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Eraserhead (1977)

Cast: Jack Nance
Director: David Lynch
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Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Cult, Horror, Independent, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 90 min.
Other Features: Collectors Edition, Stereo Sound, Digital Sound

At long last, David Lynch's first film, a classic of nightmarish, abstract filmmaking, is available on DVD. A complete enigma, it defies any easy categorization, remaining open to a vast array of theories and interpretations, seemingly having come straight from Lynch's subconscious to celluloid. This film may have changed the face of surrealism; it certainly thrust the name David Lynch into the face of world cinema.

The plot, such as it is: Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) leads an isolated and hopeless existence. He can't begin to comprehend the world that he finds himself in and his only comfort is in dreams. Henry imagines a planet and inside the planet is a man. The man in the planet (Jack Fisk) observes a sperm - which may have come out of Henry's mouth - and operates a series of levers which guide the sperm into a brightly lit pool of water on the surface of the planet.

It's a sickly, darkly funny movie full of twisted and unforgettable images. If ever a movie deserved "cult" status, this is it.

PLEASE NOTE: This DVD has been encoded at high data rates for optimum image and audio fidelity. To ensure proper performance and image reproduction, playback is recommended on hardware-based DVD players, such as stand-alone DVD machines, or computers with dedicated MPEG-2 decoders.

Because software-based DVD players are essentially emulating DVD playback, you may notice stuttering, drifting audio and video sync, image artifacting, and/or inaccurate gamma levels.

SPECS: 1.85:1 (Original Aspect Ratio); 48 kHz Dolby Digital Stereo.

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Blue Velvet
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Tales From the Gimli Hospital
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You thought Eraserhead was weird... this one's just plain ridiculous! Or brilliant

GreenCine Member Reviews

Eraserhead for photography heads by dhanna November 29, 2005 - 9:45 AM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This is a great film for anyone who has been involved with photography. The textures are wonderful, seem to jump off the screne. The history is inlightening also. Because of budget, Lynch and crew had to take what the could get for props, and this inhanced the creative process.

A nightmare - the best kind by kingdavid27 January 13, 2005 - 2:43 PM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is one of those films where you love it or you hate. Also, I think this film is like a difficult child that needs lots of love and attention. This film almost defies categorization - it's not horror, but there are some weirdly scary moments, it's not comedy, but some scenes will make you laugh. "Eraserhead" is the subject of many interpretations (found on the net, and elsewhere), but the only one that matters is yours. Imagine the familiar yet spooky syntax of a nightmare, let down your defenses, and you'll see one of the purests expressions of the subscious mind laid before you. A definite must.

Someone explain this movie to me?!?! by rmarkd November 13, 2004 - 1:52 AM PST
4 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Mulholland Drive is one of my favorite movies of all time. I loved the fact that, under all the weirdness, there is a theme to the movie. But Eraserhead? I don't think a better example of "WTF" exists, at least in my mind.

So, usually, reviews give a summary of the movie. Good luck. I have no idea what happened. Some guy with bad hair, a baby-chicken thing, sperm, a guy pulling levers.

This is a plea more than anything. If someone can explain this movie, please, please do! I'll give it another try, only because I loved Mulholland Drive so much, but I definitely need "Cliff's Notes" for this one.

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