|Fanny and Alexander (DVD, 2004) 2 DISC CRITERION COLLECTION THEATRICAL VERSION|
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Bergman is at his personal best with Fanny and Alexander. After watching the five hours of purely literary film, one comes away with the feeling of having read an entire novel with amazingly dynamic characters and beautiful imagery. It is truly the best film I've ever seen, and that's not the slightest exaggeration. I bought the full five-hour Criterion set because I'd already rented the "theatrical cut" (a mere three hours long) and felt that there was certainly something missing. As Bergman himself said about the arduous editing process, he was "cutting into the very lifeblood of the film." Highly recommended for anyone interested in real cinema. (And the disc came in spectacular shape as well, which was much appreciated.)
This was officially Bergman's swan song (even though he still shot a couple of TV movies after this). It is definitely one of the all time greatest films. Just the brilliant ealy Christmas scenes make it a perennial Christmas viewing, right up there with It's A Wonderful Life. Great story line, directing, acting, camera, costumes--- a film you will never forget. Buy it, rent it, there is nothing like it at the theaters today.
Even with English subtitles, the characters are so real and accessible that everything that happens seems like you're looking in someone's window and seeing real life in action. This film is so rich in story, characters, imagination, fantasy, and real emotion that it leaves you feeling completely satisfied, like you've just had a 7-course dinner prepared by a master chef.
Having previously seen most of Bergman's movies (Ingmar not Ingrid!!) this was one of his better known that I had never seen. The 5-hour TV version builds slowly during episode one but halfway through was hooked. Excellent performances all round with some familiar faces from Bergman's other films.
Was pleasantly surprised that the Region 1 DVDs are in fact Region free and will play on any DVD or Blu-Ray player unlike the recently released Blu-Ray version which is Region 1 locked (reportedly!).
Nothing to dislike - excellent production from a master of cinema.
Should the Blu-Ray version be region free will definitely buy on Blu-Ray.
She loved the fact that it was the 5 disc version, so she can watch the original, the director's cut, the making of,and other wonderful extras.
She's very happy with it, therefore so am I.