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5.0 out of 5 stars Please please please don't...., 10 April 2010
This review is from: David Lynch Collection [DVD] (DVD)
... listen to the negative comments of the previous reviewers of this box set!
Although i don't own it, i do own each of the films individually and each of them are a cinematic peach in their own right. Beautifully shot and and crafted with absolute care and love. These films are art, not hollywood blockbusters (if you're one primarily for mindless action guts and gore steer away). David Lynch can only be described as a true visionary of motion art, Inland Empire being the latest and most wonderful (if albeit longest and most difficult to watch if you're easily distracted) piece to the puzzle. Wonderful, disturbing, heartbreaking and perplexing, this would be a great introduction to the man who had a film genre named after him (lynchian).

The Elephant Man *****
Mullholland Drive ****
Inland Empire *****
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Initial post: 4 Jul 2010 11:54:56 BDT
Hugh Jape says:
"if you're one primarily for mindless action guts and gore steer away"

Pfft, what a snob! For a start, Lynch films have their share of violence - Wild at Heart was threatened with an X by the MPAA because of the shotgun blast to the head. Although Blue Velvet now often makes the grade for "100 Greatest films" (whatever that's worth), at the time of its release, it attracted significant criticism for what critics saw as unjustified violence. Lynch is often criticised for being incoherent and I'm not sure that that's much more of a compliment than "mindless". Secondly, I know plenty of people who enjoy both mindless action/gore and the films of Lynch, myself included, and so your false dichotomy is needlessly insulting.

The process of film spectatorship isn't a one way street where the viewer is subject to genius (e.g. Lynch) or mindlessness (e.g. Deodato) but rather, viewing is a collaborative process that requires an engaged viewer. As a Lynch fan you should be well aware of that.

Finally, "Lynchian" is not a genre, it's an adjective, (although it could somewhat awkwardly also be used as an adverb or a noun). I don't dispute that Lynch's influence upon cinema (in America and beyond) is significant but there's no such genre.

You don't own the product under review and your "review" is just reactionary drivel. You should really do a better job as I think you do Lynch a serious disservice.
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