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A well made edition for Lynch's 2001 Odyssey
on 30 January 2012
An aspiring actrees finds herself trapped in the plot of a cursed Polish movie's remake she's starring in.
Chased through different settings and universes by a malevolent entity known as The Phantom, her story collides with others, each one with it's own protagonists; A sitcom starring a family of depressed antropomorphic rabbits who constantly talk about time, a group of eastern hookers (who may be living either in the present or in the past), murderous wives and a lonely girl trapped inside an abandoned hotel room.
David Lynch's Ambitious and apparently final movie is a sure treat for fans of the surreal and darkly unsettling universe created by the director's earlier works, filled with trademarks and references, Inland Empire pushes the envelope even further than Eraserhead, right into the subconscious of the viewer; especially for the open-minded to this particular kind of experience.
The plot itself, highly confusing actually, sometimes feels nothing else but an excuse for Lynch's pleasure to showcase his most loved elements; double identities, dancing women, stroboscopic lights, scary glares, smoke and anything included in his Manual of the Weird, but is indeed a great example of self-celebrative cinema; a resume of Lynch's journey through filmmaking; not pretentious at all but a dazzling and unexpected essay of its own.
The blu ray comes packed with all kind of extras mostly focusing on Lynch's persona rather than the actual making of; various interviews with the director and a documentary on his gallery of paintings in Paris; a sure treasure for the Lynch aficionados but the lack of several features available in the US edition like "More Things That Happened" a selection of deleted scenes, is certainly the biggest flaw of the Uk version (which is also why I didn't rate the product with 5-stars)
The image is presented in 1080p and despite the source material being shot with a digital handheld Sony camera (not exactly the best in image definition) the picture and sound are truly captivating and immersive; High Definition brings an all-new dimension for the movie; very little grain, great colour depth and detailed contours that perfectly renders the onirical visions shown on screen.
What else can be said about it? This edition is certainly the best so far in Europe to fully enjoy this masterpiece of the bizarre; however if you're looking for the Ultimate IE experience I suggest you to buy the US edition (don't know if it's available in blu ray though) or wait for a proper R2 version to be released.