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My Life as a Dog (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Bromssen, Anki Liden, Melinda Kinnaman, Kicki Rundgren
  • Directors: Lasse Hallstrom
  • Format: Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Sept. 13 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056ANHE0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,041 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) tells the story of Ingemar, a twelve-year-old from a working-class family sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, the boy finds both refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventure with the help of the town’s warmhearted eccentrics. Featuring an incredibly mature and unaffected performance from the young Anton Glanzelius, this is a beloved and bittersweet evocation of the struggles and joys of childhood from Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules).

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • High-definition digital transfer, approved by director Lasse Hallström, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Shall We Go to My or Your Place or Each Go Home Alone? (1973), a fifty-two-minute film by Hallström • Video interview with Hallström from 2003 • Original theatrical trailer • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and an appreciation by the late author Kurt Vonnegut


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NutMac on March 14 2003
Format: DVD
I caught My Life as a Dog on PBS many years ago. To those who have not seen this film, it's a bittersweet tear jerker told from a boy's point of view (somewhat similar to Christmas Story), filled with many super funny scenes, dramas, and surprises.
Directory Lasse Hallström has gone to make a number of popular films in Hollywood (Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Shipping News, What's Eating Gilbert Grape), but I think this Swedish precursor is his superior work. His signature beautiful images (by cinematographer Jörgen Persson), filled with quirky yet fully defined supporting characters, and filled with heartwarming scenes.
Criterion's DVD is superior to all previous video presentations, remastered in high definition and presented in widescreen anamorphic video and original mono Swedish sound with faithful English subtitle. The images look a bit grainy, but I think very faithful to director's intention (who has supervised and approved the transfer) and completely satisfying.
The DVD is short of special features (just interview with Hallström, his early short TV feature "Shall With Go to My or Your Place or Each Go Home Alne", and trailer). Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "ohur1688" on May 29 1999
Format: DVD
Don't get me wrong. I love this movie when I saw it the first time. And I still do.
However, the DVD version is extremely poor quality. The sound does not synchronize with the action (in both English and Swedish version). And the English subtitle is often too fast to see. The subtitle also fails to synchronize with the action. The sound is usually 5-10 seconds late. It is painful to watch the DVD version. It ruins the movie!
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Any review of this DVD before that time is not worth evaluating. They may refer to the older DVD but they have nothing to do with the new Criterion. The Criterion is a far superior release in every way. The transfer is very nice, with warm colors and vibrant tones, albeit a tad soft at times. Audio is DD mono but serves it's purpose well. Extras include a 1973 film by the Director a new interview with him, a short essay by Kurt Vonnegut and the original trailer. Adults may want to screen this movie before letting their children view it as there are scenes with nudity and a few sexual situations. Then again if your kids watch foreign films then they are probably more mature than most! The only drawback I found was that about 45 minutes into the movie the subtitles start to lag behind the Swedish dialogue. This only lasts about two minutes but it can take you out of the story momentarily (hence 4 stars instead of 5). With that as the only caveat, there is no reason not to buy this wonderful new release of one of the very best childhood films ever made. Strongly recommended.
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Format: VHS Tape
Few movies come this close to perfection. This is an intelligent and moving story of a boy who must come to terms with abandonment, loss and the casual betrayal of adults. Extremely well acted on all sides, with a bold script that dares to ask the important questions. Ingemar must try to find some balance in his life, as he is tossed from one "home" to another, like a stray dog... or, like the Soviet space-dog Laika, who was sent into space only to starve to death in orbit. "They never intended to bring her back." The final scenes of "My Life as a Dog" do win out, when the odd town's crazy old man takes a swim in the frozen river. The whole cast of peculiar town-folk come out to "rescue" him, and offer him a place by the fire, a blanket, a little whiskey... Here, Ingemar finds balance in the love of other people, so one is left, not with a sense of despair, but with a sense of hope in the midst of sorrow and loss.
Note: I recommend the subtitled version over the dubbed version, as the language and inflections should be experienced in full.
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Format: VHS Tape
I have seen "my life as a dog" in the foreignmoviesection of my video store, and have always been put off by thecover. It looked too cheesy. And I wasn't thrilled about watching an80s movie. But one Saturday, I finally decided to give it a shot. Iwatch a lot of foreign movies, and I figured I'd watch this oneeventually. Within five minutes of this movie, I was hooked. I don'tthink it matters what type of person you are--a softie or aroughneck--you can relate to this little boy's life. We all know whatit's like to be a child--all the trauma and all the joy And the coming of age parts are just as indelible: his little girlfriend; hisodd inability to drink a full glass; his friendship with the tomboy;his fall thru the glass ceiling from peeking at the naked lady. . . This is a thoroughly entertaining movie for people of allages. I highly recommend it. Like "Stand By Me", this movieis an accurate portrayal of childhood--one of the best. (Don't letthe cover and the age of this movie put you off).
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Format: DVD
This was so disappointing to me. "My Life as a Dog" was one of my all-time favorite films. I already had it on video, and wanted to have a cleaner copy on DVD, as well as some features.
! IT IS NOT, I repeat, *NOT* WIDESCREEN!
Worse, the transfer is grainy, and there seems to be little or no remastering. CRITERION would do a bang-up job on this film, it's just a shame that so many distributers can't get their act together and put a little effort into what they're doing.
If you want to hear commentary, see it in its original film ratio, or even see a decent transfer for heaven's sake, go to Criterion's web-site and send them a message that you want to see this film done right.
You might also go to Fox Lorber's web site, and let them know you expect more than VHS-on-a-disk. DVD, as a media, is in a critical state right now, and the studios are trying to see if the general public will accept bare-bones releases. We need to let them know that we won't.
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