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Mulholland Drive 4K UHD Review

“Mulholland Drive” is David Lynch at his best.

An amnesiac woman. A cowboy. A hit man. A director. An aspiring actress. A homeless man. A wealthy and powerful individual. These are but a few of the players and storylines within the twisty mystery/noir film from the mind of writer/director David Lynch. For those that have seen it, you know how it all plays together. For those that haven’t, you need to see how it all connects for yourself.

It’s been 20 years since “Mulholland Drive” first came out and it has aged like a fine wine. Not only does it remain one of the best films of the past 20 years, but it’s a rich, eerie, and innovative multi-genre film about fame, dreams, identity and the dark side of Hollywood. It’s the type of movie only David Lynch could do and no one else. It’s also the type of movie that warrants repeat viewings. You get something different from it with each viewing which is rare. It doesn’t hurt that the film is aided by a brilliant score from Lynch’s go to composer Angelo Badalamenti and inspired cinematography by Peter Deming (who also worked on Lynch’s fantastic “Twin Peaks: The Return”).

The cast is entirely on board with Lynch’s vision here. It’s a veritable all-star cast featuring the likes of Robert Forster, Justin Theroux, Mark Pellegrino, Laura Elena Harring, Dan Hedaya, Melissa George and, of course, Naomi Watts. This is the movie that made Watts a star and it’s still among her finest work to date. It’s one of those unforgettable performances that demands your attention. Laura Elena Harring (who is underrated) and Justin Theroux (as a filmmaker named Adam) also turn in noteworthy performances.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? The big draw here is the new 4K digital restoration with Dolby Vision HDR. I found myself deeply impressed by the transfer. The already haunting atmosphere is amplified by the 4K version.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the soundtrack to the dialogue, this 5.1 track delivers.

Extras (nothing new):* A booklet with photos, credits and an interview with David Lynch from the “Lynch On Lynch” book.
* “Mulholland Drive” trailer
* A deleted scene
* 24 minutes of on-set footage.
* 2015 interviews with David Lynch and Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, Angelo Badalamenti, Jack Fisk, Johanna Ray, and Peter Deming. The Lynch + Watts interview is the highlight.

December 1, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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