Excerpt: Much has been made that the transfer used for this release is 10 years old. However, the transfer was made by Lynch himself so at least we what we have here is the intended look of the film. There are some tiny white specks that pop up once in a while but otherwise its a mighty fine looking image. Some of the photography looks soft at times but that was Lynchs and cinematographer Frederick Elmes intent. So keep that in mind.
Summary: Likeable road movie that ticks all the Lynchian boxes. Intelligent, offbeat, violent and visually pleasing. Unfortunately, it's also disjointed, episodic and the constant Wizard Of Oz references tend to grate after a while. The supporting cast is great, although Laura Dern isn't.
Summary: This is one of the more linear and accessible David Lynch films. That isn't to say it isn't a little strange, though, as Lynch crafts a world populated by exaggerated characters and darkly comedic action scenes. Nicolas Cage's over-acting actually works here and Willem Dafoe is effectively creepy as the lecherous villain.
Excerpt: I am into David Lynch movies, and this one is no exception - very fun to watch. PQ is terrible at times, though - graininess in some night time scenes makes them nearly unwatchable, and the master needs a clean-up as well. Detail is ok, and colors are actually quite good. AQ is merely ok, it seemed to me it has some problems with channel distribution.
If you can go without supplements, a solid release!
8 February 2011
Excerpt: I love how wild and unpredictable this film is. It's not as good as Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire or Lost Highway, but what a fun treat. The PQ has a vintage, film-like transfer due to the thick layer of grain and the audio is very strong. Pick it up if you've got someone from UK who can send it to you.
Excerpt: David Lynch movies are an acquired taste. You either love 'em or hate 'em. There is no way in between imo. I just love how each time he continues to amaze me. This movie just has a lot of craziness and crazy characters in it. Willem Dafoe simply has the best role in this movie. ;-) I saw this movie just when the blu was released for the first time so I have no way to compare sound and picture to previous DVD releases.
Summary: I always think, that Lynch is overrated. But this movie is one of the best, which I saw. Cinematography like in soap-opera... but the story, however seems to be a traditional romance, is sick. Lynch's way of sickness... This movie I can call "However": 1. However I don't like Lynch, I love this movie: it's very intresting... 2. However I think that Cage is terrible, in THIS movie he created a great role... Ok, best to see in company.
Summary: Usually lynch is quite difficult. Well, in my opinion. But Wild at heart is not impossible to understand, yet it still has many "lynch-elements". Wild story about young love, violence, fear and weird thoughts.
Conclusion: Road movie, twisted love story, insane homage to Wizard of Oz - Lynch's vision is a masterwork of pure genius. As Sailor and Lula, lovers on the run on a road trip from hell, Cage and Dern are superb (yep, there was a time when Cage was cool) but it's Diane Ladd (Derns real mother) who steals the show with a scene chewing performance of a lifetime - worth watching for alone. Sexy, violent, hilarious, shocking, visually stunning and ultimately breathtaking.