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(aka 'Sailor & Lulu' or 'David Lynch's Wild at Heart')

directed by David Lynch
USA 1990

David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" is unlike anything that's ever been made before. It's swampy and destabilizing in that subversive, perversely original, signature Lynchian way. But "Wild at Heart" isn't the David Lynch movie that anyone could have hoped for -- not his new fans, who've discovered him through "Twin Peaks," or his older ones.

 

At his best -- in "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet" and the pilot for "Twin Peaks" -- Lynch achieves a fragile, almost godlike tone, where comedy and tragedy bleed together, and irony and passionate, obsessive sincerity are mixed in precisely equal portions. His images are projections straight from the bogs of the unconscious, and they make it onto the screen raw and undiluted, dripping wet. There's an ineffable potency and danger in them -- they carry vibrations from the lizard realm -- and, watching his films, we can be simultaneously repulsed and enthralled.

 

"Wild at Heart," though, is lacking in the dreamlike irrevocability of his most brilliant work. From the outset, just after the wondrously poetic opening credits, he seems to misstep. In "Wild at Heart" -- which Lynch adapted from a novel by Barry Gifford -- the director is working with pulp conventions; it's a road movie about a pair of seemingly doomed young lovers named Lula and Sailor (Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage) on the run from the girl's hysterical mother (Dern's real mother, Diane Ladd). But Lynch wants to explode the rules of the game without really understanding them.

Excerpt from Hal Hinson review in the Washington Post located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 1990 - Cannes Film  Festival - France

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Comparison:

Universal (Korean) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL vs. MGM (SE) - Region 1- NTSC vs. BAC - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Thanks to Pavel Borodin and Mark Wilson for the PAL  DVD screen captures!

1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Universal Studios

Region 0 - NTSC

Universal Studios

Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL

MGM
Region 1 - NTSC
BAC
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Universal
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:59:48 (taken from PAL source) 1:59:52 (4% PAL speedup) 2:04:48  2:05:11.041   2:05:12.505
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.25 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

Disc Size: 22,654,556,260 bytes

Feature Size: 22,287,605,760 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.77 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Disc Size: 41,637,143,964 bytes

Feature Size: 41,000,945,664 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Universal (Korean)

 

Bitrate:

Universal

(PAL)

Bitrate:

 

MGM

Bitrate:

BAC

Blu-ray

Bitrate:

Universal

Blu-ray

Audio English (DD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) English (DD 5.1), DUB: French (DD 5.1), German (DD 5.1) English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2022 kbps 5.1
/ 48 kHz / 2022 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps /
16-bit)
DUB: DTS-HD Master Audio French 2211 kbps 5.1
/ 48 kHz / 2211 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps /
16-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4276 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4276 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Japanese 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Portuguese 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Russian 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, none Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, none English, French, Spanish, None French (forced when English audio is chosen) English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese , Spanish, Swedish, Thai , Turkish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal (Korea)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: July 8th, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters ?

 

Release Information:
Studio: Universal (Europe)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: January 7th, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• New transfer supervised by David Lynch, with upgraded picture and sound
• Dell's Lunch Counter: all-new extended interviews with Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Willem Dafoe, Diane Ladd, and Sheryl Lee
• "Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of Wild at Heart": new 30-minute documentary (29:47)
• "Specific Spontaneity: Focus on David Lynch": cast and crew comment on working with Lynch (7:20)
• "David Lynch on the DVD Process"
• Original making-of featurette
• Sailor & Lula image gallery: 65 behind-the-scenes photos, animated with music
• Original theatrical trailer, TV spots

DVD Release Date: December 7th, 2004

Keep Case inside cardboard Box
Chapters: 32

Release Information:
Studio: BAC

Disc Size: 22,654,556,260 bytes

Feature Size: 22,287,605,760 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.77 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

 none

Blu-ray Release Date: November 5th, 2008
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Universal (Europe)

 

Disc Size: 41,637,143,964 bytes

Feature Size: 41,000,945,664 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• None

Blu-ray Release Date:
October 25th, 2010
Standard UK (thick) Blu-ray Case

Chapters 18

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Universal (UK) Blu-ray - November 10': Let's keep it short here - the Universal is a good transfer - dual- layered (higher bitrate) and superior to the BAC - it has plenty of removable subtitle options and 6 foreign language DUBs, also cuts the frame out (Bobby Peru played by Willem Dafoe - blows his own head off when he collapses on his shotgun). It is bare-bones (no supplements). I notice a shade in the improvement of colors and skin tones and it is smoother, tighter and has more depth - albeit these are marginal advancements for most systems. The BAC had the forced French subs and we can now throw it in the garbage. Buy the Universal UK Blu-ray - it is region free and the best transfer available.

NOTE: Supposedly the NEW French Blu-ray (2010) HERE has optional French subtitles. It is also the 'censored' Director's Cut but does have extras. (Thanks Sean!)

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ADDITION: BAC Films Blu-ray - March 09': While this is obviously a high-definition image with superior colors - especially skin tones looking more pinkish/red than orange and good grain is visible and while detail jumps up a notch - the bare-bones Blu-ray is region-free BUT French subtitles are forced when choosing the English (DTS-HD) track (other option is a horrendous French DUB). This makes it a French language-locked 'unfriendly' edition without appearing and heard as it was originally. It also has the 'cut' (Bobby Peru's head being blown off) which as we know is the theatrical - as opposed to Director's Cut. Hope fully this will come to Region 'A' with dual-layering but for now - this Blu-ray should be given a pass.

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NOTE: Lynch's true Director's cut was shown privately only to his closest friends and associates to obtain their opinion of the film. He was persuaded to cut the film, claiming that it was just too violent in content.

He did and later premiered the film at Cannes (to loud boos, but it won the Palm d'or regardless). Dafoe's shotgun blast to his head was still uncut at this point. By the time of the film's US release, it was decided (by Lynch or the MPAA, I'm not completely sure) that the shotgun sequence would be digitally obscured by additional smoke and some explosion optics. This was okayed by Lynch and is the official US release version...and that is what's on the MGM disc.

I don't know if this was the same version that played in the rest of the world, but MGM hasn't censored the DVD...it's the original theatrical US release version. (Thanks to Bill McAlpine for this information)

ADDITION: (Universal - Korean - NTSC) - Dec -04 - the Korean release is also the 'directors cut' but they did not adjust for the TV standard, and it exhibits ghosting and combing throughout. No change in or scorecard.

*****

Well, if Lynch really supervised the transfer we can only assume that the MGM colors are accurate. Both Universal and MGM DVDs are sharp and personally I am leaning toward the Universal as a superior image (especially contrast). The NTSC is brighter and also redder (washed out?), almost as if it was manipulated. Although the Universal has some 5.1 audio DUB options, we are giving the nod to the MGM for its dual choice of original English audio options (2.0 and 5.1). The MGM extras are great and easily outweigh the PAL editions (not hard to beat 'none') and the Region 1 menus have some real effort put into them... tack on to this that the PAL edition seems to be out-of-print everywhere and we will give an overall recommendation to the MGM NTSC ! 

 - Gary W. Tooze

 


 

DVD Menus

(Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)


 

 

 

BAC Blu-ray menu

 

 

Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


 

Screen Captures

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



Screen Captures

1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


 

1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Universal (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL - SECOND

3) MGM (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BAC (France) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Universal (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

NOTE : We can now verify that the Region 1 DVD (Lynch approved!) IS the US theatrical cut. TOP 2 images are part of the sequence that was removed (from Korean NTSC and German PAL edition aka the 'director's cut').

 

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