February 2001 News

Wednesday, February 27, 2002 (updated)

Blue Velvet SE DVD street date

DVDfile had this tidbit this morning on MGM's upcoming Blue Velvet DVD: "...and now a 6/4 release date for a new special edition of Blue Velvet, courtesy of MGM Home Entertainment. Presented in 2.35;1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1, extras include an all-new "Mysteries Of Love" documentary featuring rare interviews with David Lynch, Isabella Rossellini and Kyle MacLachlan, the "Are You A Pervert?" deleted scenes featurette, a still gallery, a "Siskel & Ebert" critical review of the film, and trailers. Retail is only $24.95. "

Mulholland cleans up in Chicago

(Chicago Daily Herald) By Pam DeFiglio Daily Herald Staff Writer
"Mulholland Drive" emerged as the favorite at the Chicago Film Critics Awards, earning three honors Monday at the Goodman Theatre.
Director David Lynch's quirky drama won Best Picture and Best Director, and British actress Naomi Watts won Best Actress for her work in the film. The dark and murky mystery tale did much better with Windy City film critics than with Hollywood types, who gave it only one Academy Award nomination, for best director.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," a major Oscar contender with 13 nominations, won the Chicago critics' Best Cinematography and Best Original Score awards.
The only other film to win more than one award was the French charmer "Amelie." It won in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and its star, Audrey Tautou, was voted Most Promising Performer.
Gene Hackman won Best Actor for his role as the father in "The Royal Tenenbaums," while Steve Buscemi captured Best Supporting Actor for his work as record collector Seymour in "Ghost World." Cameron Diaz took Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tom Cruise's crazed lover in "Vanilla Sky."
Screenwriter Dana Olsen, who wrote the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy "The 'Burbs," hosted the ceremony, serenading attendees with a one-man musical number. Actor William Devane, who has appeared in scores of movies and TV shows dating back to the 1960s, joined Olsen to announce the winners.
Actor Brian Dennehy received the Commitment to Chicago award and a 17-minute video tribute. Dennehy is making one of his many Goodman stage appearances in "Long Day's Journey into Night."
Each winner will receive the Chicago Flame award. European crystal master Josef Puehringer redesigned the award for 2002 to incorporate a base featuring a Chicago skyline topped with a brilliant diamond-cut crystal.

FWWM Deleted Scenes redux

Since New Line dropped the ball on getting the deleted scenes on their DVD release, there's now a movement afoot to get the scenes on MK2's upcoming French release. This is probably the last chance we'll get to see the deleted scenes on DVD, so it certainly can't hurt to drop them an email at dvd@mk2.com, or write to them at the following address:
Médias & Régies Interactive
c/o Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Deleted Scenes
133 avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008 Paris
If you are writing to them from outside France, be sure to mention that you will be willing to import a copy of the disc if it contains the deleted scenes. And as always, keep it polite. You can get more details on the FWWM deleted scenes movement here.

Mulholland wins one BAFTA

Congrulations to Mary Sweeney for winning Mulholland Drive's one and only award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for editing. Angelo Badalamenti was also nominated for achievement in music, but unfortunately lost.
Thanks to Martin Hayes for the info.

FWWM DVD review

Here's a fairly clueless review of the Fire Walk With Me DVD from dvdjournal.com.

Mulholland release date in Israel

Mulholland drive will be released in Israel on March 7th, 2002.
Thanks to Yaron for the info.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Mulholland weekend box office

Mulholland Drive took in $61,830 this past weekend in 54 theaters. This brings it's 20 week total to $6,866,428.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

LynchNet review of FWWM DVD

You can read our review of New Line's new FWWM DVD here. It's a great disc once you get past the lack of deleted scenes.

The DavidLynch.com store back up!

The store at davidlynch.com is back up and running. Everything is available now except the Eraserhead DVD and Eraserhead pin. You can visit the store here.

Julee Cruise performs at Twin Peaks Festival 2002

Julee Cruise will be appearing live at this year's Twin Peaks Fest. Other confirmed guests include Michael Anderson, Frances Bay, Richard Beymer, Catherine Coulson, Jan D'Arcy, Don Davis, Andrea Hays, Chris Mulkey, Kimmy Robertson, Charlotte Stewart and Russ Tamblyn. Sounds like this is going to be a good one, so check it out at www.twinpeaksfestival.com. If you buy your tickets before February 24 you'll save $15.

