Today: April 24, 2024

David Lynch at Criterion

One of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of the medium, David Lynch is certainly deserving of the title ‘legend’. It’s no surprise, then, that The Criterion Collection have recently added two of his most iconic and acclaimed films to their prestigious series with luxurious, definitive Blu-ray releases. With his debut feature Eraserhead (1977) and his masterpiece Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), these two dark, disturbing and mesmerising films give us Lynch at his best – and most surreal.

ERASERHEAD

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director David Lynch, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • “Eraserhead” Stories, a 2001 documentary by Lynch on the making of the film
  • New 2K digital restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Men Getting Sick (1967), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Version 1 and Version 2 (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995), all with video introductions by Lynch
  • New documentary featuring interviews with actors Charlotte Stewart and Judith Roberts, assistant to the director Catherine Coulson, and cinematographer Frederick Elmes
  • Archival interviews with Lynch and members of the cast and crew
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an interview with Lynch from filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s 1997 book Lynch on Lynch

TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME

In the town of Twin Peaks, everybody has their secrets—but no one more than Laura Palmer. In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s television series, David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the enigmas that surround her murder. Homecoming queen by day and drug-addicted thrill seeker by night, Laura leads a double life that pulls her deeper and deeper into horror as she pieces together the identity of the assailant who has been terrorizing her for years. Nightmarish in its vision of an innocent torn apart by unfathomable forces, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is nevertheless one of Lynch’s most humane films, aching with compassion for its tortured heroine—a character as enthralling in life as she was in death.

  • Restored 4K digital transfer, with 7.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both supervised by director David Lynch
  • 7.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, supervised by Lynch
  • Alternate original 2.0 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • The Missing Pieces, ninety minutes of deleted and alternate scenes from the film, assembled by Lynch
  • Interview from 2014 by Lynch with actors Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie
  • New interviews with Lee and composer Angelo Badalamenti
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Excerpts from an interview with Lynch from Lynch on Lynch, a 1997 book edited by filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley

ERASERHEAD and TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME are available on Blu-ray now as part of The Criterion Collection

Samuel Love

Freelance writer. Email: samuel@smlcreative.co.uk

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