Blu-ray, DVD Release: Cries and Whispers

Blu-ray Release Date: March 24, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


Cries and Whispers, a 1972 existential wail of a drama from Ingmar Bergman (Fanny and Alexander), concerns two sisters, Karin (Ingrid Thulin, The Magician) and Maria (Liv Ullmann, Face to Face), keeping vigil for a third, Agnes (Harriet Andersson, Summer with Monika), who is dying of cancer and can find solace only in the arms of a beatific nurse (Kari Sylwan).

CriesWhispers_optAn intensely felt film that is considered by many to be Bergman’s most striking formal experiment, Cries and Whispers (which won an Oscar for the extraordinary color photography of Sven Nykvist) is a powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death, positioned on the borders between reality and nightmare, tranquility and terror.

Presented in Swedish with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film include the following:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Introduction by Ingmar Bergman from 2001
    • New interview with actor Harriet Andersson, conducted by film scholar Peter Cowie
    • New video essay on the film’s visuals by filmmaker : : kogonada
    • Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by Cowie
    • Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love with Erland Josephson(2000), a 52-minute interview with Bergman and his longtime collaborator
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
    • An essay by film scholar Emma Wilson
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