- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 9, 2002
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- DTS Surround 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
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- Production Notes
- Additional Text: DVD Newsletter
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Cannes 2001 -
Best Director: David Lynch
USA Today - 10/08/2001
"...Lynch's latest lingers in the mind and keeps you gripped in ways that have eluded some of his past cinema oddities..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/19/2001
"...Lynch's head is a more than tantalizing place to be..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2002
"...Naomi Watts shows real attack....[The film] shows signs of being a lasting work, a film that shifts and changes along with the viewer..."
Rolling Stone - 11/08/2001
"...Surrender to it. Lynch's wild ride through the unconscious is grounded in emotion....A dark, dazzling piece..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/31/2002
"...Like real dreams, it does not explain....[The film] lingers over what it finds fascinating....A movie to surrender yourself to. If you require logic and closure, see something else..."
Premiere - 03/01/2005
"Watts, in two opposite roles, displays striking range."
Total Film - 05/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n experience that'll baffle, exhilarate and leave you in stunned silencio."
Ultimate DVD - 05/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "A tantalizing and beautifully shot film....Still as enigmatic and impenetratable six years on."
David Lynch strikes again with this literal nightmare of a motion picture--a brilliant, scathing, hysterical, and haunting ode to Hollywood. In the film, a mysterious dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) emerges from an accident with a purse full of cash and a head full of amnesia. Meanwhile, Betty Elms (Naomi Watts), a wide-eyed gal from Deep River, Ontario, has just landed in Los Angeles with dreams of movie super stardom. When Betty finds the nameless beauty in her aunt's apartment, she is deeply intrigued by the situation and offers to help her. This sends the two women on a bizarre search for the truth through the macabre, sun-soaked streets of the City of Angels, where the mob, a young film director (Justin Theroux), a studio executive with a tiny head, and an enigmatic figure named the Cowboy all float into the picture, then out again, until there is no longer any distinction between what is dream and what is reality.
Originally filmed as a pilot for ABC, Lynch's daring, open-ended vision was coldly rejected by the network. As he was about to abandon the project, French producer Pierre Edelman convinced Lynch to rethink it as a feature. The result is this stunning expression of the subconscious, a testament to the power of personal artistic vision.
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- Theatrical release: October 7, 2001 (NY), October 12, 2001 (Limited)