EraserheadDirector: David Lynch, Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Jeanne Bates
Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period, David Lynch's radical feature debut stars Jack Nance as Henry Spencer, a man living in an unnamed industrial wasteland. Upon learning that a past romance has resulted in an impending pregnancy, Henry agrees to wed mother-to-be Mary (Charlotte Stewart) and moves her into his tiny, squalid flat. Their baby is born hideously mutated, a strange, reptilian creature whose piercing cries never cease. Mary soon flees in horror and disgust, leaving Henry to fall prey to the seduction of the girl across the hall (Judith Anna Roberts). An intensely visceral nightmare, Eraserhead marches to the beat of its own slow, surreal rhythm: Henry's world is a cancerous dreamscape, a place where sins manifest themselves as bizarre creatures and worlds exist within worlds. Interpreting the film along the lines of Lynch's claims that it's the product of his own fears of fatherhood may make Eraserhead easier to digest on a narrative level, if need be.
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Cast & Crew
|Jack Nance||Henry Spencer|
|Charlotte Stewart||Mary X|
|Jeanne Bates||Mrs. X|
|Allen Joseph||Mr. X|
|Judith Anna Roberts||Girl Across The Hall|
|Laurel Near||Lady In Radiator|
|Jack Fisk||Man In The Planet|
|Hal Landon||Pencil Machine Operator|
|Jennifer Chambers Lynch||Little Girl|
|Gill Dennis||Man with Cigar|
|David Lynch||Director,Score Composer,Art Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer,Special Effects|
|Frederick Elmes||Cinematographer,Special Effects|
|Alan Splet||Sound/Sound Designer|
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The other reviewer is mistaken. Although the film was shot 1.33:1 (4:3), the intended viewing format is in fact 1.85:1. What is being cropped is intentional! This is not uncommon in film-making. The film negative is 1.33:1 size but is framed in such a way as to be cropped later in projection. Back to the Future is an example of a major film that was shot this same way. There is therefore no problem with this DVD release.
"Eraserhead" is the surrealistic horror masterpiece from David Lynch. It is now being re-released on DVD. Unfortunately, the new remastered version is CROPPED. The original film was shot in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio. You're actually seeing LESS on the widescreen (1.85:1) version. If you're a hardcore David Lynch fan, then you may want to buy the new DVD for the 90-minute interview segment, but otherwise, stick to the Region 0 Korean and UK import DVDs, which feature the film in its original aspect ratio.