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Wild At Heart Blu-ray Review

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“Wild At Heart” is lesser David Lynch.

After murdering an attacker in self-defense (who was hired by his lover Lula’s crazed mother Marietta), Sailor is jailed for his crime. Upon being released, Sailor and Lula reunite and hit the road to California together much to Marietta’s displeasure. Marietta, meanwhile, hires a private eye to find them. Later on, she hires a gangster to try and kill Sailor again as well. To make a long story short, Sailor and Lula’s relationship becomes tested especially when Sailor decides to take a robbery job. What will become of these young lovers? That would be selling.

In typical David Lynch fashion, “Wild At Heart” is a weird fantasy crime drama/road movie about young sexual lovers trying to thrive amidst chaotic and violent circumstances. Where does the fantasy come in, you ask? That would be with “The Wizard Of Oz” parallels (of which there is many). There’s also a good dose of Elvis references thrown in (especially in relation to Sailor’s character), rock music, a plethora of driving sequences, flashbacks, eccentric characters and over-the-top deaths. While this sounds like quite a surreal thrill ride, it unfortunately doesn’t play like one.

Had the film been trimmed down or had a meatier middle act, “Wild At Heart” might have been more entrancing. As is, it’s a weirdly paced, repetitious, and meandering film. Sure, it’s worth watching like all Lynch films, but it feels overcooked.

On the plus side, the cast is pretty spectacular. Viewers can expect to see Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Crispin Glover, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Sherilyn Fenn, Jack Nance, Sheryl Lee, Diane Ladd, among others. Nicolas Cage gives one of his better performances as Sailor here and Laura Dern sizzles as Lula. The two have real chemistry together which certainly benefits the film. Diane Ladd also shines as the crazed “wicked witch” Marietta. The real scene stealer, however, is Willem Dafoe as the utterly creepy Bobby Peru.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite some dirt specs and print flaws, this new transfer is a definite upgrade. Fans will no doubt be pleased.

Audio Tracks: 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is very layered while the 2.0 track is solid.

Extras: * 4 TV spots and a theatrical trailer * Image gallery * “Original 1990 Making Of EPK”- A featurette that contains film clips, interviews, set footage and discussions about the project. * “Lynch On The DVD Process”- A vintage extra about coloring and the DVD release. * “Specific Spontaneity: Focus On David Lynch”- Another archival extra about Lynch from the view of the cast. * 66 minutes of deleted and extended scenes. * “Dell’s Lunch Counter: Extended Interviews”- More interviews like the title says (21 minutes worth to be exact) * “Interview With Novelist Barry Gifford”- The writer talks about Lynch, the story (and the novel he wrote) and more for a half-hour. * “Uncensored Bobby Peru Scene” * “Love, Death, Elvis And Oz: The Making Of Wild At Heart”- Another archival extra about the film. This one runs a half-hour as well.

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May 3, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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