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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic David Lynch - see it repeatedly and still not know what's happened, 5 May 2008
This review is from: Lost Highway (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1997] (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. As it says in the slipcase notes, the answers to the questions raised may be discovered at the end of the Lost Highway ... but is there an end?

Not of course family viewing, being rated 18 as there is murder, gore and Patricia Arquette getting her kit off for good measure (what a surprise!).

I had a minor problem with the audio. I was pleased to see a very good Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround mix as opposed to the original stereo. The DTS mix is absolutely stunning (as is the picture) except for the fact that some of Arquette's dialogue was so quiet I couldn't make it out. As there were no subtitles (a disgrace really) turning up was the only option but my ears were blasted off the next minute once the quiet dialogue was over.

Track down this 2 DVD special edition if you can. It has some ace extras including interviews with Lynch, Arquette, Bill Pullman and Robert Loggia. Don't pay over the odds for it though - even new, never mind second hand, it simply isn't worth more that the full price of a brand new DVD.
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