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THE INGMAR BERGMAN SPECIAL EDITION DVD COLLECTION
(MGM/UA)

A muscular wedge from the brooding Swede's long career, restored and corrected: Persona, Shame, Hour of the Wolf, The Serpent's Egg, and The Passion of Anna, with commentaries, interviews, docs, featurettes, and gouts of effluvia. Pace yourself and make it last until next December.


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