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Naked Lunch - Criterion

post #1 of 33
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Naked Lunch coming from Criterion April 9th.



In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory, once-thought unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Robocop’s Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque—and always surreal—the film mingles aspects of Burroughs’s novel with incidents from the writer’s own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.



DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

High-definition digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
Audio commentary featuring Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller
Naked Making Lunch, a 1992 television documentary by Chris Rodley about the making of the film
Special effects gallery, featuring artwork and photos alongside an essay by Cinefex magazine editor Jody Duncan
Collection of original marketing materials
Audio recording of William S. Burroughs reading from his novel Naked Lunch
Gallery of photos taken by poet Allen Ginsberg of Burroughs
PLUS: A booklet featuring reprinted pieces by film critic Janet Maslin, director Chris Rodley, critic and novelist Gary Indiana, and Burroughs



http://www.criterion.com/films/634-naked-lunch

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Disc_Announcements/Criterion/Naked_Lunch_Dated_and_Detailed_for_Blu-ray/10947
post #2 of 33
I have been dreading this day for 20 years...
post #3 of 33
I guess it's about time for our William Tell routine...

Saw it in the theater, but now only remember bits of it like a dream. Criterion is making a bundle off of me this year.
post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by Greg_R_STL View Post

Criterion is making a bundle off of me this year.

Agreed. Between this and Repo Man, April can't come soon enough.
post #5 of 33
I got my start in film sound on Naked Lunch. The mugwump sounds are me, another assistant and some of my friends, lowered, processed etc.
Great score from Howard Shore, as usual.
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

I got my start in film sound on Naked Lunch. The mugwump sounds are me, another assistant and some of my friends, lowered, processed etc.
Great score from Howard Shore, as usual.

That's cool. Did you do the processing?
post #7 of 33
Great... I can not wait.
but it be honest, the criterion DVD upscale is pretty darn good.
post #8 of 33
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Criterion will be hitting my wallet hard this April between this and Repo Man.

I remember when this came out on video. I was working in a video store so movies were free. Think I started with the A's and worked my way through the alphabet for horror and scifi. I took this one home and watched it twice when in was released. 1st time just wasn't enough to take it all in. Haven't seen it since. Really looking forward to it.

@R Harkness - Wow, a mugwump. That is so awesome. Must have been an interesting project to work on.
post #9 of 33
Yes I did much of the pre-processing of the mugwumps. More was added in the mix, I believe. I came from a musician/keyboard/sampler background so as an assistant I often manipulated sounds as well as recording, coming up with various FX for the editors. (The FX editors did as well, of course). It was an incredibly fun job. For Naked Lunch I remember going to my friend's house to record his cat (I seem to remember there's a cat on screen in the movie, in an alley or something...long time since I've seen the flick...). My pal lived in a sort of stoner house with a bunch of other guys. Anyway, he said his cat was always making noises. Yet when I set up the mic the cat of course chose to be silent. He tried prodding the cat, poking it, tapping it's nose, offering food. Nothing. Then he said "I think she's a bit distracted by you and the microphone. So he took the cat into his kitchen, I put the mic just in the kitchen pointing to the cat, and hid around the corner. After a while I began to hear small gurgles through the head phones. Getting louder. Finally some actual meows. And then some sort of more...distressed...vocalizations. I peered around the corner to see my friend holding his cat upside down with one hand, the other around it's throat giving it little shakes. "Dude...dude...we got the sound...put the cat down." He looked up "oh, cool, sorry.."

He wasn't really crushing or actually hurting the cat I believe since it was the house pet...just didn't realize how far he was going to get a sound out of the cat.

I seem to remember that cat sound ended up in the movie.

There's always lots of fun bloopers in the raw recorded sounds for movies. I was going through the sounds for, I think it was Johnny Mnemonic, and I heard takes of another assistant recording bottle drop/smashes. This was clearly a very tired, overworked guy in tape: "Take one, bottle drop.." "Take 2 bottle drop..." (very tired, sleepy, monotone).."Take 3 bottle drop..."...Take 4 bottle drop...OW! Motherf#cker, G#d D#am, Sh$5 $*& Stupid F#cking...*click*...(monotone) Take 5, bottle drop...."
He had come in with a cut up hand from glass exploding into his palm.

Then you've got those wonderful takes of vehicle recordings that go something like "Ok, here's a fast van around corner, passby left to right..." (sound of van approaching very fast, bump, skidding...SMAAAASH...CRASH...BANG..."Ohhhh shiiiiit!"...) then it's who is going to pay for the smashed van? Nothing like learning as you go being an assistant.
post #10 of 33
Did I ever tell you about the man who taught his ass to talk? His whole abdomen would move up and down you dig farting out the words. It was unlike anything I had ever heard.

This ass talk had sort of a gut frequency. It hit you right down there like you gotta go. You know when the old colon gives you the elbow and it feels sorta cold inside, and you know all you have to do is turn loose? Well this talking hit you right down there, a bubbly, thick stagnant sound, a sound you could smell.

