Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Laurel Near,
Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates
first commercially released film is also his bleakest, and least
accessible, playing like some freakish student film. It’s also very
compelling, if you happen to be on its wavelength, and contains some of
cinema’s most strikingly surreal imagery.
Region 2 DVD, apparently the first version to be released anywhere in the
world, presents the film in full-frame ratio, which doesn’t ring
entirely true. The image is soft, as you might expect from a film that
only cost $10,000, but pretty clean, and relatively stable. The sound is
2.0 stereo (at 192kbps), (the film was remixed for a theatrical re-release
a couple of years ago), and, although not as elaborate as you might expect
given Lynch’s typically dense use of sound, generally tight and focused.
The film is supported by a 40” trailer, a couple of pages of Lynch
biography and a filmography that – once again – has been lifted
wholesale and without credit from the
own site offers
members a re-mastered version of the film on an exclusive boutique disc,
and a re-mastered widescreen, 16:9-enhanced "Complete Edition" is
available in Japan.