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5.0 out of 5 stars "This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top"
As always, David Lynch is on top form, and Wild at Heart is yet another stunning film added to his list.

Lynch as always has managed to create and craft a unique blend of bizarre visuals, strange and akward characters, a unique and individual story line, popped them all into his cauldron, added a touch of transcendental meditation, lots of coffee, and out...
Published on 12 May 2009 by a1ex8

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the director's cut, sadly
The film is 5 stars, this BD release is sadly 3. This is the regular theatrical cut of the film, and not the director's cut, so some of the violence is trimmed back in small ways and in the case of the shotgun scene has the added optical to obliterate the gush of blood. The BD transfer is extremely good, the film looks and sounds as amazing as it did on the big screen...
Published on 2 Nov. 2010 by The Thin Man


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5.0 out of 5 stars "This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top", 12 May 2009
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This review is from: Wild At Heart [DVD] (DVD)
As always, David Lynch is on top form, and Wild at Heart is yet another stunning film added to his list.

Lynch as always has managed to create and craft a unique blend of bizarre visuals, strange and akward characters, a unique and individual story line, popped them all into his cauldron, added a touch of transcendental meditation, lots of coffee, and out popped this gem. I cannot rate this film enough. If you haven't already seen it, do so.

Nicolas Cage as Sailor is absolutely fantastic, Willem Dafoe's character as Bobby Peru is disturbing but excellent, and Laura Dern (a Lynch regular) as usual is superb.

The film focuses around the weird and wonderful journey the two main protagonists Sailor (Cage), and Lulu (Dern) embark on to escape Lulu's Psycopathic mother (Diane Ladd).

The two main characters; Sailor and Lulu, are completely and passionately in love with one another. Unfortunately, Lulu's incredibly psychotic and domineering mother (Diane ladd) can't bear to see them together, and hires a notorious, and sinister hitman to track them down and kill Sailor.

Lynch, obviously highly influenced by the film The Wizard of Oz has used heavy allusions of this in Wild at Heart, and has used his unique directorial skills to offer the viewer a 'slightly' different take on the original.

As you can guess already, I'm a huge Lynch fan, and luckily, watching this film may help people to follow suit. Watch it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight fun and a trip into the heart of the weird and not so wonderful., 29 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Wild At Heart [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
It's true to say that Wild At Heart is perhaps one of David Lynch's more-flawed cinematic endeavours, with many of the scenes, and indeed, the film as a whole, seeming incomplete or lacking any real purpose. One criticism of the film that tends to crop up most often is that the whole thing smacks of "weirdness for weirdness sake", with Lynch failing to tie his strange characters and their surreal situations to any kind of real narrative... which, I suppose is true. However, despite these flaws, the film is still a great deal of fun, and although the whole thing is ultimately very silly, it still has enough bizarre high-points, set-pieces, sight-gags and cameos to make the whole thing ultimately worthwhile.

I suppose the film is best described as a vicious black-comedy, though the emphasis there is on 'vicious'. Lynch also makes allusions to the 'lovers on the run' genre of crime filmmaking popular in the 60's and 70's, taking it all further into the realms of the bizarre through his own cinematic obsessions (like deformities, arson, small-town Americana, detective fiction, good versus evil, car-accidents, etc), as well as more arcane references to Elvis, voodoo, incest, and the Wizard of Oz. It's a surreal trip, best summed up by the film's repeated mantra "wild at heart, weird on top" with Lynch seemingly revelling in this carnival of grotesques, whores, thugs and criminals, all gathered together in small-town New Mexico under a haze of blood and sex. American film critic Roger Ebert mockingly referred to the film as a "lurid melodrama, soap opera, exploitation put-on, and self-satire", which to me, sums up the film's most successful attributes. The plot takes off from films like Thieves Like Us, Bonnie & Clyde and Badlands, pre-dating Oliver Stone's similarly over-the-top dark-satire, Natural Born Killers, with two star-struck lovers hitting the road in an attempt to escape from the pressures of the modern-world (parole, poverty and an over-bearing mother). Lynch lays on the melodramatic clichés in broad stroke, to the point where all narrative references are to be taken with a pinch of salt... for example, it's not enough for our hero Sailor to be a murdering jail-bird from the wrong-side of the tracks, but he has to have a loving, sex-kitten girlfriend from a well-to-do neighbourhood with over-protective loved-ones. Admittedly, Lynch does subvert this almost saccharine depiction of moral family values by offering a flashback, in which our heroine, Lula, is assaulted by a predatory uncle, while her mother is later revealed to be a drunk, manic-depressive with mafia ties, which again, is all part of the joke.

