Ingmar Bergman

The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, The Seventh Seal is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and a work of stark visual poetry.

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Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • Digital transfer (box set edition); new, restored high-definition digital transfer (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003 (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • Audio commentary by Bergman expert Peter Cowie, with a new afterword on the two-DVD and Blu-ray editions
  • Bergman Island (2006), an 83-minute documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyreröd, featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with the director (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • Archival audio interview with Max von Sydow (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • A 1989 tribute to Bergman by filmmaker Woody Allen (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • An annotated, illustrated Bergman filmography, featuring excerpts from Wild Strawberries and The Magician with commentary (box set only)
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by Cowie (box set edition); a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Giddins (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions)
    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions); new cover by Gordon Reynolds (box set edition)

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Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • Digital transfer (box set edition); new, restored high-definition digital transfer (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003 (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • Audio commentary by Bergman expert Peter Cowie, with a new afterword on the two-DVD and Blu-ray editions
  • Bergman Island (2006), an 83-minute documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyreröd, featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with the director (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • Archival audio interview with Max von Sydow (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • A 1989 tribute to Bergman by filmmaker Woody Allen (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • An annotated, illustrated Bergman filmography, featuring excerpts from Wild Strawberries and The Magician with commentary (box set only)
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by Cowie (box set edition); a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Giddins (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions)
    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions); new cover by Gordon Reynolds (box set edition)
The Seventh Seal
Cast
Max von Sydow
Antonius Block, the knight
Inga Landgré
Karin, the knight's wife
Gunnar Björnstrand
Jöns, the squire
Nils Poppe
Jof (Joseph)
Bibi Andersson
Mia (Mary)
Bengt Ekerot
Death
Åke Fridell
Plog, the smith
Inga Gill
Lisa, Plog's wife
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography
Gunnar Fischer
Screenplay
Ingmar Bergman
Music
Erik Nordgren
Editing
Lennart Wallén

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.