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The Ear [DVD] [1970]
The Ear [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Jirina Bohdalová
Price: £12.96

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ear, Karel Kachyna, 11 Mar. 2014
This review is from: The Ear [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
Karel Kachyna's "The Ear" is a remarkable documentation of constant fear, the disintegration of privacy and the breaking down of minds. The inability to express one's self, trying to restrain emotion, but having it tumbling out from sheer exasperation. Simply put, the study of a house under watch during a totalitarian regime. Kachyna's fascinating insight into a disintegrating marriage is heightened by the setting of an oppressive system, making this an examination of anxiety for one's safety, as well an intense inspection of a failing relationship.

Kachyna's potent camerawork and brilliant composition, makes the viewer feel as if he/she are the eyes of the "Ears". The couple are constantly in fear of being over heard, being careful not to discuss certain matters in various rooms. Always referring to recording devices as "The Ear", they lower their voices and close doors before speaking. Cleverly, Kachyna has the characters dressed (for most of the film) in their night clothes, as the possibility of being seen has not crossed their minds. We, the viewer, feel like the unsuspected camera, recording their movements and body language as well as eves-dropping on their conversations.

The acting of the cast is superb, the leads Radoslav Brzobohatý and Jiřina Bohdalová both work brilliantly together. The characters are two extremes, drunken, loud and emotional Anna ( Bohdalova) and angry, cautious, impatient Ludvík, makes this study a captivating viewing. The cinematography, as I have already mentioned, is excellent, using black and white to the best of it's advantages. The effect that director Karel Kachyna causes makes me regret the accessibility of his other achievements, as this is his only film on DVD. It is a bold and daring feature, unsettling and powerful and one of the great masterpieces of Czech cinema.

Another wonderful achievement from Second Run DVDs, this will be a valuable addition to any collector of art house films. With an introduction feature by critic Peter Hames, it also comes along with a booklet with an essay on the film and a biography of the director. Now get it!


Persona [DVD]
Persona [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bibi Andersson
Offered by UK-Retail-Discount
Price: £11.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Persona Ingmar Bergman, 22 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Persona [DVD] (DVD)
One of the most complex and extraordinary pieces of cinema created, "Persona" has left a standard in cinema that few will ever be able to reach. "Persona" has been considered not just a major work of 20th century cinema, but as a major work of art in it's entirety, described by critics of the like of Susan Sontag as, "Bergman's Masterpiece". Bergman himself considered it to be his highest achievement along side "Cries and Whispers", saying ""I had gone as far as I could go. And that in these two instances when working in total freedom, I touched wordless secrets that only the cinema can discover.""

"Persona's" masterful blend of montage, long take and it's overall style of surrealism combines the greatest uses of cinema visually and bring's one brilliantly, yet almost uncomfortably close to the screen. It is a film about two women and the psychological unraveling of one, in the presence of the other, who studies her excruciatingly close and almost mercilessly. Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann) is a famous stage and screen actress who suddenly becomes mute. The doctors understand that she has a completely sound mind and this is a decision she has made on her own. She is entrusted to a nurse named Alma (Bibi Andersson)and they are sent to a deserted beach house for a more healthy environment for the patient. The two women are completely isolated from the world and to fill the silence, Alma speaks for the both of them, conveying her own thoughts and deciding her patient's response's, while the actress forever studies her silently. Alma begins to confine in Elisabet and trust as one would a psychiatrist. But soon, distrust comes over the nurse, which results into psychological chaos.

The performances of Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson have to be perhaps the best performances given by two lead actresses in a film. Both wildly different style's, the expressive, emotional Andersson and the subtle, quiet acting of Liv Ullmann, are brought together wonderfully. Gloria Swanson said in "Sunset Boulevard" ""We didn't need dialogue. We had faces."" and Ullmann most certainly did not need dialogue. Her face both told and hid her thoughts, the small curl of her mouth and a flicker of her eyes said more then words could ever do. Whereas Ullmann's performance was quiet and minimalist, Andersson's was the opposite, open and violently expressive in words and actions. These two extremes playing off one another created a remarkable effect and makes Persona captivating for it's message as well as it's visuals.