This man worked for a carnival you dig, and to start with it was like a novelty ventriliquist act. Real funny, too, at first. He had a number he called "The Better 'Ole' that was a scream, I tell you. I forget most of it but it was clever. Like, "Oh I say, are you still down there, old thing?"

"Nah! I had to go relieve myself."

After a while the ass start talking on its own. He would go in without anything prepared and his ass would ad-lib and toss the gags back at him every time.

Then it developed sort of teeth-like little raspy in- curving hooks and start eating. He thought this was cute at first and built and act around it, but the ******* would eat its way through his pants and start talking on the street, shouting out it wanted equal rights. It would get drunk, too, and have crying jags nobody loved it and it wanted to be kissed same as any other mouth.

Finally it talked all the time day and night, you could hear him for blocks screaming at it to shut up, and beating it with his fist, and sticking candles up it, but nothing did any good and the ******* said to him: "It's you who will shut up in the end. Not me. Because we don't need you around here any more. I can talk and eat and ****."

After that he began waking up in the morning with a transparent jelly like a tadpole's tail all over his mouth. This jelly was what the scientists call un-D.T., Undifferentiated Tissue, which can grow into any kind of flesh on the human body. He would tear it off his mouth and the pieces would stick to his hands like burning gasoline jelly and grow there, grow anywhere on him a glob of it fell. So finally his mouth sealed over, and the whole head would have have amputated spontaneous- except for the eyes you dig.

That's one thing the ******* couldn't do was see. It needed the eyes. But nerve connections were blocked and infiltrated and atrophied so the brain couldn't give orders any more. It was trapped in the skull, sealed off. For a while you could see the silent, helpless suffering of the brain behind the eyes, then finally the brain must have died, because the eyes went out, and there was no more feeling in them than a crab's eyes on the end of a stalk.
post #11 of 33
^This is PRECISELY why talking about this movie makes me uncomfortable....

Like Crash, this is one of those DC movies which causes a person to wonder why the producers DIDN'T monitor the use of illegal drugs during the shooting....biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 33
I own one of the last remaining Mugwumps. I think all but one other one and mine were shredded.

My "monster bar"...

post #14 of 33
^Wow... amazing.
post #15 of 33
This should be a damn fine release. Crazy film for a crazy novel.
post #16 of 33
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post #17 of 33
Criterion vs Eagle Pictures

http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/comparison.php?cID=1630

Despite the color grading difference they are clearly are from the exact same source/master and Eagle released it over a year ago. Still I am sure there will be some that will keep claiming Criterion actually did it.

"The approved by director Cronenberg high-definition transfer has a lot in common with the one Italian distributors Eagle Pictures used for their Blu-ray release of Naked Lunch. The contrast settings and color reproduction, in particular, are virtually identical....It is also superior to the Italian release "

ROFL
post #18 of 33
Comparing a Criterion edition to another edition is foolish, because the CRITERION EDITION IS ALWAYS BETTER.
post #19 of 33
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Comparing a Criterion edition to another edition is foolish, because the CRITERION EDITION IS ALWAYS BETTER.

"Gojira" begs to differ.
post #20 of 33
What's wrong with Gojira?
post #21 of 33
Looks like a slightly better compression scheme for the criterion even though the two releases are identical sources... it's a buy!
post #22 of 33
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Mine should be here this afternoon!

Unfortunately, I'm not sure my wife will be in the mood to watch it tonight.
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Originally Posted by neveser View Post

Mine should be here this afternoon!

Unfortunately, I'm not sure my wife will be in the mood to watch it tonight.

Maybe if brought her some nice bug spray...
post #24 of 33
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my wife will be in the mood to watch it tonight.

Time for your William Tell act!

post #25 of 33
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What's wrong with Gojira?

Nothing, one person thinks toho's solution of scrubbing it to dvd level pq to get rid of the 'nasty' film grain and scratches is better.
post #26 of 33
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Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post

What's wrong with Gojira?

The print Criterion used for the Japanese version has some significant damage in a few scenes and the blacks are bit crushed. And while the case art really has nothing to do with the quality of the disc itself, the art is completely wrongheaded, featuring images of Godzilla from the "Godzilla 2000" movie. The region b Blu-ray released in Japan about 4 years ago isn't perfect either, being a bit too bright and of course, lacking in English language subtitles.
post #27 of 33
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Nothing, one person thinks toho's solution of scrubbing it to dvd level pq to get rid of the 'nasty' film grain and scratches is better.

Heh, I think Toho should have zoom boxed, cropped it to 16:9 and colorized it.
post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by Partyslammer View Post

Heh, I think Toho should have zoom boxed, cropped it to 16:9 and colorized it.

of with his head!
post #29 of 33
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Heh, I think Toho should have zoom boxed, cropped it to 16:9 and colorized it.

No doubt, plus Pan & Scan of course.
post #30 of 33
beautiful looking transfer... what's with the 2.0 audio?
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