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directed by David Lynch
USA 1977

Eraserhead follows a sensitive young man as he struggles to cope with impending parenthood. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) lives in a hopeless industrial landscape, lusting after the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the hall.

Five years in the making, Eraserhead contains all of the trademark attributes of a Lynch film--haunting visuals, an ethereal score, unsettling sound design, and, most notably, a black sense of humour - creating a world onscreen that is exhilarating, terrifying, and truly unique.

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Is it a nightmare or an actual view of a post-apocalyptic world? Set in an industrial town in which giant machines are constantly working, spewing smoke, and making noise that is inescapable, Henry Spencer lives in a building that, like all the others, appears to be abandoned. The lights flicker on and off, he has bowls of water in his dresser drawers, and for his only diversion he watches and listens to the Lady in the Radiator sing about finding happiness in heaven. Henry has a girlfriend, Mary X, who has frequent spastic fits. Mary gives birth to Henry's child, a frightening looking mutant, which leads to the injection of all sorts of sexual imagery into the depressive and chaotic mix.

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Theatrical Release: March 17th, 1977 - USA

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Distribution DavidLynch.com - Region 1 - NTSC Universal - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Criterion Collection Spine # 725

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray

Also available now from Amazon.com:

     

    

Available in the UK on June 4th, 2012, individually or as part of the David Lynch Boxset:

    

Already available in Germany and Italy on Blu-ray

  

 

Runtime 1:28:36 1:29:03.838 1:29:18.019
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16 X 9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.77 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,527,088,775 bytes

Feature: 22,184,779,776 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,574,381,696 bytes

Feature: 19,190,114,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

 

Bitrate: Universal Blu-ray

 

Bitrate: Criterion Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles None Japanese, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: DavidLynch.com

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• 18 page booklet with cast and crew photos, storyboard sketches, part of Lynch's original outline for the film, promotional materials
• "Stories" - features almost an hour and a half of David Lynch discussing various aspects of the film
• Trailer (widescreen - anamorphic)

DVD Release Date: February 27th, 2003

8" X 8" box
Chapters: none

Release Information:
Studio: Universal (Japan)

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered
Blu-ray
Disc Size: 24,527,088,775 bytes
Feature: 22,184,779,776 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.90 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer

2nd disc: DVD

• "Stories" - features almost an hour and a half of David Lynch discussing various aspects of the film (1:24:57)
- Six short films:
• Six Men Getting Sick - (3:54, 1966)
• The Alphabet - (3:44, 1968)

• The Grandmother (33:46, 1970)
• The Amputee Take 1 -+  2 - (8:56, 1974)

• Lumiere (:58)

Blu-ray Release Date:
April 27th, 2012
Black
Blu-ray Case inside sturdy plastic slipcase
Chapters: 1

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion
 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,574,381,696 bytes

Feature: 19,190,114,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• “Eraserhead” Stories, a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film
New high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Figures Getting Sick (1967 4:02), The Alphabet (1968 - 3:46), The Grandmother (1970 - 33:48), The Amputee, Part 1 (5:11) and Part 2 (4:06) (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995 - 1:03), all with video introductions by Lynch
New and archival interviews with cast and crew

Blu-ray Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Transparent Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 1

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray - September 2014: Almost predictably (at this stage) Criterion opt for a darker transfer. I'm sure this is more theatrically accurate. I can't be sure, but I can say the Criterion looks marvelous in-motion. It shows a little less at the top of the frame but more at the bottom. I didn't find the disparity significant. On my system the Criterion visuals look very strong - with a real sense of depth.

Criterion also use a linear PCM for the audio. It may be slightly more robust than the Japanese lossless transfer - (repeating) "I couldn't put it better than what Dean Carlson said:" With renowned sound designer Alan Splet, Lynch developed any technique he could conjure up -- from recording with pieces of glass tubing, pneumatic engines, or water-based pieces of machinery -- to produce sounds never heard before (or since) in any medium. Pieces of Fats Waller filter in through the unsettling haze. The sounds of the unimaginably horrific baby are nothing less than ghastly. Few directors could have realized such a potent vision only a first time out. Disturbing, haunting, and -- decades later -- still one of the most compelling sonic creations in the history of film. " The uncompressed transfer handles the aural aspects well - creepy depth and odd reverbs make the sound a strong part of the film presentation." There are optional English subtitles and the US Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked.

