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Blue Velvet (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]

Isabella Rossellini , Kyle MacLachlan , David Lynch    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Writers: David Lynch
  • Producers: Fred C. Caruso, Richard A. Roth
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sanctuary
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AM76A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Lynch ('Eraserhead', 'Twin Peaks') peels back the outer layers of smalltown America to reveal a perverse and surreal underbelly. Kyle MacLachlan stars as naive young Jeffrey Beaumont, who becomes involved in murder, voyeurism, sado-masochism and a terrifying evil after he discovers a severed ear in a deserted field. Isabella Rossellini plays the nightclub singer Beaumont becomes obsessed with, a woman ensnared in a brutal relationship with the psychopathic Frank (Dennis Hopper).

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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 into a dreamy vision on the edge of nightmare. After his father collapses in a preternaturally eerie sequence, college boy Kyle MacLachlan returns home and stumbles across a severed human ear in a vacant lot. With the help of sweetly innocent high school girl (Laura Dern), he turns junior detective and uncovers a frightening yet darkly compelling world of voyeurism and sex. Drawn deeper into the brutal world of drug dealer and blackmailer Frank, played with raving mania by an obscenity-shouting Dennis Hopper in a career-reviving performance, he loses his innocence and his moral bearings when confronted with pure, unexplainable evil. Isabella Rossellini is terrifyingly desperate as Hopper's sexual slave who becomes MacLachlan's illicit lover, and Dean Stockwell purrs through his role as Hopper's oh-so-suave buddy. Lynch strips his surreally mundane sets to a ghostly austerity, which composer Angelo Badalamenti encourages with the smooth, spooky strains of a lush score. Blue Velvet is a disturbing film that delves into the darkest reaches of psycho-sexual brutality and simply isn't for everyone. But for a viewer who wants to see the cinematic world rocked off its foundations, David Lynch delivers a nightmarish masterpiece. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Release 14 Oct 2012
By Ben
Format:Blu-ray
David Lynch's Blue Velvet is a masterpiece. For those who haven't seen the film, be prepared for a cinematic experience that you rarely come across nowadays. For those who have seen the film, be prepared for a fantastic restoration in this Blu-Ray. It looks stunning.

Blue Velvet follows Jeffrey Beaumont, who after finding a severed human ear, stumbles upon a horrific underworld lying beneath his idyllic suburban home town.

When diving into a David Lynch film, you have to be prepared to roll with whatever is presented to you. I remember after the first time I saw Blue Velvet I was just stunned, I couldn't quite work out what I was feeling. It stirred me in a way that I couldn't put into words. The film is mesmerizing. It completely absorbs the viewer with the story, the direction, the cinematography, the acting, you will not be able to look away.

Isabella Rossellini is fantastic as the fragile and broken Dorothy Vallens. Also a mention to Dennis Hopper as the terrifying Frank Booth.

The Blu-Ray is great. The film comes alive in a completely new way with the HD transfer. I felt like I was watching it for the first time again. The special features are good, not in HD, but very interesting content.

For those who haven't seen the film, please give it go.
Everyone who loves the film already, don't hesitate to buy this fantastic Blu-Ray.