The exquisite cinematography of Sven Nykvist is beautifully obvious in all of Ingmar Bergman's films, but none so as pointedly as in Persona. Bergman's most radical film is matched by Nykvist's equally radical cinematography, with long take, close-ups, montage and fascinating use of lighting. The extreme contrast of the black and white is also a unique object in this film, with an intense, white, sunlit walls against the sharp, stark black of the actors silhouettes and clothing.

This masterpiece from one of the greatest geniuses in cinema, is among the most celebrated films in history and I could not be more encouraging for a admirer of Art-House cinema to experience this jewel.

Special Features:
Star and Director Filmographies
Philip Strick film notes
Promotional Art Gallery
Alternate Censored Scene
Subtitle Comparison Feature
Original U.S. Trailer
The Bergman Collection Trailer


Szindbad [DVD] [1971]
Szindbad [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Zoltán Latinovits
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Szindbad Zoltán Huszárik, 17 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Szindbad [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
This remarkable film is based on the short stories of symbolist writer Gyula Krúdy. It recounts the memories of Szindbad and his different experiences with women whom he is unable to love, most of which are not in any order or relation to one another.

This film is an artwork of great beauty, in which I would place under the same genre as Paradjanov's "The Colour of Pomegranates", due to it's dreamlike cinematography and fast moving pictures. The small attention to details and the beautiful use of colour, also reminded me of another Second Run release, Jaromil Jires film "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders". This is not for everyone, as the focus of the film is not catered for the entertainment value, rather for the use of film as an art-form.

It is a film about the life of a womanizer who is foreign to the concept of love, who perhaps deeply wishes to love but is unable to and therefore shuns away any similar emotion channeled towards him. He is charming and although undoubtedly a despicable character, never hated. He is pitied by the audience for his wish to feel love, but is blocked by the psychological fence in his mind, making him a pathetic sorrowful figure.

The colours in the film are sumptuously used in this memoir of conquests, the cinematography is extraordinary, with a beautiful mixture of long take, "short" take (described by Huszarik as 'pictography'),extremely imaginative movements and a wonderful mixture of atonal experimental and also beautiful classical-style music. This film is pure art, with no other intention and is one of the great treasures from Second Run DVDs, but please note before buying that this is a symbolist, surrealist film and not a conventional mainstream one, so this film is evidently not for everyone.

Special Features:
Szindbad: An appreciation - new and exclusive interview with Peter Strickland
20 page booklet featuring a new essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke


The Legend of the Surami Fortress [DVD] [1984]
The Legend of the Surami Fortress [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Levan Uchaneishvili
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of Suram Fortress, 11 Aug. 2013
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Sergei Paradjanov's "The Legend of the Surami Fortress" is based on an ancient Georgian myth. It tells the tale of the real life fortress which stands in a small town in Surami, in Georgia's Shida Kartli region. The Fortress is continuously falling and being rebuilt. This continues for a long number of years until a fortune teller with a tragic past, tells a prophecy involving the son of her former lover, which leads the subject of the prophecy to his doomed fate. Only if the son is sacrificed, would the fortress remain in it's standing glory.

The film is beautifully made, Sergei Paradjanov's unique style had not left him during his 15 year ban from cinema. With wonderful colours and excellent camera work, this film is extraordinary example that film is an art form and not a mind altering source of entertainment. For example, there is one scene that involves a herd of sheep fleeing from the frame of the camera. The shot is taken from a distance, a birds eye-view of the scene. The camera does not move until all the sheep have left that birds eye-view. When the last sheep leaves, only then does the camera move to the next shot. This shows what a perfectionist Paradjanov was, how every little detail had to be just right.

The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of five is that although it is beautifully made, with every inch of it being in Paradjanov's style, it did not have the same kind of power as his early films have. Both "The Colour of Pomegranates" and "The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" have an incredible hold over the viewer, keeping you spellbound to their magnetic beauty and hypnotic mise en scene. Although "Suram" is very bewitching, with Paradjanov's distinct style of minimal dialogue, mime acting and dream like surrealism, it does not create the same impression as his earlier films do.

