WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Autumn Sonata

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Havlar Bjork.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1407L-225
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1978
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ingmar Bergman
(Screenplay/Written By): Ingmar Bergman
(Story): NA
(Music): Käbi Laretei, Claude Genetay, Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt & Anne Bylsma
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Anna Asp
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(Editor): Sylvia Ingmarsdotter
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(Executive Producers): Sir Lew Grade & Martin Starger
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Personalfilm GmbH

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.55:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Considered by many as the finest work of Ingmar Bergman, Autumn Sonata stars Ingrid Bergman in their only collaboration. The Swedish film won a Golden Globe Award as Best Foreign Film in 1978. Ingrid plays a self-centered concert pianist who neglected her family to pursue a music career. Liv Ullmann is her emotionally crippled oldest daughter whose feelings of repression surface when, in an attempted reconciliation, they spend a long, confrontational night that leads to some mutual acceptance and forgiveness.

LaserDisc Picture:
The sharp and detailed picture is matted at 1.55:1 with beautifully composed and richly hued color interior cinematography by Sven Nykvist.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is monaural.
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