The Seventh Seal [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

The Seventh Seal [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
, Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
, Bengt Ekerot
Bengt Ekerot
, Inga Gill
Inga Gill
Ingmar Bergman
The Seventh Seal [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

The Seventh Seal [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
, Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
, Bengt Ekerot
Bengt Ekerot
, Inga Gill
Inga Gill
Ingmar Bergman

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

Endlessly imitated and parodied, Ingmar Bergman's landmark art movie The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) retains its ability to hold an audience spellbound. Bergman regular Max von Sydow stars as a 14th century knight named Antonius Block, wearily heading home after ten years' worth of combat. Disillusioned by unending war, plague, and misery Block has concluded that God does not exist. As he trudges across the wilderness, Block is visited by Death (Bengt Ekerot), garbed in the traditional black robe. Unwilling to give up the ghost, Block challenges Death to a game of chess. If he wins, he lives -- if not, he'll allow Death to claim him. As they play, the knight and the Grim Reaper get into a spirited discussion over whether or not God exists. To recount all that happens next would diminish the impact of the film itself; we can observe that The Seventh Seal ends with one of the most indelible of all of Bergman's cinematic images: the near-silhouette "Dance of Death." Considered by some as the apotheosis of all Ingmar Bergman films (other likely candidates for that honor include Wild Strawberries and Persona), and certainly one of the most influential European art movies, The Seventh Seal won a multitude of awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2009
UPC: 0715515044615
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 3,817

Special Features

Introduction by Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003; Audio commentary by Bergman expert Peter Cowie with new afterword; Bergman Island (2006), an 83-minute documentary on Bergman by journalist Marie Nyreröd, featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with the director; Archival audio interview with Max Von Sydow; A 1989 tribute to Bergman by filmmaker Woody Allen; Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman's career, narrated by Cowie; Theatrical Trailer; A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max von Sydow Antonius Block
Bibi Andersson Mia
Bengt Ekerot Death
Inga Gill Lisa
Maude Hansson Tyan,The Witch, Tyan
Bertil Anderberg Raval
Nils Poppe Jof
Gunnel Lindblom Girl
Inga Landgre Block's Wife
Anders Ek Monk
Gunnar Olsson Church Painter
Erik Strandmark Skat
Ulf Johansson Leader of the Soldiers
Benkt-Ake Benktsson Merchant,Merchant at the Inn
Lars Lind Young Monk
Gudrun Brost Woman at Inn
Åke Fridell Blacksmith Plog,Actor
Gunnar Björnstrand Jons
Siv Aleros Flagellant
Sten Ardenstam Knight
Harry Asklund The Landlord
Bengt Gillberg Flagellant
Lars Granberg Flagellant
Gunlög Hagberg Flagellant
Uno Larsson Flagellant
Gunnar Bjornstrand Actor

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Screenwriter
Evald Andersson Special Effects
Allan Ekelund Producer
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