I may never get to see Mulholland Drive.

Week after week we go to Video Shop A and look for it. Sure, the case is on the shelf, but it has that little annoying “Sorry, I’m out!” tag in it. It’s been that way for months. Maybe it’s missing in action.

Last night on a whim I stopped past Video Shop B to look for it. Couldn’t find it on the shelf, so I went and asked the lady.

“Do you have Mulholland Drive on DVD?”

“No… we used to have several copies, but they all got damaged.”

Several? Damaged? Is there something about this particular movie that inspires people to damage the discs? Outrage after watching it, perhaps? Damn you David Lynch! I’m trashing this disc!

“We do have it on VHS. Can you watch tapes?”

Can I watch rental video tapes… well, technically, yes. But can I? I remember rental tapes. Scratched, crumpled, flimsy rental tapes. Can I go back?

“Uhhh… I’ll think about it.”

Perhaps I’ll go searching Video Shops C, D and E for it on DVD. Or maybe we’ll just borrow the tape.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

6 replies on “Seeking…”

If you ever do see it, and work out what it is about, then please let me know. I watched it on a flight home from Auckland to Melbourne and for a while thought I didn’t understand it because the flight attendant kept interrupting it. But then I saw it another time and still haven’t worked it out! I love a quirky movie, but it’s also nice when they make at least some sense..

One more thing – I dont want to hear any more about how good you are going in the footy tips when you profess to know nothing about football! With my dismal position on the ladder I am glad that Tony’s prize is for first and not last…

Drop me an e-mail and I’ll send you one of my spares. I’ve got several (3 copies as birthday presents; that’s what you get for having a birthday several days after a DVD release date).

maybe you can download it on emule
but if your friends have copies i guess then you can watch it on dvd afterall. I have only seen half of it, so if you watch and understand it, please tell me how it goes.

Some movies are like that. I wanted to rent My Own Private Idaho once and went to the local video shop. They told me that every copy they have gets stolen, that it was stolen far more than any other video they had… weird, huh.

There are several movies I would like to see if they weren’t cult movies which are stolen the moment they hit the shelves (or it often seems that way)

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