Seventh Seal 2-Disc Set / Criterion Collection DVD Description
Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow), a knight, returns from a 10-year crusade with his squire, Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand), to find his homeland ravaged by the plague. When the black-cloaked figure of Death (Bengt Ekerot) appears to claim them, Block, whose war experiences have left him cynical about the existence of God and the afterlife, challenges Death to a game of chess to stall for time and gain some insight into the meaning of life before passing on. The game is intermittently paused and resumed during the journey home while Block and Jöns meet several traveling companions, including a mute girl (Gunnel Lindblom) whom they save from a bandit, and a family of poor traveling players--Jof, a gentle visionary (Nils Poppe); his wife, Mia (Bibi Andersson); and their infant daughter. Block witnesses much suffering and anguish along the way (an encounter with a woman accused of witchcraft who is about to be burned at the stake is especially jarring) but also finds evidence of human kindness and love, prompting him to realize that even a single gesture of goodwill might make the long struggle of his existence worthwhile. The title of Ingmar Bergman's highly acclaimed allegorical film stems from the Book of Revelation.
2-Disc Set Keep Case Special Edition Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - Swedish Dubbed - English - Optional Subtitles - English Additional Release Material: Documentary: BERGMAN ISLAND - 2006 / Marie Nyrerod Introduction: Ingmar Bergman - 2003 Additional Audio Material: Max von Sydow Archival Audio Interview Trailers: Theatrical Trailer Woody Allen 1998 Bergman Tribute Audio Commentary: 1. Peter Cowie, Bergman Expert 2. Afterward To Commentary - Peter Cowie, Bergman Expert Text/Photo Galleries: Filmographies: Bergman 101 - Bergman video Filmography / Peter Cowie, Narrator
Winner, 1957 Cannes: Jury Prize
Color - B&W
Additional Information - 2-Disc Set / Criterion Collection
Seventh Seal 2-Disc Set / Criterion Collection DVD