Wild At Heart appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was an inconsistent presentation.
Sharpness was usually fine, but exceptions occurred. Interiors occasionally became tentative, so some of those could be a bit on the fuzzy side. Still, overall clarity was positive, and exteriors offered nice clarity.
No issues with jaggies or moiré effects appeared, and edge haloes remained minor. Print flaws became a persistent concern, however, as the movie suffered from a mix of specks. While not relentless or heavy, they appeared through the majority of the movie and created distractions.
Colors looked good. The film opted for bold hues that generally exhibited positive vivacity.
Blacks were fairly deep, and shadows showed acceptable clarity. Some low-light shots lacked great definition, but they were mostly good. Parts of the image seemed satisfactory, but the image lost a lot of points due to all those print flaws.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it offered a forward-oriented affair. Music presented a strong aspect of the track and brought out good stereo presence, while effects showed less consistency.
Indeed, a lot of the time these elements came across as borderline monaural. The movie broadened the effects to the sides on occasion, but they didn’t turn into an especially involving aspect of the mix.
Surround usage tended to favor music as well, which meant the score and songs spread to the back speakers in a positive way. Effects remained passive and left this as a mix heavy on music and not much else.
Audio quality seemed fine, with dialogue that appeared natural and concise. Though effects didn’t have a ton to do, those components came across as accurate and distinctive, without distortion or other concerns.
As noted, music played a prominent role, and both score and songs seemed lively and vivid, with nice dynamics. Nothing about the track dazzled, but I thought it seemed satisfactory.
This package comes with a broad mix of extras, and we find an Interview with Novelist Barry Gifford. In this 30-minute, six-second piece, the author discusses the source and its film adaptation. Some good information appears here, but the interview lacks a coherent through-line, so it becomes less effective than I’d like.
32 Extended and Deleted Scenes run a total of one hour, 16 minutes, 10 seconds. Most of these expand upon characters – especially secondary parts – though some add roles not seen in the final film.
Those prove to be the most interesting – to a degree, at least, as a few lack much merit. In particular, a thread with Johnnie Farragut runs too long and goes nowhere. Still, I’m sure fans will feel happy to see all this footage, as it offers a whole lot of unused material.
We also get an Uncensored Bobby Peru Scene. It goes for 44 seconds and presents a slightly more graphic violence than seen in the final film. It’s a curiosity and that’s all.
Called Love, Death, Elvis and Oz, a featurette fills 29 minutes, 52 seconds with comments from Gifford, writer/director David Lynch, producer Steve Golin, cinematographer Frederick Elmes, editor Duwayne Dunham, sound designer Randy Thom, and actors Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Sheryl Lee, JE Freeman, Diane Ladd, Crispin Glover and Grace Zabriskie.
“Oz” covers the film’s roots and development, story/characters, influences, themes and allusions, cast and performances, audio and visual design, and the movie’s reception/legacy. Like the Gifford interview, this one can feel a bit scattershot, but it still throws out a reasonable number of useful notes.
Under the banner of “Dell’s Lunch Counter”, we find Extended Interviews. This compilation goes for 21 minutes, six seconds and offers remarks from Gifford, Ladd, Dern, Lynch, Elmes, Dafoe, Lee, Cage and Thom.
Outtakes from the sessions found in “Oz”, “Counter” gives us an assortment of semi-random observations. None of these seem crucial, but they add to our understanding of the production.
Next comes Specific Spontaneity: Focus on David Lynch, a seven-minute, 16-second piece with Elmes, Dafoe, Freeman, Lee, Golin, Dern, Gifford, Dunham, and casting director Johanna Ray. “Focus” looks at Lynch’s work and impact on the production. While we get a few decent thoughts, a lot of this turns into basic praise for the director.
Lynch on the DVD Process goes for two minutes, 46 seconds and brings the writer/director as he discusses areas related to color timing and other aspects of the DVD transfer process. Lynch delivers a few interesting notes.
In addition to the film’s trailer and four TV Spots, we locate an Original 1990 Making of EPK. It occupies six minutes, 55 seconds with Lynch, Dern, Dafoe, Cage, and actor Isabella Rossellini. For its genre, the EPK seems better than average.
Finally, we discover an Image Gallery. A running two-minute, 11-second montage, it shows various publicity stills in a stylized manner that makes them less than satisfying.
Like most David Lynch films, Wild at Heart will polarize viewers, though I imagine it taxes the patience of even the most dedicated fans. Random, pointless and rambling, the film veers heavily into self-parody territory. The Blu-ray boasts a broad array of bonus materials but audio seems fairly average and visuals suffer from a mix of flaws. Maybe I’m wrong and Lynch buffs love this thing, but I think it’s a ridiculous dud.