directed by Lars von Trier
Denmark 1988

 

Having spend the last year, and their stipendiary, doing nothing much but drinking and eating, Lars and Niels now have to deliver a final script for their film within a week. The disc is empty and they have no real idea what the story was about, not to mention that they didn’t liked it to begin with. So in order to come up with something, they embark on a fools quest to create something completely original over the next couple of days.

Rather than being based on an idea, the film was based on a bet between Lars von Trier and filmconsultant Claes Kastholm Hansen, who also plays himself in the film, whether or not von Trier could make a feature film for less than Dkr 1 million ($150,000).

The result became “Epidemic”, where Lars von Trier directly attacks the Danish film institution and the ways films are made in Denmark. To him, no films are made neither from any true original idea, nor for the sake of making money, but rather to support otherwise unemployed film personal.

Putting himself in the line of fire, showing everyone, that even an idiot like him can make a film, he openly mocks the very process of filmmaking, ending with a 12 page half assed script, told thru a person why is hypnotized to experience the story, ending in utter disaster.

Nevertheless, “Epidemic” is the first true von Trier film, cynical as hell, extremely provocative and utterly genial.
 

Henrik Sylow

Theatrical Release: February 1988 (Fantasporto Film Festival)

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Runtime 1:45:56 
Video 1.64:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.50 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio Danish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.64:1

Edition Details:

• Director filmography
• Audio commentary by Lars von Trier
• Documentary Freedogme, featuring Lars von Trier and Wim Wenders
• Liner notes with Director’s Statement and Second Manifesto

DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2004

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Home Vision is no longer with us. This DVD image is very hard to critique as I have no idea how this film looked theatrically. Its artistic bent image may have directorial preferences that I am unaware of (example the excessive grain is probably an intentional factor of production techniques). So I'll just say that it looks very good next to the Electric Parc (The Lars von Trier Collection - 4 disc) - Region 2 - PAL image compared below. The PAL edition is brighter and has more sepia than the Home Vision which have superior grayscales. If I were forced to make a guess which is more accurate I would probably bet on the Home Vision title. The Home Vision removable subtitles are slightly smaller and less intrusive. I suspect that this audio commentary may be different than the PAL one, but regardless it is a good one with von Trier giving intricate details of the production. Another in a line of excellent DVDs from our, now unemployed, friends at Home Vision.   out of

Gary W. Tooze

 





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