Magic Flute [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1975]

Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of The Magic Flute comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Swedish soundtrack is rendered in PCM Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this DVD makes the film look as good as it ever has on home video. This Criterion release should be of interest to anyone with a love of cinema.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Lush color transfer, featuring the rarely heard stereo score in uncompressed PCM sound
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Synopsis

The Magic Flute
A longtime pet project of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Magic Flute was finally brought to the screen in 1973. While the opera itself is offered in a highly stylized and theatrical fashion, the fluidity of the camerawork turns the affair into a purely cinematic experience. Sung in Swedish, the libretto remains as ever a gentle parody of the initiation ceremonies of the Masons, offered as an other-worldly fantasy involving a kidnapped princess (Irma Urrila), a vengeful Queen of the Night (Birgit Nordin), and a carefree wanderer who periodically plays the titular flute. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Josef Kostlinger - Tamino
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    Irma Urrila - Pamina
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    Erik Saeden - The Orator
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    Birgit Nordin - Queen of the Night
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    Jane Darling - Maid
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