Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy's young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he's drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side. As the film nears its conclusion, our hero learns that many more indivduals are tacitly involved with Frank, including a suave, lip-synching singer, Ben (Dean Stockwell), who is minding the kidnapped boy. Director Lynch explored many similar themes of the "disease" lying just under the surface of the small town, all-American façade in his later television series Twin Peaks (1990-91).~Karl Williams
New 4k digital-restoration, supervised by Director David Lynch
Alternate original 2.0 surround soundtrack
The Lost Footage, fifty-three minutes OF deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch
"Blue Velvet" Revisited, a feature-length meditation on the making of the movie by Peter Braatz, filmed on-set during the production
Mysteries of Love, a seventy-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film
Interview from 2017 with Composer Angelo Badalamenti
It's a Strange World: The Filming of Blue Velvet," a 2019 documentary featuring interviews with crew members and visits to the shooting locations
Lynch reading from Room to Dream, a 2018 book he coauthored with Kristine McKenna
Blue Velvet was my first acting effort, and was a very strange look into the movie industry. I enjoyed working with a great group of professionals, saw sides of the industry which I found to be very strange and somewhat alarming, and learned the true meaning of the word "actor"
There were some great actors-Dennis Hopper (Stone Cold 100% GREAT Human being-Fantastic actor, easy to work with)-Isabella Rossellini (a wonderful lady 100% Genuine Human Being and the absolute definition of an actor )-Kyle MacLachlan-George Dickerson (One of my favorites in the group-Commander Swanson/ Hill Street Blues/Lots of pointers from him before scenes.
But the Movie itself!? Strange, intense, Violent, but you should have seen the deleted scenes-the edits changed the rating to R from a possible X. I have watched it a dozen times and each time get a little better understanding of the plot. Love the Found Scenes section-Don't miss it
Here is Jeff Goodwin putting my blood pump in action
Haunting masterpiece from David Lynch. This isn't the criterion edition but it's almost as good. The picture is superb but the extras are even better - so cool to have a feature length documentary about the making of the movie!
If you enjoyed Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive, this movie falls into the same genre. I also viewed the Criterion blu and there is very little difference in terms of transfer, so if you don’t want to shell our $30 and more for the Criterion version, this is a great alternative.
Haunting, mesmerizing and sensual -- everything you'd expect from the leading surrealist filmmaker of the modern (or any) era. This is near peak-Lynch perfection and also, oddly enough, one of his most accessible. Then he gave us TWIN PEAKS <3 The MGM Blu-ray is perfectly fine although its lack of menu is frustrating (one of their follies on all blurays) so if you don't like that, get the Criterion release, otherwise, this one does just fine.
David Lynch films are definitely surreal and understandably are not for everyone- if you’re interested in exploring Lynch’s work or surrealism in film in general, this would be my top recommendation- I’d like to think Dennis Hopper’s performance alone makes it a worthwhile watch.