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The Seventh Seal (1957) moves Bishop to King 7 to take 4K UHD

The Criterion Collection releases The Seventh Seal to 4K Blu-ray on April 18, 2023. Ingmar Bergman directed the film starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Bengt Ekerot.

‘The Seventh Seal’ Movie Synopsis

In The Seventh Seal, a knight returns exhausted from the Crusades to find the Plague has gripped medieval Sweden. When he suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, Death challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a number of outcasts from a society in despair.

Read the full summary, and listen to our Criterion review.


  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Introduction from 2003 by director Ingmar Bergman
  • Audio commentary and video afterword by Bergman expert Peter Cowie
  • Bergman Island (2006), a feature-length documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyreröd
  • Audio interview from 1998 with actor Max von Sydow
  • Tribute to Bergman from 1989 by filmmaker Woody Allen
  • Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie
  • Trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

Cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Also available on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

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Janus Films released The Seventh Seal on February 16, 1957. Ingmar Bergman directed the film starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Bengt Ekerot.

User Rating: 4.08 ( 4 votes)
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