8/10
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a strange world" 24 Mar 2002
Format:DVD
Not meaning to contradict other reviewers, but I thought I'd lend my opinion about the controversy surrounding this DVD release. Basically, I put off buying this for so long simply because of many of the reviews on here complaining about the picture and quality on the region 2 version. The other day however, I DID buy it and was pleasantly surprised.
I own the 4Front video release and this DVD just trashes it in terms of picture quality and sound... in the video you can't see what's going on half the time because it's too dark, the colour is over-saturated and the sound is too low.
Sure, it hasn't been remastered or anything, much like the Castle release of 'Dune' but it IS a good transfer. MUCH better than the video, which really spoilt my enjoyment of the film.
On to the film itself. 'Blue Velvet' is probably David Lynch's defining moment and masterpiece. Where as 'Eraserhead' and 'Twin Peaks' are strong cult films [and TV series], 'Blue Velvet' was a heavy blip on the timeline of American cinema. Certainly without it such films as 'American Beauty' wouldn't have come about, although that's not to say that this film is anything like that... Lynch's vision of the darkness beneath suburban USA and the human psyche is much darker and explicit.
It all starts with the discovery of a severed human ear in a field and spirals downward from there into a psychosexual thriller involving some of the best characterization I've ever seen, especially by Denis Hopper who is FANTASTIC as the evil Frank Booth. Simply put, this is a film you will NOT forget and will haunt your thoughts long afterwards. It's dark, it's elaborate, it's Lynch.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Velvet - 2-disc widescreen version 27 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
Looking at the other reviews here, there seems to be a lot of people unhappy with the Blue Velvet DVD. I must point out that I own the two disc widescreen version of Blue Velvet released by Sanctuary Visual Entertainment, and I can assure you there is absolutely nothing wrong with the quality of the picture or the sound. Further more it is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. The DVD is Region 0, which means it will work on any DVD player.

On the second disc there is a 30-minute documentary called Strange Desires, which features interviews with David Lynch, Dennis Hopper and others associated with the film. There is also a 12-minute featurette called Moving Pictures with J.G Ballard.

I think the technical problems mentioned in other customer reviews are related to the DVD released by Prism Leisure. My advice would be to avoid that one, and purchase the one by Sanctuary.

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124 of 140 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, Horrible DVD. 20 Mar 2005
By Steampunk TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I should start by saying that I've never paid much attention to talk of good and bad 'prints' of movies, and always regarded it as a bit of movie snobbery. Until now, I've never purchased a DVD that left me seriously unhappy with the quality of the image.

I'm afraid this DVD (by Prism Leisure Corporation) changed all that. Quite simply, it's dreadful. Ok, it's a budget DVD, but frankly, if someone offers you this DVD for *free* you should politely decline.

Blue Velvet is one of my favourite movies. I bought this DVD as an upgrade from my aging VHS version. But after 20 minutes of trying to watch the DVD, I ejected it and went back to my old VHS.

In this version, the colours are washed out and muddy; the contrast is terrible; the image is far from sharp. In the dark scenes (and there are a lot of them) you'll frequently find yourself staring at a black screen. In short, watching this DVD is like seeing the movie on a seriously sick TV.

Really, you should give this a miss. Watch it on tape, or on the (much more expensive) special edition DVD (which I've now discovered is much much better and does the movie justice).

I can't believe that I'm writing a 1-star review of Blue Velvet!!

For the movie, five stars, easily. But because of the quality of this DVD, I'm knocking off four of them (and would knock off all five if I could). The movie is stunning, powerful, harrowing. This DVD is just harrowing. Avoid it like the plague.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Atmospheric & original, well acted too.
Published 13 days ago by Michael K. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Disturbing film but excellent.
Published 3 months ago by Gordon L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great!
Published 3 months ago by IAN DORAN
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a strange world
In a word... brilliant! From the opening credits this was captivating, visually striking, and great performances all round. Particularly like the score by Angelo Badalamenti. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars A cult film?
I've rated this as ok, mainly as it is such a unique movie and one that you'd either love or hate! I watched it through to the end mainly out of curiousity. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. C. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Velvet
What a film, I'd seen it years ago and was struck by it then, the years haven't changed my opinion

a VERY good film
Published 7 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, but beware of the frustrating mixed description
Blue Velvet the movie is 5 stars and everyone has been talking up the blu-ray release as really improving on the DVD releases so I decided to buy it on Blu-ray to improve upon my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Max
4.0 out of 5 stars Updating film to DVD
Saw the film, bought the video. Time to update to DVD. Enjoyed the film very much, dark, scarey and wonderment of what was going on! Read more
Published 8 months ago by A.Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film - Lynch's Best!!!
This is a classic film, and my favourite film by David, the acting is superb especially Dennis Hopper as a deranged oxygen dependant psycopath!!
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue velvet.
The most romantic film of the twentieth century. What else would you expect from David Lynch. Much depends on one's life experience.
Published 11 months ago by william buckley
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