Welcome to the Vinegar Syndrome Staff Picks section, where we highlight our favorite releases from the many other fine labels releasing films on home video. This section, which will be updated semi regularly, features an array of crucial genre films, which no home library should be without.
Lars von Trier shook up the film world when he premiered Antichrist at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman—a searing Willem Dafoe and Cannes best actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg—retreat to their cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other. But this most confrontational work yet from one of contemporary cinema’s most controversial artists is no mere provocation. It is a visually sublime, emotionally ravaging journey to the darkest corners of the possessed human mind; a disturbing battle of the sexes that pits rational psychology against age-old superstition; and a profoundly effective horror film.
- High-definition digital master, approved by director Lars von Trier and supervised by director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary featuring von Trier and film scholar Murray Smith
- Video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg
- Collection of seven video pieces delving into the production of Antichrist through interviews with von Trier and key members of his filmmaking team, as well as behind-the-scenes footage
- Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival, a documentary on the film’s world premiere, along with press interviews with Dafoe and Gainsbourg
- Theatrical trailers
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Ian Christie
- Cover by Neil Kellerhouse