My Life as a Dog

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Overview

This re-release of My Life as a Dog from Criterion may be far from perfect, but it's leaps and bounds ahead of the disappointing initial release from Fox Lorber. Here, finally, is the widescreen version of the film. Framed at 1.66:1 (though it's hard to tell this from 1.85:1) and anamorphic, the transfer is somewhat flat, though intentionally so. Colors are drab for the most part, just as the theatrical presentation, but it doesn't harm the overall impression of the transfer. Neither does occasional moments of ...
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Overview

This re-release of My Life as a Dog from Criterion may be far from perfect, but it's leaps and bounds ahead of the disappointing initial release from Fox Lorber. Here, finally, is the widescreen version of the film. Framed at 1.66:1 (though it's hard to tell this from 1.85:1) and anamorphic, the transfer is somewhat flat, though intentionally so. Colors are drab for the most part, just as the theatrical presentation, but it doesn't harm the overall impression of the transfer. Neither does occasional moments of grain and scratches. Unquestionably this is the best the film has looked out of the theaters. As often is the case with a Criterion release, this disc uses the original soundtrack, which is a Dolby Digital mono track. It's obviously true that there isn't going to be any expanse to the sound field, but dialogue is clear (optional subtitles are available if you don't happen to speak Swedish) and with such a small film that is dialogue driven, any surrounds might seem overly intrusive. While hardly supplement-heavy as some Criterion titles, this does have a few interesting extras. Starting things off is a fine 18-minute interview with Lasse Hallström, who discusses his work and technique. In addition to that is a 1973 television film that he directed, Shall We Go To My or Your Place or Each Go Home Alone?, which is about three friends and the women they meet at a bar. It's not something you'd see on American television! Finally, along with a poorly transferred theatrical trailer, is a booklet with two short essays from Michael Atkinson and Kurt Vonnegut. Since Hallström has provided commentary tracks to other DVDs (The Cider House Rules and Chocolat), it's too bad that he didn't here, with the film that really brought him to Hollywood.
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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Lasse Hallström and enhanced for widescreen televisions; Shall We Go to My or Your Place or Each Go Home Alone? (1973), a 52-minute film by Lasse Hallström; New video interview with Hallström; Reflections on My Life as a Dog by Kurt Vonnegut, and an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
It's no mistake that the main character in Mitt Liv Som Hund (1985) is named Ingemar Johansson: the film is set in the same year, 1959, that a Swedish boxer of the same name won the world heavyweight champion title from Floyd Patterson. Like his namesake, the film's fictional boy named Ingemar Johansson (Anton Glanzelius) is also a scrappy fighter, both literally and metaphorically. Ingemar climbs into the ring to learn boxing (only to be resoundingly beaten by a girl and thus experience his first sexual impulses) but his primary struggles are with poverty, neglect and abuse, challenges he faces by using his vivid imagination. Rather than being off-putting, the humorous, almost nostalgic tone of Mitt Luv Som Hund blends surprisingly well with the film's frank, dark story and situations, leaving a disquieting but simultaneously funny impression, a tribute to the skill with which the film is rendered by director Lasse Hallstrom. One of the most acclaimed films of 1985 and a success with underdog-loving American audiences at urban art house venues, Mitt Liv Som Hund won Best Foreign Language Film awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Golden Globes, as well as earning Oscar nominations for the script and Hallstrom. Its success propelled the largely unknown Swedish director to international prominence, after over a decade as a filmmaker of romantic comedies and one concert film, ABBA: The Movie (1977). The comedy-drama fit snugly into Hallstrom's preferred type of material, which typically dealt with social iconoclasts struggling to achieve happiness in spite of their eccentricities which, as fondly depicted by the director, are almost always much less bizarre than those of their "normal" peers. Hallstrom's deft and unsentimental touch continued to serve him well as he capitalized on the success of Mitt Luv Som Hund by directing several similarly-themed Hollywood pictures such as Once Around (1991), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), and The Cider House Rules (1999). (The latter featured a main character and several cute young orphan boys who could've been Ingemar's American cousins.) The English language translation of Mitt Luv Som Hund, My Life as a Dog, was also the title of a short-lived American television series spin-off of the film in the 1990s.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
Director Halstrom has a deft touch. His scenes are adventures -- there is almost always a surprise in the offing....
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • UPC: 037429173527
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,792

