Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 16, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

With the 2015 documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, made on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the legendary actress’s birth, director Stig Björkman allows viewers unprecedented access to her world,.

IngridBergman1_optBjörkman culls from the most personal of archival materials—letters, diary entries, photographs, and Super 8 and 16mm footage Bergman herself shot—and follows her from youth to tumultuous married life and motherhood.

Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by Alicia Vikander (the Swedish Academy Award winner who many consider to be the Bergman of today), provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend.

In Swedish with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the documentary include the following:

  • High-definition digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with director Stig Björkman
  • Super 8 home movies shot by Bergman in the 1930s
  • Two deleted scenes, showing Bergman’s daughters reading an essay she wrote at age seventeen and an interview with film historian and Bergman scholar Rosario Tronnolone
  • Extended versions of scenes featuring interviews with actors Sigourney Weaver and Liv Ullmann and Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini and with the three Rossellini siblings
  • Clip from the 1932 film Landskamp,featuring Bergman in her first screen role
  • Outtakes from Bergman’s 1936 film On the Sunny Side
  • Music video for Eva Dahlgren’s song “The Movie About Us,” which is included on the film’s soundtrack
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • An essay by film scholar Jeanine Basinger
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