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4K Restoration of David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE Announced

September 28th, 2021

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE, STUDIOCANAL and CRITERION are thrilled to present a brand new 4K restoration of the iconic 2001 surrealist mystery-drama, supervised by David Lynch himself.

Download the new artwork: here

20 years after the film’s original World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, which won David Lynch Best Director at the festival (famously shared with Joel Coen for The Man Who Wasn’t There), the brand-new 4K restoration premiered as part of this year’s CANNES CLASSICS selection. The film will be released on Home Entertainment, including a 4K UHD Limited Collector’s Edition with a new artwork by Krzysztof Domaradzki rolling out across STUDIOCANAL’s territories in November, with additional theatrical releases planned in France and Germany.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE, which is not only known to be one of director David Lynch’s (Twin Peaks, Inland Empire) essential films, but also one of the greatest films of the 21st century, stars Naomi Watts (21 Grams, The Impossible) in her breakthrough double-role as Betty / Diane as well as Laura Harring (Love in the Time of Cholera, The Punisher),  Justin Theroux (American Psycho, The Girl On The Train) and Melissa George (Hunted, Triangle).  MULHOLLAND DRIVE is a dreamlike journey, as well as a captivating commentary on Hollywood, receiving continued acclaim from critics and viewers alike since its initial release.


Part one: she found herself inside the perfect mystery.

Part two: a sad illusion.

Part three: love.

Release Dates:

UK: Home Entertainment December 6th 2021

FRANCE: Home Entertainment December 8th 2021 / Theatrical – November 2021

GERMANY: Home Entertainment  December 9th  / Theatrical – Feb 1st 2022

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: Home Entertainment Date TBC


A first restoration of MULHOLLAND DRIVE was undertaken by Criterion back in 2016. The original 35 mm negative was scanned and graded in 4K. The 4K graded scan was converted to 2K before doing the restoration. At the time, there was no 4K UHD available so the film was only released in 2K (Blu-Ray).

For this latest restoration, STUDIOCANAL and Criterion decided to mark the 20th Anniversary by restoring the film in 4K and premiering the film in Cannes. A process that often takes two years was condensed into several months with the help of David Lynch, who supported the restoration team. As the 2016 restoration was already approved by Mr. Lynch, it was possible to use these grading parameters and apply them to the 4K scan of the original negatives. Then a new and exclusive HDR grading was supervised by Mr. Lynch, with the unique objective to offer to the public all the detail of the theatrical version on the new 4K Dolby Vision edition. This new version will therefore offer much more detail than ever before. The sound was also remastered from the original 5.1 audio tracks through the director and his team’s supervision. The 4K release will be available to watch in cinemas, along with UHD BD and Digital editions.

When the film was selected for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Mr. Lynch again reviewed the film’s grading and made some tweaks for the cinema version.  He was delighted with the restorative work.

STUDIOCANAL and Criterion, as companies, but also as fans, deeply thank Mr. Lynch for his time and insight.



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