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The Seventh Seal SE - New date & extras revealed

Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of The Seventh Seal (50th Anniversary Special Edition) on 3rd December 2007 priced at £19.99. Set in the Middle Ages at the time of the Black Death, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal remains a powerful allegory for man’s search for the meaning of life. The battle-wearied knight Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow) returns from the Crusades, disillusioned by his experiences. When Death appears, he challenges him to a game of chess to determine his fate. As the game progresses, it takes its toll on the troupe he’s protecting, and with the threat of imminent destruction, the fate of the entire community is at stake.

Originally released in 1957, the film has been digitally remastered for this DVD release and include an English-dubbed soundtrack option, available for the first time in the UK. Full details on the extras follows...

Rare behind-the-scenes footage, from the set of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, will be presented for the first time. Shot on 8mm during the latter part of 1956, the silent footage offers a unique insight into the legendary director’s working methods, and includes on-set rehearsals featuring lead actors Max Von Sydow and Bibi Andersson, as well as evidence of the camaraderie of the remainder of his cast and crew. And, for this release, film historian and Bergman expert Ian Christie has recorded a commentary to accompany the footage, putting it in context and shedding light on Bergman’s cinematic craft.

Bergman’s little-seen short from 1984, Karin’s Face, is also presented for the first time. This beautiful and personal film is Bergman’s touching tribute to his mother, seen through the intimate photographic portraits from a family album. With its sumptuous black and white imagery and simple musical accompaniment, Karin’s Face is a film that reveals the director’s warmly instinctive love of humanity, and devotion to his mother. Tartan’s premiere presentation of this cinematic treasure has been mastered directly from a newly-restored print and is included on both released formats, presented in full High Definition resolution on Tartan’s Blu-ray Edition.

Further features on this 50th Anniversary Edition include newly-improved subtitles, an original trailer, an alternative English language feature audio option, and full HD resolution for the presentation of the film itself on Blu-ray Disc.

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