Dogville

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Overview

Lars von Trier directs an all-star cast in his controversial Dogville, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by von Trier and his cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Von Trier is one of the most polarizing figures in world cinema and this commentary track will appeal to his fans and aggravate his detractors in equal...
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Overview

Lars von Trier directs an all-star cast in his controversial Dogville, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by von Trier and his cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Von Trier is one of the most polarizing figures in world cinema and this commentary track will appeal to his fans and aggravate his detractors in equal measure.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Lars von Trier and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle; Closed captioning; 5.1 Dolby Digital
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An audacious, provocative film that dazzles many viewers while infuriating others, Dogville is the ideologically skewed but fascinating product of Danish director Lars von Trier Dancer in the Dark, who brings his fundamentally anti-American bias to this dark, Depression-era parable. It unfolds in a small Rocky Mountain town where a frightened young woman Nicole Kidman seeks refuge from the gangsters following her. Championed by a sympathetic young man Paul Bettany, she is granted a two-week “trial period” to determine her suitability as a prospective resident of Dogville. The townspeople especially the males are suspicious of this taciturn fugitive yet willing to take advantage of her when the opportunity arises. In the manner of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town, von Trier’s film plays out on a nearly barren stage, with just a few props scattered around and chalk outlines drawn on the floor to represent buildings. The absence of physical trappings are less apparent than one might suspect because the acting is so powerful: Dogville’s cast includes as townspeople such fine supporting players as James Caan, Ben Gazzara, Lauren Bacall, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Stellan Skarsgard, Chloe Sevigny, and Blair Brown, with John Hurt contributing his sonorous tones as a narrator. The director depicts these semi-rural villagers as inherently suspicious, xenophobic, duplicitous, opportunistic, craven, and easily stirred to violence. He brings to this script which he wrote what critic Roger Ebert correctly identified as the “ideological subtlety of a raving prophet on a street corner,” and there’s no doubt that many viewers will be turned off by his bleak, hateful characterization of small-town America. But there is undeniable strength and vigor in von Trier’s direction, and remarkable passion in the performances of a varied cast. In short, Dogville is one of those rare movies for which there is no middle ground: People either love it or hate it. But it’s not easily forgotten, and that’s more than can be said for many contemporary movies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • UPC: 031398162346
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,430

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue [8:51]
2. Tom Hears Gunshots and Meets Grace [9:41]
3. Tom Introduces Grace [9:36]
4. Grace Tries to Help the Township [6:55]
5. Grace's First Day of Hard Work [10:14]
6. Grace Interferes With the Townspeople's Secrets [5:24]
7. The Townspeople are Deciding Grace's Future [6:31]
8. Grace Spreads Joy in Dogville [3:31]
9. Law Enforcement Comes to Dogville [3:05]
10. The Day of Celebration [8:35]
11. Grace Becomes More Costly for the Townspeople [15:42]
12. Dogville's True Face [3:32]
13. Rape [5:14]
14. Everybody Turns Against Grace [11:27]
15. Grace Escapes From Dogville [14:23]
16. Exploitation [9:14]
17. Tom Wants to Make Love to Grace [17:54]
18. The Gangsters Come to Dogville [9:32]
19. The Final Illustration [12:43]
20. Credits [5:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio Commentary With Director Lars Von Trier and Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dogville is not "entertaining," it is profound.

    It's a morality play for goodness sake, not a political statement, as some reviewers insist. Regardless of what von Trier might think of USA, it is a great film depicting the paradoxes of virtue and evil. The locale is irrelevant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST SEE

    This is one of the best movies of all time. Its archetypal message is universal to the world as a whole and casts a cynic and sometimes perhaps pessimistic view of reality of human condition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than meets the eye

    I must say, the film is much more than it seems. I would rather have seen it set in a "real world" setting. The "Stage" environment gave it a artsy feel that seemed to be trying to hard. There was really no reason for it, except perhaps to make the cheapest movie possible. Having said that: What makes this movie superb is the ending. What makes the ending so great is that you did not know you were heading there. Not like most "twist ending". There is no twist. However you may be startled to find yourself so conflicted on the proper emotion. Satisfaction or horror? See the movie. It hits you in the gut at the end and makes the 3 hours worthwhile. At least once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slow starter...turns into my best dramatic pick for 2004

    Ok, so the stage is set (literally) and you learn a little bit about the town from the opening scene. At 1st it strikes you as just another 'Americana' type film, but it's way more than meets the eye. There are no elaborate settings in the mountains, train station, etc., the whole thing was shot on a sound stage. You know a door was opened because they make the motion with their hands and the sound is heard instantly, so get your imagination up to par for this one. Once you can get past the 'play setting', you'll be in for a treat. Nicole was her best, by chapter 3 I felt her desperation and urgency and need to fit in. The people of Dogville are strange, yet so very like ourselves or people we know, it hits home in the subtlest way, these people are you and you know it...and it shames you. Like most small towns Dogville is full of little secrets and quirks that make any small town function and interesting at the same time. Grace (Kidman) does her best to stay among their good graces in order to remain in the town and it quickly turns into something like a car accident scene, it's gross but you just can't help but look. I literally caught myself feeling embarrassed and ashamed for the characters & actually looking away...that's a 1st for me. Give this film a chance, yes it's lengthy, yes it's complicated, but it will teach you a little something about the human condition. I think the most disturbing thing about this film is that you can see bits & pieces of yourself in almost every character, not to mention the ending is justifiably gratifying. I hope Kidman receives the kudos she deserves for this film with an Oscar nod and Lars Von Trier...what can I say other than you've done it again! Go watch this, rent it, buy it, it's a masterpiece wrapped up in brown paper bagging waiting to be discovered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unexpected Movie

    I thought it was gonna be another another romance movie shown. and i thought that the setting would really be hmmm less fictional i thought it was gonna change in the middle but i got into it and didn't care I WAS HOOKED and i really got into it Good Movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only If You Appreciate Plays

    Yes, this is a good movie, but you must appreciate live stage performances to truly enjoy this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Spectacular Triumph

    One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. This movie while three hours long, is definetly worth the wait. The movie itself is spectacular but the ending is one of the best I've ever seen on a dramatic film. Nicole deserves another best actress Oscar for this one. As well the supporting cast define their roles. A must-buy (or at least a must-see.)

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