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David Lynch: The Art Life [Blu-ray]
(Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Criterion Collection Spine #895
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,146,517,872 bytes
Feature Size: 27,027,437,568 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.79 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: September 26th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2774 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2774 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
• New interview with codirector Jon Nguyen (16:24)
• Trailer (1:48)
• PLUS: A new essay by critic Dennis Lim
Description: A rare glimpse into the mind of one of cinema’s most enigmatic visionaries, David Lynch: The Art Life offers an absorbing portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From his secluded home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past, from his boyhood to his experiences at art school to the beginnings of his filmmaking career—in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies. This remarkable documentary by Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm travels back to Lynch’s early years as a painter and director drawn to the phantasmagoric, while also illuminating his enduring commitment to what he calls “the art life”: “You drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, and you paint, and that’s it.”
David Lynch had a near-perfect childhood: an idyll of
picket-fence tranquillity; loving parents who hardly exchanged a cross
word. There’s no deep-rooted trauma to explain his art, with its
insatiable spelunking into American nightmares. You can’t use Freud to
Lynch's account of his memories ends when his career as one of the
world's greatest directors begins - with
Eraserhead. We get to watch Lynch work on a sculpture, sit and
smoke, or interact with his toddler daughter Lula in the present. Family
photos and home movies light up the past. His mother refused to give
little David colouring books, so as to not restrict his creativity. "She
was warm but not demonstrative," he describes her.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
David Lynch: The Art Life looks a strong replication of its HD source transferred to Blu-ray by Criterion. There really is nothing to go wrong with the modern footage of Lynch, smoking, creating - and the old footage from 16mm and vintage photos looks authentically grainy - damage intact. Colors are bright and deep - contrast excellent. The art shown is fascinating. This dual-layered Blu-ray, with max'ed out bitrate, reproduced a flawless 1080P presentation.
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Criterion use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround (24-bit) but there are few separations - being mostly dialogue/narration driven. The music in the documentary is credited to Jonatan Bengta, and we can also hear David Lynch and Dean Hurley performing their own compositions of I Have a Radio, The Night Bell With Lightning and Sparkle Lounge Blues. It plays well with the film. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.
David Lynch: the Art of Life co-director Jon Nguyuen first collaborated with David Lynch on Lynch (2007), an intimate portrait of the filmmaker as he completed Inland Empire. In the included interview, shot for Criterion in March 2017, Nguyuen discusses the origins of this, their subsequent project together, the unique access his team had, and the challenges they faced in constructing the film. It runs just over 1/4 an hour. There is also a trailer and the package has a liner notes booklet with a new essay by critic Dennis Lim.
September 6th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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