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The Short Films of David Lynch (2002)

Dorothy McGinnis , Richard White , David Lynch  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick, Catherine E. Coulson
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQM2WQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Short Films of David Lynch" on IMDb

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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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148 of 150 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little-seen Lynch December 16, 2005
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Like It Sick - Times Six May 11, 2006
If you're a Lynch devotee, a student of the relationship between fine art and film, or you just like to stroll the docks late at night hoping to get beaten up, this is must viewing for you. The Short Films Of David Lynch showcases the celebrated eccentric's earliest efforts, some of which are only a few minutes long. Not only are they spellbinding, his commentary on them is as interesting as the subjects themselves. Watching these pieces, and they deserve repeated viewing, resolves the two most persistent questions about David Lynch. The first question is: Is David Lynch really as sick and perverse as he seems to be or has he cloaked himself in a mantle of depravity because such an affectation is considered hip in the art world?

After watching "Six Men Getting Sick" - six times in a row, you will have your answer. The Grandmother is equally grotesque and horrifying, foreshadowing the revulsion soon to come in his unforgettable Eraserhead. The Amputee is not really much different from many Monty Python sketches you've seen, except that the delivery is so deadpan as to be unpleasant if not twisted. Most illuminating of all, with respect to films made years later, is The Cowboy And The Frenchman - a frothy concoction of existential surrealism that dances between delightful absurdity and annoying stupidity with effortless ease. It has all the content of a Samuel Beckett novel.

Which brings us to the second question about David Lynch. Are his films pointless by design; is he completely uninterested in creating real characters and putting them in situations that have meaning?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares! December 14, 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting experiments, but only for the hardcore fans.
Some of the films had interesting moments that I enjoyed, and I can see how this would complete the collection of any hardcore Lynch fan, but personally I was disinterested in the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Joe Finsternis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 28 days ago by jwright
5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful missing piece
There's obviously more that could have been included like his other documentaries, but in any case when it comes to his short films & his recollection of them this is excellent. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Daniel R. Kirkman
1.0 out of 5 stars Rating applies to packaging only
The DVD came in a clam shell box that had some sort of little red square plastic lock on it with only the words "Red Tag" on it. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by Tom Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars The great, the good, the decent, and the not-so-good
"The Short Films of David Lynch" compiles six of David Lynch's short films. Two were made while Lynch was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Read more
Published on November 10, 2010 by Tom Benton
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Deer.
Lumiere alone is a great example of pre-production & execution of an idea within the narrowest of constraints.
Published on November 9, 2010 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for "The Grandmother".
I'm a huge fan of SOME of David Lynch's work, and these films showcase him both at his most artistic and his most annoying. Read more
Published on June 23, 2010 by C.J. Hustwick
4.0 out of 5 stars For the obsessive Lynch fanatique.
Buy it if only for the Lumiere short, which in one minute creates more intrigue than most two hour bores.
Published on January 11, 2009 by Joel Dahmen
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa!
This is some pretty cool stuff by David Lynch. While I haven't been able to see Blue Velvet (already a contender to be one of my favorite movies, but I have to see it) or... Read more
Published on August 9, 2008 by Private Quentin Tarantino Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars That's how it began
David Lynch is my favorite director of all times. He stands on top, side by side with Stanley Kubrick, in my opinion. Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by Metri Filippo
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