The Seventh Seal

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Ingmar Bergman's renowned drama The Seventh Seal gets the treatment it deserves on this high-quality release from Criterion. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer. Swedish and English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. The supplemental materials include a filmography of the great Bergman (featuring clips from his films), the theatrical trailer, a before-and-after demonstration of the film's restoration, and a commentary track recorded by film historian ...
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Ingmar Bergman's renowned drama The Seventh Seal gets the treatment it deserves on this high-quality release from Criterion. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer. Swedish and English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. The supplemental materials include a filmography of the great Bergman (featuring clips from his films), the theatrical trailer, a before-and-after demonstration of the film's restoration, and a commentary track recorded by film historian Peter Cowie. This is a fabulous disc that should be of interest to anyone who cares about film as an art form.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
For filmgoers of a certain age baby boomers who attended college between the late '50s and late '60s, The Seventh Seal was their first exposure to the films of Ingmar Bergman. And indeed, the film has been referenced by other directors, from Woody Allen to Barry Levinson, as well as becoming the subject of a popular parody short, Dove. Although other filmmakers, such as Jean Cocteau in Orpheus, had dealt with similar concerns, Bergman made them more accessible. The Seventh Seal is a skillful blend of realistic drama the disillusioned knight returning from the Crusades in a land wracked by plague and madness and the allegorical most famously, the chess game and further encounters with a black-robed figure representing Death. The historical setting provides a convenient vehicle for Bergman to deal with issues of death and spirituality that are ultimately timeless. The film also gave major exposure to actors Max von Sydow and Bibi Andersson, who both had small roles in Bergman's Wild Strawberries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • UPC: 037429124529
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max von Sydow The Knight, Antonius Block
Gunnar Björnstrand Jons
Bengt Ekerot Death
Nils Poppe Jof
Bibi Andersson Mia
Åke Fridell Blacksmith Plog
Inga Gill Lisa
Inga Landgre Block's Wife
Bertil Anderberg Raval
Benkt-Ake Benktsson The landlord
Tor Borong Farmer at inn
Gudrun Brost Woman at inn
Anders Ek The Monk
Maud Hansson The Witch, Tyan
Ulf Johansson Knight leader
Lars Lind Young Monk
Gunnel Lindblom The Girl
Gunnar Olsson Church Painter
Erik Strandmark Jonas Skat
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
Evald Andersson Special Effects
Sixten Ehrling Musical Direction/Supervision
Allan Ekeland Producer
Allan Ekelund Producer
Gunnar Fischer Cinematographer
Else Fischer Choreography
Manne Lindholm Costumes/Costume Designer
P.A. Lundgren Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Carl M. Lundh Makeup
Nila Nittle Makeup
Erik Nordgren Score Composer
Lennart Wallen Editor
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:29]
2. On the beach [7:01]
3. Jof's vision [7:54]
4. At the church [11:07]
5. The deserted village [5:01]
6. The seduction of Skat [4:05]
7. The procession of flagellants [6:28]
8. Torture at the tavern [5:45]
9. Strawberries and milk at dusk [9:48]
10. "Love is the blackest of all plagues." [3:46]
11. "The deadest actor I've ever seen." [4:30]
12. The burning of the witch [3:01]
13. "Mate at the next move." [8:50]
14. The last supper [7:21]
15. The dance of death [7:59]
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Menu

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Play the Movie
   Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 01:37:01
Commentary
   Index
      Famous Name of Swedish Cinema
      Establishing the Middle Ages
      The film's Holy Family
      Imaginative lighting, witty repartee
      Gloom and doom
      The gallery of personalities
      Bergman's religious upbringing
      The vilification of actors
      Communion interlude
      The most appealing character
      Bergman and comedy
      Bergman "the sorcerer"
      Revenge on the Church
      The $150,000 budget
      The procession's missing characters
   Play Commentary
Languages and Subtitles
Ingmar Bergman: An Illustrated Filmography
Theatrical Trailer
Restoration Demonstration
Color Bars
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best films made

    The Seventh Seal is simply one of the most brilliants films ever made. It's amazing to see Bergman's personal reflections on life, death, and God in an entertaining way. The Seventh Seal is entertaining philosophy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Beach Scene with clothes on

    Watch for symbolism in Bergman's movies. The knight's page is his alter ego. Other obvious symbols are the young family (Holy Family). Definitely a thinking persons movie. Game of chess Who is really winner and loser. Don't need to know Bible well but Seventh Seal is in book of Revelation.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Blu Ray of a great film.

    Look up any list of the greatest films ever made and you will see this title near the top. Obviously a must own Blu Ray for film lovers.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beautiful film transfer.

    A wonderful performance by Max Von Sydow and an excellent meditation on mortality.

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