That being said, it is still a work of great merit and a cut above usual Hollywood films. However, if you are new to Sergei Paradjanov's films I suggest you watch "The Colours of Pomegranates" first and the "The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" second to really leave a wonderful impression of the great director and to be properly introduced to his style. If you are not new to him, then I cannot recommend it more.

Special Features:
Director, Actress V.Andajapridize feature
"Architecture of Ancient Georgia" Feature
Cast and Crew filmographies and Image gallery


Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (Recorded Live At Royal Opera House Covent Garden 2009) [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (Recorded Live At Royal Opera House Covent Garden 2009) [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Wayne McGregor
Price: £19.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dido and Aeneas, Purcell, 5 Mar. 2012
Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas is based on a section of Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid. It tells the story of Dido (Sarah Connolly), Queen of Carthage who falls in love with the Trojan hero Aeneas (Lucas Meachem), who visits her land after the downfall of his country, in search for the new Troy. He returns her love, but thier happiness is doomed from the start, as trouble begins to brew.

A sorceress(Sara Fulgoni), hates people who find joy and feels a need to turn their joy into pain. She tells her plan to two witches (Eri Nakamura and Pumeza Matshikiza), which is to send one of her spirits dsguised as Mercury, who tell's Aeneas to continue his queste to find the new Troy. Aeneas, beliving the spirit is indeed Mercury,is aungusihed by the thought of leaving his beloved Dido. However, he consents and leaves a heart broken Dido, which ends the opera in tragedy.

Lucas Meachem was wonderful as Aeneas, his deep voice powerful and strong, suiting the role well, his performance of the aria "Jove's comand shall be obeyed/But Ah, what language etc." sounded increadibly beautiful, from it's start to finish. Sara Fulgoni was equally great,her firey mezzo voice was wonderfully suited for the role of the evil sorcerss. Her two companions soprano Eri Nakamura and contralto Pumeza Matshikiza were terrific, their voices blending into an astoundingly exsquisite tone. Their acted very well together seeing as they were ment to be conjoined, their movments did not restrict them from using the full extent of their voices, which results in a fantastic effect. Countertener Iestyn Davies, beutifully sung the aria "stay prince and hear",his high voice never wavering and creating stunningly pure notes.

Soprano Lucy Crowe was vocally excellent as Belinda, beautifully singing aria's such as "Pusure thy conqueste" and "thanks to these loansome vales". She definitely was one of the best singers in the production. However, her acting skills were terrible, resulting in some scenes being unnecessarily distracting. But her sweet and superb voice, excellent for baroque, made up for her bad acting. On the other hand, it is unfortunate that when Dido is dying, rather then crying, she looks as if she is trying not to vomit. Thankfully Sarah Connolly is so mesmerizing that this does not detract.

Sarah Connolly was easily the greatest performer on the stage, her extrodinarly rich and beautiful voice was astounding to hear. Her performances of the aria's "Death must come when he is gone.","Thy hand Belinda" and the incredible "When I am laid in Earth" was earth shatteringly outstounding, sending a chill down my arms. Her acting was good, but nothing in this production could match that voice. Her performance was spellbinding and should be repeated again and again.

The Stage design suites it setting, with marvelous lighting and colours. The costumes are also appropriate for a mythical setting, not at all modernised. The royal ballet is increadible, the movements they performed were captivating and wonderfully in rythm to the beautiful baroque music, composed by the genius Purcell. Christopher Hogwood conducts the brilliant Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, this production is magnificent along with wonderful singers and chorus. I definitely reccomend purchasing this DVD.


Aida [DVD] [1994] [2010]
Aida [DVD] [1994] [2010]
Dvd ~ Cheryl Studer
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £14.56

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aida, Verdi, 22 Jan. 2012
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Verdi's tragic opera Aida, tells the story of an Ethiopian Princess (Cheryl Studer), enslaved by the Egyptians, who are at war with her father, Amonasro King of Ethiopia (Alexandru Agache). They do not know of her origins and her mistress is Amneris (Luciana D'Intino), daughter of the Pharaoh. Amneris is deeply in love with a military commander called Radames (Dennis O'Neill). However, she senses that his affections are directed towards another and realizes that he loves Aida.

