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Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray

United States
DigiPack / Theatrical and TV versions / Fanny och Alexander / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1982 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 322 min | Rated R | Nov 08, 2011

Fanny and Alexander (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.69:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
Swedish: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Swedish: LPCM Mono
English: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BDs)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
DigiPack

Playback
Region A (locked)

Price
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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 5.0 of 55.0
Extras 4.9 of 54.9
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Movie appeal 
Drama100%
Foreign63%
Imaginary7%
Mystery5%
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Fanny and Alexander

 (1982)

Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray comes close to perfection with top scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

Fanny and Alexander are the children in the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century. Their parents, Oscar and Emilie, are the director and the leading lady of the local theatre company. Oscar's mother and brother are its chief patrons. After Oscar's early death, his widow has to marry the bishop and moves with her children to his austere and forbidding chancery. The children become immediately miserable.

For more about Fanny and Alexander and the Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray release, see Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Writer: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt, Pernilla Allwin, Kristian Almgren, Carl Billquist, Axel Düberg

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Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.69:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this 3-disc set:

"The digital transfer of the television version was created in 2K resolution on an ARRISCAN film scanner from the original 35mm camera negative and a 35mm interpositive to produce the complete film. The digital transfer of the theatrical version was created in 2K resolution on an ARRISCAN film scanner from the original 35mm camera negative. The color grading was supervised by the original film timer, Nils Melander. With both versions, restoration and color grading was done using the following software systems: Image System's Phoenix and Nucoda, Quantel's iQ, Foundry's NUKE, and Autodesk's Flame. Further restoration involved the manual removal of thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while Image System's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisors: Peter Bengtsson, Nils Melander.
Telecine colorist: Mats Holmberg/Chimney Pot, Stockholm.
Image restoration supervisor: Mats Forsberg/Marsmotel, Stockholm.
Audio restoration supervisor: Leif Westerlund/Cinepost Studios, Stockholm."

The new high-definition transfer for the television version of Fanny and Alexander conveys sizable improvements in every single area of importance we address in our reviews. Detail is substantially better, particularly during the darker sequences, while contrast levels have been effectively stabilized. The most impressive improvements, however, are in the area of color reproduction. The entire color-scheme has been elevated and stabilized, giving the film a fresh and enormously vibrant new look. Indeed, these are not minor spot corrections, but massive improvements in color grading and color balance. Unsurprisingly, if one compares the Blu-ray release to the old R1 DVD release Criterion produced some time ago, it literally feels as if some sort of a giant filter has been removed from the film. Furthermore, some careful noise corrections have been applied, but the film's grain structure is intact. During close-ups, in particular, it is very easy to see that the grain is well resolved and unmanipulated. Compression is also handled well. The only time I noticed a few minor artifacts popping up was during the prologue. Lastly, the new high-definition transfer is free of the edge flicker which is present on the R1 DVD release of the film (compare the opening of Episode Three). There are no problematic scratches, debris, warps, or large cuts to report in this review either.

(Note: Screencaptures 1-19 are from the television version of the film, while screencaptures 20-29 are from the theatrical version of the film. Additionally, the three discs in this boxset are Region-A "locked". Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access their content).


Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

The television version of Fanny and Alexander arrives with a Swedish DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track. The theatrical version of the film arrives with a Swedish LPCM 1.0 track and an English Dolby Digital 1.0 dub. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the two versions.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this 3BD set:

"The soundtracks for both versions of the film were remastered at 24-bit from the original 35mm magnetic tracks. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated audio workstation."

The Swedish DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track boasts a strong range of nuanced dynamics that enhance the fantasy sequences very well. Generally, the dialog and the spooky noises also sound a lot cleaner and crisper than they do on the DVD release. The Swedish LPCM 1.0 track shares similar characteristics. Both loseless tracks are also free of problematic pops, clicks, audio dropouts, or distortions. The English translation is excellent.



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