on 9 February 2007
This is a collection of 30 movies by one of the greatest artists of the last 100 years. The movies therein are filled with wonders and food for contemplation. They are done with intelligence, taste, incredible perception and the great courage of a man who decided the best way to evolve as a human being was to explore and share his views, troubles and questions with us.
And people are getting picky about synopsis and completeness?! I honestly don't get that.
I too could argue the choice of films. The Hour of the Wolf and Fanny and Alexander are two excellent movies that I fail to understand why aren't included. But to aim for completeness is unthinkable since some of the movies aren't even available in DVD format yet. Face to Face(1976) is the only one I can remember now but I think there are more.
Anyway, this is a beautiful set of movies. The box is very tasteful and the booklet provides a lot of information, all the information you need about the movies.
To know Bergman's movies is not for the superficial. I like to think of works of art as people. Bergman's movies aren't the type of people to have superficial relations with. They're like the type of person that you meet once and always have a feeling that you'd have to meet many more times to fully understand, and even then, there would always be something that escaped you. They're definitely not the kind of person that you will meet the second time and ask: "What was your name again?". No, these movies demand your attention and your thought, which will make you remember them for sure (given that you are interested in this type of relationship). So, what's the use of the synopsis? Once you've seen the movie you won't need a second introduction, if you were truly interested.
This is a perfect collection for those who haven't many of Bergman's movies already but wish to have a good collection of his work. Tartan should release the Faro-Dokument and other previously unreleased material by itself though, for those who already have most or all of the movies. I'm sure they'll do that in due time. They're probably just waiting for this limited edition to run out and then release the new stuff on its own.
Overall, I think it's a beautiful gift Tartan has presented to all of Bergman's present fans and those who may want to become fans in the future. Thank you, Tartan. Thank you, Mister Bergman.
on 7 January 2007
Much as I sympathise with the previous reviewer, I can only say a big thank you to Tartan for releasing this excellent box set. Bergman fans, please note that the set also contains a booklet and a certificate because this box set is only limited to 1000 copies - something not mentioned in the description.
The DVDs are beautiful (even if the environmentally friendly cardboard cases are a bit flimsy and home-made looking) but I have deducted a star because 1) they give no film synopsis on the back. (OK, the info is all in the booklet but that's not the point.) 2) It doesn't include the full canon of Bergman's work.
Still 210 quid for 30 movies - what a New Year bargain!