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Inland Empire [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Laura Dern, Justin Theroux
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Polish
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OM8WWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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David Lynch drama. Lynch breaks a long silence with a challenging piece of cinema about an actress going through some psychological trauma on the set of her latest film. Laura Dern plays Nikki Grace - an ingénue actress whose latest role - in a Tennessee Williams-esque fright of a film tests her to her limits. The director Kingsley Stewart (Jeremy Irons) is a cloying, creepy character. Grace is falling for her co-star Devon Berk (Justin Theroux) but if that was the central plot, this wouldn't be Lynch-land, would it? A parallel storyline shows an earlier attempt to make this film in Poland which ended in tragedy when the two lead players were offed. It's just shy of three hours of David Lynch at his eccentric, unpredictable best.


Though Inland Empire's three hours of befuddling abstraction could try the patience of the most devoted David Lynch fan, its aim to reinvigorate the Lynch-ian symbolic order is ambitious, not to mention visually arresting. The director's archetypes recognizable from previous movies once again construct the film's inherent logic, but with a new twist. Sets vibrate between the contemporary and a 1950s alternate universe crammed with dim lamps, long hallways, mysterious doors, sparsely furnished rooms and, this time, a vortex/apartment/sitcom set where rabbit-masked humans dwell, and a Polish town where women are abused and killed. Instead of speaking backwards, mystic soothsayers and criminals speak Polish. Filmed on video, the film's look has the sinister, frightening feel of a Mark Savage film or a bootlegged snuff movie. Constant close-ups, both in and out of focus, make Inland Empire feel as if a stalker covertly filmed it.

A straightforward, hokey plot unravels during the first third of Inland Empire to ground the viewer before a dive off the deep end. Actor Nikki Grace (Laura Dern) is cast as Susan Blue, an adulterous white trash Southerner, in a film that mimics too closely her actual life with an overbearingly jealous and dangerous husband. When Nikki and co-star Devon (Justin Theroux) learn that the cursed film project was earlier abandoned when its stars were murdered, the pair lose their grasp of reality. Nikki suffers a schizophrenic identity switch to Sue that lasts until nearly the film's end. Suspense builds as Nikki's alter ego sleuths her way through surreal situations to discover her killer, culminating in Sue's gnarly death on set. Sue's actions drag on because any sign of a narrative thread disappears due to idiosyncratic editing. Non-sensical scenes still captivate, however, such as when Sue stumbles onto the soundstage where she finds Nikki (herself) rehearsing for Sue's part. In this meta-film about identity slippage, Dern's multiple characters remind one of how a victim can become the hunter in their fight for survival. Lynch's portrayal of Nikki/Sue's increasing paranoia is, in its own confusion, utterly realistic. Laura Dern has created her own Lady Macbeth, undone by her guilt over infidelity. Even though Inland Empire is too long and too random, Laura Dern's performance coupled with Lynch's video experiments make it magical. --Trinie Dalton

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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96 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Martyr-icke on 11 April 2007
Format: DVD
Before I even start let's get one thing straight; this is not a film for sitting down and unwinding. You're not going to be constantly gripped, glued to the screen or in many respects entertained. I have to admit I found this film hard work and in may respects understand reviewers that were frustrated by this film or just didn't get it.

However, if you want to see a film for grown-ups (a rare thing I feel, as even most 18 certificate films treat me like I have a mental age of 3!) that will take some effort in viewing but stay with you for days and weeks (I saw it two weeks ago and can't get it out of my head) then this film is for you. It is as close to a work of art of any piece of cinema I've seen and would look completely at home played on loop in the Tate Modern.

I have no idea what it is about, and I'm someone who will happily explain the plot to Mullholland Drive (it makes that film look like Driving Miss Daisy) but there are scenes in it that are so powerful and memorable I feel that they're tattooed to the inside of my eyelids. The acting is incredible, the use of Digital Video by Lynch is masterful, the plot is inexplicable, the soundtrack is wonderful and I loved it (once it had permeated into my brain after about 3 days).

