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Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highway. The successful jazz musician whose marriage is on the rocks… The man in black who threatens to expose him… The young mechanic with links to a powerful mobster… The mobster's moll, who knows what she wants and the people who can get it for her. These are the riders on the Lost Highway, trapped in their worlds of desire, destiny, and unknown destination, where the truth is always just a short way further down the road. Featuring a star-studded soundtrack and an incredible cast including Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Patricia Arquette (Medium), Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake and Robert Loggia, Lost Highway is a powerful, sensual and extraordinary movie experience from renowned director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks).
Plot is a meaningless term when trying to describe Lost Highway. Here, more or less, is what happens: A noise-jazz saxophonist (Bill Pullman) suspects his wife (Patricia Arquette) of infidelity. Meanwhile, someone is breaking into their house and videotaping them while they sleep. The wife is murdered and Pullman is convicted of the crime. Then, in prison, he transmogrifies into a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty) who is subsequently released, since, after all, he's not the guy they convicted. Getty goes back to his life and meets a local gangster's moll, who happens to be played by Patricia Arquette... but none of this has much to do with what the movie is really about. Dreams are what intrigues director David Lynch. Not friendly, happy dreams; his dreams whisper that what we think is real is just something we made up, something to keep ourselves from falling into chaos. Characters are fragments. Events happen not because they make sense, but because deep down we want these things to happen. Of course, in Lynch's dreams, as in our waking lives, getting what we want is not always pleasant. In the movie's best moments, you really have no idea what you're seeing. The screen is a big rectangle of color and shadow, but what it represents, well, it could be anything. And yet, in those moments, you've been given just enough hints of place, character, and story that these elusive images elicit a genuine dread, a sense that you might not want to see this, yet you can't look away; a sense that we are living on borrowed time, that something is fiercely askew in our psyches. As a whole, Lost Highway is a failure: much of it is padded, gratuitous, and indulgent and pointless cameos bog down an already sluggish narrative. Yet within that failure are moments worth more than the entirety of most successful movies. --Bret Fetzer
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.57 Ounces
- Item model number : MHV62102337DVD
- Director : David Lynch
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 25 minutes
- Release date : March 25, 2008
- Actors : Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake, Natasha Gregson Wagner
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French, English
- Producers : Deepak Nayar, Tom Sternberg, Mary Sweeney
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001152TL6
- Writers : David Lynch, Barry Gifford
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Klaus Heimlin on June 25, 2019
By nortageM on January 10, 2019
The movie itself is mind-boggling. Like other David Lynch's movies, you must view it in psychological terms. Realism and surrealism are perfectly intertwined so it becomes difficult to separate them and make sense of the events. But if you watch it a few times, you will start to see how they are structured. You can also Google the movie and there a few websites that provide very deep and accurate analysis of the movie.
I think Lost Highway is easier to understand then people think.
In interviews with David Lynch, he talks about the OJ Simpson murder case, how, in his mind, OJ was indeed guilty, and what he must have to create in his mind to live a normal life after such a violent and horrific act.
Lynch also said, the film is “very much about psychogenic fugue” (now known as Dissociative fugue).
So, taking what Lynch said, and reading about the symptoms of Dissociative fugue, I have come up with my own interpratation of the movie.
The first shot we see, is Fred Madison’s (Bill Pullman) fugue (Latin for ‘flight’) as he drives the dark highway. The film has begun even as the credits roll, and Fred has already killed his wife and lover.
The entire film, save for the opening shot, and last scene where the cops have caught on, and are in hot pursuit, is happening in his mind.
The video images represent reality, something Fred wants to escape from; they show the evidence of his guilt. Fred re-interprets reality and invents identities. He wants to remember the events the way he likes to, “not necessarily the way it happened”.
All of this, the whole story in the film, is taking place in Fred’s mind, as he flees the scene in his car.
Fred is in a fugue state, until he slowly realizes, bit by bit, that he really did kill and dismember his wife.
So in the last scene, Fred is caught, and being chased by police, in real time. Fred’s fugue state ends in him completely freaking out, he is a monster, he can no longer escape into his idyllic ‘Pete’ fantasy.
The last shot is the total mental breakdown of Fred’s mind.
Anyway, until something better comes along, that’s how I read Lost Highway. It’s actually less complex then I thought on my first viewing.
UNFORTUNATELY this disc is a big disappointment. The sound and video are not the best. In fact I seem to remember the old VHS copies of this movie having better sound and clearer picture. There are no features on this disc whatsoever, which in my opinion is a sad waste since there is plenty of talent in front and behind the screen. The music in this film is incredible, from the ambient sounds, great classic hits as well as the birth of one of the best NIN songs ever: the perfect drug.
Well, I'm done babbling now.
If you love the movie and that's all you need then get the disc. If you were hoping for anything else regarding the creation of the movie than skip it.
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It begins creepily with a couple, Fred (Bill Pullman) and Renee (Patricia Arquette) being sent a videotape of somebody filming the exterior of their home. As more tapes arrive over time, they begin to reveal that whoever is filming has managed to enter their home. But there has been no forced entry, so who is responsible? Amidst this situation, Fred has his suspicions about the fidelity of his wife, but they are just suspicions, and his resignation and repressed feelings prevent any meaningful confrontation. Then one dark night.......
This, as it turns out is only the beginning of a nightmare where reality is in question, and the answers, if any, are sometimes undefinable. There are many twists and turns, but strangely enough there is a demented logic to it all. Have I witnessed the delusions of a man suffering from schizophrenia or diassaociative personality disorder? Is it all a bad dream or is it a never ending loop of one man’s hell? The viewer can decide this for themselves.
A strange, beguiling, intriguing and seductive film and one of my three favourite David Lynch films; the other two being Eraserhead and Blue Velvet. It looks great, sounds great, and is still a fascinating ride into the darkest depths of the subconscious.
The Blu ray transfer looks great, but I have deducted one star because of a lack of extras that are actually related to the film itself. The dvd release from cinema club did that at the very least. However, there are 4 short audio/visual experiments, and 6 short films that will please Lynch completists.
Enjoy the ride!
Obvious its not your average dark noir fare, there's bits of Quentin Tarantino and sometimes even a near music video but the story line is always foremost in your mind. Some might think its hard to understand but its all there and like a Picasso, you just have to look from the right angle and its a pure masterpiece.
If it was not Lynch, I would rate this movie 2 star maximum.
Watch the movie, free your emotions for a while, then have a shower and come back to reality. And if you are not convinced by this, stay away from "Inland empire".