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The Seventh Seal (The Criterion Collection)
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Few films have had as large a cultural impact as Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet). Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades; a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied; imitated; even parodied; but never outdone; Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art house heyday; pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 7.2 Ounces
- Item model number : CRRN1802DVD
- Director : Ingmar Bergman, Marie Nyreröd
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Allan Ekelund
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B001WLMOL4
- Writers : Ingmar Bergman
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,213 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I believe the theme was important, the "holy family" as witness to the cruelty and self-inflicted injury we do to our selves and our society. The cinematography is stark but compelling, the characterization is just right and leaves you just enough information to understand the characters and their motivations. The black and white restoration is well done and the musical score is clearly heard and undistorted. Criterion did a good job with this product. Enjoy.
Max von Sydow plays the iconic knight Antonius Block who has just returned from the Crusades with this loyal squire Jons(Gunnar Björnstrand). Both men are world weary and return to a Sweden being devastated by the plague. In one of the screen's great images Block challenges Death(Bengt Ekerot) to a game of chess. The stakes are high if Block wins he gets to live or at least live long enough to do one noble deed in his life. That deed is the saving of a small family and their child from the death at the hands of the plague.
This is one of the great intellectual films of contemporary cinema but that thought should not put off any potential viewer. The film explores the meaning of life and death and the theory of whether or not God exists in this world.
The Criterion package presents the film in its original Swedish and also in an English dubbed track. The transfer is as perfect as if the film was brand new. But the film itself only hints at the things to come as one explores the disc. First up is an introduction to the film by Bergman hmself. That is followed by an excellent commentary track by Peter Cowie produced for the original Criterion release. To this commentary Cowie has added a brief video afterward of material that he was not able to discuss on the original track.
The biggest special feature is the presentation of Bergman Island (2004) Marie Nyrerod's documentary on the director originally made for Swedish television and then recut as a feature film. This is an impressive extra feature since Criterion has also released the film as one of its stand alone titles. The film runs 85 minutes and covers three aspects of the director's life: his cinema, his life in the theatre and finally his reclusive later years on Faro Island. This feature alone is worth the price charged for the disc.
Wrapping up the disc are a 20 minute interview by Cowie with Von Sydow which was used for research into Cowie's book on the actor. The interview which is audio only speaks to the issue that foreign actors have of breaking into the American film system. There is also a tribute to Bergman by Woody Allen for Turner Classic Movies and the excellent short Bergman 101 also by Peter Cowie which walks the viewer through a large segment of the director's career in about 35 minutes. The original trailer for The Seventh Seal is also included.
This is a must own disc that comes with the highest recommendation.
The video and sound quality of the disc is very good. No issues there. The packaging is great. I recommend the version sold as The Criterion Collection.
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