Mulholland weekend box office

Mulholland Drive took in just $93,525 this past weekend in 55 theaters, bringing it's 19 week box office total to $6,780,398.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Fox News Story on Lynch
Fox news' website had the following story on Lynch yesterday:

David Lynch Woos Famed British Singer
Mulholland Drive director David Lynch has set his sights on a new collaborator: powerhouse British chanteuse Julia Fordham. On Friday night, Lynch commanded a table at Los Angeles's Knitting Factory to watch the beauteous Fordham perform her hits, including "Happy Ever After" and "Lock and Key."
Lynch, who's worked mostly with New Jersey composer Angelo Badalamenti, sought Fordham out and asked her to write some music for his next film.
Meanwhile, Fordham and L.A.-based manager Lori Leve are busy shopping Fordham's new CD, Concrete Love, to record companies.
The album — which I've heard and is absolutely spectacular — was supposed to be released last year on Atlantic's Division One label. It was produced by Joni Mitchell's former husband and producer Larry Klein. But the label folded before the CD could come out, and now Leve is fielding offers from several others.
Whichever label picks Fordham up will have an automatic Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance, Female next year. Fordham recently performed at the Sundance Film Festival to sold out audiences at the Sundance Café.
If you haven't heard Fordham's incredible instrument of a voice, she sounds like the love child of Joan Armatrading and Nina Simone. You can meantime order her solo albums from amazon or cdnow.com. Entertainment Weekly called her 1997 album East West "a chilling tour de force."

Hong Kong Lost Highway DVD

Several people have emailed about the no region Lost Highway DVDs that are starting to pop up on ebay. These discs are full frame, and thus are not worth your time or money. Secondly, you never know if on anything out of Hong Kong if it's legit or not. I'd be willing to bet these are bootlegs from the Canadian release. The short of it is, you should just save your money for USA Home Video's release later this year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

FWWM deleted scenes on French DVD redux

Dark Horizons has a story (based on a store from Moviehole.net) about the possible inclusion of the deleted scenes on the French Fire Walk With Me DVD, as was reported here a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, Dark Horizons has been wrong on pretty much every piece of Lynch info they've posted that I've ever seen. Here's the story:
"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (DVD): Good news for David Lynch fans, especially for Europeans or those who just LOVE to import (and can play PAL). Moviehole reports that the Region 2 French DVD version of the movie-followup to the TP series WILL contain the deleted scenes that are not in the upcoming US R1 edition (despite months of arguments and pressure to include them). The company MK2 is responsible for the R2 inclusion, they've been working on the disc for some time and have satisfied everyone in regards to film rights and usage over the footage. Its still early stages though with the disc not due out till September."
What Dark Horizons leaves out of the original story is the statement "According to the editor, the project is still in the preliminary phase of discussion of the specifications and extras." This means no decision has been made yet on the deleted scenes. MK2 wants to include them, but there may be factor's that prevent them from doing so. So, as with any DVD release, don't get your hopes up until the final specs are announced.

Moviehole Gary Bullock interview

Moviehole.net has an interview with Gary Bullock, Sherrif Cable in Fire Walk With Me. You can read the interview here. And for the last time, no the cut of FWWM shown at Cannes was not 3 Hours and 40 mins long, and the existing theatrical version of FWWM is Lynch's final director's cut. He dropped some scenes to get it down to a reasonable length, but the cut you own now is his final cut.

Monday, February 18, 2002

Mulholland Internet Movie Awards nominations

Mulholland Drive" had received 7 nominations in the Internet Movie Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Soundtrack or Musical Score, Best Screenplay, Best Internet Marketing and Breakthrough Performance for Naomi Watts. The voting is now open at http://ima.the-trades.com.
Thanks to Chris Faile for the info.

DVDfile on Lost Highway DVD

DVDfile has confirmed what was reported in the news section here last week, that USA Home Video will be releasing Lost Highway later this year and that MVD doesn't have the rights to do so. Considering that their LD DVD is pan and scan, it's no loss that MVD's release was canceled. Here's the bit from dvdfile:
"Also just in is more clarification on what's up with David Lynch's Lost Highway, still a no-show as a Region 1 DVD. Last week, some retailers received information that Music Video Distributors would be releasing a Region 1 DVD version this coming March, but the release was quickly KO'd in a matter of days. We received a follow-up from MVD that the release is indeed canceled, as well as more information from USA Home Entertainment, who is the current rights holder to the title in the United States. According to USA, MVD was planning on releasing a domestic edition of the current Canadian release of the title (presented in full frame and without supplements) but USA's current rights prevents such a release, and the studio will be currently releasing their own special edition this fall. Watch for more details on that release to follow later this year..."

