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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Blue Velvet Blu-Ray Review

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Blue Velvet Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: A young man ties the mystery of a severed ear to a roadhouse floozy and her tormentor. Directed by David Lynch. Stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

A deeply shocking and insidiously funny film, David Lynch's offbeat vision uncovers the nasty underside of small-town America. When a young man finds a human ear in a field, he embarks on an investigation into the dark world of a dangerous psychopath, which leads him to a beautiful nightclub singer. Truly an auteur film, if there is such a thing, BLUE VELVET is a bizarre, disturbing work that stands as one of the best films of the 1980s.

Director David Lynch follows up 1984's DUNE with this electrifyingly original thriller. After returning to his hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina, in order to visit his sick father, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) discovers a severed human ear in a vacant field. He befriends Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), the daughter of the detective assigned to the case, and uses her information to investigate the situation himself. This leads Jeffrey to Dorothy Valence (Isabella Rossellini), a sexy nightclub singer whose involvement with a raving psychopath named Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) begins to answer some important questions. Unfortunately, it also draws Jeffrey one step closer to Frank, a menacing figure who inhales from a nitrous-oxide tank and preaches the pleasures of drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The film contains such a unique blend of comedy, drama, and suspense that the line between the three is blurred, making for an unsettling yet highly invigorating viewing experience. Lynch manages to create a world onscreen that is superficially normal but tinted with a weirdness that is all his own. It is this twisting of reality that makes BLUE VELVET an oddly familiar yet completely unique motion picture, featuring an unforgettable performance by Dennis Hopper.

Review: Blue Velvet was a groundbreaking film that hit the underground subculture by storm!  The themes of sexuality, violence and submission were absolutely rampant throughout the subtext of the David Lynch cult classic.  Lynch is infamous for his bizarre visions and unexplained pathways and Blue Velvet is no exception.  This film helped to launch not only Lynch, but also actor Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives).  The film is dark, twisted and sexual beyond belief.  It introduces the mainstream viewing audience to a world of sadism and underground sex intertwined with great drama and mystery.  It begins with a severed ear and ends with a bang.  This is the first foray into blu-ray for this epic cult film and it looks fantastic.  This one is a must-have!

The special features on this blu-ray include: Newly Discovered Lost Footage, Mysteries of Love Documentary, Original Siskel & Ebert Review, Vignettes, Trailer & TV spots and A Few Outtakes.

Interest Range: Drama