- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004Z4SD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,141 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
Theres really nothing wrong with this transfer, although there shouldnt be, considering that it was made about 4 years ago. You get a nice 5.1 surround, and clear picture, and a very wide presentation.
Nada. Actually, on the whole disc, there is only 2 menus. The only thing that makes this disc sold without a box is a trailer, and a little note from Lynch himself explaining why there isn't any chapter stops (sadly, for most this film would have to be seen in parts, unless your so comfortable in your seat you dont want to get up).
Although this is G-rated, anyone under 10 would fall asleep in less than 10 minutes. Forget children, most adults would not have the patience for this film. But if your children do have patience, absolutly. There couldnt be less wrong with this film. A wonderful, warm hearted slice of life.
The film takes its time telling its story, giving us plenty of opportunity to study Alvin and all the characters he meets along the way to Wisconsin to see his brother Lyle (Lynch regular Harry Dean Stanton). Alvin leaves his daughter (Sissy Spacek) to take what he feels is his last opportunity to make up with Lyle. Farnsworth is the show here, though, and he never stoops to make Alvin pathetic or pitiable. His strength (some may say stubbornness, but there's no meanspiritedness about it) should be an inspiration; he has to walk with two canes so every step is a journey in itself.
David Lynch surprised many people (he hasn't told a "straight story" since 1980's The Elephant Man) by delivering a film that does not manipulate and never sentimentalizes--and it's not weird! There is a moment near the end where true feeling is elicited (probably more so if you have a sibling, as I do not) but it is not forced. This true story is a drama of a different kind, one that Hollywood couldn't repeat if it wanted as this type of film depends on the perfect combination of story, director, and actor that rarely comes together. We should feel lucky that The Straight Story was even made and appreciate it for what it is, and for what it tells us about the potential of ourselves.