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A magikael, fairy dusted ride through the darkest realms of our collective imaginations. Terrifying!
Though Inland Empire's three hours of befuddling abstraction could try the patience of the most devoted David Lynch fan, its aim to reinvigorate the Lynch-ian symbolic order is ambitious, not to mention visually arresting. The director's archetypes recognizable from previous movies once again construct the film's inherent logic, but with a new twist. Sets vibrate between the contemporary and a 1950s alternate universe crammed with dim lamps, long hallways, mysterious doors, sparsely furnished rooms and, this time, a vortex/apartment/sitcom set where rabbit-masked humans dwell, and a Polish town where women are abused and killed. Instead of speaking backwards, mystic soothsayers and criminals speak Polish. Filmed on video, the film's look has the sinister, frightening feel of a Mark Savage film or a bootlegged snuff movie. Constant close-ups, both in and out of focus, make Inland Empire feel as if a stalker covertly filmed it. A straightforward, hokey plot unravels during the first third of Inland Empire to ground the viewer before a dive off the deep end. Actor Nikki Grace (Laura Dern) is cast as Susan Blue, an adulterous white trash Southerner, in a film that mimics too closely her actual life with an overbearingly jealous and dangerous husband. When Nikki and co-star Devon (Justin Theroux) learn that the cursed film project was earlier abandoned when its stars were murdered, the pair lose their grasp of reality. Nikki suffers a schizophrenic identity switch to Sue that lasts until nearly the film's end. Suspense builds as Nikki's alter ego sleuths her way through surreal situations to discover her killer, culminating in Sue's gnarly death on set. Sue's actions drag on because any sign of a narrative thread disappears due to idiosyncratic editing. Nonsensical scenes still captivate, however, such as when Sue stumbles onto the soundstage where she finds Nikki (herself) rehearsing for Sue's part. In this meta-film about identity slippage, Dern's multiple characters remind one of how a victim can become the hunter in their fight for survival. Lynch's portrayal of Nikki/Sue's increasing paranoia is, in its own confusion, utterly realistic. Laura Dern has created her own Lady Macbeth, undone by her guilt over infidelity. Even though Inland Empire is too long and too random, Laura Dern's performance coupled with Lynch's video experiments make it magical. --Trinie Dalton
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- 90 minutes of Deleted Scenes.
- Includes the short film "Ballerina".
- Lynch 2 (behind the scenes of INLAND EMPIRE with David Lynch).
- Talks with David Lynch and Laura Dern.
- More Things That Happened (Additional Character Experiences).
- Theatrical Trailers (3).
- Stills Gallery (73 Photos).
- David Lynch cooks Quinoa.
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I was worried/concerned about the ability to play the blu ray on my Sony player because of 'multiple regions' and most importantly the ability to use subtitles.
Can happily report the chinese version (american seller) works great in my Sony. You can set the english subtitles on or off, choose main language, etc...all work perfectly. subtitles work during entire movie, not just the polish parts which is what i wanted.
I only have a region one player, no issues.
Again, english subtitles work great, it plays, it even has 6 chapter stops which i think is a first for me and films by Lynch.
All info on jewel case is Chinese, all menu items are as well...but its quite easy to see how to switch to english.
No extras, just fyi...pretty straightforward.
Very, very happy and relieved.
I could not find much info online about this blu ray and glad i took a chance, hope this helps someone.
In short, two things make this film 'hard' to watch, both of which depend upon the viewer: 1. the thematic, emotional, and visual darkness of the film. 2. the realities within realities within realities. But it's like I wrote about Eraserhead: Lynch is by far the closest thing we've got to a filmaker-poet since Cocteau precisely because he is willing to make the conception of a cohesive plot (narrative) impossible. This is definitely a masterpiece for me, even amongst the other works of Lynch. In a away I'm not surprised about the negative responses. But I'm just as surprised that the audience that was glad to be horrified and removed from the mundane by virtue of shifting realities in Eraserhead, the film upon which Lynch was able to build a career, cannot accept an equally ambitious (and ambiguous) and daring film. One thing that's missing: where are the people that are really excited about this film? I'm sure there are some, but I haven't met any. Some fans haven't even bothered to watch it.
I think Mulholland was way better and just like Mulholland, their was no chapter selection so i had to scan through until i got back to where i stopped last. I bought this movie online so i got a different version of it, cover wise and stuff. The back of it has no synopis but when you think about..... what could they say?