Blu-ray, DVD Release: Insomnia (1997)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Stellan Skarsgård loses sleep and pursues a killer in Insomnia.

The elegantly unsettling 1997 murder mystery Insomnia is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg.

In the film, Stellan Skarsgård (Breaking the Waves) plays an enigmatic Swedish detective with a checkered past who arrives in a small town in northern Norway to investigate the death of a teenage girl. As he digs deeper into the heinous killing, his own demons and the tyrannical midnight sun—always shining, always penetrating—begin to take a toll.

Remade in the U.S. in 2002 by Christopher Nolan (Inception) and starring Al Pacino (Carlito’s Way), Skjoldbjærg’s chilling original crime procedural anticipated the international hunger for Scandinavian noirs and serial killer fictions, and features one of Skarsgård’s greatest performances.

Presented in Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles, Criterion’s new  Blu-ray/DVD Combo and DVD stand-alone editions include the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New conversation between director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actor Stellan Skarsgård
• Trailer and TV spot
• One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Romney


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