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anton Glanzelius Ingemar Johansson
Anki Liden Ingemar's Mother
Manfred Serner Erik
Melinda Kinnaman Saga
Tomas von Bromssen , Gunnar
Ing-Marie Carlsson Berit the Artist's Model
Kicki Rundgren Aunt Ulla
Lennart Hjulström Konstnaren, The Sculptor
Christina Carlwind Mrs. Sandberg
Ralph Carlsson Harry
Didrik Gustavsson Mr. Arcidsson
Vivi Johansson Mrs. Arvidsson
Jan-Philip Hollstrom Manne
Arnold Alfredsson Manne's Grandfather
Fritz Elofsson Glassworks Master
Per Ottosson Tommy
Johanna Udehn Lilla Grodan
Susanna Wetterholm Karin
Viveca Dahlen Woman in Laundry
Leif Erickson Farbor Sandberg
Klimpen , Sickan
Magnus Rask Fransson
Tony Rix
Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director, Screenwriter
Waldemar Bergendahl Producer
Per Berglund Screenwriter
Brasse Brannstrom Screenwriter
Ann Collenberg Producer
Susanne Falck Costumes/Costume Designer
Christer Furubrand Editor
Björn Isfält Score Composer
Agneta Jalemo Makeup
Reidar Jonsson Screenwriter
Rolf Lindström Cinematographer
Susanne Linnman Editor
Helena Olofsson-Carmback Makeup
Inger Pehrsson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jörgen Persson Cinematographer
Povel Ramel Songwriter
Erik Spangenberg Producer
Lasse Westfelt Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Painful Lesson [7:29]
2. Accident [4:51]
3. More Trouble at Home [2:03]
4. Caught [5:34]
5. Away Again [3:53]
6. Mr. Arvidsson [2:10]
7. Football [4:46]
8. Glass Factory [1:41]
9. Boxing [3:39]
10. Friendship [3:26]
11. "Lost in Space" [5:43]
12. "Ur-Mother" [4:43]
13. Curiosity [5:21]
14. Home [5:08]
15. Final Visit [3:23]
16. Back to Uncle [4:40]
17. Moving Again [6:10]
18. Waiting for Sickan [2:05]
19. Party [5:15]
20. "It's Important to Compare" [5:13]
21. Fransson Swims [6:23]
22. "Ingemar Didn't Let Us Down" [5:31]
23. Credits [1:16]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Interview With Lasse Hallström
      Play All
      Beginnings
      From Novel to Film
      "It's A True Story"
   Shall We Go to My or Your Place Or Each Home Alone?
   Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A great coming-of-age

    Mit Live Som Hund (My Life As a Dog) is perhaps one of the finest coming-of-age stories ever put on film. Anton Glanzelius our beautiful 12 yr old hero goes through growing pains when his mum becomes ill and he has to live with quirky relatives and an equally quirky neighbourhood the boy on the (football) soccer team with green hair is a standout. Along the way, he falls in love with a girl. Every cineaste must have this in their private collection. A beautiful film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgettable...

    This movie has haunted me since I first saw it and knew one day I would have to own it. It is sweet and tender as well as rip-your-heart-out honest. I laughed and cried. Beautifully filmed. I am placing my order today and can't wait to savor this gem again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie (Fullscreen, Though)

    One of my favorite movies. B&N is showing it as widescreen, and I hope they correct that, since the product is actually fullscreen. If you get the wrong format, watch the movie to make yourself feel better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful, tragi-comedy, autobiography (?),

    I just finished seeing it. It was recommended by a friend. I enjoyed it. The main character, Ingemar, is a little boy, about 12 yrs.old. So there is the puberty issue. The scenes are crisp and sharp, the rural village is wonderful for a young boy. They make glass so there is the molten glass and the master glass blower. There is also a sculpter, and Ingemar is her chaperone as she poses naked and he falls through the skylight as he tries to steal a look. He tells the story to his sick mom, (single parent family).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SUPERB MOVIE!

    This movie is so poignant, you can't help but be glued to your screen. Strong points: direction, screenplay, acting from all members of the cast, especially from Anton Glanzelius. Too bad he only made one movie. Worth seeing again and again and again...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprising

    I didn't think much of it at first, but loved the cinematography. so beautiful.. There are some scenes that just popped right out and surprised me, and I don't think I am allowed to give it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best kept secret Classic.

    I recommend this for everyone in the family. Even my 8-year old son enjoyed it - he was firmly entranced, reading the subtitles. He laughed, he cried. Wow! This is a classic in my book. I rank it right up there with Old Yeller.

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    Posted August 9, 2009

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