Director: David Lynch
Cast: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux
Release Date: Now Available on Criterion Collection Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
David Lynch’s memorable and mind-warping classic ‘Mulholland Drive’ is a strange, intriguing and powerful tale of a young woman newly arrived in Hollywood, the woman she found in her Aunt’s home suffering from amnesia and a notable film director who is being pushed into making a choice he doesn’t want to make, and how all of these folks are linked in one way or another. Written and directed by the incredibly talented David Lynch and featuring powerhouse performances by Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Robert Forster and a number more talented individuals, this complex, beautiful and in many ways baffling film is a masterpiece that still holds up in every way today and is yet another important entry in the impressive career of master filmmaker David Lynch and unquestionably a worth edition to the Criterion Collection Blu-ray release catalog.
Fans of the wonderfully odd film ‘Mulholland Drive’ as well as David Lynch’s work in general will undoubtedly want to make certain to pick up a copy of the Criterion Collection Blu-ray release to add to their collections. This gorgeous and definitive Blu-ray release delivers in every way, providing phenomenal brand new high definition video and audio presentations (supervised and approved by Lynch himself) in addition to a number of solid extras including new interviews with the cast and crew such as David Lynch, Naomi Watts and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) easily making this impressive release a must own for all of the fans out there.
The Criterion Collection Blu-ray release of ‘Mulholland Drive’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The following is a quote from inside the releases’ included booklet regarding the video transfer for those who would prefer some additional details:
Supervised by director David Lynch and director of photography Peter Deming, this new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from the original camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI’s DRS and Pixel Farm’s PFClean, while Digital Vision’s Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise management.
The video presentation looks phenomenal, delivering a sharp, detailed and beautiful video presentation that also retains some mild grain and other elements of the film source, holding up admirably even during the films constant darkly lit sequences and never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is an impressive high definition video presentation that should easily satisfy the fans of this classic.
The Criterion Collection Blu-ray release includes a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. As with the video details above, the following is a quote from inside the releases’ included booklet regarding the audio transfer for those who would prefer some additional details:
The 5.1 surround soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the original 35 mm magnetic tracks. Clicks, thumps, hiss, hum, and crackle were manually removed using Pro Tools HD, AudioCube’s integrated workstation, and iZotope RX 4.
This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds fantastic, providing a sharp, clean, discrete and generally impressive audio presentation from start to finish, utilizing all five available channels regularly in order to surround the viewer with the films beautifully eerie score in addition to any number of random noises or other suitably fitting auditory elements, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a fantastic 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that should in no way disappoint.
The Criterion Collection Blu-ray release of ‘Mulholland Drive’ contains a number of notable extras. Included on the release are a number of new interviews with members of the cast and crew. The Interviews are broken down into four segments, they are as follows; ‘David Lynch and Naomi Watts’ (running approximately 27 minutes in length), ‘Laura Harring, Johanna Ray, Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts’ (approximately 36 minutes), ‘Angelo Badalameti’ (19 minutes), and ‘Peter Deming and Jack Fisk’ (22 minutes). Also included on the release is ‘On-Set Footage’ from the film (25 minutes), a ‘Deleted Scene: Int. Hollywood Police Station – Day’ (2 minutes) and the Trailer for the film. The release also features the usual included booklet; this time a thick, gorgeous and full color inclusion with an interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch.
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Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
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