Lynch says that this new Blu-ray was not produced from a restoration of the film's original negative.
David Lynch, consumer watchdog?
The legendary director has been known to be special about the quality of his home entertainment releases in the past, and now he is expressing his displeasure with a new release of one of his classics.
"Dear friends of Twitter," wrote Lynch. "A Blu-ray from LOST HIGHWAY will be out soon. It was made from old elements and NOT from a restoration of the original negative. I hope a restoration version of the original negative happens as fast as possible. "
"Lost Highway" has never received a Blu-ray release in the US. The only Blu-ray available on Amazon for purchase is the launch of Region 2. The reason for this is that Lynch has been extremely picky when it comes to providing the best sound and image quality possible for the home entertainment releases of his films . Some of his films took a little longer to get to the DVD, and often with unusual stipulations: his DVD releases usually happen with no chapter breaks because Lynch believes that a film must be experienced as a temporal whole in due time and should not be paused or broken. The experience of your running length is as important as sound and image.
That ex-US The release of "Lost Highway" was overseen by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, for which Lynch presumably gave up some of his rights to curate his technical specifications. The fact that he seems to have lost control of his initial release in the US is surprising. But one possible explanation may be that its original distributor, October Films, was purchased by Universal and closed in 1999.
Lynch's last major work was "Twin Peaks: The Return," which aired in 18 one-hour episodes on Showtime in 2018. Many consider it one of the best works of his career, with Jim Jarmusch getting to the point of calling him " the best American film of the decade. The Criterion Channel is hosting a retrospective of several of its features, but "Lost Highway" is not one of them. Coming halfway between "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" and his Disney movie "The Straight Story," "Lost Highway" starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Balthazar Getty – plus an impressive supporting cast that included Robert Blake, Richard Pryor, Robert Loggia, Gary Busey and Marilyn Manson.
IndieWire contacted a Lynch representative for more details about their comments on "Lost Highway".