If your favourite film is "Love Actually" for heavens sake stay away! If you want to see what the most adventurous filmmaker in America is doing with modern technology and fancy a challenge, get this now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
I love Twin Peaks (apart from James Hurley and his dull travels, and the idiocy of super Nadine). I get seduced by the intricate structures of Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive. Inland Empire builds on these, but is different, with all boundaries removed and a dream-like approach to exploring its key concepts. The two most significant themes seem to be male-female relations and the fragile relationship between self-identity and one's internal narrative (listen to the women in the scene running up to The Locomotion - it's an internal monologue with associative shifts in a single train of thought, all reflected in Laura Dern's facial expression).

The rabbit scenes seem to be a stumbling-block to many viewers but they connect seamlessly with the rest. The male rabbit is treated by the studio audience as a hero/star (riotous applause when he appears), while the two female rabbits only seem to be able to play for laughs. All of the women/identities represented by Laura Dern (even the movie star and the one who talks about gouging eyes) are similarly unable to operate except within the frameworks offered by the men around them.

Inland Empire is very unusual - and doubtless not to everyone's taste (particularly as a first encounter with David Lynch), but it's a film that I always want to rewatch as soon as it ends and that leaves me thinking about it for days.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2007
Format: DVD
Inland Empire is a great film for those with spare time or anyone suffering from any debilitating condition. For those who wish to discover a meaning two flies humping on a lightbulb, might provide a greater entertainment factor.

So what is it about...well it is much better than...This caught me when I strayed into the cinema dragging with my betrothed to see Lynch when first released. And luckily the ring was on her finger before we sat down together.

To tell you the truth I promptly fell asleep after 20 minutes, snored and was woken by an usher, long after it finished. She had gone.

And I am really sorry. I can't tell you what it was about and after reading the other reviews, it is clear neither can they. I did ask my wife but she also hit an inland empire, but had enough energy to overcome zero gravity unlike me.

In that brief window I was overwhelmed with ennui. Fugued I gently closed my eyes and drifting away I found my own internal reverie. In retrospect my body was telling my mind something very important.

Afterwards I had a queasy feeling my dreams segued in and out of this film. People talk about rabbits, blond women, surreal happenings, a gun shot and these all flash back in one big yawn. But alas, as dreams go mine these were not the best I have ever had.

Maybe yours will be better?
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62 of 75 people found the following review helpful By ew83 on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
I feel I should start off by saying that, despite what prejudices some people may have about fans of Lynch's films, I'm not one to simply proclaim anything he puts out as the product of genius. Despite the critical acclaim, I felt Mulholland Drive and especially Lost Highway were rather un-formed, self-indulgent films that suggested Lynch had lost the spark that made his earlier work so fascinating. After watching (enduring?) Inland Empire, I'm delighted to say I was totally in the wrong.

There seems little point in trying to outline the plot seeing as (a) plenty of other reviewers have done and will do and (b) there isn't one.

Suffice to say, after the relatively straightforward first hour, Inland Empire's undercurrent drags the viewer deep into a 2 hour nightmare involving the Polish underworld, murder, L.A. prostitutes and people in 6-foot rabbit costumes. Themes and variations thereof are repeated and re-visited throughout the film with different people, in different places and/ or at seperate times. Occasionally, Lynch teases the viewer by providing brief glimpses or snippets of information that may give us a clue as to what might be going on. But, just as quickly, they're snatched away again.

It seem pointless even to mention that this film is likely to be very limited in its appeal and the 3 hour length only adds to its apparent impenetrability. But, for those able to keep an open-mind and just delight in being confounded for the duration of the feature, I believe there's no end to the number of times you could re-visit and find new aspects to it. I genuinally felt dis-orientated for several minutes after leaving the film.

I don't pretend to fully understand the meaning of the film (if there even is one), but Inland Empire has stuck in my mind since I first saw it more than 2 months ago. I can't give a film higher praise than that.
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