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Insanely Good Value!
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.