directed by Lars von Trier
Denmark 1988


Von Trier's style here is like a lawn mower that either cuts cleanly through the material or gets stuck and creates grotesque lacerations while spinning its blades heedlessly. A flamboyant TV drama, this Medea is the reverse of Bela Tarr's demonically single-minded Macbeth (compressed into two shots and materialist to the core), and it's shallow and dilettantish compared to the visionary stretches of a Bergman or a Tarkovsky. Anytime von Trier can find a way to jazz up Dreyer's simplicity, he goes for broke, substituting a pool of water for a mirror when Medea turns away from Jason, or having her hang her two children--even holding one of them up to tie the noose--instead of giving them poison on the pretext that it's medicine.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum's review in the Chicago Reader located HERE

Theatrical Release: April 1988

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DVD Review: Facets Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Facets Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:16:42

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.36 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes



Audio Danish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English (non-removable)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Facets Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Chapters 12

Comments The quality of the image on this DVD is very bad. It was sourced from the PAL tape and has excessive grain and contrast boosting. The sound is acceptable and ingrained subtitles are serviceable. We hope Zentropa can do this film justice and release the definitive release, like they did for The Kingdom .

 Gregory Meshman

NOTE (from Thure Munkholm) : Zentropa can’t do justice to this film, because it’s not a Zentropa-production. Trier did not found Zentropa with Peter Ålbæk when he made ‘Europa’. ‘Medea’ is produced by the Danish tv-channel Danmarks Radio (DR) and it’s they who own the rights.


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From German television (from VHS): (thanks Pavel !)





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