One of the great cinematic causes célèbres of the 1980s, David Lynch's florid and surreal examination of the corrupt undertow of an innocent community receives an appreciative DVD presentation in this release from MGM Home Entertainment. Blue Velvet has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The transfer was supervised by David Lynch (though unlike most Lynch-approved editions, this one includes chapter stops), and it makes Frederick Elmes' cinematography look nearly as good as it did in theaters, preserving the rich blues and reds of Lynch's signature palate. The English-language soundtrack has been given a rich-sounding but effectively accurate remix in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a dubbed French track appears in Dolby Surround and a Spanish version is in Dolby Digital Mono. Optional subtitles have been provided in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Topping the film's selection of bonus materials is "Mysteries of Love," a 70-minute documentary on the making of Blue Velvet, which features illuminating interviews with much of the film's cast and crew (though Lynch appears only in older interview clips). Also included are photo montages which attempt to suggest the look and style of several deleted scenes (the outtakes themselves are apparently lost forever), three galleries of production stills, an excerpt from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel's televised review of the film, and the film's original trailer. All in all, this edition of Blue Velvet offers an excellent video presentation of the film and is as sound a place as any to evaluate its virtues, which are still being debated.
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.
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.
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.