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  • On MELANCHOLIA: Trier isn't terribly interested in the science of this new planet as much as he is in its symbolic value to his main character. You see, the planet is called 'Melancholia'. And, Justine is a very Melancholy bride. Dunst, in perhaps her finest performance (she won Best Actress at Cannes), is extremely good here, ably supported by Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Hurt, Charlotte Rampling and Alexander Skarsgard.

    The film begins with an incredibly gorgeous cataclysmic montage. It's horrifying and beautiful at the same time. Manuel Alberto Claro's cinematography is top notch and the special effects are well handled. Overall, the SF element is minimal for the next hour or so (the film runs 2 1/4 hrs), so patience is necessary. It pays off in the end, though Von Trier doesn't allow for any easy conclusions.

    MELANCHOLIA is currently available to stream on HBO Max, Fubo and Kanopy - and on VOD. It's also on DVD and Blu Ray


    • Mubi Acquires 11 Lars Von Trier Films In North America, Sets Remastered ‘The Idiots’ For Theatrical Release
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      • I think a remastered Idiots will still look like crap, but if they can polish Inland Empire, maybe not.
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        • Coming from Curzon on UHD/Blu-ray on 9/25/23.

          For the first time on 4K Ultra-HD, Curzon Film is proud to present the 4K restoration of Breaking the Waves. The restoration was supervised by director Lars von Trier.
          Special features:
          • 4K Ultra HD disc, 4K restoration presented with 5.1 surround DTS-HD sound, optional English SDH subtitles
          • Blu-Ray disc with DTS Master Audio and Special Features
          • Sleeve and O-ring designed by Andrew Bannister
          Special Features:
          • Commentary with Lars von Trier and Anders Refn
          • Excerpts from Documentary Tranceformer - A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997)
          • Interview with Adrian Rawlins
          • Emily Watson’s Casting Tape
          • Promo Clip for Cannes 96
          • Deleted and Extended Scenes
          • Theatrical Trailers

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          • Coming to Blu-ray 9/25 from Curzon

            LARS VON TRIER - A CURZON COLLECTION - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]

            14 Blu-ray collector set including 7 restored films
            3 collectible posters and 1 wide poster of the cover illustration by Daniele Castellano
            68-page booklet including new essays by Slavoj Zizek, Catherine Wheatley, Steven Ryder and more.
            2 Digipaks and hardcover slipcase in a canvas Curzon Collection slipcase
            Illustration by Daniele Castellano
            Design by Andrew Bannister

            FEATURE FILMS

            Element of Crime (restored)
            Epidemic (restored)
            Europa (restored)
            Breaking the Waves (restored)
            The Idiots (restored)
            Dogville (restored)
            The Five Obstructions
            The Boss of it All (restored)
            Nymphomaniac: The Director’s Cut - Volumes I & II
            The House that Jack Built


            Over 12 hours of special features including interviews with Lars von Trier and cast, commentaries, behind-the-scenes, featurettes, casting tapes, extended and deleted scenes, and theatrical trailers.

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