Virgin Spring [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

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Inspired by a medieval Swedish ballad, Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukallan) begins with a scene of unspeakable brutality and ends with an image of uncommon beauty. 15-year-old Birgitta Peterson, on her way to church to light candles for the Virgin Mary, is raped and murdered by two older men. The men look for shelter at the home of Birgitta's father (Max Von Sydow), who murders the bestial killers in cold blood. When the deed is done, Von Sydow, a deeply religious man, begins to question the efficacy of a God that would allow his daughter's death, then permit so bloody a retribution. Then, a fresh, virgin spring bubbles from the ground where his daughter had been lying a few moments before. Taking this natural phenonenon as a sign from above, Von Sydow vows to erect a church on the spot where Birgitta met her doom. The winner of the "best foreign picture" Academy Award, The Virgin Spring currently exists in several versions of varying lengths; the longest, and most graphic, is the original Swedish cut. Believe it or not, this hauntingly beautiful film served as the basis of The Last House on the Left (1972). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
6/26/18 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 30 minutes
Sound
  • No information available
Region
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New 2k digital restoration, wiht uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio Commentary from 2005 by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene
  • Interviews from 2005 with actors Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson
  • Introduction by fimmaker Ang Lee from 2005
  • Audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by Bergman
  • Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Cowie, reflections by Screenwriter Ulla Isaksson from the time of the film's release, and the medieval ballad on which the film is based
Number of Discs
1

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