Movie Review: WILD AT HEART (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

WILD AT HEART was adapted from the novel of the same name by Barry Gifford. The movie was written and directed by David Lynch and stars Nicolas Cage, Larua Dern, Diane Ladd, Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rossellini, Crispin Glover,  Sherilyn Fenn and Willem Dafoe.

Virtuoso filmmaker David Lynch brings his singular vision to the screen once more with Wild At Heart, an incendiary tale of love, violence and snakeskin jackets. Wild At Heart stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as Sailor and Lula, a pair of young lovers on the run from Lula’s mother Marietta (Dern’s real-life mother Diane Ladd). Sailor and Lula’s journey takes them into the dark heart of America, where dangers and temptations lurk … and where only their love can truly protect them. But even their all-consuming passion may not withstand the sinister presence of Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe in an unforgettable performance).

This 1990 untamed crime thriller follows Sailor and Lula, two lovers who go on a wild and crazy adventure that’s full of sex, danger and rock ‘n roll. There’s also Marietta, Lula’s over protective mother who ends up sending a couple of her henchmen/ boyfriends to kill Sailor and bring Lula back home to her. Marietta is also batshit crazy and her insanity spirals out of control while the love between Sailor and Lula grows stronger. In the meantime, the two love birds end up meeting some interesting characters along the way and Sailor comes face to face with Bobby Peru, a shady figure from his who ends up getting him in trouble again. Sailor spends a couple of trips to prison but that doesn’t keep Lula from loving him or leaving him. Instead, the two end up having a child together but when Sailor is released from the pen the second time he doesn’t feel like he’s good enough for Lula. He’s kind of lost his mojo so it takes a bizarre and enlightened visit from “the good witch” to wake his ass up to realize what he’s got with Lula is something extremely special and the two ultimately end up together once again.

Welcome to the crazy world of Wild at Heart that’s brought to life by the one and only David Lynch. The story is all about the love that these two main characters have for one another and there’s absolutely nothing that can tear them apart. This is definitely a character study that’s a mixture of dark humor and full throttle romance that’s complimented by some standout musical choices that includes “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaac. The movie has an amazing cast of familiar faces that delivers some insanely fun performances. There’s also a couple of notable actors who are Lynch regulars that show up for a few scenes. David Lynch has his own unique style of filmmaking and storytelling that can’t be copied or reproduced by any other director. This movie is beautifully shot, it’s extremely sexual as well as bloody, plus the theatrics get way out there in some key scenes. Wild at Heart doesn’t fit in one particular genre because it has a little bit of everything in it. There’s that one controversial exploding head scene as well as the one and only Nicolas Cage who breaks out and serenades his girl a couple of times.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features some all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve also features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc features some matching artwork. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, it had been a really long time since I had watched Wild at Heart and I really enjoyed revisting this 1990 Lynchian cult classic. The story is great and the impressive cast of characters are what drives this eccentric slice of cult cinema that only David Lynch could bring to life. The movie has a little bit of everything in it – terrifying thrills to some heavy metal chills with lots of steamy sex scenes and deadly action to boot. I love the chemistry between Nic Cage and Laura Dern because there’s an odd innocence about them even though there’s nothing really pure about the two love birds at all. There’s also Diane Ladd who delivers a standout performance as the insane mother who doesn’t know when to quit and Willem Dafoe whose character is the epitome of what a low-life scoundrel really is. The legendary David Lynch is a Hollywood rebel in his own right and so are most of his movies with this one here being his most rebellious offering of them all. Wild at Heart is the latest cult classic to join Shout! Factory’s fantastic Shout Select series and will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on May 22nd.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 124 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a brand new interview and lots of bonus material that’s been imported over from previous home video releases.

  • NEW Interview With Novelist Barry Gifford (30:06)
  • Extended And Deleted Scenes (1:16:10)
  • Uncensored Bobby Peru Scene (00:44)
  • Love, Death, Elvis And Oz: The Making Of Wild At Heart (29:52)
  • Dell’s Lunch Counter: Extended Interviews (21:06)
  • Specific Spontaneity: Focus On David Lynch (07:16)
  • Lynch On The DVD Process (02:46)
  • Original 1990 Making Of EPK (06:55)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:52)
  • TV Spots (01:08)
  • Image Gallery (02:11)

 

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