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Classic Bergman Collection Blu-ray

United Kingdom
It Rains on Our Love / A Ship Bound for India / Sawdust And Tinsel / Dreams / So Close To Life Artificial Eye | 1946-1958 | 5 Movies | 457 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Jun 07, 2012

Classic Bergman Collection (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: see individual releases

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Swedish: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Five-disc set (5 BDs)

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Region B (locked)

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Classic Bergman Collection

 (1946-1958)

Classic Bergman Collection Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

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For more about Classic Bergman Collection and the Classic Bergman Collection Blu-ray release, see Classic Bergman Collection Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Gunnar Björnstrand, Åke Fridell, Harriet Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck, Birger Malmsten, Douglas Håge
Director: Ingmar Bergman


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Classic Bergman Collection Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted 1080p transfers, the five films in the Classic Bergman Collection arrive on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Artificial Eye.

The screencaptures included with our review appear in the following order:

1. It Rains on Our Love: 1-7.
2. A Ship Bound for India: 8-17.
3. Sawdust and Tinsel: 18-28.
4. Dreams: 29-34.
5. So Close to Life: 35-39.

It Rains on Our Love - there are no traces of problematic lab tinkering (sharpening, degraining, etc). Naturally, detail and clarity are very good. Excluding a few relatively small fluctuations, contrast is also stable. Color grading is convincing - the blacks look rich but never boosted, while the whites and grays compliment each other. Grain is visible throughout the entire film. This being said, there are frame skips and a few warps. Some damage marks and scratches also pop up here and there. Nevertheless, this raw high-definition transfer is far more preferable than a tweaked one where the film does not look like a film. All in all, this is a surprisingly good presentation that should please fans of this very early Bergman film.

A Ship Bound for India - the high-definition transfer again conveys wonderful organic qualities. This isn't to say that it is flawless, but the positives most definitely outnumber the negatives. First, there are no traces of compromising post-production corrections - sharpening, degraining, contrast boosting, etc. Predictably, when projected A Ship Bound for India conveys good depth and at times even plenty of fluidity (see screencaptures #10-16). Light grain is also noticeable throughout the entire film. Second, color grading is convincing, though there are a couple of sequences where the whites look a bit subdued. Nevertheless, color balance does not disappoint. Lastly, some light wear marks as well as edge shimmer occasionally pop up, but there are no serious stability issues. There are no major banding or aliasing issues either. To sum it all up, the film has a raw, quite pleasing look.

Sawdust and Tinsel - this very well known Bergman film has the most problematic look. The high-definition transfer has a layer of light electronic noise which is mixed with the grain. It appears that sharpness levels have been slightly elevated as well. As a result, selected close-ups could have a harsh digital look (see screencaptures #20-26). Fortunately, traces of edge-enhancement are nowhere to be seen. So, when one projects the film, the noise isn't always distracting. Again, there are some small scratches and debris, even a few vertical lines, but no large damage marks, serious splices and warps.

Dreams - the quality of the presentation at times rivals Criterion's treatments of selected Bergman films. Detail is wonderful, clarity levels outstanding, and contrast stable throughout the entire film. Selected close-ups also convey tremendous depth (see screencaptures #31 and 32). The best news, however, is that there are no traces of compromising post-production corrections (there isn't even a whiff of edge enhancement). Naturally, there is a layer of light, well resolved grain throughout the entire film. This being said, once again there are minor age-related issues, such as occasional frame skips, flecks and tiny scratches popping up here and there, but there is absolutely nothing that will affect negatively your viewing experience. All in all, in my opinion Dreams is undoubtedly the best looking film in the collection.

So Close to Life - the high-definition transfer is strong. The film is comprised of various close-ups and practically all of them look great - depth and detail, in particular, are very good. Clarity is also excellent and there are no serious contrast fluctuations. Traces of edge-enhancement are nowhere to be seen. Problematic degraining corrections have not been performed either. Unsurprisingly, the film has a convincing organic look. Also, aside from some extremely mild edge shimmer (see 00:14:03), there are no serious stability issues to report in this review.

Despite some minor age-related limitations, as well as the few corrections affecting Sawdust and Tinsel, the five films in the Classic Bergman Collection have unquestionably benefited from their transition to Blu-ray. It Rains on Our Love and especially Dreams look very good when projected. If Artificial Eye could secure more transfers for early Bergman films that look as raw and unmanipulated as the ones used for this collection, they could make a lot of Bergman and classic European cinema fans very happy. Buy with confidence. This box set is well worth owning.

Note: All five Blu-ray discs in the Classic Bergman Collection are Region-B "locked". Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access their content.


Classic Bergman Collection Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Each of the five films in the Classic Bergman Collection arrives with a standard Swedish LPCM 2.0 track. For the record, Artificial Eye have provided optional English subtitles for each film.

There is no evidence that restoration work has been performed on any of the five films in the collection. Unsurprisingly, light background hiss and occasionally a few pops could be heard. This being said, the dialog in all five films is surprisingly stable and easy to follow. More importantly, however, there are no serious distortions or dropouts to report in this review. So, while some of the hiss and pops likely would have been removed if each film underwent full-blown restoration, there really is absolutely nothing concerning with the five lossless tracks. For the record, the English translation is excellent.



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