WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Breaking The Waves

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgärd.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2.5
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Special features in this European director’s cut include deleted scenes, a promo clip for the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and the U.S. theatrical trailer.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1494L
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $69.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 153
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 6/9/97
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Credits Information
(Director): Lars Von Trier
(Screenplay/Written By): Lars Von Trier
(Story): NA
(Music): Joachim Holbek
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Karl Juliusson
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(Editor): Anders Refn
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lars Jönsson
(Co-Producers): Axel Helgeland, Peter Van Vogelpoel, Bob Langesraat & Marianne Slot
(Producers): Vibeke Windeløv & Peter Aalabæk Jensen

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The original uncut version of Lars Von Trier’s Oscar®-nominated drama Breaking The Waves tells the carnal love story of Bess (Emily Watson), the free-spirited, yet naive young woman faced with a heartwrenching dilemma in a religious Scottish town during the 1970s. When her beloved husband, Jan (Stellan Skarsgård), is crippled while working on a rig at sea, she must stretch the boundaries of devotion to both her marriage and to God in an unorthodox manner in order to survive.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.22:1, exhibits inconsistencies throughout. Overall, colors are undersaturated and bright with yellow overtones and weak blacks. Some scenes have generally natural fidelity. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail and are marred with artifacts and slight grain.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack, other than stereo in the beginning Chapter titles, is mono.
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