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There was a time, not very long ago, when obtaining a decent copy of David Lynch’s first masterpiece, Eraserhead, was problematic. Selected in 2004 for preservation in the National Film Registry, nearly four decades of overriding nearly every other piece of flotsam and jetsam comprising the cult classic continuum, one of the most exquisite directorial debuts of all time gets a lavish Criterion Collection treatment. A film whose aural devices equal its bizarre and unforgettable visuals, outside of a theatrical screening, it’s the definitive way to experience this dream of dark and troubling things.
To outline the narrative of Eraserhead feels rather reductive since the film is a visual and auditory experience that requires first hand exposure. But, basically, it’s about a guy named Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) who is forced to marry a neurotic girlfriend, Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) because she gave birth to a creature/baby he impregnated her with. »
- Nicholas Bell
(The Criterion Collection)
Everything Ugly Is Beautiful
One of the many excellent supplements that appear on this disc is a rare video interview from 1979 with David Lynch (and cinematographer Frederick Elmes). For those of us who have aged along with the director, it is a striking glimpse at a young artist at the beginning of his strange and wonderful career. In it, he explains that he is attracted to sometimes harsh, oppressive settings, such as the nightmarish industrial cityscape in Eraserhead. “What everyone else finds ugly, I find beautiful,” he says proudly. And the director has pretty much remained true to his word, hasn’t he?
Eraserhead is a landmark picture, but its original release in 1977 was slow to reach an audience. It gained its must-see reputation only after the film was picked up to run on the midnight movie circuit that »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The Lucca Film Festival is set to honor David Lynch at the 10th edition of its festival in Tuscany the last week of September. The program will include a complete retrospective of his films, including Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive, as well as the premiere three of his recently-restored shorts: The Amputee, Six Men Getting Sick and The Alphabet. As part of the festivities, Lucca Film Festival will host the Italian premiere of the exhibition “David Lynch. Lost Visions. The Indiscreet Charm of Gaze.” The show features 60 of Lynch’s photographs, lithographs
- Ariston Anderson
At last, on Tuesday September 16, David Lynch's iconic artifact of the unconscious "Eraserhead" -- long in the Janus Films archives -- gets the Criterion Collection Blu-ray treatment. Accompanying the 1977 classic will be Lynch's eerie short films "Six Men Getting Sick" (above), "The Alphabet," "The Grandmother," "Premonitions Following an Evil Deed" -- a Lynchian title if there ever was one -- and more. Here are eight spooky images from the newly burnished shorts, all presented in new transfers and of course supervised by Lynch himself, who was closely involved in the vibrant Blu-ray restoration of "Blue Velvet." Will we ever see "Mulholland Dr" on Blu-ray in the Us? "Inland Empire"? "Lost Highway"? Various region-free versions float the Amazon Marketplace, but Criterion has teased a possible "Mulholland" Blu-ray in the past. We shall see. You can watch the shorts on Hulu here, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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 remains one of American cinema’s darkest dreams. Director-approved Edition: ● New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray ● “Eraserhead” Stories, a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film ● New high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch (all with video introductions by Lynch): -- Six Men Getting Sick (1967) -- The Alphabet (1968) -- The Grandmother (1970) -- The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974) -- »
- Pietro Filipponi
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
David Lynch’s (Blue Velvet, Dune) 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, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey remains one of American cinema’s darkest dreams.
Yeah, yeah, we’re just running Criterion’s press release write-up for the film but, jeez, there’s been so much said about it over the years, that we’ll wait for our review to lay on some editorial gravy…!
Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD releases of Eraserhead contains the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New high-definition restorations »
One of the most prestigious honors a film can receive is to be added to the Criterion Collection, which solidifies a movie's status as an important piece of cinema. At long last the honor has been bestowed upon David Lynch's Eraserhead, and we've got all the release details on tap for ya today!
Hitting both DVD and Blu-ray, the Criterion release of Lynch's 1977 feature debut comes our way courtesy of a brand new 4K digital restoration with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
As always, a handful of new special features will be included on both discs, and you'll find a full listing below along with the cover art.
In the film Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) is left alone in his apartment to care for his deformed baby and has a series of strange encounters with the beautiful girl across the hall and the woman living in his radiator. »
- John Squires
It's the middle of the month, and we know what that means. Well, for us, it means realizing we have $70 to last us until payday, but for the more frugal cinephiles among you, it means that it's time for Criterion to announce what they've got coming up three months down the line. And once more, there are some treats in store. Kicking things off, and certainly the headliner, is David Lynch's seminal 1977 first feature "Eraserhead," the first of the director's features to make the collection. The film will be displayed on a new 4K digital restoration, along with new restorations of six Lynch shorts (1966's "Six Figures Getting Sick," 1968's 'The Alphabet," 1970's "The Grandmother," 1974's "The Amputee Part 1 and 2," and 1996's "Premonitions Following An Evil Deed," plus interviews and a 2001 documentary by Lynch called "Eraserhead Stories." So yeah, pretty much a must buy when it lands on September 16th. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
David Lynch fans are certainly getting a treat as of late. On July 29 Lynch's "Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery" comes to Blu-ray and now Criterion has announced come September 16, Lynch's Eraserhead will be released on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray. The Eraserhead release will include a new 4K digital restoration of the film, a 2001 "Eraserhead" Stories documentary, a new high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch including Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974) and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1996), all of which include a video introductions by Lynch. Finally it will include new and archival interviews with cast and crew as well as the film's trailer. Also coming in September is the release of Roman Polanski's Macbeth on September 23. The release includes a new 4K digital restoration, new documentary, the 1971 documentary "Polanski Meets Macbeth" and much more. Jack Clayton's 1961 supernatural film »
- Brad Brevet
Cinephilia & Beyond has quickly become one of my favourite online daily stops. Today they posted a rare, hour and a half documentary titled Eraserhead Stories, which features David Lynch reminiscing about the six years he spent putting together his first feature length film, Eraserhead. The doc itself has quite a few Lynchian qualities of its own; shot in black-and-white, and in front of a curtain, with Lynch explaining in great detail, the nuts and bolts of creating a bizarre and disturbing look into a man’s fear of parenthood. Lynch was thirty at the time of the Filmex premiere of Eraserhead and he had only two previous short films to his credit (The Alphabet, The Grandmother). Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period, Lynch’s radical feature was no easy task to shoot, but with persistence and dedication, he completed the project, and Eraserhead went on to become »
10 items from 2014
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