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Ingmar Bergman DVD Collection [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Max von Sydow , Liv Ullmann , Ingmar Bergman    DVD
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  • Actors: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Gertrud Fridh, Georg Rydeberg
  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writers: Ingmar Bergman
  • Producers: Ingmar Bergman, Dino De Laurentiis, Harold Nebenzal, Horst Wendlandt, Lars-Owe Carlberg
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Mgm Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MIK6I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,635 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Amazon have included wrong reviews here 19 Aug 2012
Format:DVD
The reviews of the 30 disc Bergman Collection appear on the 6 disc box set page. Be aware that the reviews are not for the product shown. This happens all the time - come on Amazon, get your act together.
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By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When MGM first brought out the set, two of the films were in the wrong aspect ratio.
However, to their credit, MGM recalled the set, and put out corrected versions. The new
set, while not perfect, are generally very good to excellent quality transfers of some of
Bergman's most interesting, if variable work. There's also
an entire disk of extras which is worthwhile in itself.

My diary notes on the films;

Persona - Originally some the earlier Bergman films harder for me to get into,
because most of the Bergman I saw first were from late in his career
and far more 'naturalistic' - 'Fanny and Alexander', 'Autumn Sonata',
'Scenes From a Marriage' etc. I don't think I understood that for much
of his great career he was as much an experimentalist (at times) as
David Lynch, or Fellini, or Kubrick or Godard. Now that I understand
that, it's easier for me to get excited by the earlier experimental
work.

Also, with 'Persona' the experiment seems more subtle and complex than
in some of Bergman's other early work. The themes are right out in the
open but there's much less literalness in the questions. The whole FILM
is a series of questions, but posed in a poetic way - what is identity?
What is acting? What is film? What are the boundaries between people?
What is reality and what is a dream, both in this film, and in our own
experiences?

This is a haunting deeply disturbing work, and part of it's very
effectiveness is it's 'unexplainability', ala '2001' or a Magritte
painting. Like a Koan, it forces you to try and make sense of something
that has no simple answer.
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  29 reviews
96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done, but the aspect ratios are STILL wrong 29 Sep 2005
By brian0918 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had originally given this collection 5 stars, but then did some investigating. It turns out that although they've fixed the aspect ratios on a couple of the films, they are still wrong on Shame, Persona, and Hour of the Wolf. This effectively chops out about 12% of the films, destroying Bergman's original compositions. I didn't believe it at first until I went through scene-by-scene and realized the horrible truth.

UPDATE 2012: DVDBeaver reports that MGM now ships corrected versions, though obviously I am stuck with what I have at this point. According to them, the only way to be sure is to look at the UPC code. "The corrected MGM boxset can be identified by its UPC code and Catalog number: UPC# 0 27616 91137 7 and Catalog# 1006999. Both numbers are found on a white sticker situated over the spot where the old UPC is printed, at the bottom of the box (old UPC# 0 27616 90225 2 -- old Catalog# 1005996)."

More information here: [...]
87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MGM gets it right 23 April 2004
By Maurice Arcand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
After much confusion, the long-awaited Bergman set has finally come out. You can disregard all the negative comments you may have read about faked aspect ratios, etc. Yes, MGM tried to pull a fast one on a couple of the titles in this box, but after being caught out, they did the right thing by pulling the box and waiting to issue an excellent set with transfers that easily match those of Criterion, Kino, etc. (Let's hear it for consumer power!) All the titles are now in their proper aspect ratio. The black and white transfers (Persona, Hour of the Wolf and Shame) are truly beautiful. These films have probably not looked this good since they first came out. The digital transfers for the two colour titles offer equally fine video and clear original audio. The disc of bonus materials is fascinating, with rare interviews with Bergman himself from 1970 and 2002. The bonus disc and the five individual titles also offer interviews with key Bergman players, including Erland Josephson, Bibi Anderson and the ever-insightful Liv Ullmann.
As for the films, they speak for themselves. If you still haven't seen the four sixties films in this box (the summit of Bergman's art in the opinion of many critics), here's a chance to get acquainted with some truly great late-20th century art. Forget about the bad press. MGM got it right this time.
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They're cropped! 1 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
MGM (USA) have made an appalling series of errors with their new Bergman boxset. Two films in the set have been heavily cropped from their original 1.37:1 aspect ratio to a very noticeable 1.66:1; and Persona is missing roughly 11.5% of screen information despite being 1.33:1. This is a faux pas the like of which has not been seen for a long time in DVD land. There is no precedent for Hour of the Wolf and Shame being 1.66:1 yet MGM seem to think that these films were shown theatrically at this ratio. With characters' heads chopped in half, Bergman and Nykvist's careful framing is ruined at 1.66:1 (the transfers are non-anamorphic too). R1 Bergman fans should strongly consider holding off this boxset.
DVDBeaver's enlightening examination is clear for all to see. Either MGM will withdraw the set or suffer very poor sales. Maybe Greg Carson, the set's producer, can provide a statement on the matter?
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, I had high expectations 11 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
It's disappointing, because I have wanted these discs for so long. I would rate this a 5 for the content, and a 1 for the flub. This rating could change depending on how MGM handles the exchange.
For those who have received the set and are wondering about the exchange, the following is from hometheaterforum.com:
Statement from MGM Home Entertainment regarding the recall of the INGMAR BERGMAN COLLECTION...
"It has come to our attention that the transfers utilized for the release of Ingmar Bergman's "Hour of the Wolf" Special Edition DVD and "Shame" Special Edition DVD are not representative of the intended theatrical presentation.
"In order to provide customers with the best quality product available, we are recalling the product at retail and will be releasing both films in a 1:37:1 aspect ratio on April 20, 2004.
"The Ingmar Bergman DVD Collection will also be available on that date. MGM Home Entertainment always strives to provide the highest standard of product and customer care. For additional information or comments, please contact our customer service at 877/646-4968."
Calling the number gives a recorded message that an email should be sent to 4you@mgm.com, subject line Ingmar Bergman, text of email should have name address and contact phone & MGM will contact you about exchanging the disc.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A warning from mastersofcinema.com 1 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
MGM (USA) have made an appalling series of errors with their new Bergman boxset. Two films in the set have been heavily cropped from their original 1.37:1 aspect ratio to a very noticeable 1.66:1; and Persona is missing roughly 11.5% of screen information despite being 1.33:1. This is a faux pas the like of which has not been seen for a long time in DVD land. There is no precedent for Hour of the Wolf and Shame being 1.66:1 yet MGM seems to think that these films were shown theatrically at this ratio. With characters' heads chopped in half, Bergman and Nykvist's careful framing is ruined at 1.66:1 (the transfers are non-anamorphic too). R1 Bergman fans should strongly consider holding off on this boxset.
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