Blue Velvet

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Product Overview

An engaging dark thriller about a young man, after discovering a human ear in a field, begins an investigation into a subculture of killers, addicts and sexual deviants.

Specifications

Studio MGM
SKU 40167501
UPC 027616876546
UPC 14 00027616876546
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2004
Rating Rating
Keywords
Black Comedy
Cult Film
Disturbing
Essential Cinema
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Mystery
Psychodrama
Psychos
Recommended
Sex
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm seeing something that was always hidden...I'm in the middle of a mystery, and it's all secret."--Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan)
Quote "The town that knows how much a woodchuck chucks."--Lumberton radio deejay
Quote "Why are there people like Frank?"--Jeffrey
Quote "It's a strange world, isn't it?"--Jeffery
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...A visionary masterpiece..." 12/14/1989 p.23
New York Times "...An instant cult classic....It confirms [Lynch's] stature as an innovator, a superb technician, and someone best not encountered in a dark alley..." 09/19/1986 p.C12,Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1986" 12/28/1986 p.II,19
Los Angeles Times "...The most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life. Shocking, visionary, rapturously controlled, its images of innocence and a dark, bruising sexuality drop straight into our unconscious where they rest like depth charges..." 09/19/1986 p.C1
Entertainment Weekly "...The movie hasn't lost its power to shock as well as mesmerize..." 06/07/2002 p.53
Directors
David Lynch
Actors
Isabella Rossellini
Dennis Hopper
Kyle MacLachlan
Cast & Crew
Dennis Hopper - Actor
Isabella Rossellini - Actor
Kyle MacLachlan - Actor
Laura Dern - Actor
David Lynch - Director
Frederick Elmes - Director of Photography
Richard Roth - Executive Producer
Angelo Badalamenti - Musical Score
David Lynch - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
Catalog ID 1003504
UPC 00027616876546
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (1987) David Lynch, Nominee, Best Director
Golden Globe (1987) Dennis Hopper, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture,David Lynch, Nominee, Best Screenplay--Motion Picture
Independent Spirit (1987) Isabelle Rosselini, Winner, Best Female Lead,Frederick Elmes, Nominee, Best Cinematography,David Lynch, Nominee, Best Director,Fred C. Caruso, Nominee, Best Feature,Laura Dern, Nominee, Best Female Lead,Dennis Hopper, Nominee, Best Male Lead,David Lynch, Nominee, Best Screenplay
Reviews
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Terminally weird, though flamboyantly original film about a young man's involvement in a small-town mystery involving a kinky nightclub singer, a sadistic kidnapper/drug dealer, and other swell folks. A highly individual look at the bizarre elements just behind the facade of a picture-perfect American town. Too audacious to be easily dismissed...one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 1986...
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ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, Unrated
Product Attributes
Actor Rossellini,Isabella
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Los Angeles Times Hypnotic and unsettling!
Newsweek ...a startling mixture of the heartfelt and the horrific...
Pauline Kael ...the work of a genius...
Rolling Stone ...disturbing and magical...

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