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"Blue Velvet" - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Edward McNulty
Studio: MGM
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
November 8, 2011
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

David Lynch, known for directing such diverse films as Eraserhead and The Straight Story, is at his weirdest in this film, which he also wrote. As the opening credits roll we know that we are in for a bizarre experience as the camera shows us the well-trimmed lawns in the small logging town of Lumberton. Everything looks neat and tidy. This is a community where the homeowners want to have everything appear just right. The camera tilts down until we are at grass lever. It does not stop there but continues beneath the ground. Underneath all the neatness and tidiness we see all manner of insects and foulness. Thus the creative director informs us right away that things are not as they appear to be—and we soon discover this is true among the town’s citizens as well.***

When his father suffers a serious stroke, college student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) has returned home to work in the family’s hardware store. Returning from the hospital one night, he cuts through a vacant lot and comes across a severed human ear. He takes it to his neighbor Detective John Williams (George Dickerson) who tells him to keep quiet about this. Williams’ daughter Sandy (Laura Dern), a high school student, fills Jeffrey in on the investigation, revealing that a woman named Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rosellini) is being investigated.***

All of this leads the curious Jeffrey to sneak into Dorothy’s apartment, which entangles him in a web of sadistic sex, torture, and murder. The most savage character he meets is brutal gangster Frank Booth, one of the most violent characters ever played by Dennis Hopper. Jeffrey emerges with his innocence shattered but fortunately he has the hopeful Sandy who still believes that there is good in the world despite all the horrific evil they have experienced.***

Image & Sound:

Blu-ray is presented in widescreen (2.35:1) and in DTS-HD 5.1 master audio.The Blu-ray transfer looks,perfect for the Blu-ray experience indeed.

Special Features:

Deleted scenes, such as "Lost Footage" and a theatrical trailer and two TV spots.

Final Words:

The acting and camera work are all top notch. The sadistic torture and sex scenes may be too much for some viewers. This remains one of David Lynch’s signature film, one in which he exposes the darkness of the human psyche, especially in Dennis Hopper’s Frank Booth. Viewers might be thankful that they do not live in Lumberton, but Lynch leads them to look at their own community and see that the same darkness is exposed there as well by news of the latest thefts and murders that headlines the latest Nightly Newscasts.***

 

 
 
 
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