Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 12th, 2006
Director: David Lynch
Written and Created by: David Lynch
Voices: David Lynch
DVD released: March 28th, 2006
Approximate running time: 32 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Windowbox Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Absurda/Subversive Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Anyone who is remotely familiar with the cinema of David Lynch knows that you’re in for a unique viewing experience. Lynch’s only internet outing Dumbland is a surreal work that is even odd beyond normal Lynch standards. Dumbland consists of eight episodes that run about three to five minutes in length each.
The premise for the series is simple as it centers’ around a family and there everyday adventures living in suburbia. The eight episodes are as follows “The Neighbor“, “The Treadmill“, “The Doctor“, “A Friend Visits“, “Get the Stick“, “My Teeth are Bleeding“, “Uncle Bob” and “Ants“. To give plot descriptions for each episode would give away to much of the story.
The father is the main character is the series. He has a foul mouth that is ready to lay an F Bomb at any minute and his is just as ready to pass gas if the urge arises. The wife is the most annoying of the lot as she spends the whole time screaming and doing much nothing else. The child does get repetitious with its obsession of repeating the same words over and over.
The plot in each episode may be simple and the humor is vulgar and childish at times, still Dumbland is another profoundly original work from one of cinema last great artists.
Dumbland is presented in a window box aspect ratio that retains the full image. All of the episodes look spectacular as there are no problems with compression, artifact or edge enhancements.
Dumbland comes with one audio option a English language track which is presented in PMC stereo. This audio mix is impressive as it has razor sharp dialog and full beefed up music and effects that never sound distorted or over whelming. This is one of the best sounding audio mixes that I have ever heard on any DVD.
This release comes with absolutely nothing in the way of extras. The main menu is simple and comes with two options play all episodes at once or play each separately. Despite the lack of extras this series stands well on its own.
If you are a hardcore David Lynch fan then Dumbland will most likely finds its way into your collection and for those who uninitiated into the bizarre world of David Lynch you will most likely want to rent this title before deciding to buy it.
For more information about Dumbland visit Subversive Cinema here.