And yet, for some reason, I approached Inland Empire with some trepidation. I think a lot of it had to do with the issue of DV. Count me as still a big dorky lover of film, a Luddite, all of those things.
While I must say, Go Inland, young woman! by Jim Emerson (with a special addition of Take the Lost Highway to the Inland Empire... for Lynch neophytes and skeptics) says nearly everything I might say about it for the most part, while I loved the movie, the story, the acting, the editing, etc. - in fact, nearly as much as anything Lynch has done, which is saying a lot - and I admire the self-consciously DV look he was able to work out in principle, I still count myself as a DV skeptic.
That said, whether you saw it, like it or not, haven't seen it, don't care about it, whatever... you must rent or purchase this DVD. The second disk may be the best second disk of any recent movie I've seen! Lynch may be the most excited quinoa cook ever. And while I, as a director, enjoyed watching the feature "Lynch II", featuring a seemingly random assortments of clips of him working, "Stories" is fabulous. Just wonderful.
His sudden passionate rant about watching movies on "your fucking telephone!" is a thing of beauty, and frankly his nearly religious passion for an ability to achieve greater loudness (as well as "really tasty silences") from movie theater speakers sounds almost like something that Michael Bay could have delivered, except, of course, with more artistic sincerity.
That's not to mention the complete 60 minute collection of deleted scenes (or "More Things That Happen") that's overwhelmingly informative to the movie, but also nearly like watching a short sequel.