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Ingmar Bergman Volume 1

#1 Post by yoloswegmaster » Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:50 am

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Ingmar Bergman Vol. 1 (5-disc Blu-ray)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Alf Sjöberg and Gustaf Molander

For over 50 years, Ingmar Bergman produced ground-breaking works of cinema that established him as one of the world's most acclaimed, enduring and influential filmmakers.

Ingmar Bergman: Volume One marks the first of a four volume celebration of the auteur's work – available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK – and reflects on the opening stages of Bergman's career.

Presented over 5 discs, the set features 2K restorations of eight early written or directed by Bergman. Including initial partnerships with regular collaborators (such as cinematographer Gunnar Fischer and actor Birger Malmsten), these early works exhibit his burgeoning talents, introducing themes and tones that he would continue to develop over the next five decades.

The films:
Torment (Dir: Alf Sjöberg | Scr. Ingmar Bergman, 1944), Crisis (1946), Eva (Dir: Gustaf Molander | Scr. Ingmar Bergman, 1948), Music in Darkness (1948), Port of Call (1948), Prison (1949), Three Strange Loves(1949), and To Joy (1950).

Special Features:
5-Blu-ray set featuring 2K restorations of all 8 films
Perfect-bound book featuring new essays by Jan Holmberg (CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation), Philip Kemp, Geoff Andrew, Jessica Kiang, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Kat Ellinger, and Laura Hubner
Ingmar Bergman: The Early Years (2021): a new video essay by writer, filmmaker and film journalist Leigh Singer
Ingmar Bergman Guardian Interview (1982, 62, audio only): Bergman pays tribute to Alf Sjöberg, the director of Torment, discussing his influence and impact on his own career
Other extras TBC
Limited edition (5,000 units)
Newly commissioned artwork by Andrew Bannister
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Re: Ingmar Bergman Volume 1

#2 Post by domino harvey » Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:52 am

Which 8 films?

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#3 Post by yoloswegmaster » Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:55 am

Whoops, I thought I had them posted. It is Torment, Crisis , Eva , Music in Darkness, Port of Call, Prison , Three Strange Loves, and To Joy.

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#4 Post by EddieLarkin » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:01 am

Nice to see Torment (goodbye Eclipse Series 1!). Eva, Music in Darkness and Prison are also new to Blu-ray. The other 4 are already in Ingmar Bergman Cinema.

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#5 Post by domino harvey » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:07 am

Nice, not a bad set when we can get the four remaining early Bergman Tartan DVDs upgraded

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#6 Post by Rayon Vert » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:17 am

Damn, and of course I had just ordered Prison on dvd to buffer the Berman cinema set. (I had a rip of it.)

Why wasn't It Rains on Our Love included? Different studio?

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#7 Post by dustybooks » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:28 am

Prison is such a major work and I really missed it in the Criterion box, so this is wonderful news.

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#8 Post by willoneill » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:36 am

4 not-on-blu Bergmans is value enough for me. Sold!

Will be interesting to see what the make-up of the other three volumes are.

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#9 Post by Nw_jahrles » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:51 am

BFI website will only be selling this to UK customers (and related territories). Hopefully it will be available from other retailers.

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#10 Post by JSC » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:52 am

So Bergman's filmography (as director) will be nearly complete on blu. Minus the following.

This Can't Happen Here (probably will never see this anywhere, Bergman having disowned the film)
Stimulantia Omnibus film with contributions from Bergman, Vilgot Sjoman, et al.
Face to Face (Television / theatrical versions)
The Blessed Ones (television film)
In the Presence of a Clown (television film)
The Image Makers (television film)

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#11 Post by halcf » Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:37 am

Does anyone know where I can find a copy in any region of Bergman's complete Face to Face?

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#12 Post by rapta » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:57 pm

I thought Face to Face was with Paramount but according to Park Circus the rights are with StudioCanal...so ball's in their court.

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#13 Post by MichaelB » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:18 pm

EddieLarkin wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:01 am
Nice to see Torment (goodbye Eclipse Series 1!). Eva, Music in Darkness and Prison are also new to Blu-ray. The other 4 are already in Ingmar Bergman Cinema.
Happily, three of them are not merely good films but a distinct cut above the other 1940s titles in the Criterion box. The fact that Torment, Eva and Prison are original Bergman screenplays makes a substantial difference - and, by his own cheerful admission, he wasn't an experienced enough director to do his own writing full justice at the time, whereas Alf Sjöberg (Torment) and Gustaf Molander (Eva) clearly were. And Prison is fascinating as his first full-blown auteur film (it's probably the most glaring omission from the Criterion box), although Bergman wasn't the least bit blind to its shortcomings - frankly, he bit off far more than he could comfortably chew given the restricted budget and schedule and what was still comparative inexperience, but the first few minutes rank alongside pretty much anything else that he ever did.

As for Music in Darkness... well, Bergman had to pay the rent somehow, and in fact he took on that project (a pretty glutinous melodramatic weepie about a musician struck blind after trying to rescue a cute ickle puppy that had foolishly wandered onto a firing range) specifically to atone for previous commercial failures. For someone so often painted as the archetypal aloof and distant artist, Bergman was in fact acutely conscious of the risks that his producers were taking on his behalf, and felt obliged to repay them somehow.

