Available on DVD?
Is this movie available on DVD? I have tried amazon.co.uk and can't find it, either as The Touch or Beröringen.share
Good god! Who'd've thought it - you're a Bergman fan?! Not seen it for sale anywhere on DVD, no. According to this site in Sweden (Bergman's country of origin of course) the DVD is not currently available: http://www.discshop.se/shop/ds_film.php?lang=&id=39355&subsite=movies&&ref= In fact, I was browsing his works on here and Beröringen's one I've never seen (although I've been told it's a major misfire). Some Bergman essentials (and I warn you, oh charming one, this is definitely irrelevant to your question) are:
1982 - Fanny and Alexander
1975 - Face to Face
1973 - Scenes from a Marriage
1972 - Cries and Whispers
1966 - Persona
1963 - The Silence
1961 - Through a Glass Darkly
1959 - The Virgin Spring
1957 - Wild Strawberries
1956 - The Seventh Seal
If you want see a decent Elliot Gould movie, I'd recommend The Long Goodbye (1973).
The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.share
i liked this movie, her tip to london was bizarre very goodshare
I actually downloaded the Bittorrent from http://torrentportal.com/details/1290998/Ingmar.Bergman.-.The.Touch.1971.VHSRip.XviD-Malachi.avi.torrent
It's mastered from a VHS tape, with an ideal aspect ratio of 1:85, unfortunately the film abruptly ends at the 95 minute mark, which now has me clamoring for a better edition just to see how it ends. Very disappointing indeed!
Is there a better bittorrent available than the one I've referenced above which has the full 115 minute cut of the film?
The final scene is exactly the same in both versions. The extra footage of the 115 min cut comes in bits and bobs earlier in the film. So you actually have seen how the film ends.
The only significant extra footage I noticed was a bit that made karin slightly more sympathetic. In the shorter version, her coldness toward David coincides with the knowledge that he has a hereditary muscle-wasting disease. This makes her seem quite horrifyingly cold, and makes sense of David's exclamation in the final scene when Karin tells him she's not coming with him because of her duty to her family:
"I know you're lying. You don't mean what you say. I know the real reasons.
They're so goddamn rotten and trivial and cowardly I can't be bothered to go
In the longer version however, when David's sister tells Karin about the wasting disease (and immediately regrets it) she also goes on to say that she and David are inseperable and that he has told her he will never leave her. "Do you understand?" she asks Karin severely, to which Karin replies "Yes."
This tends to make Karin's decision more ambiguous, as matters of conscience and consideration of David's crippled sister, in addition to Karin's own family seem to enter the equation. Nevertheless, the sister's revelation of David's illness, and the exchange of looks between herself and Karin, remains the most powerful, troubling moment in both versions.
Dear roegcamel: You might be surprised to know that I still have a brand new / sealed Magnetic Video of 'THE TOUCH'. I never opened it after buying it. I thought about it -- but then it occurred to me there likely wasn't one left still sealed up in its original 'MVC' shrinkwrap (which is plastered all over).
So it's been sealed up since 1981.
Perhaps I'll sell it some time to someone who will open it up and watch it finally . . .
Did you ever open it?
Breaking Down Bergman
Dear David (eo_guy): No, I never did un-seal 'THE TOUCH' from its Magnetic shrinkwrap. However, I did sell it to a college library North Carolina a couple of years back. I had put it up for sale on AMAZON and a college library in N. Carolina bought it. Think I had the price at $97.94 or something very close to that. I was not going to sell it cheap!
Perhaps the school that bought the tape finally opened it . . . ?