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Naked Lunch [DVD] [1992]


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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg, William S. Burroughs
  • Producers: Gabriella Martinelli, Jeremy Thomas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022VMJO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,137 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A weird, surreal plot inspired by the life and writings of William S. Burroughs. 'Naked Lunch' begins with Burroughs' alter-ego Bill Lee working as an exterminator and running out of bug killer. He finds his wife has been injecting it as a drug, decides to try it for himself and spends the rest of the film taking orders from giant bugs and a talking typewriter. Directed by controversial horror-meister David Cronenberg (The Brood, Crash).

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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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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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Stunning film ! The book they said could never be filmed...The marriage of Cronenberg & Burroughs is a partnership made in creative heaven ! A wild ride through the mind of Bill Burroughs via the thematic preoccupations of David Cronenberg - begun in "Rabid" explored further in "Videodrome" & revisited once again in "eXistenZ" ... Don't bother asking "But what does it all mean?" The meaning is the story, the narrative is - or should be - all you need here. Just go along with it, surrender all rational thought (& the need for deep analysis) & enjoy !!
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By Craig on 16 Jan 2014
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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 on 9 Dec 2012
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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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Worth seeing - some classic scenes where Joan breathes poison on roaches ect. But disturbing and wierd. Whatever rocks your boat.
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By shane on 20 Sep 2014
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A really good film and very interesting.if you like William Burroughs books your love this film.well worth a watch.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joachim on 29 Mar 2011
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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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Perfect for a rainy day
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