The Seventh Seal [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1957]

  • SKU: 9661281
  • Release Date: 06/16/2009
  • Rating: NR
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

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

Synopsis


The Seventh Seal
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Max von Sydow
    Max von Sydow - The Knight, Antonius Block
  • Gunnar Björnstrand
    Gunnar Björnstrand - Jons
  • Bengt Ekerot
    Bengt Ekerot - Death
  • Nils Poppe
    Nils Poppe - Jof
  • Bibi Andersson
    Bibi Andersson - Mia



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Playing chess with Death

    Posted
    brianblu
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Ingmar Bergman's classic is still one of the pillars of 1950s cinema and one of the darkest movies you will ever see. Antonius Block (played by Max von Sydow) returns to his native Sweden during the Plague to realize that he is about to die when Death visits him. Antonius invites Death to a chess game hoping to outwit him. A commentary on religion and morality, it is one of the darkest movies I've seen, and lovers will also enjoy The Virgin Spring, another of Bergman's classics. The 2nd disc is loaded with extras, including the excellent documentary, Bergman's Island. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Classic Film that is Really Just OK

    Posted
    kevman79

    This Classic film, which looks a little bit too good in its restored condition (too light), is one film I never quite got. I understand what Bergman was trying to get at, I just don't think he did it in a fashion that makes it the extraordinary piece it is often hyped up to be. Nice bonus material, but not worth $30.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent film

    Posted
    Cineasteselostus

    This is a fantastic movie. The more you watch it the better it gets. You see something new everytime that you view the film. Highly recomended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great Criterion release

    Posted
    Andrew22
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Another great movie with a great release by Criterion. The picture quality and audio look and sound amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie

    Posted
    Toby2907
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Enjoyed this movie tremendously. My son in college also thought this film was super.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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