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#14 Post by domino harvey » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:22 pm

I wouldn't argue for Music in the Darkness as high art, but it's more entertaining than many of his other earlier films released by Criterion and subsequently included in this set. But no argument from me on Eva and Prison being the high points here. Plus, Godard is absolutely obsessed with one of the stills from Prison-- has anything been more consistently referenced in Godard's essay films than the image of the two leads with a camera?

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#15 Post by Rayon Vert » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:32 pm

Plus it contains that essential, meaning-rich devil-and-skeleton (death) film-within-the-film that Bergman quotes again in Persona.

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#16 Post by swo17 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:41 pm

Might be tangentially worth mentioning if some are unaware: the BFI's first Play for Today box includes the Bergman-scripted The Lie

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Re: Ingmar Bergman Volume 1

#17 Post by Calvin » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:48 pm

JSC wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:52 am
So Bergman's filmography (as director) will be nearly complete on blu. Minus the following.

This Can't Happen Here (probably will never see this anywhere, Bergman having disowned the film)
You never know. It was restored for his centenery and received some theatrical screenings so I'd be surprised if Svensk Filmindustri played hard ball with it.

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#18 Post by JSC » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:14 pm

Does anyone know where I can find a copy in any region of Bergman's complete Face to Face?
To date the only release I'm aware of is the DVD that Olive Films put out a while back. It's the theatrical
version, though thankfully it has the original Swedish soundtrack rather than the very poor English dub. That
being said, the audio quality is not exactly stellar, but it's probably the only way of seeing it at present.

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#19 Post by phoenix474 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:52 pm

JSC wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:52 am
So Bergman's filmography (as director) will be nearly complete on blu. Minus the following.

Stimulantia Omnibus film with contributions from Bergman, Vilgot Sjoman, et al.
Bergman’s contribution, Daniel, is on the Fårö disc of IBC

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#20 Post by furbicide » Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:51 am

I'm not so crazy about the early films (and already have the two of this lot that I like best, Prison and Music in Darkness, on DVD, and am not that desperate to get them on blu-ray), but I'm nonetheless really excited by this project and interested to see where it goes in subsequent volumes. Hopefully we finally get a decent edition of Face to Face, as well as some of the '80s/'90s TV movies and other stuff that didn't make it on to the Criterion set.

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#21 Post by MichaelB » Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:03 am

I wouldn’t hold your breath - there’ve already been strong hints that the other boxes will be all Svensk Filmindustri affairs. Basically, what was released in the old Tartan DVD box.

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#22 Post by TMDaines » Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:02 pm

I’ll be very happy to pick this up and complement the CC set at £30 or so. BFI sets usually drop to a very inviting price.

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#23 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:24 am

Full specs announced for volume 1:
INGMAR BERGMAN
VOLUME 1

Limited Edition (5,000 copies only) 5-disc Blu-ray box set containing eight films, released on 26 July 2021

Three films* from Volume 1 will be released on BFI Player Subscription on 9 August

All films in Volume 1 will be released on iTunes and Amazon Prime on 16 August

For more than 50 years, Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) produced groundbreaking works of cinema that established him as one of the world’s most acclaimed, enduring and influential filmmakers. Ingmar Bergman: Volume 1, released by the BFI on 26 July 2021, is the first of a four-volume celebration of the auteur’s work – available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK – and reflects on the opening stages of Bergman’s career.

Presented over five discs, this beautifully packaged box set features 2K restorations of eight early films (1944-1950) written or directed by Bergman, including initial partnerships with regular collaborators such as cinematographer Gunnar Fischer and actor Birger Malmsten. These early works exhibit his burgeoning talents, introducing themes and tones that he would continue to develop over the following five decades. The discs are packaged with a 100-page perfect bound book and contain additional special features, details below. The films in Volume 1 are:

TORMENT (1944): Directed by Alf Sjöberg, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

CRISIS* (1946): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

MUSIC IN DARKNESS (1948): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Dagmar Edqvist

EVA (1948): Directed by Gustaf Molander, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

PORT OF CALL* (1948): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

PRISON (1949): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

THIRST (1949): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Herbert Grevenius

TO JOY* (1950): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

Special features
The Guardian Interview: Ingmar Bergman (1982, 62 mins, audio only): Ingmar Bergman pays tribute to Alf Sjöberg, the director of Torment, discussing his influence and impact on his own career
Ingmar Bergman: First Cries, Early Whispers (2021, 20 mins): a new video essay by writer, filmmaker and film journalist Leigh Singer
• 100-page perfect-bound book featuring new essays by Jan Holmberg (CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation), Philip Kemp, Geoff Andrew, Jessica Kiang, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Kat Ellinger and Laura Hubner

Product details
RRP: £59.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1423 / 15
Sweden / 1944-1950 / black and white / 736 minutes / Swedish, with optional English language subtitles / original aspect ratios 1.37:1 // 5 x BD50: 1080p, 24fps, LPCM 1.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)

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