Information on Lynch photos at the davidlynch.com store

Those of you lucky enough to get to check out the davidlynch.com store before it went down got to see the original Lynch photo prints that were for sale. The site said to email for pricing and availability. Here's the info on them. They are $1000 USD each. The photo's are limited edition, on 11 X 14 fiber based silver gelatin prints, printed full frame on 5K fiber paper.

Lynch prints from Tandem Press

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Tandem Press has published a large, copiously illustrated catalogue of The Prints of David Lynch. The book is a monograph which features reproductions of the 118 monotypes, edition prints and photogravures Lynch created during three separate visits to Tandem from 1997 to 1999. You can read more about it here. The catalogue is $25, plus $5 for shipping and handling. Send a check or money order to:
Tandem Press
201 South Dickinson Street
Madison, WI 53703

FWWM DVDs shipping from Amazon

Amazon.com has started shipping Fire Walk With Me DVDs to people who've preordered them. Most of the ones that are shipping now seem to be to people who only had one item in their order. If you haven't preordered yours yet, you can still do so here.

Friday, February 15, 2002

Mulholland Drive VHS/DVD press release

Universal Studios Home Video Announces
Academy Award Nomination - "Best Director"

The Most Acclaimed Film of the Year Cruises to DVD and VHS April 9, 2002
Universal City, California, February 14 2002 - Hailed by over a 150 critics as one of the "Top 10 Best Films" of the year and an Academy Award nominee for "Best Director", the erotically-charged thriller, Mulholland Drive, cruises onto DVD for $24.95 MAP and VHS rental on April 9, 2002. Order close is March 5 for the DVD and March 19 for the VHS.
Mulholland Drive was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards including "Best Picture - Drama", "Best Director," "Best Screenplay" and "Best Original Score" and voted "Best Picture" by the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Other accolades include "Best Director" for the inimitable David Lynch by the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, Screen International and at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Naomi Watt's star turn was also selected as "Breakthrough Performance of the Year" by the National Board of Review.
Written and directed by David Lynch, Mulholland Drive features some of the year's freshest, most unpredictable performances by newcomers Watts, Justin Theroux (Zoolander), and Laura Elena-Harring (Little Nicky). Veteran stars Ann Miller, Robert Forster, and Lee Grant co-star, adding a touch of Hollywood mystique to one of the most original and unusual films of the year.
Called "Hypnotic" by Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, "A maniacal thrill!" by the New York Times and "Dangerous and addictive" by the L.A. Daily News, Mulholland Drive has impressed film reviewers and audiences alike, becoming one of the most talked-about, sensual and controversial films of the year, filled with baffling surprises and unforgettable dreamlike images. As Peter Travers, Rolling Stone writes: "There's nothing like this baby anywhere! This sinful pleasure is a fresh triumph for Lynch, and one of the best films of the year. Visionary daring, swooning eroticism and colors that pop like a whore's lip gloss!"...
Further information can be found at www.mulhollanddrive.com. There will be a 45-day Pay Per View window.
Along Mulholland Drive, nothing is what it seems. In this complex tale of mystery and suspense, set in the unreal universe of Los Angeles, writer/director David Lynch explores the city's schizophrenic nature, an uneasy blend of innocence and corruption, love and loneliness, beauty and depravity, sensibility and sexuality. Lynch skillfully constructs a mesmerizing puzzle, propelling us through a mysterious labyrinth of sensual experiences until we arrive at the intersection where dreams and nightmares meet.
Writer/Director: David Lynch
Producer/Editor: Mary Sweeney
Producer: Alain Sarde, Neal Edelstein, Michael Polaire, Tony Krantz
Executive Producer: Pierre Edelman
Cinematographer: Peter Deming
Production Designer: Jack Fisk
Composer: Angelo Badalamenti
Cast: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena-Harring, Ann Miller, Dan Hedaya, Robert Forster, Mark Pellegrino, Brent Briscoe
Street Date: April 9, 2002
Order Close: March 19, 2002
Copyright: © 2001 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Rating: R (for violence, language and some strong sexuality)
Suggested Retail Price: None
Selection Number: 89736
Running Time: 2 hrs, 27 min
Technical Information: VHS / Color / Digital Stereo Surround HiFi / CC
Street Date: April 9, 2002
Order Close: March 5, 2002
Copyright: © 2001 Universal Focus. All Rights Reserved.
Rating: R (for violence, language and some strong sexuality)
MAP: $24.95
Selection Number: 21780
Running Time: 2 hrs, 27 min
Language: English 5.1 Surround DTS, Captioned; French & Spanish Subtitled
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Layers: Dual
Pre-order Mulholland Drive on DVD from Amazon.com here!

