Hollywood rag IndieWire reported over the weekend that David Lynch had dropped something of a bombshell on his Twitter account concerning the release this coming week of his film Lost Highway on Blu-ray.
Lynch wrote the following: “Dear Twitter Friends. A Blu-ray of LOST HIGHWAY will be released very soon. It was made from old elements and NOT from a restoration of the original negative. I hope that a version from the restoration of the original negative will happen as soon as possible.”
According to IndieWire, and correctly observed, Lost Highway has never received a Blu-ray release in the U.S., with Region B versions the only ones available up until this time. Lynch is known to be a stickler for ensuring that picture and audio deliver the highest standards for disc release, and some of his formerly-helmed titles on DVD did not even offer chapter breaks to preserve the whole experience at home. The reason for Lynch’s loss of control of the title appears to be unknown, but IndieWire surmises that it might be related to October Films closing doors after acquisition by Universal, and says it is pressing for more information.
The new US release Kino Lorber will be available from tomorrow (June 25th). There appears to be little information about the bonus materials on the disc so far, and it’s perhaps surprising that Criterion has not overseen the release this time, with its legacy of distributing Lynch titles, including Eraserhead (1977) and Mulholland Drive (2001).
Some of you may wish to check out the comments below Lynch’s announcement on his Twitter feed here.