Blue Velvet [Special Edition] [DVD] [1986]

  • SKU: 4613421
  • Release Date: 06/04/2002
  • Rating: R
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.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

Special Features


  • New digital transfer supervised by David Lynch
  • "Mysteries of Love" documentary
  • Deleted scenes montage
  • Original "Siskel & Ebert" review
  • Photo gallery
  • Collectible booklet
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • And more

Synopsis


Blue Velvet
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kyle MacLachlan
    Kyle MacLachlan - Jeffrey Beaumont
  • Isabella Rossellini
    Isabella Rossellini - Dorothy Vallens
  • Dennis Hopper
    Dennis Hopper - Frank Booth
  • Laura Dern
    Laura Dern - Sandy Williams
  • Hope Lange
    Hope Lange - Mrs. Williams



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    David Lynch's Masterpiece

    Posted
    Jory

    A cult classic. I had the displeasure of meeting David Lynch at the viewing of his last film Inland Empire, which is one of the worst films I have ever seen. David Lynch is not someone you want to meet if you enjoy his films. Honestly, having been such a massive fan of David Lynch, after meeting him it made me rewatch his films. He tries to hard to be mysterious and after seeing how awful Inland Empire was, I lost all respect for him. I do enjoy this film for its flaws, I love the dark world of Lynch, don't get me wrong. I just can't believe how bad Inland Empire was.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Interesting & Strange...

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    Mike
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    Anyone that's a fan of David Lynch or Twin Peaks will want this for their collection. The odd eeriness of the film is the proto-Twin Peaks & the deleted scenes show more weirdness than I though was possible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Must For Fans of the Odd

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    Tack2775
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    If ur here you might as well add this odd little gem to the collection. The HD transfer is bosshog. It's one of those weird discs that restarts after it ends not a bad thing just don't fall asleep.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Film looks great restored. David Lynch is a genius

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    ceremony1981
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    Blue Velvet is a strange yet enticing film that fans of David Lynch will surelt enjoy. The Blu-Ray version looks fantastic and really enhances the cryptic cinematography. Very happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic lynch

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    Plumbs1975
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    there are so many reasons to like this film and so many to not but if you love lych and being disturbed by Dennis Hopper, This is your film

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Lynch with Blu-ray Excellence!

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    AnimalStyle
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    I quickly became a Lynch fan after seeing this movie. I can always go for his surreal approach to filmmaking but Blue Velvet has a perfect balance of stylistic elements. It's a cool yet freaky film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lynch is a curveball thrower

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    addictedtofilms
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    Typical David Lynch, Twin Peaks should explain enough...lots of twisted twists and curvy turns on a really nice blu ray

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to Suburbia

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    Shawn
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    David Lynch's masterpiece about the facade suburbia presents and the consequences of discovering it

    I would recommend this to a friend




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