Naked Lunch: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1991) / Region 1
Naked Lunch: The Criterion Collection

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Exterminate all rational thought.

Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs' hallucinatory, "unfilmable" novel is finally realized on-screen by director David Cronenberg. Part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish netherworld of the Interzone, pursuing a mysterious project that leads him to confront sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. The fruit of an unholy union between two masters of the hilarious and the macabre, Naked Lunch mingles aspects of Burroughs' novel with incidents from his own life, resulting in a compendium of paranoid fantasies and a searching investigation into the mysteries of the writing process.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 02 2003
  • Production Year 1991
  • Empire SKU 549735
  • UPC Code 715515014922
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc One: The Movie
Audio Commentary featuring Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller
Production Stills Gallery
Excerpts from the Novel Naked Lunch read by Author William S. Burroughs

Disc Two: The Supplements
Naked Making Lunch, a London Weekend Television documentary about the making of the film, direted by Chris Rodley
Illustrated essay about the special effects in Naked Lunch by Jody Dunan, editor of Cinefex magazine, featuring artifacts from Cronenberg's archive
Film stills gallery
A collection of original marketing materials
William S. Burroughs' audio recording of excerpts from Naked Lunch
A collection of archival stills of William S. Burroughs from The Allen Ginsberg Trust
32-page booklet featuring essays by film critic Janet Maslin, Chris Rodley, Gary Indiana, and a piece by William S. Burroughs


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Surround
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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