Although David Lynch's artistic eye is still prominently on display, the colors, contrast, resolution, and clarity of his creations suffered dramatically in their presentation because of his use of a home video camera instead of using a more typical 35mm film camera, as he did on all his other film shoots. But true to his word, David Lynch remarked that when he discovered the ease and magic of shooting on digital video, he could never bring himself to go back to the expensive, fragile, delicate, and cumbersome film technology ever again.
And from a purely aesthetic stance, Inland Empire (2006) is the ugliest-looking film in Lynch's retinue because of his use of first generation DV video. Inland was also mostly shot in darkly lit scenes, which tend to look a little muddy and unclear with the video technology in use. And it can be a little bit of a strain on the eye. But once you look past the technical limitations, the narrative and atmosphere of Inland Empire is nothing short of captivating and mysterious in the way only David Lynch can deliver.