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

Anton Glanzelius , Tomas von Bromssen , Lasse Hallstrom    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, beautiful film -- nice DVD too March 14 2003
By NutMac
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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1.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie but extremely poor DVD qualaity! May 29 1999
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Criterion version came out March 11, 2003 March 12 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of all time. Aug. 24 2001
By alyosha
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should watch this . . . Jan. 8 2001
By jman
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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3.0 out of 5 stars When bad transfers happen to good films... March 28 2000
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.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars My Life As a Dog- Criterion
My life As a Dog is one of my favorite movies ever. The only changes I have noticed in the subtitles on the Criterion edition are that the line, "keep a tight rope," was... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Dustin Tyler Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you have been looking for!
Occasionally life offers pearls that are accessible. This is one of them. Buy it, please! You will be richer for it.
Published on Dec 4 2002 by Patrick Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie I've seen
This is truly a bery good well acted,written,and produced film. I can't stop watching it. I'm not very fluent in Swedish,but the subtitles are great. Read more
Published on July 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Swedish Film!
A must see for all you foreign film buffs! This film contains a brilliant mixture of depressing and inspiring moments. It leaves you feeling both lethargic and energized. Read more
Published on April 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
I'm not going to write anything sophisticated or technical about this movie (I leave that to the experts). Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Tepoztlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching film. Transfer to DVD second-rate.
I don't think I could add anything to previous reviews that speak so eloquently of the many touching qualities of this film. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Hoc Stercus
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best 5 (but don't miss the helicopter ^_^)
See it.
Make you think of your younger days-your brothers and parents.
Make you smile.
Something are growing at those ages! Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2001 by youngchool choe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, DVD Sucks
Awesome movie. Thank God, I have it on video, because the DVD tranfer is horrible. To anyone investing in a dvd collection that wants to include this move. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2000 by Rick K.
5.0 out of 5 stars A film like this comes along once in a decade.
This film, so my mother assures me, was to the 1980's what Visconti's "Death in Venice" was to the 1970's. Read more
Published on June 19 2000 by Tyler Durden
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