Aida returns his love and is distressed by the fact that she loves her fathers enemy. The Egyptians win a battle and take her countrymen hostage during a ceremony, celebrating the triumph won by Radames. Among these prisoners is Amonasro and Aida rushes towards him. Ramades asks his king to allow the Ethiopians to be freed. Not knowing who Aida and her father is (other then the fact that they are realated), the Pharaoh allows them to go with the exception of Aida and Amonasro, who have to stay behind, to ensure that the Ethopians don't take revenge and he rewards Ramades with the hand of his daughter Amneris. However, Amonasro has a plan and Aida needs to decide where her loyalties lie, with her lover or her people.

Cheryl Studer was wonderful in the title role, her voice delicate and powerful at the same time. She was incredibly comfortable whilst singing the higher notes, sounding divinely pure, although at times, when she went a little lower she sounded unsteady, but she swiftly managed to control it, recovering well. Her rendition of "Ritorna vincitor" was breathtakingly beautiful, emotional and passionate. Dennis O'Neill was equally excellent as Ramades, his light tenor voice great for this role, sounding passionate and powerful, just right for Verdi opera's.

Baritone Alexandru Agache was outstanding as Amonasro, his deep voice wonderfully dramatic, his duets with Studer "Ciel, mio padre! .. Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate" were excellent, their voices swiftly changing from exquisite reminiscence (of their country), to thunderous anger and drama. Their voices combined was incredibly effective, their performance astonishing.

However, the greatest singer in this production was Luciana D'Intino, her deep mezzo voice was richly beautiful with a sublime, warm tone. Her remarkable performance seemed effortless, accompanied by wonderful acting skills, as well as having a heartwarmingly beautiful voice. Her performance at the end of Scene 1 in Act 2 was so brilliant that the audience let out a roar of excitement even before the music had stopped playing, as soon as she had finished the final note. Her mesmerizing performance was easily the best in the production and if anyone has only one reason to get this, it should be for her performance.

The staging is excellent with colourful backdrops and great costumes. The Royal Ballet, wonderfully choreographed by Kate Flatt brings further excitement to the audience, with a great effect.

Performed at The Royal Opera House, this production is brilliant with superb singers and Edward Downes conducting a fantastic orchestra. This is a great performance of Verdi's masterful Aida and I definitely recommend purchasing this DVD.
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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra -- Metropolitan Opera/Levine [DVD] [2002]
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra -- Metropolitan Opera/Levine [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ James Levine
Price: £13.86

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Boccanegra, Verdi, 17 Jan. 2012
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Verdi's mesmerizing opera Simon Boccanegra, tells the tale of a once a dangerous pirate (Vladimir Chernov), who becomes a well respected man and is elected Doge of Genoa, for which he feels unworthy, but over the years becomes a strong leader. Before he is in power, he wishes to marry the daughter of the present Doge, Fiesco (Robert Lloyd). She has been imprisoned in her fathers palace, because she bore Boccanegra's child, Maria. Fiesco, upon hearing of his daughters death, takes his grandchild and leaves after telling Boccanegra the tragic death. Boccanegra is surrounded by the towns people, declaring him Doge. Many Years pass and Boccanegra is reunited with his long lost daughter. However, this happy event does not last long and eventually the opera ends in tragedy.

Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov, is incredible as the title role. His wonderful voice sounded amazing. Passionate and strong, his voice was just right for the role, which is immensely difficult and demanding for a singer, but he was flawless. Bruno Pola is excellent as the villain of the opera, his voice superb and his acting was terrific. Robert Lloyd was also excellent, his deep bass voice powerful with a very large range.

