Mulholland Drive Blu-ray Review
“Mulholland Drive” is one of David Lynch’s finest films to date.
“Mulholland Drive” begins with a woman about to be killed until a car accident occurs. Miraculously, she walks away from the wreck, but she has lost her memory. Confused and scared, she hides in a random home. It is here she meets aspiring actress Betty who is staying at the same home (which is her Aunt’s place). Not knowing who she is, the woman decides to call herself Rita and together she and Betty set out to investigate who Rita really is.
While all of this is going on, there are crucial subplots spliced in about a director (Adam), an actress (Camilla), a mysterious powerful man (Mr. Roque), a hit man, a man who goes by the name The Cowboy, a scary homeless man.
As the Betty and Rita investigation continues, the two begin to fall for one another. Around the one hour and 55 minute mark, however, the story turns on you and, well, I won’t say anymore than that.
Over the past 15 years, few films have been as acclaimed as “Mulholland Drive” and for good reason. It’s a truly daring head trip thriller that comes from one of the most original filmmakers in the movie biz (David Lynch). What is really remarkable about this film though is that it has managed to stand the test of time. It’s the type of film that encourages repeated viewings as there are so many little details that need to be observed. Also, the film has so much going on thematically. You will constantly be wondering what is real or what is a dream as Lynch explores the dark side of Hollywood.
A special shout out deserves to go to Naomi Watts who gives one of my favorite performances of the past 20 years. She’s essentially playing two different characters here and she really sells the characters.
Note: There are no chapters for this Blu-ray release.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite having a 4K transfer, the picture quality is not perfect. The video is a bit fuzzy for my liking, but there’s no question that this is a welcome upgrade from the DVD.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The audio fares better here. This is a very lively DTS track that handles the music and sound f/x exceedingly well.
* A “Mulholland Drive” trailer.
* A thick booklet featuring photos, credits, and an interview with David Lynch from the “Lynch On Lynch” book.
* A deleted scene with the cops seen near the beginning.
* 24 minutes of fascinating on-set footage of the cast, crew, and Lynch at work.
* Lengthy interviews with Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch and Naomi Watts (together), Laura Harring, Johanna Ray, Justin Theroux, and Naomi Watts (separate but together in the extra) and Peter Deming and Jack Fisk (not together). The personal and revealing Lynch and Watts interview is the highlight here.
Overall Thoughts: If you haven’t revisited “Mulholland Drive,” you owe it to yourself to pick up this new Criterion Blu-ray release.
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