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  • Actors: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito, Jenna Maetlind
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Writers: David Lynch, Barry Gifford
  • Producers: Mary Sweeney, Deepak Nayar, Tom Sternberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Polygram Video
  • VHS Release Date: 10 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R71O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,418 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Saxophonist Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) receives a series of videos showing the exterior, then the interior, of the house he shares with his wife Renee (Patricia Arquette). Then, after meeting a mysterious man at a party, he receives another tape showing him with Renee's dismembered corpse. Found guilty of her murder, Fred is put in prison, where he inexplicably transforms into another person - mechanic Pete Dayton (Balthazar Getty) - who is set free and goes to work for Mr Eddy (Robert Loggia), a gangster who is dating Alice (Arquette again), Renee's blonde doppelgänger. Directed by David Lynch.


Plot is a meaningless term when trying to describe Lost Highway. Here, more or less, is what happens: a noise-jazz saxophonist (Bill Pullman) suspects his wife (Patricia Arquette) of infidelity. Meanwhile, someone is breaking into their house and videotaping them while they sleep. The wife is murdered and Pullman is convicted of the crime. Then, in prison, he transmogrifies into a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty) who is subsequently released, since, after all, he's not the guy they convicted. Getty goes back to his life and meets a local gangster's moll, who happens to be played by Patricia Arquette... but none of this has much to do with what the movie is really about. Dreams are what intrigue director David Lynch. Not friendly, happy dreams, but ones that whisper what we think is real is just something we made up, something to keep ourselves from falling into chaos. Characters are fragments. Events happen not because they make sense, but because deep down we want these things to happen. Of course, in Lynch's dreams, as in our waking lives, getting what we want is not always pleasant. In the movie's best moments, you really have no idea what you're seeing. The screen is a big rectangle of colour and shadow, but what it represents could be anything. And yet, in those moments, you've been given just enough hints of place, character and story that these elusive images elicit a genuine dread, a sense that you might not want to see this, yet you can't look away; a sense that we are living on borrowed time, that something is fiercely askew in our psyches. As a whole, Lost Highway is a failure: much of it is padded, gratuitous, and indulgent and pointless cameos bog down an already sluggish narrative. Yet within that failure are moments worth more than the entirety of most successful movies. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By P. Cox on 10 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
This fine DVD re-release for Lost Highway will hopefully open it up to a wider audience. Alongside Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, this is one of Lynch's most significant unsung works. A critical and box office catastrophe on release, it has in recent years thankful been reassessed in some quarters. Lost Highway was an experimental film, genuinely before it's time, and is, in most respects, still way ahead of the pack.
Bill Pullman stars as Fred Madison, a man with a marriage that is falling apart and a crumbling psychological state. Convicted of the murder of his wife (Patricia Arquette), he is put on deathrow, where he goes through the most uncanny transformation...
Much has been said before about the impenetrable nature of Lost Highway's story. And while it is not an easy film at times, there is a strong narrative which makes sense if you engage with it. However even if you don't fully 'get' it, Lost Highway is still so rich. One of the few films I can think of which is actually just as enjoyable if you don't know what's going on. The tone achieved by Lynch in the opening 40 minutes is awesome and remains just about the best sequence in cinema of recent times.
This is a film where all the elements are alive for the viewer. The sound design is meticulously thoughtout to help build the mood and every single shot is just gorgeously framed. The three leads are terrific, and rewatching this edition I continue to be surprised that Balthazaar Getty hasn't broken through since.
But how does this edition compare to the one before it? Very well. The picture has been cleaned up quite a bit (the deep blacks of the opening credits made me wonder exactly what ratio the film was in for a moment).
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Rowley on 10 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having purchased and returned the debacle that was the David Lynch Blu Ray boxset, I just wanted to write a quick review to confirm that, unlike the boxset version of Lost Highway, this standalone release is NOT faulty, and does not skip/ jump/ freeze at the (approximately) 1hr 20min mark.

As far as I'm aware, Universal have yet to give an indication of when they'll sort out the problems with the boxset, so I've started to purchase them individually. Please also note that the standalone Blu Ray's DON'T come with the postcards of the disc covers that come with the boxset, which is a bit of a shame, but I'd prefer a working film to a postcard.

Although I haven't purchased it yet (and am unlikely to at this stage), I understand that the sound issues with the Fire Walk With Me Blu Ray release are on both the boxset AND standalone releases, so I'd guard against purchasing that one yet, as we all know how important sound is in a David Lynch film!

Five stars, of course, for a fantastic film. As you'd expect from Lynch: weird, wonderful, and able to get completely under your skin. Others have written much better reviews of the film itself. I just wanted to clarify on the technical issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVE HORN on 5 May 2008
Format: DVD
I've just watched this for the third time and I still don't know exactly what went on. That's the appeal of a David Lynch film. You can watch them repeatedly and come to a different conclusion each time.

One guy is a jazz musician, Fred, with a beautiful wife Renee (Patricia Arquette). The other guy is a grease monkey who keeps a gangster, Mr Eddy's (Robert Loggia) powerful Mercedes in tune. For car fanatics, as he runs a prat who tailgated him off the road, Mr Eddy says it has 1400bhp under the bonnet. That is of course total fiction, especially in an un-modded saloon body, as is the way it accelerates from 40 - 100 in a couple of seconds (which is via trick photography). The actual car was a 1976 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 (W116).

Someone drops a black and white video on the jazz musician's doorstep. It's of the front of his house. In a later video drop is a view inside showing Fred and Renee sleeping. When he watches the last video drop, it shows him killing Renee and bursts into colour, at which point he finds himself by his wife's dismembered body with the cops there to arrest him for murder. He ends up in a police cell.

The mechanic, despite having a beautiful woman himself and knowing the gangster to be violent, starts an affair with the gangster's moll, Alice, a blonde version of Fred's wife. She suspects that the gangster knows and at that point things start to come off the rails.

People apparently change places with each other and are able to be in two places at once. The red curtains from "Twin Peaks" are there too.

Confused yet? You will be by the time you finish watching this, even with heavy use of the rewind button.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Enid Blyton on 6 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
Most of the time, a David Lynch movie only seems odd because he chooses to film occurances that could happen in every day life however sublime they may be. He shows people acting strangely in ordinary environments, which is something we have all done at some point or other. I've sat with friends and discussed goings on and plot theory to all of Lynch's films, but none have hurt my head more than this. A friend of mine said he saw an interview with Lynch where he was asked what on earth Lost Highway was all about. Lynch declined to say - perhaps even he doesn't know. What he did say though, is that every time someone walks into and out of a shadow, a metamorphosis takes place. This happens a lot in the first half, so much so that you wish the characters would just fit stronger light bulbs.
But one thing is for sure, whether it is about reincarnation, mistaken identity, parallel lives, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, it is certainly a tour de force on the senses. With the exception of a very eerie scene at a party, not much happens in the first half, and it is not until the arrival of Balthazar Getty that anything really starts to happen. But you have to keep watching none the less. Lynch employs some unusual and out of character camera effects that cast a strange atmosphere over everything, and as for the score, well Angelo comes up trumps again.
What ever you do though, don't put it on if you are feeling sleepy. It is so dark and brooding that you will be in the land of nod in no time at all.
As far as content on the DVD goes it is pretty shocking... not even a trailer, but perhaps the film would be ruined if you did know what was going on, so the absence of a "making of" featurette is welcomed. A commentary would have been nice but I suspect it would have been mostly silence.
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