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Persona is widely considered to be among the very finest films directed by Ingmar Bergman. This special edition DVD release of the film from MGM/UA offers a first-rate transfer that showcases all the nuances in Sven Nykvist's cinematography. The film is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Swedish and English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital English. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Marc Gervais. ...
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Persona is widely considered to be among the very finest films directed by Ingmar Bergman. This special edition DVD release of the film from MGM/UA offers a first-rate transfer that showcases all the nuances in Sven Nykvist's cinematography. The film is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Swedish and English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital English. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Marc Gervais. Although Gervais has written a book about Bergman, he offers very little background on the artist. Instead he offers numerous possible readings of the film without taking a stand on any of them. Interviews with the two lead actresses, a still photo gallery, and the original theatrical trailer round out this disc, which is available as a single disc and as part of a box set that contains new versions of other Bergman films.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original, uncensored theatrical version; Brand-new digital film transfer presented in the original aspect ratio (1.33:1); Original Swedish audio (mono); English audio (mono); English, French, and Spanish subtitles; "A Poem in Images" featurette; On-camera interviews with Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann; Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman biographer Marc Gervais; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer
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Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Persona, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's brilliant but elusive '60s masterpiece about the mystery of identity, still stands as a monument in the history of world cinema. When stage actress Elisabeth Vogler Liv Ullmann suffers a nervous breakdown that renders her mute, she is sent to a seashore cottage and put under the care of nurse Alma Bibi Andersson. Ullmann and Andersson, standouts among Bergman's stock company, deliver intelligent, poignant performances as they develop one of the most intense and fascinating relationships ever seen onscreen. The film is also known as Masks, and for good reason: The human face has rarely been so thoroughly scrutinized for signs of flickering emotion and hidden identity. And these simple but powerful black-and-white images are hauntingly photographed by the legendary cinematographer and frequent Bergman collaborator Sven Nykvist. Less overtly allegorical and more intimate than the master's most well-known film The Seventh Seal, Persona painstakingly examines the limitations of all human relationships -- poetically illuminating the unbridgeable gulfs that separate us from one another.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A watershed film in its economy, symbolism, and frank sexuality, Ingmar Bergman's Persona ranks as one of the director's most personal pieces, breaking from his earlier, more explicit work in favor of the abstract, intuitive style that he would continue to develop in such films as Hour of the Wolf (1968), Shame (1968), and Cries and Whispers (1973). Bergman started work on Persona after a long hospital stay, and he described the seemingly random images that begin the film as a "poem," a proclamation of his renewal as an artist. The opening sequence sets the tone for the film to come, in which the characters are at the mercy not just of fate and desire but of filmmaking itself. Later on, the film comes off its sprockets -- the celluloid literally breaks and melts on screen, before our eyes. At no other time in his career had Bergman seemed more trusting of his performers; he purges Persona of any narrative conventions but its two characters and their seaside setting. The final shot exposes the crew and equipment making the movie, a self-reflexive gesture, as in the later A Passion (1970), which suggests that not even filmmaking can completely dissect the mysteries of the human heart.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • UPC: 027616902221
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bibi Andersson Nurse Alma
Liv Ullmann Actress Elisabeth Vogler
Margareta Krook doctor
Gunnar Björnstrand Mr. Vogler
Jörgen Lindström Elisabet's Young Son
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Evald Andersson Special Effects
Lars-Owe Carlberg Producer
Tina Johansson Makeup
Bibi Lindstrom Production Designer
Borje Lundh Makeup
Mago Costumes/Costume Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
P.O. Pettersson Sound/Sound Designer
Ulla Ryghe Editor
Lars Johan Werle Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Montage/Main Title [6:48]
2. A Nurse for Mrs. Vogler [1:26]
3. Not Strong Enough [4:46]
4. A Mapped-Out Future [3:10]
5. Dear Elisabet [2:55]
6. The Lie of Real Life [2:37]
7. At the Summer House [3:38]
8. Married Men and Young Boys [9:12]
9. Becoming Each Other [5:36]
10. Open Letter [2:55]
11. Broken Glass, Torn Film [4:49]
12. Just One Word! [4:46]
13. Merely Acting Sane [2:25]
14. Too Proud for Forgiveness [1:43]
15. Ugly When Asleep [5:51]
16. Mr. and Mrs. Vogler [3:15]
17. Scared of Her Son... [3:54]
18. ...Take Two [4:45]
19. Always Out of Reach [4:59]
20. The Departure [3:01]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: Svensk
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Bergman Biographer Marc Gervais: On
      Audio Commentary by Bergman Biographer Marc Gervais: Off
      Featurette: A Poem in Images
      On-Camera Interviews - Liv Ullmann: Stockholm 2002
      On-Camera Interviews - Bibi Andersson: Venice, France 2002
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Captivating and unnerving

    I saw Persona for the first time recently when I purchased the DVD. Based on reviews and artices I'd read about the film, I'd been curious about it for quite some time. It's a fascinating and disturbing movie that, at least for me, isn't easily understood. This doesn't represent a criticism, however. I love films that don't spell out every little detail and leave it to the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions. The first time I watched Persona I knew it would require multiple viewings. With each subsequent viewing I've gotten new insights, not only about the film but about myself. I feel this is a movie that requires a viewer to work and think, which I believe not everyone is willing to do. Persona also meets a major personal standard that can make or break a film for me: I cared about the characters and was truly unable to tell what would happen next. For me, these two things go hand-in-hand -- the absence of either greatly diminishes my enjoyment of a film, and if both are missing, I might not even make it to the end. Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullman deliver stunning performances in Persona. And, as usual, Sven Nyquist's cinematography is a revelation. The DVD offers some nice extras, and language options include spoken English and Swedish as well as English, French and Spanish subtitles. This brings me to my one criticism of the DVD. Although I much prefer subtitles over dubbing in foreign language films, I decided, out of curiousity, to try viewing the film overdubbed in English. Unfortunately, the voices are so dreadful that I only lasted a couple of minutes. Bibi Andersson -- who does a majority of the talking in Persona -- sounds like a little kid. It left me cringing. Bottom line: if you like films that spoon-feed you everything, I suggest you avoid Persona. If you like provocative films that require you to think, Persona is for you. And if you prefer spoken dialog to subtitles, be forewarned that Bibi Andersson sounds like Minnie Mouse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    persona

    This might be the best piece of art ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly recommended Bergman!

    I purchased persona on DVD just recently and was quite satisfied. Bergman's unique style of filming must be seen to be believed. Both leading actresses deliever excllent performances and you can almost feel their emotions through the film. This is one of the most haunting, yet beautiful films I've seen to date. The camera angles are beautiful and in some secnes, highten the suspence greatly. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is seriously interested in film or who loves psycological drama and suspence. This is the first Bergman film I've ever seen, and it won't be my last. 5/5 Bravo!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    My favorite Bergman

    This movie changed my life.

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