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Thursday, February 14, 2002

Dune DVD price drop

Universal Studios Home Video will drop the price on the DVD of Dune to a MAP of $14.95 on May 7, 2002.

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Eclectic DVD and Lost Highway

DVDfile has a story reporting that Eclectic DVD announced a disc of Lost Highway, then pulled it. USA Home Video is the only company that has the rights to Lost Highway on DVD in the US. If Eclectic thought they were going to put one out, they must have been smoking something pretty good. To recape the LH DVD news from the 8th of this month, USA Home Video will be releasing Lost Highway sometime this year on DVD as a special edition. No word yet on extras, but the new HD transfer is finished.

Jennifer Lynch

Jennifer Lynch is apparently going in for back surgery today. We here at LynchNet wish her well and hope for a speedy recovery.

Wild Strawberries

If I can take a moment out from Lynch news, I'd like to suggest everyone go out and pick up Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, which Criterion released on DVD yesterday. It's one of my personal favorite non-Lynch films, and I think it's one people who like Lynch's work might enjoy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Lynch nominated for Academy Award

Mulholland Drive only received one Oscar nomination, David Lynch for best Directing. Unfortunately, that prick Altman is going to win it, but as the saying goes, it's an honor just to be nominated. Here's the official page for it at the Oscars site.

Mulholland weekend box office

Mulholland Drive took in $73,485 in 71 theaters, bringing it's 18 week total to $6,649,583.

Davidlynch.com store down

The store at davidlynch.com was up for a while yesterday morning, but it looks like it went back down. Apparently there were some issues with cookies and other things. I was able to get an order to sort of go though before the store went down, but my card was never charged and my confirmation email was garbled. Oh well. They'll probably have things worked out in the next couple of days. Be sure to check out yesterday's news update for a list of everything you can find at the store. The chicken shit poster will be worth the wait alone.

Official Mulholland Drive DVD specs.

Mulholland Drive
ID: UNI21780DVD - $32.98 - R
UPC: 025192178023 - 147 min. - 2001
Preorder: 2/26/2002 - Universal
Street: 4/9/2002 - Mystery/Suspense
16x9 - 1.85:1 - Color - English - 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS - Subtitle(s): French, Spanish - CC - Region 1
Ann Miller, Justin Theroux, Laura Elena Harring, Naomi Watts - Director: David Lynch
Two beautiful women are caught up in a lethally twisted mystery and ensnared in an equally dangerous web of erotic passion. David Lynch's thriller was nominated for 4 Golden Globes including Best Picture, and named "Best Picture of the Year" by the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle.
Trailer; Production Info; Cast/Crew Biographies; DVD Newsletter

Dune Interview

The Landsraad Dune site has an interview with designer Ron Miller about the film and Lynch. You can read the interview here.

Monday, February 11, 2002

DavidLynch.com store online today

The davidlynch.com store is online! There are still some bugs to work out, but I'm sure as the day goes on they'll be taken care of. Here's what you can order:
Blue Bob cd
A 12 pack of 8x10 Eraserhead photos
The Eraserhead movie poster
Eraserhead DVD poster
Mary X poster
Spineless Chicken Shit poster
Eraserhead hat
Eraserhead pin
Dumbland coffee mug
Eraserhead T-shirt
Angriest Dog in the World T-shirt
DL.com T-shirt
Original Lynch photos
Short Films DVD
Eraserhead DVD (available for pre-order, won't ship till April 1).

Mulholland Drive DVD screenshots

The dvdshrine.com website has screen shots and the cover image for the Mulholland Drive DVD. Note that the menus don't mention chapter selection, so that means they will probably be no chapter stops. You can view the menushots here and the cover image here.

Friday, February 8, 2002

FWWM DVD in France - with deleted scenes?

MK2, the current owners of CIBY's catalog, is releasing Fire Walk With Me on DVD in France in September 2002. The interesting thing is, they say they might include the deleted scenes on the disc. Since they own the rights to start with, there'd be no problems as there were with New Line licensing them. However, it's questionable if they would involve Lynch in cleaning up the scenes and putting them back together (which is where most of the cost of the scenes was going to come in). So if they do include the scenes, they may be poor quality raw footage. More news as it becomes available.