Like the first Blu-ray from 2012 we get the 2001 “Eraserhead” Stories, documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film (as part of the supplements) and new high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Figures Getting Sick (1967 4:02), The Alphabet (1968 - 3:46), The Grandmother (1970 - 33:48), The Amputee, Part 1 (5:11) and Part 2 (4:06) (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995 - 1:03), all with video shortish introductions by Lynch. Criterion add more. Under the 'Supplements' menu button we get listed years - '1977' (which is the trailer). Next is '1979' where we get 17-minutes of an interview with director David Lynch and cinematographer Frederick Elmes by filmmaker Tom Christie for his television production class at UCLA. It takes place at one of Eraserhead's locations in Los Angeles, where the Beverly Center shopping mall now stand. '1982' is only 1.5 minutes of another trailer for Eraserhead preceding the film at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles for the several years it played there to sold-out Friday night movie audiences. '1988' runs 6:47 and has David Lynch and actor Jack Nance taking a drive to one of the locations of Eraserhead - it is an excerpt from an episode of the French television program Cinema de notre temps - recorded in 1988 and broadcast on April 23rd of 1993. '1997' has 16-minutes of footage featuring David Lynch, actors Jack Nance and Charlotte Stewart, and director's assistant Catherine Coulson revisiting the locations at the AFU in Los Angeles where they made Eraserhead over the course of four years. The interviews were conducted by Toby Keeler for his 1997 documentary Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch. '2001' has the, 85-minute, “Eraserhead” Stories and '2014' shares interviews with director's assistant Charlotte Stewart and Judith Anna Roberts, and cinematographer Frederick Elmes - they were conducted by Criterion.

This is the definitive release with the added supplements and strong a/v. Lynch fans shouldn't hesitate. Absolutely recommended!

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\ADDITION: Universal (Japan) - Region 'A' Blu-ray - May 2012: Firstly, I am making the assumption that this is released by Universal although the Absurda logo, Comstock Group, MK2 and even what looks like small Paramount logo appear either at the beginning of Eraserhead or on the Japanese boxcover spine. Regardless , I suspect this will be the same transfer as offered on other Blu-ray editions across the globe - although each country may play some mix-n-match with the extras.

It looks good on the single-layered Blu-ray disc - improving in more-layered contract and an up-tick in detail. The film textures rise to more prominence, the visuals are a shade brighter and the image is exceptionally clean. It is advertised as "Newly remastered by David Lynch himself for this 35th Anniversary release, his feature-film debut is a masterpiece of the macabre and grotesque."

Audio is in lossless stereo 2.0 channel. I couldn't put it better than what Dean Carlson said:" With renowned sound designer Alan Splet, Lynch developed any technique he could conjure up -- from recording with pieces of glass tubing, pneumatic engines, or water-based pieces of machinery -- to produce sounds never heard before (or since) in any medium. Pieces of Fats Waller filter in through the unsettling haze. The sounds of the unimaginably horrific baby are nothing less than ghastly. Few directors could have realized such a potent vision only a first time out. Disturbing, haunting, and -- decades later -- still one of the most compelling sonic creations in the history of film. " The uncompressed transfer handles the aural aspects well - creepy depth and odd reverbs make the sound a strong part of the film presentation. There are optional Japanese subtitles on this region 'A' Blu-ray disc.

There is a trailer accessible on the feature Blu-ray . There is a second disc - a DVD included in the package with "Stories" - the 1.5 hour feature of David Lynch discussing various aspects of the film and why his labor of love debut represents such a special place in his ouvre. There are also six short Lynch films: Six Men Getting Sick - (3:54, 1966), The Alphabet - (3:44, 1968), The Grandmother (33:46, 1970), The Amputee Take 1 + 2 - (8:56, 1974), and Lumiere (:58 - 1995). Quality is about as good as it gets for these shorts but the production limitations are evident.

Very cool to have Eraserhead looking so much closer to a theatrical experience. The lossless audio especially adds another level of impact to the viewing. Creep? Macabre? Haunting? Sexual? All of the above? Eraserhead is a film that you can revisit - given the space to digest the symbols it contains. Lynch fans should be very pleased to get this in any of the available 1080P packages.

 

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ON THE DVD: Originally this was quite a dark film so its appearance on the transfer is accurate. Reports confirm a vast improvement over the pan and scan PAL version of this film on DVD. There are some artifacts noticeable in spots, I found the audio weak, but consistent. The DVD was originally supposed to have an uncompressed PCM soundtrack, but that got left off at the last minute in order to increase the PQ. I have been told the film should be watched with the sound set very loud as it was in most theatrical screenings.

 

Personally this production is not for me, but I understand the appeal of films like this for the Lynch fans in Region 1 who are quite happy to have this on their shelf.  I think the price is a bit gouging at $40.00 US. What is also gouging is the absolutely outrageous shipping charges he is asking - $20.00 US to ship to Canada via UPS which means another $15+ 'brokerage fee' plus Customs charges.

 

Why the "DVD 2000" text on the cover? - 2000 was the original scheduled release date of the DVD and all the packaging was printed up to reflect that. Lynch then nixed the release as he wasn't satisfied with the transfer and insisted that it be redone frame-by-frame...hence the 3-year delay. This is a pretty sharp DVD for film that costs $10,000 to make, no subtitles but a hell of an extra feature with Lynch talking about the film and some other memorabilia in a feature called "Stories", as well as an 18-page liner notes booklet.   out of     

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Distribution DavidLynch.com - Region 1 - NTSC Universal - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Criterion Collection Spine # 725

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray

Also available now from Amazon.com:

     

    

Available in the UK on June 4th, 2012, individually or as part of the David Lynch Boxset:

    

Already available in Germany and Italy on Blu-ray

  

 



 

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