Blu-ray Release: Wild Strawberries

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Wild Strawberries movie scene

Victor Sjöström and Bibi Andersson travel across the Swedish countryside in Wild Strawberries.

In the 1957 classic film drama Wild Strawberries by the  Swedish master Ingmar Bergman (Face to Face), one man embarks on a remarkable voyage of self-discovery–and then some.

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström (The Phantom Carriage)—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, the film dramatizes that aforementioned voyage.

A richly humane masterpiece that deserves every bit of praise that’s been heaped onto it over the past half-century, Wild Strawberries is a genuine treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Bergman to international acclaim.

Here’s a list of the bonus features on the Blu-ray, most of which appeared on Criterion’s DVD edition of the film, which was released back in 2002:

• New high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
• Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work, a ninety-minute documentary by filmmaker and author Jörn Donner
• Behind-the-scenes footage shot by Bergman
• A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.