The Seventh Seal The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

Ingmar Bergman

 
The Seventh Seal (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • Sweden
  • 1957
  • 96 minutes
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
  •  
  • Spine #11

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman’s stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning, The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet), was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America’s 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema’s boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

Cast

Antonius Block, the knightMax von Sydow
Karin, the knight's wifeInga Landgré
Jöns, the squireGunnar Björnstrand
Jof (Joseph)Nils Poppe
Mia (Mary)Bibi Andersson
DeathBengt Ekerot
Plog, the smithÅke Fridell
Lisa, Plog's wifeInga Gill

Credits

Disc 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)

Behind the Scenes

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From the Ingmar Bergman Archives

July 14, 2016

Today marks what would have been the ninety-eighth birthday of Ingmar Bergman, one of cinema’s most essential artists, who ushered in a golden age of world cinema. Celebrate the Swedish auteur . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Seventh Seal: There Go the Clowns

By Gary Giddins June 15, 2009

In recent years, The Seventh Seal has often been honored more for its historical stature than its prevailing vitality. Those who attended its first international rollout and were changed forever . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bergman and I

By Marie Nyreröd June 08, 2009

As I write this, it has been a year and a half since Ingmar Bergman passed away—and I miss him daily. I miss his imagination and the comfort he gave, both personally and through his films. I got . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Seventh Seal

By Peter Cowie October 12, 1987

For more than forty years, The Seventh Seal has been a benchmark by which all other great foreign films are judged. It launched the international career of its director, Ingmar Bergman, and made . . . Read more »

Behind the Scenes

Current_bergmanfromweb2_thumbnail

From the Ingmar Bergman Archives

July 14, 2016

Today marks what would have been the ninety-eighth birthday of Ingmar Bergman, one of cinema’s most essential artists, who ushered in a golden age of world cinema. Celebrate the Swedish auteur . . . Read more »


Clippings

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The Magic of Max von Sydow

November 17, 2015

Max von Sydow has spent the past six decades cultivating one of cinema’s most illustrious careers, and now, at eighty-seven, the Swedish actor “may be on the verge of becoming a pop-culture . . . Read more »


Interviews

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Thirty Years of the Austin Film Society: An Interview with Richard Linklater

By Hillary Weston November 04, 2015

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Clippings

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Sweden Cashes In on Ingmar Bergman

October 23, 2015

Sweden's new two-hundred-krona bill features the country's most renowned filmmaker. Read more »


Flashbacks

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Flashback: Sven Nykvist and Gunnar Fischer

By Peter Cowie June 11, 2015

The author recalls the two great cinematographers and their work. Read more »


Dispatches

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Flashback: Bibi Andersson

By Peter Cowie March 26, 2014

The author recalls his encounters with the great Swedish actress. Read more »


Dispatches

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Flashback: Ingmar Bergman

By Peter Cowie June 18, 2013

The author recounts the story of his friendship with the great filmmaker. Read more »


Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Posters

Coming Attraction

July 14, 2011

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Clippings

Cover Story

February 22, 2011

This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at the magazine, has compiled a list called “Top 10 Cool Criterion Collection Covers.” Cruz’s taste in . . . Read more »


News

Bergman Goes Hollywood

September 08, 2010

Soon, American Bergman-ophiles will be granted a special peek into the process of one of cinema’s great artists. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the Los Angeles world . . . Read more »


News

Ingmar Bergman’s Belongings Sold at Auction

September 29, 2009

In Stockholm, an auction of personal belongings from the estate of the great director Ingmar Bergman has just ended. The items ranged from parts of his daily life—his writing desk and . . . Read more »


Clippings

CHECKMATE

July 13, 2009

Like Gary Giddins in his recent Criterion essay, Andrew O’Hehir, in an engaging and sharp new DVD review for Salon, sets out to refute the long-held misconception that Ingmar Bergman’s The . . . Read more »


Behind the Scenes


Film Essays

The Seventh Seal: There Go the Clowns

By Gary Giddins June 15, 2009

In recent years, The Seventh Seal has often been honored more for its historical stature than its prevailing vitality. Those who attended its first international rollout and were changed forever . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bergman and I

By Marie Nyreröd June 08, 2009

As I write this, it has been a year and a half since Ingmar Bergman passed away—and I miss him daily. I miss his imagination and the comfort he gave, both personally and through his films. I got . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Salute to Max von Sydow at Eighty

By Peter Cowie April 09, 2009

The first time I “met” Max was in May of 1959, when Bergman’s stunning production of Urfaust came to London for just one week in the World Theatre Season. Groupie of all things Swedish that I . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Seventh Seal

By Peter Cowie October 12, 1987

For more than forty years, The Seventh Seal has been a benchmark by which all other great foreign films are judged. It launched the international career of its director, Ingmar Bergman, and made . . . Read more »

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