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Mulholland Drive - Special Edition [DVD]

Justin Theroux , Naomi Watts , Lori Heuring    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Ann Miller, Dan Hedaya
  • Directors: Lori Heuring
  • Producers: Angelo Badalamenti, Mary Sweeney
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRNMRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pandora couldn't resist opening the forbidden box containing all the delusions of mankind, and let's just say in Mulholland Drive David Lynch indulges a similar impulse. Employing a familiar film noir atmosphere to unravel, as he coyly puts it, "a love story in the city of dreams", Lynch establishes a foreboding but playful narrative in the film's first half before subsuming all of Los Angeles and its corrupt ambitions into his voyeuristic universe of desire. Identities exchange, amnesia proliferates and nightmare visions are induced, but not before we've become enthralled by the film's two main characters: the dazed and sullen femme fatale, Rita (Laura Elena Harring), and the pert blonde just-arrived from Ontario (played exquisitely by Naomi Watts) who decides to help Rita regain her memory. Triggered by a rapturous Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying", Lynch's best film since Blue Velvet splits glowingly into two equally compelling parts. --Fionn Meade

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David Lynch's acclaimed tale of murder and amnesia in Los Angeles. Having narrowly survived a murder attempt and a car crash, a shocked and wounded woman (Laura Elena Harring) takes refuge in a nearby apartment. When she is discovered the next morning by the apartment's official resident, aspiring actress Betty Elms (Naomi Watts), she confesses that she neither knows who she is nor what happened to her. The two women then begin to investigate, and it gradually becomes clear that they have known each other in the past. Meanwhile, a young film director (Justin Theroux) finds that the mob are taking an unusual interest in the casting of his latest film.

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128 of 134 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silencio! 18 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
Bit of a public service announcement here. Great movie, obviously, and if you don't already have it, this is certainly the edition to buy. BUT, if you have the previous DVD and you're thinking of upgrading to the new edition, I really wouldn't bother. The main selling point to me was chapter selections, which were notoriously absent previously, but notice that the new chapter divisions are "David Lynch approved"... There are now six chapters, four of which are in the last half hour (of a two and a half hour movie). They're only accessible from the menu (so you still can't skip ahead when the film is running, as you couldn't before), and the menu itself gives you absolutely no clue as to what the chapters actually are. So the main disc is really no more user-friendly than before. I think that's quite funny, but I wish I hadn't paid 14 quid to find out. As for the second disc of extras, the "making of" is not a documentary but just a lot of raw footage from the shoot and not very interesting, and the Cannes press conference isn't very illuminating either - not that I was expecting answers or explanations, but Lynch just looks bored and uncomfortable, and the rest of the cast just gush about how wonderful he is. Plus, the questions from the audience have been edited out, so the panel are replying to questions you haven't heard. The rest of the extras were already on the original release.

You DO get a booklet of the Mulholland Drive chapter from Lynch on Lynch, but that book is so good I'm guessing most Lynch fans - like me - have it already. For those who don't, but who do have Mulholland Drive from the previous release, spend your tenner on that book instead.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'No hay banda. It's all an illusion!' 5 Nov 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My first introduction to Mulholland Drive came when my family went to see it. Upon their return I asked them what the film was about. Their response? 'You can't describe it'. So I went with a friend to the cinema to see for myself. The film was trully stunning and one of the greatest cinematic experiences of my life. But I could not understand what the Hell had just happened! We spent the next two hours walking through town, eventually sitting down by a basketball court with a couple of cokes trying to work out just what is supposed to have happened.

The film is incredible on so many levels; its unusual structure to the plot allows for many, otherswise impossible occurances like the creepy meeting in the coral with the 'Cowboy', the strange, crippled mobster and the eccentric, espresso loving gangsters, the 'monster' behind Winkies and many others. The best scenes in the film are the terrifying discovery in Diane Selwyn's house, the audtion for the singers (with the dream Camilla singing a cheesey 50s style lover song that makes me shiver now), the scene in the bedroom (hey, I'm only a man) and the shudderingly powerful part in Club Silencio.

