Mulholland Dr.

Mulholland Dr.

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Director: David Lynch

Cast: David Lynch, Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring

     
 

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Twists and turns abound in director David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by Universal appears to be very solid and well done. Sporting bright colors and even black levels, the image looks great save for a few instances of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1See more details below

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Twists and turns abound in director David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by Universal appears to be very solid and well done. Sporting bright colors and even black levels, the image looks great save for a few instances of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as DTS 5.1 Surround, both in English. Each of these soundtracks are very full and lively with only the slightest amount of mixing troubles in some of the speakers (some music tends to sound far too loud in some scenes). Overall, the fidelity and range on each of these mixes are great. Also included on this disc are Spanish and French subtitles. On par with Lynch's other DVD releases, no chapter stops are included on this disc, which makes watching the movie in separate sittings difficult. The bonus materials for Mulholland Drive are at the bare minimum -- the extra features on this DVD include a few pages of cast and crew info, a theatrical trailer, and "David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller" notes.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Dreams of Hollywood stardom become nightmares in Mulholland Dr., a masterful psychological thriller from David Lynch. Newcomer Naomi Watts gives a breakout performance as an aspiring young actress whose friendship with a mysterious, voluptuously beautiful brunette amnesiac (Laura Elena Harring) evolves into something much more. The pair's search for Harring’s identity becomes the film's main story line, but it's flanked by several obliquely connected subplots, all set against the backdrop of a Hollywood rife with Lynch's typically surreal quotient of freaks and weirdos, enigmatic cabals, and obscure conspiracies. The unraveling of the film's central mystery eventually dissolves the very fabric of screen reality, allowing a dark truth to gradually emerge. It's all mind-bending, to say the least, and consummately eerie, yet leavened by Lynch's trademark offbeat humor. Watts is nothing short of perfection: Her young, would-be starlet is sexy, eager to please, vulnerable, and afflicted with the kind of curiosity that kills cats -- qualities that make the Sapphic love story at the heart of the film both moving and intensely erotic. Lynch's longtime collaborator Angelo Badalamenti contributes a haunting score that works in tandem with an unnerving tapestry of aural textures to accentuate the aura of subliminal menace. But it’s the unique structure, in which conventional narrative progression is entirely replaced by dream logic, that the film achieves an almost psychedelic potency. Mulholland Dr. may have echoes of Lynch’s Lost Highway and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me but this modern masterpiece is in a genre all its own.
All Movie Guide
Early on in Mulholland Drive, a man sits in a Hollywood greasy spoon, relating a dream to a friend sitting across from him. The dream, he explains, took place in the same diner, only in the dream some unspeakably evil presence lived behind it. He's come here now to prove to himself that the dream wasn't real. After paying the check, he and his companion venture outside and walk around to the back of the building. Sure enough, an almost ludicrously hideous face appears from behind a cinder black wall, and the man faints dead away. The scene is pure David Lynch: Simultaneously silly and terrifying, it provides a clue of sorts to the film as a whole. Mulholland Drive operates according to the relentless logic of dreams -- the only kind of logic that matters to Lynch. Like some kind of reverse Occam's razor, the most outlandish explanation for any given situation is inevitably right. The film is full of repeated motifs (the diner is one) and shifting identities, all pivoting on Lynch's familiar obsessions -- sexy innocents ripe for corruption, mysterious strangers speaking in riddles, and sugary pop songs made over as haunting arias, to name a few -- but the connections only become apparent in the film's final third. Lynch plays it relatively straight in the beginning. When wholesome, fresh-faced Betty (Naomi Watts) and beautiful, amnesia-stricken Rita (Laura Elena Harring) embark on their plan to discover Rita's true identity, one almost believes that the answer will lie with the shadowy criminal syndicate that seems to be behind Rita's attempted murder, the near ruination of movie director Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux), and the activities of a hilariously inept hit man who has to keep shooting the witnesses to his bungled handiwork. But after the two women discover Diane Selwyn's corpse, the film's dream logic takes over, and suddenly no one is who they appear to be -- least of all Betty. Newcomer Watts' bold performance makes her eventual transformation (which is set in motion by a genuinely steamy love scene -- a rare thing in recent American movies) all the more stunning. Lynch seems to have benefited from developing the project for television, which isn't very forgiving of unstructured weirdness, and from finishing it thanks to French producers who were willing to indulge his more arcane tastes. Unlike Lost Highway, which felt like an incoherent mishmash of self-consciously spooky incidents, Mulholland Drive's madness has some method to it.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Mulholland Drive may on some level be a sacramental dream as rerun, but Lynch is such a hypnotic craftsman that he holds you in his thrall.
Village Voice - J. Hoberman
Thrilling and ludicrous. The movie feels entirely instinctual.
New York Times
Its investigation into the power of movies pierces a void from which you can hear the screams of a ravenous demon whose appetites can never be slaked. Stephen Holden

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/2002
UPC:
0025192178023
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:27:00
Sales rank:
9,436

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Justin Theroux Adam Kesher
Naomi Watts Betty Elms
Laura Elena Harring Rita
Ann Miller Coco Lenoix
Dan Hedaya Vincenzo Castigliane
Mark Pellegrino Joe
Robert Forster Det. Harry McKnight
Katharine Towne Cynthia Jenzen
Lee Grant Louise Bonner
Michael J. Anderson Mr. Roque
Diane Baker Actor
Scott Coffey Wilkins
Billy Ray Cyrus Gene
Chad Everett Jimmy Katz
Matt Gallini Limo Driver
Melissa George Camilla Rhodes
Marcus Graham Vincent Darby
Sean E. Markland Actor
Monty Montgomery Cowboy
James Karen Casting Director

Technical Credits
David Lynch Director,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Scott Cameron Asst. Director
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Pierre Edelman Executive Producer
Neal Edelstein Producer
Jack Fisk Production Designer
Peter Jamison Art Director
Tony Krantz Producer
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Polaire Producer
Johanna Ray Casting
Alain Sarde Producer
Amy Stofsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Sweeney Editor,Producer

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