Breaking the Waves (#705)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgård) is paralyzed in an oil rig accident. Breaking the Waves, both brazen and tender, profane and pure, is an examination of the expansiveness of faith and of its limits.


New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Lars von Trier, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Selected-scene audio commentary featuring von Trier, editor Anders Refn, and location scout Anthony Dod Mantle

New interview with filmmaker and critic Stig Björkman

New interviews with actors Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård

Interview from 2004 with actor Adrian Rawlins

Excerpts from Watson’s audition tape, with commentary by von Trier

Deleted and extended scenes, with commentary by von Trier

Deleted scene featuring the late actor Katrin Cartlidge

Cannes Film Festival promotional clip


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt and an excerpt from the 1999 book Trier on von Trier