New Release: Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $59.95
Studio: Criterion

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The wonders of a family are illuminated for Bertil Guve in Fanny and Alexander.

Ingmar Bergman’s (The Magician) 1982 film Fanny and Alexander weaves its lengthy tale of the loves, dramas and passions of an extended family through the eyes of 10-year-old Alexander (Bertil Guve), one of the youngest members of the sprawling bourgeois Ekdahl clan of early 20th century Sweden.

Bergman intended the fantasy-mystery movie as his swan song, and it is the legendary director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, a four-time Academy Award-winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality.

Like Criterion’s previously released DVD version of Fanny and Alexander, the three-disc Blu-ray edition presents both the theatrical release and the original five-hour television version of this work. Also included in the box set is Bergman’s own feature-length documentary The Making of Fanny and Alexander, an intense look at the masterful filmmaker’s creative process. All got high-definition digital restorations for this release.

Presented in Swedish with English subtitles, the Fanny and Aexander Blu-ray contains the following features (also contained on the Criterion DVD):

  • Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film, a 60-minute conversation between Bergman and film critic Nils Petter Sundgren recorded for Swedish television in 1984
  • audio commentary on the theatrical version by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • A Bergman Tapestry, a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • costume sketches and footage of the models for the film’s sets
  • stills gallery
  • theatrical trailer
  • optional English-dubbed soundtrack for the theatrical version
  • booklet featuring essays by documentarian and film historian Stig Björkman, novelist Rick Moody and film scholar Paul Arthur


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