BLUE VELVET (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Dennis Hopper
What's it about
A small town guy discovers the really, really dark side of his town after coming across a severed ear. Then things get strange on this 25th anniversary edition.
Is it good movie?
Blue Velvet is an American classic. I remember when I first really started watching movies, paying attention to them as a teenager, Blue Velvet was one of those that I appreciated, that I knew was a beautiful film, but I still didnít quite get. Unlike most movies I didnít understand, I didnít give up. While the second viewing was better, the third time things started making sense (sorta). David Lynch made normal things perverse, twisting normal perceptions. He wanted to scare the hell out of the average and at the same time show that perverse shit was just as pretty and interesting as anything ďnormal.Ē Itís all just a matter of perspective.
I think what I love most about Blue Velvet is that along with Twin Peaks, itís quintessential Lynch. His voice and style are completely original here and the movie still feels fresh despite being made 25 years ago. This is one movie that can never be duplicated (unless Brent Ratner decides to remake this with Jackie Chan) not only because of Lynch, but because everything about it is perfect. Itís hard to know where to start. Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern are great as out pseudo amateur sleuths who get into trouble the Hardy Boys only had wet dreams about. Isabella Rossellini, as the singer with the heart of velvet, is a mysterious and alluring. However, this movie wouldnít work without Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth, the ultimate psycho. Heís perhaps the frightening movie villain outside of Hannibal Lector, though maybe Frank has the edge because of the company he keeps and that he feels authentic to this world, the real world. As he sucks on his gas and drops F-bombs like dollars at a strip club, heís as unpredictable as any character. If anything thatís what Blue Velvet is about. Itís about taking something weíre familiar with (such as this Mayberry-like town) and dumping the seediest of characters there to set up shop and get sadistic all over our asses.
Video / Audio
Video: A wide screen presentation. Looks great.
Audio: Presented with the power of Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Lost Footage: About 50 minutes of deleted scenes, many of them very long. Itís easy to see why they were cut though as the thing would have been waayyyy too long.
Mysteries of Love Documentary: An interesting doc with interviews from everyone and plenty of behind the scenes. Great stuff.
Original Siskel & Ebert Review: Whatís not to love? Ebert finds the movie despicable.
Outtakes: A handful of outtakes from the film. Not a lot here.
Vignettes: A few short interviews with Lynch.
I love this movie. Itís beautiful, artistic, frightening. And it looks and sounds awesome of Blu. It is fantastic. Plain and simple.D