful material to deal with, interpret, and a great director.

Do not miss Rossellini's "St, Francis" a gem.
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on December 9, 2013
One of the best sets in the Criterion Collection: excellent transfers of excellent films, great supplementary materials, different versions of two films ("Stromboli" and "Europe 51") - they differ not only in languages but also in longitude and presence/lack of some scenes. Absolutely necessary for everybody interested seriously in film history.
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on October 8, 2015
Love Rosellini and these are among his best Beautifullý package with fascinating comentary by Criterion
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on December 17, 2013
What is really impressive watching these three movies is that, at that time, Rossellini had already stormed the world with his War Trilogy.

Therefore, counting on a celebrated Hollywood star like Ingrid Bergman, he could have had the world at his feet and made few lucrative blockbusters, consolidating his fame and personal fortune.

He decided instead to go his own way, making these three difficult, courageous, delicate and amazing films.

In my opinion, this second trilogy is probably the highest cinematic work of Rossellini, the true masterpiece of his art and of his life.

How could, for instance, a cinema lover miss "Viaggio in Italia", the fascinating tale of "rediscovering love"?

Missing these works of Rossellini would be like studying literature and missing the main works of Dante or Shakespeare.
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on February 2, 2014
These three films are incredible. They live up to their name of neo-realism cinema. A must for any serious film buff to see.
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on August 15, 2013
As a longtime, heavy-duty Ingrid Bergman fan, I have been waiting and hoping for years for Criterion to produce a definitive box-set of the Bergman-Rossellini films. I am absolutely thrilled about this set, both for the films themselves and for the copious extras.

Now I just hope that the two Bergman-Rossellini films missing from this set -- JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE (1954) and FEAR (1955) -- will follow very shortly. They are equally worthy of inclusion in a collection like this one.
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