of David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. is reviewed
captures were taken directly from the
ADDITION: Studio Canal (New Restoration) - Region 'B' -
The newer European
is also a "4K restoration under the supervision of
Lynch" and looks the same as the Criterion although it is more technically
robust. If you look at the bitrate graphs - it supports the image being similar
if not identical on most systems. Colors etc. are the same as the Criterion. It
appears to be the same release available in France and England and starts with
Some have made issue with digital blurring of Laura Harring's (playing Rita /
Camilla Rhodes) pubic hair in one very brief shot. On his website, Lynch states,
“We did that blurring for the DVD on purpose as we knew that pictures of
Laura (Harring) would be everywhere if we didn’t ... If the shot is timed
correctly you should not be able to tell one bit if Laura’s pubic hair has been
blurred—this probably means some viewers are experimenting to see Laura’s pubic
hair and more ... This is why the picture was blurred—I promised Laura that I
would try to protect her as much as possible.” Well, as we presume, with
Lynch's input, that if the 1080P, 4K-restored, transfer is timed correctly (i.e.
the highlights and shadows are correct, etc.), her nudity is very subtle and it
is far too dark to see any pubic hair - it was not necessary to blur it on
Blu-ray transfers. Let's drop this.
NOTE: My particular disc
froze twice. I'm not suggesting that this is all consumer discs, possibly and
overly hot player, in my case. In a second viewing it froze in a different spot
so it could, also, be my specific region FREE
Blu-ray player or something else. If other's notice
the freezing - please
email me. Thanks.
Audio is likewise the exact same - or as far as my ears can determine. Same
healthy DTS-HD Master surround (24-bit). I noticed no difference. There is a
French DUB (only 16-bit) and optional English (SDH) or French subtitle options.
The Studio Canal
Blu-ray disc is Region 'B'-locked.
Studio Canal add supplements which include most of the 2010 European BD's
content. Back to Mulholland Drive running 24-minutes, On the Road to
Mulholland Drive running, roughly, the same time plus the dual interview
with Naomi Watts & David Lynch and separate interviews with Laura Harring , Mary
Sweeney, Angelo Badalamenti, an introduction with Thierry Jousse (in French with
English subtitles) and the In the Blue Box featurette. There are the
older EPK interviews ( Lynch - 2:58, Watts - 4:20, Haring - 2:33, Theroux -
1:44), the short deleted scene and the package includes 6 art cards.
Great release, the best a/v - equal to the US 4K restored version, stacked with
extras. Essential for many Region 'B'ers.
ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' -
The Criterion is described as a "new, restored 4K
digital transfer, supervised by director David Lynch and director of
photography Peter Deming" and is one of the most anticipated
releases of the year to date. Firstly, I have tried my best to get exact
frame matches - and I know I have on many but there are significant
contrast and framing differences that make it hard to know if I have the
exact same frame. My bottom line on the Criterion 4K is that it looks
stunning on my system. You can see that colors are richer and deeper,
skin tones warmer, a notable increase in detail in the close-ups, the
overall image is darker... and I think it is slightly more horizontally
longer than the Studio Canal 1080P which may be said to be vertically
stretched a small amount. In the short the Criterion transfer's faces are
minutely 'fatter' (or the SC marginally thinner) but that it also may be more accurate if we go by the
approval of Lynch and Deming. I think its far in advance of what fans
might have anticipated,. The SC looks duller, still overly yellow, and flat beside the 4K. On a
personal note - I found the viewing experience significantly superior
with the noir-ish elements really rising with the darker palette. WOW
Likewise the DTS-HD Master 5.1 is more robust than the
similar encoded Euro
Blu-ray audio. My crusty eras picked it
up in the effects are marginally in Badalamenti's atmospheric score.
There are subtle separations that augment the aura and locations. It
sounds quite awesome and there are optional English (SDH) subtitles on
the region 'A'-locked Criterion.