There's also the spirit of the 50's, with Fredrick Elmes' colourful wide-screen cinematography bringing to mind the Technicolor melodrama of Hollywood's golden age, and the films of people like Nicholas Ray, Elia Kazan and Douglas Sirk. There's also the obligatory references to the feckless youth of Brando in The Wild One, or the self-aware pastiche of Coppola's great film Rumble Fish, with the characters here looking and sounding like they've walked out of the pages of a lurid slice of pure pulp fiction. Of course, this is another problem that some viewers have had with the film, with Lynch offering no real characters - as he had done with masterpieces like The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet - and instead relying on arcane ciphers and bizarre caricatured grotesques. Again, this is all part of the fun and not really intended to be taken entirely seriously, with Lynch and his actors keeping the film moving from one out-burst of random surrealism to the next; with a number of humours and/or terrifying iconic performances from this esteemed, though certainly eclectic, cast of characters. The centre of the film, and indeed, the real focus of our attention, is established and sustained well through the relationship between the characters Sailor and Lula, which is developed surprisingly well through the strong and fearless performances of Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern. Dern has never looked more stunning in a film as the sensual and unhinged Lula, whilst Cage reminds us of what a strong and intense character actor he used to be in the days before he switched to shallow Hollywood blockbusters. Both actors have a great chemistry with each other, and create a believable relationship in spite of the over-the-top abstractions and dramatic flourishes called for by Lynch's script. Amongst the supporting players, Harry Dean Stanton is a joy as the hound-dog private-investigator Johnny Farragut, who is sent looking for Sailor and Lula by his lover, Lula's mother Marietta Fortune, who is brought vividly to life with a grand-standing over-the-top relish by Dern's real-life mother, Diane Ladd.

Add some bizarre cameos from Lynch regulars, like Sherilyn Fenn, Jack Nance, Freddie Jones, Grace Zabriskie, Isabella Rossalini, Sheryl Lee (here continuing the Oz references with her climactic appearance as the good witch), J.E. Freeman, Crispin Glover (in one of the film's most bizarre scenes, as Lula's troubled cousin Dell), and an extended appearance by an unrecognisable Willem Dafoe, who's character Bobby Peru meets one of the most outlandish and overly violent sequences ever witnessed on screen. Certainly this film doesn't quite floor-me with it's madness as it used to when I was 14 or 15 (and would watch this and Blue Velvet pretty much religiously), with Lynch subsequently out-doing himself with the modern masterpiece Mulholland Drive. However, this film is probably more fun, and doesn't take as much concentration to really follow or get into it.

Ultimately, the film works depending on how much of Lynch's bizarre creations you can stand; with the film falling somewhere between the darkly-comic satire of Twin Peaks at it's most wittiest and the dark, industrial nightmare of Lost Highway, only with a more linear plot. I still think it's a great deal of fun, and will undoubtedly appeal to die-hard Lynch fans or those with an interest in cult American cinema.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as good as 20 yrs ago, 16 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Wild At Heart [DVD] (DVD)
I saw this at the movies in 1990 and it made a big impact on a 20 year old. 20 years later some schenes arent that controversial as they were then but it is still a good road movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra's are a superb package on this disc., 23 Aug. 2010
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Nice to see a proper remastered DVD release for this Lynch classic, including lots of fab extra's!
The interviews with the cast and crew are REALLY entertaining, and Willem Dafoe in particular tells some great anecdotes about his time filming his legendary character role as the nasty Bobby Peru.
David Lynch is so damn interesting and I love hearing him interviewed.
Even Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks (the Good Witch in this movie) shares her thoughts on the filming of this movie.
I was VERY happy with all the extra's on this collector's edition and the movie itself looks wonderful in its remastered format.
Now if only Mr Lynch would give "Lost Highway" this kind of DVD collector's edition treatment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked and Wild, 31 May 2007
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It helps watching the trailer first for this Nicholas Cage film. The theme song,'Wicked Dream' is so enthralling.