The extraordinary Placido Domingo brilliantly plays Amelia's/Maria's love interest. His overwhelmingly beautiful voice is astonishing as always. Although this is not one of his largest roles, he still gives a very memorable performance. The chemistry between Domingo and Te Kanawa is pefection, creating a great effect on those watching, and as a result makes the opera even more enjoyable to hear. His aria "Sento avvampar nell'anima" was incredible to watch and listen to, his spectacular voice matched with phenomenal acting skills.

However, Kiri Te Kanawa gave the greatest performance, her incredibly beautiful voice, enhanced Verdi's stunning music. Her rich, warm and vibrant tones and her ability to powerfully amplify her voice whilst maintaining a mellow, soft and delicate sound is outstanding. Her wonderful stage presence and remarkable voice is essential for the role of Amelia/Maria and this performance is immaculate. The beauty of Te Kanawa's voice, combined with her acting ability, makes her one of the greatest sopranos alive today. This production shows off all of her talents and her performance alone is a reason to buy this brilliant production.

Verdi's Music is generally overly dramatic and very loud. This opera, in comparison to the explosive composition of his wonderfully over the top opera's, (such as Il Travatore) is quite subtle for Verdi, although it does have dramatic scenes. Due to the more balanced composition, this is perhaps one of the most beautiful and greatest Verdi opera's I have ever seen. It has incredibly sublime arias such as "Come in quest'ora bruna"(sung exquisitely by Te Kanawa) and "Perdon, Amelia" (brilliant Domingo), which are just a couple of the outstanding arias from this masterpiece. When I listen to an opera, I generally have to be in a particular mood for Verdi's big and larger then life sounds. However with Simon Boccanegra, I don't have to be in any particular mood to want to listen to it. This is the perfect opera, with a good story line, beautiful music and incredible singing.

James Levine conducts a masterful orchestra and this grand, traditional MET production is bewitching, with beautiful singing and music. I definitely recommend purchasing this opera.


Kwaidan - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1964]
Kwaidan - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Rentaro Mikuni
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £8.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kwaidan, Masaki Kobayashi, 19 Dec. 2011
Masaki Kobayashi's extraordinary masterpiece Kwaidan, consists of four haunting ghost tales, well known in Japanese mythology, adapted from Lafcadio Hearn's classic interpretations from his book Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.

The first tale "Black Hair", sends a moral message about appreciating what you have and not to seek fortune for reasons such as vanity and greed. The opening sequence is hypnotic, as the camera pans slowly over the gate of an old and dilapidated house. It goes through the garden into the house, with the sound of wood slapping together. This is a brilliant start to an eerie story and sets the mood perfectly. It cleverly uses dark colours, which does not prepare you for the astoundingly vivid colours of the next tale.

"The Woman of the Snow" features the popular folkloric creature Yuki-Onna, who controls the snow. This segment starts of with a stormy, snow covered forest with a green and blue background. On the background is swirling eyes beautifully painted, like glass marbles. As the storm calms down, a small red flag is fluttering in the vast amounts of pearly white snow. When the cold weather has ended, there are warm, rich reds, yellows and oranges all blending in together. Throughout the story, there are eyes across the sky, either shut or open, which creates a beautiful mixture of Expressionism and Japanese imagery.

The most interesting and brilliant story is "Hoachi the Earless". It opens with a breathtaking scene depicting the true story of The Battle of Dan-no-ura, with a haunting voice performing the most famous part of the epic war poem "The Tale of the Heike", which is accompanied by an instrument called the Biwa. All of the stories in Kwaidan have exquisite imagery and a poetic elegance to them. However, this one is exceptionally fascinating, because it is a myth, based on a myth which links back to something that actually happened.

"In a Cup of Tea" is very different from the others, not as long and set in a different time zone. It starts off in 1899 which is quite near to when it was written by Hearn. The narrator of the story is an author who is writing the myth. We then go back 250 years, into the story ,1649 . A sumari looks into a cup of tea and sees the smirking head of a man staring back at him. Convinced he is imaging it, he drinks the tea, and is eventually driven to madness. We then go back to 1899 where the film ends with a shocking and nightmarish conclusion.