Lost Highway DVD update

Speaking of DVDs a bit closer to home (for us in the USA anyway), Video Business had an update article on USA Home Video's titles for this year, and the Special Edition DVD of Lost Highway was mentioned again. They also mention it in a similar article around this time last year, so don't get your hopes up for a quick release.

Thursday, February 7, 2002

Why should you subscribe to davidlynch.com?

I keep getting this question in email, so I thought I'd repost the news item from a month ago on what all you get for your $10 at davidlynch.com:
Besides supporting a filmmaker we all admire (why else would you be reading this page after all!), here's a list of the nifty things you'll find inside davidlynch.com once you subscribe:
Films: Six Men Getting Sick (20 second clip)
The Alphabet (30 second clip)
The Grandmother (30 second clip)
The Amputee (20 second clip)
Eraserhead (45 second trailer)
Lumiere (30 second clip)
The Cowboy and the Frenchman (40 second clip)
Music: Blue Bob (sample clips and the full video to the song "Thank You Judge"
Industrial Soundscapes
Thought Gang
Original Series: Dumbland
Axxon N.
Live: Bird Feeders Webcam (multiple shots)
Experiments: (all include pictures or video clips): Bees #1
Sunset #1
Coyote #1
Dead Mouse With Ants
Out Yonder (a short film)
Head with Hammer
Pierre & Sonny Jim
Radio: Oddio: Talk Radio for the Mental Voyer. A weekly show hosted by Jennifer Lynch
Gallery: A variety of Lynch's photos. Sections include Nude Photos, Industrial Photos, Tandem Prints and Paintings.
Chat: Two live chat rooms. Lynch frequents them often.
Cards: You can choose from nine original lynch drawings to email as cards to your friends, family and enemies.
Cartoons: The Angriest Dog in the World (brand new strips from Lynch's comic series)
Screen Savers: Four different Lynch photo wallpapers, a Dumbland screensaver and a Teeth screensaver
Phone Booth: Dial numbers and get a special surprise. Solve the mystery.

As you can see, that's a lot of stuff for just $10. If you still have doubts, consider this: A ticket to a movie is almost $10 these days. This is just like having a new Lynch film beamed into your home every month. It's well worth the cost, so head over to davidlynch.com today and sign up!

Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Mulholland weekend box office

Mulholland Drive took in just $81,305 this past weekend, in only 72 theaters. This brings it's 17 week total to $6,545,178.

U.S. Blue Velvet DVD discontinued

MGM has now discontinued it's existing DVD of Blue Velvet. No need to worry though, this is being done in anticipation of their new Special Edition release that'll be out later this year. But if you want a copy of the existing DVD version, you better pick it up soon. No word yet on a release date for the new disc.

Davidlynch.com updates

Booth 9 is now active at davidlynch.com. It's simple, yet sad. Also, it now officially states on the site that the store will be open on February 11. You don't need to be a member of the site to visit the store.

Monday, February 4, 2002

DavidLynch.com store opens Feb. 11

David Lynch mentioned in the chat room the other night that the store will now be opening on February 11. So you have a little while longer to save up to buy all those Lynch goodies!
Thanks to SolipsismX for the info.

Another TP Series DVD easter egg.

Looks like we missed one in our list earlier. There's an ad for Davidlynch.com if you go to title 30 on the fourth disc. The ad includes the phone number for booth 9 at the davidlynch.com site. Right now the booth doesn't work as Lynch wasn't happy with the play back of the content, but it should be back up in a week or so, probably full screen.
Thanks to Karl K. for the tip.

Idiotic FWWM DVD review.

DVD Review has a review up of the Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me dvd. You can tell this guy's not a fan of the movie, and he manages it insult Lynch's sound design as well. He should probably stick to watching his disc of Armageddon. But for completion sake, you can read the review here.

Moronic FWWM DVD review 2.

Yes, today we have for you not one, but two reviews of the Fire Walk With Me dvd from clueless people. Here's the second one. Read it and weep.

Friday, February 1, 2002

Darkened Room

Eli Roth stopped by the discussion board today to let us know that, contrary to what the IMDB says, Darkened Room is NOT Lynch's next feature. It is a short shot for Davidlynch.com. It might be used in the experiments section or somwhere else. It stars Jordan Ladd and Cerina Vincent. Thanks for the info Eli!

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