From Lars Von Trier comes a fabulous 4 disc boxed set, The E-Trilogy
By M&C News Jul 24, 2005, 22:55 GMT
ELEMENT OF CRIME/ EPIDEMIC/ EUROPA
With shades of Tarkovsky’s Stalker and Blade Runner, this dark futuristic tale of a decaying Europe follows police detective Fisher (Michael Elphick) as he tries to solve a series of murders of small girls. His investigations lead him in the footsteps of the killer himself. Awash with cinematic allusions, it’s a visual treat and a dynamic feature debut.
Exclusive easter egg: Von Trier’s short film, Nocturne (1980)
Commentary #1 with Von Trier, director of photography, Tom Elling and editor Tomas Gislason
Commentary #2 with expert Peter Schepelern and author Stig Bjørkman
EPIDEMIC (1987): **never previously available in the UK**
Resulting from a bet he made with the Danish Film Institute that he could make a film for one million Danish kroner, Epidemic has the satirical touch of a director and his writer trying to complete a project in less than a week, and an allegory based around a doctor (Von Trier himself) desperately trying to stop the spread of plague. Shot without a camera crew, its experimental craftsmanship echoes his later Dogme projects including Dogville and Mandalay.
Exclusive easter egg: short film, Befrielsesbilleder (1982)
Commentary with Von Trier and Niels Vørsel
Combining black &white and colour photography, this powerful, sometimes dreamlike, drama follows the progress of the idealistic Leo (Jean-Marc Barr), who returns to Germany after the Second World War and finds a job on the railways and falls in with a Nazi Youth group. He falls for the daughter of the railroad company’s Jewish owner (Julie Delphy) but is caught in a web of intrigue and deceit. Released in US as Zentropa.
Newly created ‘Making of’ documentary; Documentary of anecdotes from cast and crew
Commentary #1 by Von Trier and cast members Jean Marc-Barr and Udo Kier
Commentary #2 by Von Trier and producer Peter Aalsbaek
Exclusive disc four extras:
Von Trier in conversation with journalist Bo Green Jensen; Europa featurettes
Original TV documentaries from Denmark, France, and Germany; trailers
Documentaries on Tom Elling (storyboarding Element of Crime) and Joachin Holbek (Europa composer)
16-page booklet by film historian Peter Schepelern
Von Trier’s E-Trilogy boxset is released on retail DVD only (rrp £39.99)
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