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  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Scanbox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EX9Q1G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,457 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eraserhead is David Lynch's first full length feature film and was completed over a 5 year period between 1972 and 1976. His post-apocalyptic, dystopian, nightmare vision has amazed and disturbed audiences for over 30 years. In 2000 Lynch underwent the painstaking process of cleaning, restoring and remastered the film frame by frame in order to obtain the best image and sound quality possible. The result brings a brand new dimension to a 'cult classic' that will continue to astonish audiences and dumbfound critics. Extras include an exclusive 85 minute interview with David Lynch about the making of Eraserhead and the original trailer.

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Elephant Man, Dune, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Slamdog on 6 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
First of all, let me say that Eraserhead is not a film for everyone. Many people will find themselves confused by the strange atmosphere, surreal imagery, and signature David Lynch sense of purposefully awkward pacing.

That out of the way, I would have to say that this is possibly one of my most personal favorite films. It is dark, tense, atmospheric, and filled with sounds and images that will send chills up your spine. It is a film that takes more than one viewing to truly begin to comprehend, but is quite a ride nontheless. There are moments in this movie that will literally scare you, so much so that one could almost call this eerie surreal art-film a deconstructed domestic horror movie. This film, along with the original black and white Night of the Living dead, are two of the only films in existance that still scare me to this day. (Side note: Also, I reccomend that you see Luis Bunuel's movie "Un Chien Andalou" to see where strange art-films like this originated from.)

Anyway, the film's plot while initially incomprehensible to most, can be broken down into the tragic tale of a man named Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) stuck in a dark decaying city overrun by industry. During the film, he is forced to deal with the prospect of taking care of an illegitimate premature child birthed by his girlfriend, Mary X. (Charlotte Stewart) However, he is consumed by his guilt, and begins to comprehend suicide as a way out. But the story is told through such a swirling mixture of dreamlike imagery that this is not always readily apparent.

However, in order to better understand and appreciate the film, one must figure out what each of the images mean. Here's a short cliff notes guidline to some of the more common recurring images in the movie:

Worm = sin.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2002
Format: DVD
If you found yourself among the 12 people who liked LOST HIGHWAY and thought it made sense in an odd way, even though you didn't understand it, you must see this movie. Make it your sole goal in life. Don't sleep until you own it. David Lynch has taken the sort of logic one only encounters in dreams (or nightmares) and used it to visualize his own, and yours too, fears about marriage and parenthood. Using a spare plot, he spends most of the film drifting off into bizzare scenarios and visuals, loaded with symbolism and implied meaning, like a dream.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
The first time I saw Eraserhead I had heard neither of the film itself, nor of David Lynch, and had no idea what to expect. To put it mildly, I was seriously uneasy - not sickened as in gore-fests, shocked as in the he's-behind-you school, nor even spooked by the supernatural. No, what makes this film disturbing is that Lynch has plumbed the film directly into the viewer's psyche. You understand what you seen on the screen, but can't understand or relate to it directly. And don't expect explanations or loose ends to be tied!
Weird is one word, but it goes much deeper - a trance-like dream state where inexplicable events occur at random intervals, with no obvious rational logic or emotional consistency. By taking away many of the trappings of conscious reality and leaving you in a stylised world akin to a Dali painting where normal objects don't necessarily appear in the expected context, nor to behave as you would hope. From the odd appearance of John Nance, through to the bizarre roast chicken and all peculiarities thereafter, Eraserhead succeeds in disorientating the viewer better than any film I've come across before or since.
In hindsight, the heavy metaphors about parenthood seem more obvious, but no less disturbing for all that. Even comedy in this context (like the roast chicken) can have the opposite effect. You might laugh, but it's tension relief with a difference. The suspense notches up another gear in the process.
As another reviewer says, this is still fresh today, and certainly an alternative to the bland production line that is Hollywood. Perhaps the Hollywood machine toned down Lynch's act (though in the light of Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and suchlike, not by that much!), but first films have rarely been more startling. If you're a student of David Lynch, look here to see where his creative imagination was fired.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "selfobsessed" on 31 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
David Lynch is one of the world's finest directors. He blends pretentious surrealism with comedy that makes you feel guilty to laugh at. He has made some stunning films, like Blue Velvet, and he has made some terrifying films, like The Lost Highway. However, never has Lynch managed to top this brilliant masterpiece. It's basically about a man trapped in his apartment by the responsibilities of parenthood (although his child is more like a bloody E.T. than a baby) who slowly drives himself mad. An interesting plot, strengthened by stunning direction and excellent acting. Lynch's movies always have perverse undertones, and this is no exception. This is not a sexual movie, however; the perversion comes from the hatred Lynch makes you feel toward the disfigured child that is Eraserhead's true central character. This film is a true masterpiece, and don't let the pretentiousness of this film put you off; it's truly a great movie that will engross you from start to finish based solely on how bizarre it is. This is easily the most unusual and deranged movie to have EVER been produced out of a major Hollywood studio. Weird, but beautiful. Watch it for the final scene.
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