Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Learn more Fitbit

Customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
14
4.5 out of 5 stars
Format: DVD|Change
Price:£9.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 11 January 2011
David Lynch has made of some of the most instantly recognisable and unforgettable films of all time, so it's no surprise that his name is on the lips of a thousand devout followers. This collection acts incredibly well as an introduction to his work, particularly to somebody who is unfamiliar with, but interested in Lynch's work, simply due to the incredible price. To buy these films individually would cost something in the reason of £16, so in terms of value, it could barely get any better.

The Elephant Man is one of David Lynch's simpler films, yet still contains strong imagery and the black-and-white style of Eraserhead. The performances of Anthony Hopkins as Treves and John Hurt as the titular character John Merrick are fantastic, and in fact it is difficult to fault any of the performances in this film. A truly emotional film, it says a lot about the judgmentality of humankind and taking things at face value. If you don't well up during this film, you officially have no soul.

Mulholland Drive is considered one of David Lynch's finest films, and deservedly so. Exposing the dark underside of the film industry, the film follows Betty Elmes, a young actress with dreams of fame and fortune in Hollywood. It is not long however, before she comes across Rita, a mysterious and beautiful figure with amnesia. This story is in itself intriguing enough, but it only becomes more so as Lynch pulls the carpet from beneath the feet of the audience. A film to really make you think.

Inland Empire is David Lynch's most recent film, and from a personal standpoint my least favourite, although that's not to say it's not a great film. Empire is even more "arty" than the other two films represented here and as a result, despite a flawed narrative and bloated shape, it looks fantastic, the performances, particularly Laura Dern's, are truly heart-wrenching, and the music is superb, both the score by avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki and Lynch's own contributions, particularly the Portishead-esque "Ghost Of Love". Many have argued that Empire represents a series of unconnected images, but I personally don't think this is the case. I see it as Lynch's most complicated work to date, it takes several viewings to get your head around it, and despite the generous length you'll have to fill in a lot of the gaps yourself, but ultimately the experience is rewarding.

Many have said that the films are perhaps unusual choices, and it would have been nice to see the extremely rare Blue Velvet make an appearance, or even the release of a more concise box set, such as the superb John Carpenter Collection by the same publishing company. Overall, for [...] it cannot be faulted, each film is a unique experience, and The Elephant Man and Mulholland Drive are bona fide masterpieces.
11 Comment| 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
I already owned The Elephant Man (which I later sold) and Mulholland Drive had always been a guilty favourite of mine but had only seen (twice) at ungodly hours, on TV, probably decimated by ill-timed adverts.

I would probably never have envisaged watching, let alone buying, Inland Empire. Its inclusion here, amongst two genuine classics is a bold but good one as it just sits there waiting for you to play it!

I both love and hate David Lynch, which I'm sure is bordering on normal! Inland Empire is difficult to watch at times, makes no sense at all but is interesting after the first hour (of three!) and has many great directorial techniques and flourishes. You do have to be a bit brave, but....(see my separate review of this on Amazon).

The Elephant Man is as far removed from Inland Empire - and indeed Mulholland Drive, imaginable. Nominated for 8 Oscars, in grainy black and white and a family film? That it's currently no 111 on IMDb's top 250 films of ALL time, says a lot, as does John Hurt's beautiful and quietly haunting performance and of Anthony Hopkins, his caring Doctor, who introduces John Merrick to culture and civilisation. Touching and perfect, it could have been a Frank Capra had it been made half a century earlier.

Mulholland Drive is an Institution amongst psychological journeys, so much so, I feel a huge amount of deja vu, as if I'd only just experienced (one experiences Lynch, not 'watch') its cunning a fraction of a second just previous, though I can never predict what will happen next - and I've seen it several times...

Anyway, those are the films. The boxed set itself is nicely presented, with a handsome outer slip case and the inner is gatefold style with holders for the three discs, each with a brief synopsis and technical specs. No extra 'extras' are mentioned, but I almost never access these anyway.

So, this boxed set is far from being a Complete David Lynch, more a sample, but a very fine one. I'm glad it included Inland Empire, however odd that seemed at first, which gets 4 stars from me and the other two definite five stars each. Value for money is superb and it's almost worth capitalising on this aspect alone.
11 Comment| 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 13 October 2011
A great, affordable collection of three of Lynch's most interesting films, albeit a somewhat incongruous choice to place The Elephant Man in a set with his two most recent cinematic releases - his style has clearly changed, and at times the early film looks almost like a sequel to Eraserhead. Mulholland Drive though, would be worth the price if it was the only film in the set, and remains his masterpiece, and is completely different to the 2006 film Inland Empire, which shows us a Laura Dern that conjures up acting a mile away from her stereotypical nice girl and bad girl acts in Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart respectively. Buy and be confused, but in the best possible way.
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 10 April 2010
... 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 *****
22 Comments| 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 29 January 2014
The weird and wonderful David Lynch shows his skewed take on the world in this excellent collection. But it now.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 26 February 2017
if you like david lynch you won't have to think twice about buying this box set
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 February 2010
Haven't finished any one of the movies yet, but it came with a not so pleasant surprise. None of the dvds are coupled with subtitles. I do believe that even the bare bone dvds should have their subtitles ready for viewers. No one likes to miss parts of the plots (no matter how small they are) because of a murmuring part or strange-accented actors/actresses. Now I understand why these dvds are so cheaply sold here... The David Lynch Collection [DVD] [1982]
22 Comments| 23 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 4 May 2013
great movies
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 18 February 2016
Anyone in the world should own this boxset in my opinion.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 28 November 2011
Mulholland Drive is not the masterpiece it is cracked up to be. There are 125 reviews on Amazon and most of these reviews claim how clever the movie is, and yet none of the reviewers feel the need to share their knowledge with the rest of us confused David lynch fans.

Here is my take on the movie - the end is really the beginning. The actress (Naomi Watts) arrived in Hollywood to chase the dream of breaking into Hollywood movies and ends up working as a waitress. Her lover Laura Harring (Rita) dumps Naomi Watts for a movie director (J.Theroux). Naomi Watts is devasted that her life has not turned out the way she dreamed, and she is devasted that her lover abandoned her. She hires a hitman. End of movie....

David Lynch throws in his usual weirdness - the creepy nightclub 'Silencio', and the mysterious blue box. And lets not forget the odd cowboy with the massive hat. Who were the laughing elderly couple?

Is there a deeper meaning? Who cares.....or is it a mistake to try too hard to work out everything that David Lynch does? I have watched this movie a few time, but the difference between this movie and Lynch's other classics (Straight Story, Wild at Heart, B Velvet) is i shall watch S.Story, Wild at Heart and B.Velvet again in the future but i will not bother with Mulholland Drive again.

Mull Drive is hypnotic. There are many brilliant scenes (Billy Ray Cyrus in bed with hte directors wife), and the performances are excellent. My only criticism was that there seemed to be a few storylines set up that went nowhere, and this makes sense because the story goes that Mull Drive was intended to be a 'Twin Peaks' type TV series.

I believe that it is better to just watch it without constantly trying to work out what it means.
11 Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)