Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Virgin Spring

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 26, 2018
Price: DVD $17.97, Blu-ray $22.97
Studio: Criterion

Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Ingmar Bergman’s 1960 drama The Virgin Spring (Cries and Whispers) is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden.

With austere simplicity, the director tells the story of the rape and murder of the virgin Karin, and her father Töre’s ruthless pursuit of vengeance, set in motion after the killers visit the family’s farmhouse.

Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow (The Magician), the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity.

Oh, and let’s not forget that it was the inspiration for Wes Craven’s 1972 “remake” breakthrough film, the disturbing drama The Last House on the Left.

Criterion’s new editions of the classic film include the following:

* New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary from 2005 by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene
* New video interviews from 2005 with actors Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson
* Introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee from 2005
* An audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by director Ingmar Bergman
* Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack
* A booklet featuring essays by film scholar Peter Cowie and screenwriter Ulla Isaksson and the medieval ballad on which the film is based

Buy or Rent The Virgin Spring

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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.