New To Blu: Wild At Heart

David Lynch's Wild At Heart got a new blu ray release this week.

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Released through independent distributor Twilight Time (whose business operation consists of only pressing 3,000 copies of a particular title), David Lynch's 1990 Palme d'Or winner “Wild at Heart” finally makes it's US debut on Blu-ray.

Although it remains to be seen whether or not this new disc meets Lynch's fastidious technical standards, since it was pressed without his involvement (where he was fully involved with the MGM DVD), Lynch's anarchic mixture of 'The Wizard of Oz', mob violence and his own brand of the night life is a welcome edition to the high definition format.  Combine Nicolas Cage's iconic scene chewing with Elvis Presley and Laura Dern's sexy turn as a gum-chewing Marilyn Monroe and you've got Sailor and Lula, the framework for the two leads in Oliver Stone's 'Natural Born Killers': Mickey and Mallory Knox..

Is the film a deliberate melodrama, a snarky self-satire of Lynch's recent success with his TV show 'Twin Peaks', an exercise in ultra violent extremes, or just a simple love story?  It seems to be all at once, with Lynch pushing the envelope of onscreen violence in ways that sent early test-screening audiences racing for the exits.  Its win of the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival was overshadowed by heavy booing, led notably from film critic Roger Ebert.

Many David Lynch fans refer to it as their least favorite entry of his, as the narrative seems anecdotal and incongruent to the story of Sailor and Lula.  That said, it has some of the most over the top and hilarious characters to grace a Lynch film, from Willem Dafoe's slimy pornographer Bobby Peru to Crispin Glover's indescribable Dell.  It's one of Lynch's most straightforward mixtures of surrealism and satire, propelling a modern romance which achieves a rare balance of sincerity and a sneaky undermining of thus.  

-Andrew Kotwicki