Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama|
There is no denying this fact: Ingmar Bergman's films are true commitments. Though averaging only an hour and a half in length, the psychological depth, the magnitude of human exploration, and the emotional rollercoaster ... more »
Well done, but the aspect ratios are STILL wrong
brian0918 | 09/29/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Focus on the "Collection" Disk
Kerry Walters | Lewisburg, PA USA | 09/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The five feature films that make up this special edition are probably well known to anyone who's thinking about buying it, so I'll limit my remarks to the sixth disk, the "Ingmar Bergman Collection" of special features. (Besides, I've reviewed each of the five feature films individually.)
The disk features a few photographic essays and an unopenable (at least for me) issue of "American Cinematographer" which presumably is devoted to Bergmaniana. The photographs are unremarkable, and the unopenable AC file is, of course, a disappointment. But three items in the supplemental disk make up for it.
The disk contains a 1970 interview with Bergman that most Bergman fans will have seen at some time. The gem is a 2002 interview, "Intermezzo," in which Bergman's conversation is both fascinating and revealing. He says, for example, that for a major period in his life, he thought film could be a refuge against his personal demons, someplace where he could find peace. The implication of his remarks is that his demons were still present at the end of his life. He worries that young directors are technically good but don't have anything to say. And he talks about his lifelong intimacy with Strindberg, beginning when he was a teenager. Fascinating stuff.
The second great item is a short documentary on Faro Island, with an emphasis on how its bleak landscape suited Bergman's temperament. For those of us (like myself) who have longed to see the two documentaries Bergman made about Faro, this short film is especially interesting.
Finally, there's a documentary on Sven Nyqvist's cinematography, which is very good indeed."
Great Movies, Masterpieces.... mediocre MGM DVD management
Dead Bees on a Cake | NY USA | 11/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The "Personality Disintegration" collection
I can spend hours (and pages) talking about Bergman and what his work means to me and how it still affects generations of movie makers all over the world.. but i can't here
You may like Ingmar Bergman or not.This will never change the fact that he's one of the most important movie makers in the modern cinema (period)
He started movie making in the40's (while keeping up with his Theatre)
It wasn't until the 50's when he made his international breakthrough (Smiles of the summer nights, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries)
But his "real" breakthrough was when he started (1961: Through a glass darkly)a brand new technique in cinema (The Chamber Cinema), helped by a brilliant cinematographer (Sven Nykvist)
In 1966, Bergman started (also on his island Faro) a new theme, Personality Disintegration of the modern man (i.e. Post Modern cinema).
This collection has all the movies of the era (1966-1969): Persona/Hour of The Wolf/Shame/The Passion of Anna,and one from 1977 (different theme): The Serpent's Egg. The collection also has an extra DVD with extra features about Bergman in that era.
This era (1960's) was Bergman most intense production... a climax.
Persona (1966), is the most experimental movie he ever made, a "masterpiece" in psycho-analysis. A growing relation between an actress (Liv Ullman) and her nurse (Bibi Anderson) after the actress decided to stop talking.
Also it's one of his early "self-conscious cinema" works.This movie started the "disintegration" theme.and his closure was "It's All Nothing!"
Hour of the Wolf (1968), featuring Max Von Sydow (from the seventh seal), is a "beautiful" presentation about the inner demons and ghosts, and the struggle, the film starts and ends just like a documentary...(in a form of an horror movie)trying to find the reason for the disappearance of the artist.The actor(Sydow) will lead also the 2 remaining movies of this series, a continuous universal destruction.
While Hour of The wolf is a struggle with one's internal monsters, Shame (1968) is a struggle with the outside world chaos and horror:The War,and how the outside non-logical violence will "decompensate" the fragile equilibrium of the protagonist,leading to another example (but basically the same) disintegration.
The Passion of Anna (1969),is my "personal favorite" of this era(though it's not considered as important as Persona)it's his most "free form" cinema made, and the complete and ultimate humiliation and disintegration of the modern man (the artist... etc)
At the end of the movie, Bergman zooms in at the actor till he physically "disintegrate" and you can listen to Bergman's voice saying: "This time they call him Andreas Winkelman"... indicating it's universal and continuous...
The Serpent's Egg (1977) is far from this era (but it's also an MGM so...let's fit it in)...one of his only two "English talking" works (other than the touch)... a very pessimistic movie... done when Bergman was in exile (forced to leave Sweden for a Tax issue... that turned to be nothing later)... it's one of his rare works that indicates a place and time (Germany 1920's) and the horror then... the leader actor is David Carradine (Bill... in Kill Bill Vol2) with Liv Ullman.
Over all this collection is very "precious" since it collects these "high peaks" in his works (1966-1969), there's a very mediocre audio commentary by Marc Gervais (but I prefer Peter Cowie who did a better job elsewhere)... I learned from elsewhere that MGM chopped the original movies to fit on those DVD...subsequently they got rid of a lot of materials (instead of providing full versions available), something that emphasizes the feeling that only respectful art-house DVD brands (like the prestigious CRITERION COLLECTION) should be dealing with priceless pieces like these -no matter how overpriced they might be-.
So instead of 5 stars, I'm giving only 4... for bad bad execution.
But after all it remains a BERGMAN !!!!"