WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cries And Whispers

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin, Liv Ullmann, Anders Ek, Inga Gill, Erland Josephson, Henning Moritzen & Georg Ahlen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC 1359L-207
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1972
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ingmar Bergman
(Screenplay/Written By): Ingrar Bergman
(Story): NA
(Music): Chopin & Bach
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Marik Vos
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(Editor): Siv Lundgren
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lars-Owe Carlberg

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.68:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers is beautifully photographed in color—unlike most of Bergman’s best known films. It won an Academy Award® for cinematographer Sven Nykvist. The story is a character study of three sisters, one of whom is dying of cancer. The dying sister maintains a sense of gentleness and grace through her unbearable pain while the other two, who have come to comfort her, bicker and manipulate. They put their selfishness before empathy. The result is a thought provoking, unsettling tale of life and death as told by the legendary director through pictures of brilliant quality.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.68:1 and transferred from a 35mm color dupe negative. Picture quality is somewhat wanting and fleshtones are inconsistent. Detail is good but minor artifacts and noise are throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono with Swedish and dubbed-in English versions.
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