| The Phantom Carriage (1920) |
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| The Phantom Carriage (Blu-Ray) (1920) |
Retail: 39.95, Our: $31.99
Criterion has announced a September 27th release date for the silent Swedish classic The Phantom Carriage (1920) on standard DVD and Blu-Ray.
Bonus features are below.
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The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström, about an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption.
Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, this extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.
- Two scores, one by acclaimed Swedish composer Matti Bye and the other by the experimental duo KTL
- Audio commentary featuring film historian Casper Tybjerg
- Interview with Ingmar Bergman excerpted from the 1981 documentary Victor Sjöström: A Portrait, by Gösta Werner
- The Bergman Connection, an original visual essay by film historian and Bergman scholar Peter Cowie on The Phantom Carriage’s influence on Bergman
- Archival footage from 1919 of the construction of Räsunda Studios, where The Phantom Carriage was filmed
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Mayersberg