Europa: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1991) / Region 1
Europa: The Criterion Collection

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Europa: The Criterion Collection

"You will now listen to my voice...On the count of ten you will be in Europa..." So begins Max von Sydow's opening narration to Lars von Trier's Europa (known in the U.S. as Zentropa), a fever dream in which American pacifist Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) stumbles into a job as a sl--ping-car conductor for the Zentropa railways in a Kafkaesque 1945 postwar Frankfurt. With its gorgeous black-and-white and color imagery and meticulously recreated (if then nightmarishly deconstructed) costumes and sets, Europa is one of the great Danish filmmaker's weirdest and most wonderful works, a runaway train ride to an oddly futuristic past.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 18 2008
  • Production Year 1991
  • Empire SKU 1428112
  • UPC Code 715515034029
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc One:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Danish audio commentary with director Lars von Trier and producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen
- The Making of "Europa" (1991), a documentary following the film from storyboarding to production
- Original theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation

Disc Two:
- Trier's Element (1991), a documentary featuring an interview with von Trier as well as footage from Europa's set and its Cannes premiere and press conference
- Anecdotes from "Europa" (2005), a short documentary featuring interviews with film historian Peter Schepelern, actor Jean-Marc Barr, Aalbaek Jensen, assistant director Tomas Gislason, co-writer Niels Versel, and prop master Peter Grant
- Interviews from 2005 with cinematographer Henning Bendtsen, composer Joachim Holbek, costume designer Manon Rasmussen, film school teacher Mogens Rukov, Gislason, Aalbaek Jensen, Grant, actor Michael Simpson, production manager Per Arman, and actor Ole Ernst
- A 2005 conversation with von Trier in which he discusses the "Europa trilogy"
- "Europa": The Faecal Location (2005), a short film by Gislason
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Howard Hampton


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
    German Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W (Anamorphic)
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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