Excerpt: Interzone here is a drug-induced construct to which the movie’s Burroughs-like protagonist Bill Lee (a superbly droll Peter Weller) flees, imagining himself as an agent dispatching reports while using homosexuality as his cover. This wildly metaphorical Interzone is where Bill Lee’s psyche confronts his sexual confusion and its role in his addiction and Joan’s death, and the anguish of writing about all of it.
Conclusion: Cronenberg's work is the kind that often requires viewers to go back and analyze again and again, and this Criterion edition is the perfect way to do that. 'Naked Lunch' may stand as one of the director's most impenetrable works, but it benefits greatly from its unique approach to a similarly dense literary effort that has endured for many decades.
Conclusion: Arguably David Cronenberg's best film, Naked Lunch is a bold and audacious mind-bender with a style to die for. Similar to the works of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Lech Majewski, it is virtually impossible to describe with simple words. It has to be experienced - and especially by those who appreciate creativity in cinema. Criterion's upcoming Blu-ray release allows one to experience the film at home in the best possible way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Conclusion: Bold, twisted, and confusing are only a few of the words one could use to describe Naked Lunch , arguably David Cronenberg's best film. It truly is quite unlike any other film ever made - it is a real mind-bender with a style to die for. Despite some minor flaws, this Italian Blu-ray release, courtesy of Eagle Pictures, looks quite good. Let's hope that Criterion will eventually upgrade their DVD release of the film in the U.S as well. RECOMMENDED.