Blu-ray, DVD Release: Autumn Sonata

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Autumn Sonata movie scene

Ingrid Bergman (r.) and Liv Ullmann are mother and daughter in Autumn Sonata.

The 1978 Swedish film drama Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans—Ingmar, the iconic director of Wild Strawberries, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca.

Ms. Bergman, portraying an icy concert pianist, is matched beat for beat in ferocity by the filmmaker’s recurring lead Liv Ullmann (Face to Face) as her eldest daughter. Over the course of a long, painful night that the two spend together after an extended separation, they finally confront the bitter discord of their relationship.

Evocatively shot in burnished harvest colors by the great Sven Nykvist (Fanny and Alexander), Autumn Sonata ranks among one of Ingmar Bergman’s greatest later dramatic works.

Presented in Swedish with English subtitles, the Criterion DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film contain the following features:

• New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2003
• Audio commentary featuring Bergman expert Peter Cowie
The Making of “Autumn Sonata,” a three-and-a-half-hour program examining every aspect of the production
• New interview with actor Liv Ullmann
• A 1981 conversation between actor Ingrid Bergman and critic John Russell Taylor at the National Film Theatre in London
• Trailer
• English-dubbed track
• New English subtitle translation
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme


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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.