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The Element of Crime

The Element of Crime

Michael Elphick
Director: Lars von Trier Cast: Michael Elphick
Michael Elphick
, Esmond Knight
Esmond Knight
, Me Me Lai
Me Me Lai
Lars von Trier

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono)

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Before the back-to-basics approach of the Dogma 95 manifesto, director Lars Von Trier was enamored by the tricks of filmmaking. His first feature, The Element of Crime, is an amber-soaked visual feast. With its distinctive color scheme, previous transfers of the film have been a muddy mess, making for a less than satisfying home-viewing experience. With this release from The Criterion Collection, the images have been restored splendidly. The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is 16 x 9 enhanced. The soundtrack is in its original mono, so some of the dialogue competes with the rain-soaked sets, but much of that problem can be abated by enabling the English subtitles. The disc also features color bars, a theatrical trailer, and a documentary on the filmmaker. Entitled "Transformer: A Portrait of Lars Von Trier, it is a candid examination of his career consisting of numerous on-camera interviews with Von Trier and those who have worked on his films, as well as on-set footage of his breakthrough film Breaking the Waves. Though short on supplemental features, the print quality makes this disc another flawless presentation from Criterion.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2010
UPC: 0037429149423
Original Release: 1984
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 26,028

Special Features

Widescreen digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Stig Bjorkman's critically acclaimed 52-minute documentary: "Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier" [1997], with optional English subtitles; Trailer; In English with optional subtitles; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Elphick Fisher
Esmond Knight Osborne
Me Me Lai Kim
Astrid Henning-Jensen Housekeeper
János Herskó Coroner
Stig Larsson assistant
Camilla Overbye Roos First Lotto Girl
Maria Behrendt Lotto Girls
Lars von Trier Schmuck of Ages
Jerold Wells Police Chief Kramer
Jon Bang Carlsen Angry Policeman
Leif Magnusson Hotel Guest
Preben Leerdorff-Rye Grandfather
Gotha Andersen Judge

Technical Credits
Lars von Trier Director,Camera Operator,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Per Arman Production Manager
Birte Christensen Makeup
Tom Elling Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Tómas Gíslason Editor,Screenwriter
Peter Hoimark Production Designer
Per Holst Producer
Bo Holten Score Composer
Manon Rasmussen Costumes/Costume Designer
Niels Voersel Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Cairo [:14]
2. Osbourne [2:45]
3. Kramer [5:38]
4. Lotto Murders [1:53]
5. The Archives [5:37]
6. A Beatiful Corpse [3:42]
7. Who Is Harry Grey? [4:37]
8. The Tailing Report [:38]
9. Halberschtad [2:38]
10. Kim [5:16]
11. Tunnel of Love [3:26]
12. Counting [4:59]
13. Dritten Marsk [:34]
14. Drifting [3:38]
15. A Mess [3:55]
16. Meeting [3:56]
17. The Dive [5:29]
18. End Credits [5:45]
0. Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Tier
1. From One to Ten [3:05]
2. Orgins / Europa Trilogy [3:25]
3. Upbringing [5:23]
4. Enfant Terrible [3:43]
5. Evil and Idealism [1:08]
6. Phobias [6:42]
7. Breaking the Waves [:12]
8. A Little Knight [2:53]
9. A Personal Perestroika [5:12]
10. Creation and Destruction [1:15]
11. End Credits [4:53]

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