This is a romantic, abstract, Lynchian Wizard of Oz. It can get heavy, apart from our lovers, everyone here is totally and abundantly cookoo, especially Lulas Mum for a start, she is the wicked witch in her head. William Dafoe's part is really haunting too, especially how he is introduced to us, the way he comes out of the dark.

It needs to be watched many times so as to understand the full essence ofthe film which can be very dark at times.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mildly surreal David Lynch classic, 28 April 2006
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Very enjoyable film that is well written, cast and acted (Willem Dafoe's performance is classic and shows Nicholas Cage's in his best role to date). Perhaps unusual by David Lynch's standards, the film is only mildy surreal with a storyline you can follow. Would recommend to anyone except parents, too weird and violent, and work colleagues who might think you're a bit odd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "What The Hell Was That All About?", 14 Jan. 2015
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‘Blue Velvet’ will always be one of my favourite films, but this pales in comparison. Yes, its great entertainment, if you like lots of surrealism, fantasy, sex and utterly bizarre characters, but this film goes too far IMHO to make it a classy or truly creditable film. If you just want a wingding or a blast for a couple of hours, to take you away from the reality of the shop floor or office then this’ll do nicely! It’ll take you so far away you’ll need your passport to get yourself back!
David Lunch’s work is well known of course, and very well respected - He has had over 30 award nominations for his films, winning 4 Baftas.
Quite how Diane Ladd, as Marietta, was nominated for an Oscar for her role in this - as the crazy mother of Lula is beyond me? I found her persona and depiction almost laughable, and totally hammy!
Having said that, I thought Defoe as ‘Bobby Puru’ just wonderful and very much one of the highlights of the film, Cage & Dern were very good as the lovers but the story was just so stupid at times that it rather devalued what they were doing.
For me Lynch tries too hard here to fill the film with weirdoes and the bizarre! - Blue Velvet gets it just right; this is simply over the top, but still good old fashioned entertainment. However, at the end you’ll say to yourself, “What the hell was that all about?”
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the director's cut, sadly, 2 Nov. 2010
The film is 5 stars, this BD release is sadly 3. This is the regular theatrical cut of the film, and not the director's cut, so some of the violence is trimmed back in small ways and in the case of the shotgun scene has the added optical to obliterate the gush of blood. The BD transfer is extremely good, the film looks and sounds as amazing as it did on the big screen. Definitely worth having until the DC gets the BD treatment, but hang on to your DVD DC as well until it does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Region 1 Restored Special Edition DVD., 7 May 2014
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The Region 1 full length restored Special Edition is the definitive DVD version for aficionados of David Lynch's extraordinary movie Wild at Heart. Overseen by the director himself, the lovingly restored sound and picture quality literally blows all other versions out of the water (including the Blu-Ray). Hugely generous with terrific extras, this is the disc to permanently add to one's DVD library of evergreen classics. At the time of posting this review, Amazon.com's price of nearly $65, seems astonishing when compared to Amazon.uk's lowest used price of exactly the same Region 1 issue for only £3.50.

So if you've purchased this version, break out a beer, big up the sound, and chill out to Lynch's crazy road movie masterclass. The wonderful performances of Nicolas Cage and the beautiful Laura Dern are of course legendary, but revisiting the movie reminds me how Willem Dafoe stole the show with his deeply disturbing pitch perfect psycho Bobby Peru. Dafoe's performance in this role must rate as one of the truly great moments of menace in the history of American cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked, 30 April 2009
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Grant Fitzgerald (Edinburgh, UK) - See all my reviews
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There's not much plot to this 'lovers on the run' fairytale road movie but that really doesn't matter. Inspired by the Wizard of Oz, the film is driven by a series of bizarre events, over-the-top violence and surreal imagery that could only come from the mind of David Lynch. After the story is done it's those images that will stay with you (e.g. the blind woman in New Orleans, the dog running away with the hand and of course one of the best ever movie deaths). The lines between reality and imagination are blurred and at times you get the feeling that a lot of the characters belong in some kind of crazy parallel universe. Top it all off with a killer soundtrack and you've got a film that's well worth watching again and again.
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