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My Life as a Dog (The Criterion Collection) [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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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.
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!
Note: I recommend the subtitled version over the dubbed version, as the language and inflections should be experienced in full.
! 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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I wish there were more films that took there time like this. So glad I own it!Published 8 months ago by Canuck
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 morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Dustin Tyler Morris
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
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 morePublished on July 24 2002
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 morePublished on April 25 2002
I'm not going to write anything sophisticated or technical about this movie (I leave that to the experts). Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by Tepoztlan
I don't think I could add anything to previous reviews that speak so eloquently of the many touching qualities of this film. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by Hoc Stercus
Make you think of your younger days-your brothers and parents.
Make you smile.
Something are growing at those ages! Read more