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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Naked Lunch' The Criterion Collection

"Naked Lunch" The Criterion Collection Blu-ray (R)

Movie: 3 out of 4 stars

Disc: 4 out of 4 stars

If you've never heard of writer William F. Burroughs, "Beat" literature or are easily repulsed by squeamish imagery, you'll want nothing to do with "Naked Lunch." One of it not the only Beat novel to make (relative) sense when adapted for the screen, the film succeeds visually thanks to the fertile creepy-crawly imagination of writer/director David Cronenberg. The free-form/jazz nature of the plot makes a cohesive narrative virtually impossible and the thoroughly strung-out story makes it a hard sell for all but the most open-minded and resilient viewers.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.77:1), audio: English (Dolby DTS-HD MA 2.0), subtitles: English.

Special features include:

• Hi-def digital transfer print

• Commentaries

• 1992 TV documentary

• Audio book reading by Burroughs

• Special effects diary + essay

• Original marketing materials

• Allen Ginsberg photo gallery

• Booklet including critics' reviews

Criterion, $39.95