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The Phantom Carriage: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

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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.
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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 107 Minutes
  • Region: A Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Blu-Ray Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: SWEDISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    Two scores, one by 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 Sjostrom: A Portrait, by Gosta Werner
    The Bergman Connection - An original visual essay by film historian and Bergman scholar Peter Cowie on the film's influence on Bergman
    Footage of the construction of the Rasunda studio where The Phantom Carriage was the inaugural production
    Booklet featuring an essay by screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Mayersberg


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