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3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-Ray]

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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Format: Black & White, Collector's Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Sept. 24 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00DHN8G58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,467 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The Bergman/Rossellini quagmire that toppled the neo-realist director from his perch and forced a Hollywood diva into nearly a decade long exile did not produce any lasting 'fruits of their labors. The movies in this set - Stromboli, Europa 51, and, Journey to Italy are a very mixed bag; narratively unstable and heavy-handed on their themes of sin, fallen women and redemption. We get 2 cuts of Stromboli and Europa 51 - English and Italian - and some very fine extras.

But the condition of the prints used in these remasters are weak and abysmally sub-par at best. Don't expect perfection or anything even close. Now, to be fair - Stromboli and Europa 51 have always looked as though their original camera negatives were fed through meat grinders. Criterion's transfers improve the clarity and overall contrast of these careworn elements. But they are still softly focused in spots and heavily saturated with age-related artifacts that are quite distracting.

That, plus the fact that none of these movies is a masterpiece (Stromboli is a snore) and Journey to Italy is just a mistake - lead me to suggest you could easily pass on this collection and still remain a Bergman devotee besides. Bergman's women in these movies is a martyr and a scamp. Not the way I want to remember this Swedish sex symbol. Regrets.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Digital restoration reaches new heights in this collection Nov. 14 2013
By Daryl Chin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the stellar packages from the Criterion Collection. The films have been restored in the best possible condition; as far as can be seen, the films have been rendered so that the flaws which plagued the original prints (bad sound synchronization, cuts from different version according to the country of release, etc.) have been corrected, which was no easy task! Incredible care and diligence have been taken with these films, and the extras are voluminous and entertaining as well as informative. This edition of 3 FILMS BY ROBERTO ROSSELLINI STARRING INGRID BERGMAN was obviously a labor of love for all concerned, but kudos must be given to Ingrid Isolte Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini: they waited until digital technology could fulfill all the restoration aims before allowing these films to be seen in their correct forms. This is a stunning achievement!
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Bergman bonanza!!! Aug. 15 2013
By Andy Powell - Published on Amazon.com
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As a longtime, heavy-duty Ingrid Bergman fan, I have been waiting and hoping for years for Criterion to produce a definitive box-set of the Bergman-Rossellini films. I am absolutely thrilled about this set, both for the films themselves and for the copious extras.

Now I just hope that the two Bergman-Rossellini films missing from this set -- JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE (1954) and FEAR (1955) -- will follow very shortly. They are equally worthy of inclusion in a collection like this one.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Watch and learn...... Nov. 17 2013
By LD - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge movie fan and had never seen these films of Ingrid Bergman with Roberto Rossellini directing. So far the only one I have watched is Stromboli which was very interesting. If you watch it and then go on to see the extras you will gain a lot of insight as to Rossellini and Bergman and their working together. The difficulty of the working conditions on this island with no electricity. His way of working without a formal script. Criterion films for someone like myself is almost an education in film. Well worth the cost and always well done.
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Real Movie News Blu-ray review Oct. 5 2013
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Roberto Rossellini is considered the godfather of Italian neorealism, having inspired the movement with his internationally successful Rome Open City (1945). This film and his next, Paison (1946), utilized the bombed out cities devastated by World War II in order to make films with real locations rather than sets. They also often used non-actors for the roles, so many saw it as a betrayal when Rossellini began working with Swedish actress turned Hollywood star, Ingrid Bergman. The professional relationship quickly became a romantic one, though never entirely private.

The gossip about their relationship may have tainted audience perception at the time of release, or perhaps it was more of the stylistic departure that Rossellini had taken, but these three films are much more highly regarded today than they were initially received. The romantic and professional partners in film collaborated on six films together, with the three most notable included in this fabulous box set. Stromboli, Europe '51, and Journey to Italy have more in common than simply the star and director, also pairing together quite nicely as a trilogy of films about the difficulties of marriage.

Stromboli (1950) is a bleak drama about a woman who is literally trapped in her marriage, stuck on a volcanic island with a man whom she married as an escape plan. In her first collaboration with the Italian filmmaker, Bergman plays a Lithuanian refugee who marries an Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) as a way of leaving the prisoner of war camp she is trapped in. Unaware that she is trading one prison for another; her husband takes her back to his isolated village on a volcanic island off the coast of Sicily. What begins as a marriage of convenience becomes a cruel trap for both parties.

Europe '51 (1952) plays down the aspects of marriage compared to the other two films in this set, though it clearly shows a breakdown in familial bliss when the bourgeois ideology of consumerism is not enough to keep the family together. The movie begins with a dinner party which has a couple of socialites too preoccupied to tend to their needy child. When this neglect leads to a suicide attempt and subsequent death, the child's mother, Irene (Bergman), is forced to look at the world differently. Suddenly aware of the suffering around her, Irene becomes dedicated to a self-sacrificial lifestyle which inevitably leads to her demise. The final bleak message of the film is that too much generosity and good will may be construed as mental illness in the world we live in.

Journey to Italy (1954) was the most commercially viable of Rossellini's collaborations with Bergman, charting the decline of marital bliss between an English husband and wife (Bergman and George Sanders) on a road trip in the country near Naples. This is also the film which receives the most attention in this set, with a second disc exclusively for the supplements while the other films had only one.

All three movies are presented with digital restoration and the original monaural soundtrack. Stromboli is presented with a 4K digital restoration, and also has a 2K digital restoration of the Italian-language version, Stromboli terra di Dio. Europe '51 is also available in two versions: a 2K digital restoration of the English-language version and a high-definition restoration of the Italian-language version, which is 9 minutes longer and a different cut of the same material. There is only one version of Journey to Italy, presented with a 4K digital restoration and uncompressed monaural soundtrack.

All three films come with an optional introduction by Rossellini, as well as a plethora of other features with film critics and filmmakers alike praising the collaborations between these two international legends, including new interviews with film critic Adriano Aprà. Stromboli also has a making-of documentary from 1998 and Europe '51 has a new interview with film historian Elena Dagrada on the alternate versions of the film. Journey to Italy has a commentary track with film scholar Laura Mulvey, as well as new interviews from a handful of scholars and experts. The second disc has even more, including an additional short film directed by Rossellini and starring Bergman, and a documentary about each of them. There are also more interviews with family members and some home footage.

Four Stars July 7 2014
By Connoisseur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD

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