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Breaking the Waves

Lars von Trier

 
Breaking the Waves (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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3 Discs

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  • Denmark
  • 1996
  • 159 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #705

Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgård) is paralyzed in an oil rig accident. Breaking the Waves, both brazen and tender, profane and pure, is an examination of the expansiveness of faith and of its limits.

Cast

Credits

DirectorLars von Trier
Written byLars von Trier
Director of photographyRobby Müller
Produced byVibeke Windelov and Peter Aalbaek Jensen
Executive producerLars Jönsson
Executive music producerRay Williams
First assistant directorMorten Arnfred
CastingJoyce Nettles
Art directorKarl Júlíusson
Costume designManon Rasmussen
Sound designerPer Streit
EditorAnders Refn
MusicJoachim Holbek
Chapter sequences byPer Kirkeby

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Lars von Trier, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring von Trier, editor Anders Refn, and location scout Anthony Dod Mantle
  • New interview with filmmaker and critic Stig Björkman
  • New interviews with actors Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård
  • Interview from 2004 with actor Adrian Rawlins
  • Excerpts from Watson’s audition tape, with commentary by von Trier
  • Deleted and extended scenes, with commentary by von Trier
  • Deleted scene featuring the late actor Katrin Cartlidge
  • Cannes Film Festival promotional clip
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt and an excerpt from the 1999 book Trier on von Trier

    New cover by Fred Davis

Film Essays

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Breaking the Waves: Breaking the Rules

By David Sterritt April 14, 2014

Lars von Trier brought his brand of provocation to his widest audience yet with this inquiry into faith and human goodness. Read more »

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Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014


Interviews

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Lars von Trier on Breaking the Waves

By Stig Björkman April 18, 2014

The following interview, conducted by Stig Björkman, originally appeared in Björkman’s 1999 book Trier on von Trier. Read more »


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Film Essays

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Breaking the Waves: Breaking the Rules

By David Sterritt April 14, 2014

Lars von Trier brought his brand of provocation to his widest audience yet with this inquiry into faith and human goodness. Read more »


Interviews


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XOXO

February 14, 2014

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