Eraserhead Eraserhead


David Lynch

Eraserhead (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1977
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #725

A dream of dark and troubling things . . .

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.


Henry SpencerJohn Nance
Mary XCharlotte Stewart
Mr. XAllen Joseph
Mrs. XJeanne Bates
Beautiful Girl Across the HallJudith Anna Roberts
Lady in the RadiatorLaurel Near


DirectorDavid Lynch
Written and produced byDavid Lynch
Camera and lightingFrederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell
Location sound and recordingAlan R. Splet
Assistant to the director Catherine Coulson
Production managerDoreen G. Small
Picture editingDavid Lynch
Sound editing Alan R. Splet
Sound effectsDavid Lynch and Alan R. Splet

Disc Features


  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director David Lynch, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • “Eraserhead” Stories, a 2001 documentary by Lynch on the making of the film
  • New 2K digital restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Men Getting Sick (1967), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Version 1 and Version 2 (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995), all with video introductions by Lynch
  • New documentary featuring interviews with actors Charlotte Stewart and Judith Roberts, assistant to the director Catherine Coulson, and cinematographer Frederick Elmes
  • Archival interviews with Lynch and members of the cast and crew
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an interview with Lynch from filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s 1997 book Lynch on Lynch

    New cover by Sam Weber



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