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David Lynch peeks behind the picket fences of small-town America to reveal a corrupt shadow world of malevolence, sadism, and madness. From the opening shots Lynch turns the Technicolor picture postcard images of middle class homes and tree-lined lanes in
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : David Lynch
- Media Format : Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours
- Release date : January 31, 2006
- Actors : Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Producers : Dino De Laurentiis, Fred C. Caruso, Richard Roth
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : 0792844793
- Writers : David Lynch
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The film was almost not released after test screenings and because the content was considered "too dark" by some people involved in the film. Several actors were cast for the parts, but the finished product ended up with very few of the original choices; however, after watching this film over the years, I can't imagine the parts being played by anyone but those who ended up in the film. Where else can you get Dennis Hopper, "Eraserhead" Jack Nance, Dean Stockwell, Isabella Rosellini, Laura Dern, Brad Doriff (Billy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and Kyle MacLachlan together in one completely mad cinematic oddysey?
Frank is masterfully played by Dennis Hopper. He was born for this role and his acting is so intense that it leaves one wondering if he is really just acting. BLUE VELVET is a film you will love or hate. Those who like edgy and insanely creative films will like it and "sensitive" types and people who grew up suckled on Disney kartoonz will likely hate it.
Twin Peaks is basically a prime time 1990s television version of Blue Velvet.
After watching Twin Peaks: The Return of Dougie, I now like to think of Blue Velvet as another piece of the Twin Peaks puzzle. What if Jeffery is really Cooper and Sandy is really Diane?
Blue Velvet is a creepy, surreal film noir, full of haunting and often hilarious scenes. Just ignore the silly "romance novel" thumbnail they use for this movie; it's not that type of love story. It's nightmarish, violent, and over-the-top, but it also contains some tender, genuinely touching moments, and a happy ending in which good conquers evil.
Chances are you'll either love it or hate it.
But yeah, if you're looking for a chill movie with a paint by numbers love story, this ain't it.
The best I can describe Blue Velvet is, One of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in a parallel universe where the people look normal but act weird and have bad judgment- including Hardy Boy and Nancy. And then it ends.
You put up with Blue Velvet's incoherent, bizarre mess because you're sure it will start making sense soon. But it never does. You see scenes that remind you of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and that gets you interested, but even Twin Peaks had a plot and a sense of momentum.
So No, this is not a good movie. Again, unless you're an art house snob who sees art and genius when there isn't any there.
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This Blu-ray 2-disc special edition (cat no. HFR0325B) offers stunning picture quality when compared to the DVD version of the film that I have been watching (repeatedly) over the past ten years or so. The DVD looked very much like the film that it was shot on - grainy (especially in the shadow areas) and slightly poorly defined around the edges of objects. The remastered Blu-ray, however, has somehow managed to eliminate nearly all of the graininess, sharpen up the details tremendously and uses a higher contrast ratio to make the shadow areas blacker and thereby, less prone to graininess and colour distortion. Equally, it doesn't look overly pixilated or over-softened, as some Blu-ray conversions I've bought recently have.
It's a testament to the improved picture quality to admit that I had never noticed before (in the DVD version) that the lead male character (Jeffrey) wore an earring throughout the entire picture! That and many other details are revealed in this improved version.
I have yet to watch the extra footage on the second disc, but I would already state that the disc is worth purchasing on the merits of the remastering and picture quality alone. Surely, the definitive version of the early classic David Lynch movie!
Now, if only someone would remaster 'Mulholland Drive' to the same standard ....