The film does not use violence and gore to create fear, rather it uses suspense and psychological disturbance to chill the audience, along with its Expressionistic style which creates a wonderfully dreamlike mood. With it's stunning cinematography and it's incredibly beautiful, hand painted backdrops of outstanding colours, Kwaidan is a sophisticated work of art and a must have for any one interested in Japanese legends and Art house films.

Special Features: 72 page illustrated book about the film, Hearn, the stories and how it was made. Original Trailers.
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Certificate: 15
Colour
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running time: 183 mins
Region: 2


The Man from London [DVD]
The Man from London [DVD]
Dvd ~ Istvan Lenart
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man from London, Bela Tarr, 15 Dec. 2011
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Great Art House director Bela Tarr's, The Man from London, tells the story of railway signalman Maloin (Miroslav Krobot), who hardly registers what is going on around him. Suddenly his life takes a turn, when he witnesses a murder and becomes mixed up with a English police inspector (István Lénárt), in matters that are completely foreign to him, forcing him to face morality and the thin line between innocence and complicity.

The film was beautifully shot in black and white by cinematographer Fred Kelemen (who recently did Tarr's new film The Turin Horse) and the acting of Miroslav Krobot and Tilda Swinton was excellent. With brilliant Mise-en-scène from Tarr, masterful long takes by Kelemen and atmospheric composition from his long time collaborator Mihaly Vig, this film could easily have been a masterpiece, like his previous films Satantango and Werckmeister Harmonies.

However, there are small problems, which there could have been without. The over the top Britishness of the inspector was very stereotypical, sounding and acting like something out of a 1940's Ealing Studios film. Another thing was that István Lénárt, must had been well over seventy, which makes this quite unrealistic. These details lessened the film, making it an outstanding to watch, but failing to reach it's full potential.

Compared to most films you see being made now days, this is an excellent film, besides it's shortcomings. Although it is not one of the best of Tarr's work, it is still worth purchasing, for it's breathtaking cinematography and the impeccable acting of Krobot and Swinton. If you are new to Bela Tarr, get Werckmeister Harmonies, which I believe to be his best released on DVD and one of the greatest films of the last decade. If you already have Tarr's other films then you should definitely add The Man From London to your collection as it is still a great film which should not be missed.

Special Features: Interview with Bela Tarr
Language: Mostly French with a small amount of English
Subtitles: English
Certificate: 12
Dolby Digital 2.0
Black and White
Region Code: 2
Running time: 90 mins


The Virgin Spring [1960] [DVD]
The Virgin Spring [1960] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Max von Sydow
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £6.84

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Virgin Spring, Ingmar Bergman, 14 Dec. 2011
Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring, is based on the disturbing 13th century Swedish ballad, Töres döttrar i Wänge, that deals with the conflicts between paganism, christianity and the belief in what is right or wrong. It tells the tale of a wealthy father and mother, whose daughter is violently raped and killed by goat herders, unknowingly in front of her Oden worshiping half sister. After deserting their victims body, they seek shelter and food from aristocrats. However, this was the dead girls family, whom upon discovering the peasants secret, take their revenge.

The Virgin Spring is often thought to be a companion piece for The Seventh Seal and there is similarities between them, however they are also very different as well. Although The Seventh Seal is very sinister, The Virgin Spring is far more dark due to it's realistic story. There are no supernatural themes as there are in The Seventh Seal, making this film in a way, more believable.

Max Von Sydow and Birgitta Valberg are wonderful as the parents, conveying their characters emotions brilliantly. Sven Nykvist's cinematography is exceptional, beautifully shot in stunning black and white and the screenplay is excellent, with Bergman's poetic style.

An unsettling examination on morals, good and evil, this is one of the great masterpieces of Ingmar Bergman and an outstanding contribution to cinema.

Special Features: Star and Director Filmographies, The Bergman Collection Trailer, Stills Gallery and Phillip Strick Film Notes.

Video Aspect Ratio: Original Academy Ratio
Feature Length: 86 mins
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: English
Certificate: 15
Region 0


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