'Autumn Sonata' and 'Slacker' Dated and Detailed for Blu-ray

Posted Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT by

More films from Ingmar Bergman and Richard Linklater are bound for Blu-ray this September.

In an early announcement to retailers, Criterion says 'Autumn Sonata' will be released on Blu-ray on September 17.

'Autumn Sonata' was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans—Ingmar, the iconic director of 'The Seventh Seal,' and Ingrid, the monumental star of 'Casablanca.'

The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p transfer, an uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2003; Audio commentary featuring Bergman expert Peter Cowie; The Making of "Autumn Sonata," a three-and-a-half-hour program examining every aspect of the production; New interview with actor Liv Ullmann; A 1981 conversation between actor Ingrid Bergman and critic John Russell Taylor at the National Film Theatre in London; Trailer; English-dubbed track; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme.

Criterion will also be bringing 'Slacker' to Blu-ray on the same date.

Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Three audio commentaries, featuring Linklater and members of the cast and crew; It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by the director; Woodshock, a 1985 16 mm short by Linklater and Daniel; Casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the more-than-100-member cast; Deleted scenes and alternate takes; Footage from the Slacker tenth-anniversary reunion; Early film treatment; Home movies; Ten-minute trailer for a 2005 documentary about the landmark Austin café Les Amis; Original theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring essays by author and film­maker John Pierson and Michael Barker, as well as reviews, production notes, and an introduction to It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman.

Suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Autumn Sonata' and 'Slacker' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under September 17.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Autumn Sonata (Blu-ray)
Slacker (Blu-ray)
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