Triple-bill of early films from the controversial and experimental Danish director, all exploring the traumas of the European past and the difficulties it will face in the future. 'Element of Crime' (1984) is von Trier's highly stylised debut feature. Returning from exile in Egypt, police detective Leopold Fisher (Michael Elphick) is asked to investigate a series of murders in which the victims have all been young female ticket sellers. Fisher's approach is to try to adopt the perspective of the killer, and thus to predict where and when the next murder will take place, but when he meets the beautiful Kim (Me Me Lei), the line separating investigation and crime begins to blur. In 'Epidemic' (1987), von Trier plays a director collaborating with a writer on a film script about an epidemic spreading throughout the world. As they become intensely focused on their work, they fail to realise that a real epidemic is taking place around them. 'Europa' (1991) is set in the devastated aftermath of the Second World War. Leo (Jean-Marc Barr), a young German-American, travels to Germany to help rebuild the country. Working as a train conductor, he witnesses the cruel treatment of German civilians by Allied soldiers and the horrendous destruction brought about by the war (his train stops at towns that no longer exist). Eventually he becomes involved with the railroad boss's daughter, herself an ex-Nazi partisan.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Black & White, Box Set, Commentary, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Special Edition, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Lars Von Trier is considered one of world cinema's great auteurs. His reputation has been built upon controversial and experimental films such as The Idiots, Dancer In The Dark and Dogville, that often divide audiences. However, he found his own unique voice with three early projects which have come to be known as the E-Trilogy: Element of Crime, Epidemic and Europa - all dramas concerned with the nature of identity. Element Of Crime (1984): This visually stunning debut sees a police detective, Fisher (played by Michael Elphick), attempting to solve a series of grisly crimes by becoming the killer himself. Awash with cinematic allusions, it's a foretaste of what the fledgling director would become. Epidemic (1988): Previously unreleased in the UK, this is a truly experimental film with echoes of the director's later films; The Idiots and Dogville. Starring the director as the lead and using no camera crew, the story follows a doctor attempting to stop the spread of a plague who only succeeds in spreading it further. Europa (1991): Set in Germany after the Second World War, this drama follows an idealistic young American of German descent (Jean-Marc Barr) as he tries to help re-build a damaged country, by working on the railways, whilst remaining neutral to the conflicting forces therein. To complicate matters, he falls in love with his employer's daughter and soon realises that he will have to make some difficult...Lars Von Trier Europe Trilogy - 4-DVD Box Set (UK) ( Lars Von Trier's Europe Trilogy: Element Of Crime / Epidemic / Europa ) ( Element Of Crime / Epidemic / Europa )