NOTE: A per Lynch's preference - there is only one
chapter stop on the Criterion
Criterion include new interviews with a pairing of Lynch
and actor Naomi Watts for almost 27-minutes, then individually but in
one video piece with Justin Theroux, Laura Harring, Naomi Watts (again)
and Johanna Ray for almost 16-minutes with some banter about performers
(good and bad). Then we get a lovely 20-minutes with composer Angelo
Badalamenti and lastly 22-minutes with Peter Deming and production
designer Jack Fisk (separately but in the same piece.) So about 1 1/4
hours new comments and it's very interesting to see the reflection from
almost 15-years after production. There is 25-minutes of On-set footage,
a brief deleted scene (Police Station) and a trailer. The package
contains a liner notes booklets featuring an interview with Lynch from
the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book
Lynch on Lynch.
This is another review where I will state that the
Blu-ray really needs to be seen to
appreciate the 4K-derived visuals (and of course lossless audio). I think
this set lives up to expectation including the immense value of the new
supplements. Fans will be ecstatic. My advice
would be PRE-ORDER (you have 1 day left) and accrue the 44% savings
Amazon. You won't regret it!
ADDITION: Optimum / Studio Canal - Region
'B' - Blu-ray
- September 2010:
Firstly, the European Blu-ray
- when inserted - gives the choices for 'France', 'Italia', 'Netherland'
or 'United Kingdom'. Then after the enjoyable Studio Canal Collection
advert and 2 warnings - you get the menu and options for your selected
find this a subtle visual improvement - but its is definitely there - in
all the right places. Grain, colors (notably flesh tones) and detail
showing many instances of information lost in the darker SD image rising
to visibility in the 1080P transfer which also has real filmic depth. The 2007 DVD had the right idea -
filling almost 8 Gig of the available dual-layered space with the
feature film - but the
increases that almost 5 fold and has space left over for some viable
Audio is rendered in a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1950 kbps. The Badalamenti
original score certainly benefits from the upgrade as do songs like
Rebekah Del Rio's version of Roy Orbison's "Crying" - which
sounds just amazing in lossless. This new audio transfer is a key factor
in establishing moods and auras - the DVD DTS was good the HD is better
- range, depth and bass. As well as 2 foreign language DUBs
(French and Italian) the
contains optional subtitles and my
confirms that the disc is, unfortunately, region 'B'-locked.
NOTE: The flawed HD-DVD (see comments below) had 56 Chapter stops -
however no chapter Menu option, being only selectable with
forward/reverse buttons. The
goes one step further with an image that allows you to select a portion
through arrow clicks - producing a random chapter stop (of the like-wise
56 with only fast-forward or reverse). Cute - we get the idea, David.
With the DVD devoid of any supplements we are very pleased
with what the
is offering from a 10-minute introduction in HD by
writer/director/actor Thierry Jousse in French with optional English
subtitles to 'In the Blue Box' - a 1/2 Studio Canal
presentation (in English and French with subs choice) - it has Richard
Kelly (writer/director of Donnie Darko - which came out at the
Mulholland Drive) writer, director Guillaume Nicloux and others giving input.
On the Road to Mulholland Drive is a 23-minute piece in SD with
Lynch, Watts supplying interview-style information - and thee are
interviews with Mary Sweeny (6:03 in SD), Angelo Badalamenti (16:45 in
SD) + audio only with Angelo Badalamenti (10 years later) - 16:30.
Lastly is Back to Mulholland Dr. - about 25-minutes in SD with
re-release theater patrons, and Lynch discussing Mulholland Dr.
Included in the handsome cardboard book-style case is a 20-page liner
notes booklet with photos, vast information and an essay by Adam
The many fans of the film should rejoice at
this new format transfer which doesn't seem to have any of the ailments
of the previously released HD-DVD as identified by David Hare for
HERE - i.e. " 'Pitch glitch' problem. In simplest lay terms
possible, their datacines, although transferred at film speed of 24 fps
were taken from a 25 fps PAL master, consequently the audio has had to
undergo a "retread" which gives it the same near semi-tone pitch rise as
SD PAL 25fps transfers.". This is, indeed, in theatrical running
speed and the image is a large step forward from the 2007 DVD. I don't
see how the film could look much better - plus it has healthy lossless audio and
substantial and viable extras. Studio Canal comes through again. Endorsed!