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David Lynch

Collection of highly sourght-after David Lynch shorts, including his first works.

A must-see for fans of the legendary filmmaker David Lynch, this collecton features six short films from the master of the macabre. Spanning the director's career, from early experiments to more fully realized visions, this disc contains the shorts "Six Men Getting Sick", "The Alphabet", "The Grandmother" "The Amputee", The Cowboy and the Frenchman" and "Lumiere". Each film is preceded by an introduction from the director.

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  • Actors: Dorothy McGinnis, Peggy Lynch, Richard White, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Writers: David Lynch
  • Producers: David Lynch, Arash Ayrom, H. Barton Wasserman
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Absurda/Ryko
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQM2WQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Short Films of David Lynch" on IMDb

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150 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Garry Messick on December 16, 2005
Format: DVD
This collection of David Lynch's short films was originally only available through his Web site. This new edition is reportedly the same disc with different packaging (it lacks the oversized box and booklet of the first version), but it's considerably cheaper. You can watch each film with or without an introduction by Lynch. The films are:

SIX MEN GETTING SICK - This animated one-minute movie was Lynch's very first film. It was originally part of a multi-media piece and was projected over a sculpture on a continuously running loop. The title is an accurate description of the film, as several human heads become inflamed, catch fire, and vomit copiously. It's worth noting that, while 99.9% of movie directors become filmmakers because they're into films, Lynch came to filmmaking purely as an extension of his painting, and was never a movie buff. I think that simple fact goes a long way in explaining Lynch's originality as a director.

THE ALPHABET - A combination of animation and live action, this approximately 5-minute film is "about the fear of learning," according to Lynch. The soundtrack consists of children repeatedly chanting the alphabet, while animated letters seem to excrete and procreate and a woman in white-face cowers in a bed and eventually vomits blood (vomiting figures strongly in Lynch's early film work). It's a concentrated and eerie piece of surrealism.

THE GRANDMOTHER - A lonely, abused boy grows a grandmother from a seed in this, Lynch's first attempt at narrative (of a sort). There's some animation, but live action dominates. It's crudely made in comparison to his first feature, Eraserhead, but it's clearly the product of the same singular artistic vision.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lange. VINE VOICE on December 14, 2008
Format: DVD
What is it about old short films with grain, textures, and lo-fi sounds that make it so haunting?

I've never quite been able to state whether I love David Lynch's work or hate it. But I can't deny that he's always been intriguing. These films are quite frightening and yes, of course they're bizarre and strange. As I mentioned, the textures, the contrast, the audio, the characters and stories... all the elements combine to produce some really amazing and beautiful work. You'll get basically nothing as far as the traditional narrative here, but there is so much more to work with. If you're familiar at all with the Brothers Quay, this would be a definite buy for you.

Of the Lynch features I've seen, I'd probably say that "Eraserhead" and "Inland Empire" are the most comparable to the short films on this disc. Take it for what it's worth, could be good or bad. I think that his early work embraces the experimental, and he capitalizes on the fact he is working with a short film, not a feature. I really love these pieces, having previously only seen "Luminere"

I will assume that most people at least have some idea of what David Lynch can be like... so take that into account if buying this collection. I think the films are great, but they're definitely not for everybody. One huge attribute to this collection is the short intros given by the director before each film (option to watch with or without)

& Peggy singing the alphabet is going to give me nightmares for weeks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell E. on February 20, 2007
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The films themselves are simple, odd and fun to watch; but the commentary by David Lynch is amaaaaaaaazing. Slow and intensely weird while at the same time, somehow, warm and educational. Lynch doesn't hold back about his beginnings, rambling on in his nostalgia. He's one of those people who make you think, "How can he be so serious about what he does?" And then, you realize, you've just been thoroughly entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Metri Filippo on January 2, 2008
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David Lynch is my favorite director of all times. He stands on top, side by side with Stanley Kubrick, in my opinion. I've been watching his films over and over again since I was 16 and it's always a new experience. Every single time I discover new meanings, new interpretations, new compelling details, which is wonderful but also frustrating, in a way: when I think I'm pretty close to fully understand his art, I have to re-think it all.
But "The Short Films" came as a fundamental help to my efforts. There is where it all began and there I found the seeds (it's funny to see how the seeds are a constant in his early works, from "The Alphabet" to "Eraserhead") of his unique art.
The DVD includes the following works:

-- Six Men getting sick
-- The Alphabet
-- The Grandmother
-- The Amputee
-- The Cowboy and the Frenchman
-- Lumiere

I can see clearly a path connecting the first three films. In the odd "film painting" of the Six Men Lynch establishes one of his staple subjects: the birth/generation (the life!) as a sickness; then he depicts learning as a traumatic experience in "The Alphabet" and finally ends this unorthodox trilogy with that "nightmare of growing" called "The Grandmother".
"The Grandmother" is definitely a complete film and his first, disturbing masterpiece: I think this alone is worth the price of the DVD, an absolute must-see.
The remaining three works are less interesting. I see in them more mannerism and less significance, while "The cowboy and the Frenchman" is fun (thanks to Harry Dean Stanton!) and very reminiscent of the humour of "Twin Peaks".
I would have enjoyed some extras, but now my Lynch collection is complete and I'm very glad of my purchase.
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