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Criterion Collection: Naked Lunch [Blu-ray] [1991] [US Import]

Julian Sands , Ian Holm , David Cronenberg    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julian Sands, Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Peter Weller
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2BYXSG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,084 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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You are now entering Interzone, William S Burroughs' phantasmagorical land of junk, paranoia and crawly things. Best travel advice: "Exterminate all rational thought". In David Cronenberg's superbly shot, unnerving warp on the Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch, the novelist himself becomes a main character (played in an implacable monotone by Peter Weller), with elements from Burroughs' life--including the shooting of his wife during a "William Tell" game, and bohemian friends Kerouac and Ginsberg--added to frame the book's wild visions. This is, ironically, a somewhat rational approach to an unfilmable book (and it makes a hair-curling double bill with Barton Fink, another look at writerly madness, with both films sharing Judy Davis). Cronenberg is a natural for oozing mugwumps and typewriters that turn into giant bugs, of course. But in the end, this is really his own vision of the artistic process, rather than Burroughs' hallucinatory descent into hell. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Cronenberg is the right man for a very, very odd job. If you've yet to purchase this incredible mind-trip involving bug powder, Brazilian centipedes, typewriters turning into giant insects, and bumping into Mugwumps in bars then the Dvd/Blu-ray release is well worth your hard earned money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unquantifiable 28 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
This film is immense in all aspects. The film starts with a conversation in a restaurant, about the ability of writing, and whether revising your words or writing in the moment, without addition, is the way to write an honest portrayal of ones abilities. The main character Peter Weller has given up on writing to become a bug killer. He seems to become delusional about the idea of writing, and sees his passion as something that only comes naturally from an influence in a cock tail of drugs and later his infatuation on his sub-conscious desire in homosexuality. To deal with his state of being and to continue his endeavour to write he derails from reality. With these drugs he creates a mind boggling hallucination that he masters as reality and portrays as a mission in which he is an agent reporting the situation as it happens.

It is difficult to see just what is reality and what is fantasy in this film. There are so few hints to the real life scenario that it is hard to grasp the it all; really you only know that it is conclusively glorified. On top of the crazy drug infatuated hallucination, he is been manipulated and or been taken advantage of; it is difficult to see exactly how and where, as near all the conversations seem like delusional jargon between completely delusional people. Who ever they are, they certainly want him to write and in that take drugs.

This is the first David Cronenberg film I have seen. And it is absolutely amazing. It is a must see for anyone that enjoys the quirky darker side to film. I rank this up there with David Lynch and his wild side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind puzzler 16 Jan 2014
By Craig
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It is very hard to give a film like this a rating as it is so weird and intense. I will try to do my best for a subjective review.

The acting:

Good solid acting through and Peter Weller plays an excellent part despite the madness of the script (not a bad thing) and seems to keep a grip on whets going on even if the viewer is totally lost. The rest of the cast do very well including the talking cockroaches and type writers)

The Plot:

This is where it is a hard movie to review, if you like these types of films then it would be considered 5 stars if you like a more traditional film with an easy to understand plot you will not.

I think part of the plot is about not understanding what is going on as Peter Weller descends into madness and enters a bizarre sense of reality. I would also have to point out that it differs totally from the book.

My own personal opinion is that this is an excellent and very well made film. I say it's a solid 4 stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By ACD
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Cronenberg at his best - as usual full of interesting ideas and excellent actors. He sure knows how to make a film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak pseudobiographic fantasia 22 Nov 2012
By Ken Raus VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a good but not a great version of the book simply because few producers could've got away with a film of such a faggy,druggy,repulsive book as the Naked Lunch but it's also true that the director is creatively enough on the cult writers wavelength to've hybridized the literary with the kinematographic,having imaginatively metabolized Burroughs own fiction as a fan himself to produce this mulatto creation,the film of THE NAKED LUNCH.

As such,there's no need to think the film a strict translation of a book and not least because of the directors own input of talking insect typewriters and Julian sands character but because it is more brazenly biographical than Burroughs own book/s-the mood of the film is slightly Genet,very Giger,a tad Hammer,a wee bit Thompson,a mite Bladerunner and Ortonish and very Weimar-oddly enough it has some quite witty moments not least because of Wellers fab deadpan performance...he is the star,as the writers substitute but all the actors are great and Sands once again,the underrated man.

The film is a good and gross insight into a pot/post-war Yippy-Beat outsider mindset that fuellled the sleazy rise of the sixties bourgeois revolutionaries generation,say,Clinton,into power within the ZOG mafia who have now destroyed western civilisation from within and become the rabbinical persecutors and Grand Inquisitors of everyone not brazenly gay,(Ginsburg)Yiddish(Kafka,'Jackdaw',another Jewish writer,of the Metamorphosis,is namechecked in the screenplay)or druggy or acceptable in a long list of alleged minorities et cetera-the film ist zweifellos entartete kunst und Kultur Bolschewistisch and not one tovarish Stalin would enjoy,either,as a product of western decadence but certes,it is not as ehrful as his The Fly,perhaps the grossest film ever.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked lunch Revieuw 29 Mar 2011
By Joachim
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is sick , i watched it the first time when I was younger and liked it alot so , when it went missing from my collection ( never lend out this dvd ) I bought it right back. If you're into freaky dialogue and weird set's with talking writting machines, get this one. : )ps : sorry for the writing error's English is not my mother language:p
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