(aka 'Cries and Whispers')

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Sweden 1972

 

  Legendary director Ingmar Bergman creates a testament to the strength of the soul—and a film of absolute power. Karin and Maria come to the aid of their dying sister, Agnes, but jealousy, manipulation, and selfishness come before empathy. Agnes, tortured by cancer, transcends the pettiness of her sisters’ concerns to remember moments of being—moments that Bergman, with the help of Academy Award-winning cinematographer Sven Nykvist, translates into pictures of staggering beauty and unfathomable horror.

 

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Theatrical Release: December 21st, 1972 - NY, NY, USA

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 101 - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:31:15 
Video 1.68:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.83 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Swedish (Dolby Digital 1.0) , DUB: English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
1.68:1

Edition Details:

• Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love with Erland Josephson (2000)—A candid and revealing 52-minute interview with Bergman and long-time collaborator Erland Josephson, originally broadcast on Swedish television Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
• 6 page liner notes (2 page essay by Peter Cowie) 


DVD Release Date: June 19th, 2001

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Comments:

On initial viewing this image looks excellent, but putting it under the microscope we notice some minimally noticeable manipulations. Contrast, usually Criterion's hallmark, is a shade out of sync here with the variance from white to black being quite dramatic - I usually wouldn't be bothered but I felt the darkness excluded some important details and the whites were literally glowing. Color seems strong and Bergman's extreme close-ups detail a bit of inconsistent grain and noise. There is an English DUB included with the original Swedish audio and optional English subtitles. I felt that the 52 minute interview with Bergman and Josephson was worth the price of the disc alone. This DVD looks very good, but not as filmic as one might expect. Still it is HD-sourced and anamorphic at a ratio at 1.68. No one will do this better than Criterion have done. A must-own for Bergman fans and all cinema lovers. out of       

Gary W. Tooze

 





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