Bergman 4 Film Collection [DVD]
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Ingmar Bergman 4 Film DVD Collection Includes: The Passion of Anna, The Serpent's Egg, Hour of the Wolf and Shame.
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Firstly, the title, The Bergman 'Collection' is misleading, as for most film watchers they will know none of these, or even heard of them. The set represents a time when the Swedish director was almost in a kind of cinematic hinterland in the late '60's & 1970s, forced to flee from Sweden, due to an extremely large tax bill from the notoriously greedy Swedish tax authority, which, I presume he wasn't able/not wanting to pay. These four films were made under MGM, rather than his old one, now distributed by Tartan.
Three out of the four represent Begman's 'Faro' trilogy, a period of self induced semi isolation on the Island of that name and are generally quite dour but explore human emotion and relationships in powerful and often difficult scenarios. Shame, Hour of the Wolf and The Passion of Anna are all rewarding but really only those used to the dark and grainy sinew that runs through much of Bergman's often depressive (rather than depressing) own life.
I've written separate review for each of these films as I've just re-watched them, after several years. Many seasoned Bergman-ites (as I call them/us) cite them as being amongst his finest, though I personally disagree. His exploration of the issues involved may be among his best but as films, they do not - and possibly - cannot match those of what the Bergman name represents - The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Fanny & Alexander etc etc.
The final film, The Serpents Egg was his first (and as far as I know) only film in English, from 1977, though set in 1920's Berlin.Read more ›
'The Serpent's Egg' has soundtrack in English and Italian; sub-titles are in English for the hearing impaired, and in French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish and Greek.
'Hour of the Wolf' has soundtrack in Italian and Swedish; sub-titles are in English for the hearing impaired, and in Dutch, Greek and Romanian.
'Shame' has soundtrack in Italian and Swedish; sub-titles are in English for the hearing impaired, and in Greek.
The Passion of Anna and Shame rank with Bergman's best. Hour of the Wolf is good, although it feels a little overwrought. The Serpent's Egg is a rare misjudgement.
My original review concerned aspect ratios - I'm pleased to now confirm that this UK release has the correct aspect rations. Beware that the initial US DVD released by MGM was presented with all films in 1.66:1 aspect ratio, even though some of the originals were shot in 1.33:1!!! Nothing miraculous, they simply cropped the top and bottom of the screen. MGM accepted their error and reissued the discs in the correct aspect ratio.
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Thanks for let purchase this item and add it to my collection it was a very unlike find thank you very muchPublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by Jonathan Grynkraut
Amazon, please mention more details, such as subs. I do not want to buy DVD's without subs!!! It should always be mentioned in product information!!!Published on 30 Oct. 2011 by Oyster
Should be better on widescreen edition. The menu are totaly poorly made. The DVD's came in slim cases, however the image's fine.Published on 14 Oct. 2010 by André
This collection is very good. There is one 'weak' film there (Shame), about which even Bergman was critical, but it was actually interesting to see it. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2009 by Viktor