Blu-ray, DVD Release: Here Is Your Life

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 14, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Here Is Your Life, the mesmerizing 1966 debut by the great Swedish director Jan Troell (The Last Sentence), is an epic bildungsroman and a multi-layered representation of early twentieth-century Sweden.

Heres-Your-Life-1_optBased on a series of semi-autobiographical novels by Nobel Prize winner Eyvind Johnson, Here Is Your Life follows a working-class boy’s development, from naive teenager to intellectually curious young adult, from logger to movie projectionist to politically engaged man of the people—all set against the backdrop of a slowly industrializing rural landscape.

With its mix of modernist visual ingenuity and elegantly structured storytelling, this enchanting film—presented here in its original nearly three-hour cut—is a reminder that Troell is one of European cinema’s greatest and most sensitive illuminators of the human condition.

Presented in Swedish with English subtitles, Criterion’s director-approved Blu-ray and DVD editions of the movie contain the following features:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New introduction by filmmaker Mike Leigh
    • New conversation between director Jan Troell and film historian Peter Cowie
    • New interviews with actor Eddie Axberg and producer and screenwriter Bengt Forslund
    • Interlude in Marshland,a 1965 short film by Troell, starring Max von Sydow
    • New English subtitle translation
    • An essay by film scholar 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.