The directing is unique and very innovative, the acting is outstanding, especially Naomi Watts (not since Al Pacino had an actor changed so subtely, so much in one film) and the plot (both before you understand it but even more so after) is amazing. Without doubt, the best film so far this millenium, I believe, that like Citizen Kane, Shawshank Redemption and others overlooked at the time, it will be remembered as a trully great film. Watch it, then watch it again, and again until you get it, trust me , it's worth it!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and beautiful 7 Mar 2006
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Format:DVD
If you like films that require little in the way of concentration, than this definitely isn't the film for you. David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" is in my opinion the best film he has ever produced, "Lost Highway" (although marvellous) is let down in places by poor acting and looking rather on the cheap side, but Lynch appears to have rectified this by selecting two tremendous actresses in the lead roles for this particular film.
Mulholland drive is confusing from the start, offering fragments of stories for the characters with sinister undertones. Three quarters of the way through the story takes a dizzying shift, leaving the viewer totally confused and desperately trying to recall the former part of the film in an attempt to make sense of the final scenes. It is almost impossible to pass judgement or appreciate the film in its totality on a single viewing - one of the reasons why it is such a great film to buy is that you'll always be able to return to it and notice something different.
I've heard many people's views on what they believe the film may or may not represent, and that is the beauty of this masterpiece by Lynch, nothing is totally explained and it is up to you the viewer to form your own interpretation of the events. It isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea (you either love it or hate it) but it definitely gets you thinking,and with such amazing cinematography and a truly haunting soundtrack, if you do take to this film it is one you will return to time and time again. Stunning!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Full and Proper Explanation 1 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
Although the film is structured by way of dream/fantasy as opposed to being plot or character driven, it is entirely coherent although non-linear of course. As I recall, this is a film about Diane Selwyn who was possessed by two obsessions centred around a fixation. The first obsession was her dream of Hollywood and "making it". Her second obsession was with her lesbian lover, the dark haired woman suffering amnesia (her name is Camilla Rhodes) and the jealousy she felt when she fell out of the woman's affections. As is related at the end, Camilla Rhodes was the central point of fixation about which Diane Selwyn's life revolved when she came to LA, looking as so many have for love and a star-studded film career. But she was disappointingly let down. Her dreams of Hollywood, riding on the introductions of Camilla had come to naught; her affair with the woman, long over.

Actually, the seminal sequence at the end where she (Diane) is riding in the limo along Mulholland Drive is one of the few sequences that could be called "real life" in the film because of course this is Diane Selwyn's experience, not her fantasy, Betty, the dream personae whose name she took from the waitress in Winky's restaurant. We see her going into the director's house where all is revealed i.e. her shattered dreams of becoming a successful Hollywood actress and the betrayal she feels culminating in the announcement that her lesbian ex-lover is to marry the film director.

What Lynch did in the film was unique because Betty, the central character, is just a construct of Diane Selwyn's. She is not real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had me from the start.
Another brilliant David Lynch film. It had me hooked from the start. The characters are mostly underplayed and the whole fantastical situation had me thinking that this could be... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Neil Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Naomi Watts incredible
All in all a wonderful film showing the exceptional talents of Naomi Watts. In particular when she initially does the screen test for the actress job she is seeking, it all seems... Read more
Published 16 days ago by W. W. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Mulholland Drive ... Atmospheric, dark film !
Strange film .... Caught it on the horror channel about a month ago ... Naomi
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well as performing in some lesbian scenes in order to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars A neat little thriller
This film had an interesting plot line aka David Lynch and held my attention originally seen on tv , great lighting and attention to story
line well worth watching
Published 1 month ago by MR WEST
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
one of the best movie by david lynch!! mesmerizing and full of misteries! For sure one of my favorite movies
Published 2 months ago by alberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Mulholland Drive
Perhaps my favorite of David Lynch's movies -- yet again it is not available in America in blu ray. So off I go to England, yet again, to purchase a superior product. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Johnny Waco
1.0 out of 5 stars can't rate as unable to play dvd
Unfortunately dvd didn't play, as wrong region for my dvd player. Not sure whether my fault, or suppliers, so can't obviously rate mullholland drive!
Published 4 months ago by my Amazing Amazon
1.0 out of 5 stars Offensively bad film
This film is a shambles. David Lynch is a good director but my god the script he wrote for this film is beyond awful. Watch on as nothing makes sense and nothing is resolved. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind-bending film which makes you work
`Mulholland Drive' is a classic, but that doesn't mean it'll be enjoyed by everyone. If you like your stories easy to follow and getting from point A to point B in a straight... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Albatross
3.0 out of 5 stars This blu-ray isn't so good.
I've never loved this film - both it's TV origins, it's over-long nature, the horrific acting of Naomi Watts and it's redundant stylisms. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Moncrieff
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