LOS ANGELES—Emphasizing that the bright hues and striking tones would finally bring his vision to life, filmmaker David Lynch announced Wednesday that he had released a colorized edition of his seminal work, Eraserhead. “Sadly, when we shot Eraserhead, we did not have the technology to make this film the sensory overload of technicolor that it was always meant to be,” said Lynch, who lamented that his original storyboards for the film, which featured characters bathed in bright pinks and blinding yellows, had to be scrapped in favor of a grayscale color scheme “mired with dark shadows and grainy, distracting dark splotches.” “Would I have preferred to shoot the bleeding rotisserie chicken in a striking blood-red, like it was written? Or the sperm-shaped alien fetus in it’s glowing, rosey tones? Of course. Which is why today, Eraserhead, and my 1980 film The Elephant Man, will be filled in with over 4,000 shades of beautiful color.” Lynch also added that the new release would be re-cut to include a pivotal scene in which a doctor operates on Henry’s baby early on, allowing it to lead a normal life.
David Lynch’s first cut of Blue Velvet was four hours long. Since he was contractually obligated to deliver a two hour film, lots of stuff got cut. For some time the deleted scenes were thought lost, but here they are. Lynch doesn’t do Director’s Cuts: the deleted scenes stand alone and the movie remains its what it is. Lost Footage: 1. Frank beats Willard in a bar. 2. A neighbor sees Jeffrey’s dad unconscious in his yard. 3. Jeffrey is recalled from college when his father suffers a brain hemorrhage. Summoned from a school dance (where he watches a date rape in progress – !) Jeffrey gets the bad news on a dorm phone. 4. Jeffrey calls Louise. 5. Jeffrey first sees Sandy while eating cake with her mother. He also meets Sandy’s boyfriend Mike at this time. 6. Jeffrey and Sandy go to the Slow Club. 7. Jeffrey’s mom criticizes him for coming back home late. 8. Jeffrey calls Louise again. 9. Jeffrey talks to aunt Barbara before going out. 10. At the Williams house Jeffrey makes Mike jealous by hanging out with the couple. 11. Jeffrey calls Dorothy but it’s Frank who answers the phone. Jeffrey goes to Dorothy’s apartment. She leads Jeffrey to the apartment roof. Doro
Lynch’s Dune, it must be said, has been given a bad rap. I was first introduced to it five years ago, at a time when it seemed the director had retired from filmmaking in favor of his longtime passion for painting and a sideline making bizarro music projects. After watching it I felt no need to put quotation marks around its quality: This was a straight-up Good Movie, blending Lynch touchstones like sinister surrealism and a cast full of wondrous weirdos — including Kyle MacLachlan, Sean Young, Patrick Stewart, Jack Nance, Brad Dourif, Dean Stockwell, Max Von Sydow, Kenneth McMillan, and, gloriously and shirtlessly, Sting — with the expensive look, scope, and ambition of post–Star Wars Hollywood.
Eraserhead is a film that feels both intimately familiar while at the same disturbingly alien. In this essay I explore how Lynch manages to create a unique and specific…