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on 2 March 2016
This review will focus mainly on some of the special features of this double-disc set. The deleted scenes, thought to have been lost for years, were finally found and included on the second disc here, and what a treat they are. Around 45 minutes of footage which was wisely cut from the film but somehow expands the weird world which David Lynch concocted for the film- some of it is hilarious and some of it is creepy with noirish menace.

The film itself sounds and looks great, with Angelo Badalamenti's score clear and lush on the soundtrack. I also noticed that the dialogue is now clearer than ever, as it can sometimes be distorted in other David Lynch films.
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on 14 October 2012
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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on 8 August 2002
In many ways, the opening sequence of Blue Velvet captures perfectly the ironic, slightly sinister but also darkly amusing take on americana which is prevailent in much of Lynch's work. His perspective is undoubtedly a fascinating one, both terrifying and strangely magnetic. As the father collapses to the sounds of fifties pop, its dreamy often delicious melody lulls the viewer, evoking a mood that continues throughout a film where one experiences an almost halluogenic view of the underbelly of an everyday american town. It could be argued that it is Hopper's portrayal of psychotic madman Frank Booth that captures centre stage, and he is without doubt a truly memorable cinematic creation. However, it was the naivety of Kyle MacLaclan's youthful character, combined with Rossellini's interpretation of a tortured but beautiful sexual paradox, both predator and victim which I found most interesting. Their relationship, and the violation of MacLachlan's innocence that it initiates is both startling and frighteningly magnetic. The claustrophobic world of Blue Velvet is somehow liberating, Lynch casts aside the viewer's expectations and perceptions, they are shed much like MacLachlans fragile innocence, his percieved corruption a watershed for the viewer.

There have been some gripes about the technical virtues of the DVD itself, however I had no problems whatsoever. The picture quality was great as was the sound. If you're some kind of DVD anorak [no offence intended] you might find some obscure detail to take issue with; but as far as I could see, the film was in no way impaired.

The film is quite simply brilliant, although its conclusion is perhaps a little too neat. On the whole however, it is a great production and well worth your money. An american film by an american director which could almost be labelled a work of art. You can't proclaim that too often.
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on 31 July 2008
What is there to say about the best film of the 1980's. This film is a modern day fairy tale, a surreal crime thriller and certainly one of Lynch's best and most rated films.

I just want to leave a note about the DVD, similar to what others have said, avoid the Prism Production of this, bad video, bad sound and ugly looking. Instead stretch yourself a few more £'s with the recently restored Sanctuary copy with bonus disk...

Prepare yourself for the voyeuristic journey, in this strange world.
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Set in the quiet picture postcard logging community of Lumbertown, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan), a somewhat naive and squeaky clean college boy, finds a severed human ear. Shocked and disturbed he reports it immediately to the police whilst, with the help of his girlfriend (Laura Dern), he begins his own investigation, which soon leads him into stumbling into the seedy and violent world of abused nightclub singer Dorothy (Isabella Rosellini) and drug-sniffing psychopath (Dennis Hopper).
This is the first movie in which David Lynch really showed us all his cards and united themes and imagery, now familiar to millions through the likes of Mulholland Drive, Wild At Heart and Twin Peaks. Although 16 years old, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its shock value. It is still deeply and uniquely disturbing, at times incredibly surreal and utterly compelling viewing. Beautifully filmed and directed by Lynch, its aesthetic value is often deliberately at odds with the subject matter and it is a work of dark genius. It also features superb acting performances all round. In particular, MacLachlan, Rosselinni, Dean Stockwell and Laura Dern shine, but it is Dennis Hopper's magnificent performance as a drug sniffing twisted psychopath that most people will remember.
Bizarre and frequently haunting, beautiful but frequently surreal, this is a movie that will stay with you for a very long time and really is a must see!
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Set in the quiet picture postcard logging community of Lumbertown, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan), a somewhat naive and squeaky clean college boy, finds a severed human ear. Shocked and disturbed he reports it immediately to the police whilst, with the help of his girlfriend (Laura Dern), he begins his own investigation, which soon leads him into stumbling into the seedy and violent world of abused nightclub singer Dorothy (Isabella Rosellini) and drug-sniffing psychopath (Dennis Hopper).
This is the first movie in which David Lynch really showed us all his cards and united themes and imagery, now familiar to millions through the likes of Mulholland Drive, Wild At Heart and Twin Peaks. Although 16 years old, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its shock value. It is still deeply and uniquely disturbing, at times incredibly surreal and utterly compelling viewing. Beautifully filmed and directed by Lynch, its aesthetic value is often deliberately at odds with the subject matter and it is a work of dark genius. It also features superb acting performances all round. In particular, MacLachlan, Rosselinni, Dean Stockwell and Laura Dern shine, but it is Dennis Hopper's magnificent performance as a drug sniffing twisted psychopath that most people will remember.
Bizarre and frequently haunting, beautiful but frequently surreal, this is a movie that will stay with you for a very long time and really is a must see!
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on 5 November 2014
Unfortunately this is not a version with the lost footage inserted into the film as the run time on the cover (169 min) suggests, but it's the film in its original version with the additional footage (that has already been available in the US) contained on a second disc. So it's five stars for the film, but the overall rating is only three stars as I think the labeling created false expectations.

For those of you hoping to get a longer version of the film, I can not recommend the purchase.
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on 27 June 2008
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.

Hope this helps.
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on 26 April 2003
As an absolute masterpiece from one of the most impressive moviemakers of our times, Blue Velvet is a must have item in any movie lover private videography.Unfortunatly, this DVD edition is a long way to live up to the task of being a proper media to any movie whatsoever.The picture quality is similar to a much used and weary VHS. It seems to me that the DVD transcription was made directly from a cinematic copy in very bad shape. The soundtrack (without any kind of subtitles available, to help you out through some almost imperceptive passages) also suffers greatly from the technical flaws that make this edition a very frustating and disappointing aquisition. The extras are by no means able to help save the day. Therefore, one star rating, and a vivid take care notice to all you David Lynch fans out there.
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on 5 February 2016
This Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic, and the recently found footage makes this a must buy for the film's fans.
EXTRA FEATURES:
- Mysteries of Love (SD; 1:10:45) is a comprehensive retrospective which gives a lot of background on Lynch's formulation of the project.
Interviews with most of the principal cast as well as Lynch are included, along with behind the scenes footage.
- Newly Discovered Lost Footage (HD; 51:42). This will be the big calling card in terms of supplements for longtime fans of the film. As Lynch somewhat cheekily includes as a prologue, "It's like the song 'Amazing Grace,' the footage was lost but now it's found." There's some expectedly outré stuff here, including several sequences featuring full frontal female nudity (which may have had at least something to do with those scenes not making it to the final cut of the film, since Lynch was already pushing the envelope to the breaking point with regard to Rossellini's nudity and other elements of her character). Keep an eye out for a very young Megan Mullally, replete with Farrah Fawcett hair, as Jeffrey's erstwhile girlfriend Louise.
- A Few Outtakes (HD; 1:33) offers some ad libs and silly moments.
- Siskel and Ebert 'At the Movies' (SD; 1:30) is the pair's 1986 summation of the film. One of them didn't exactly love the film.
- Vignettes offers I Like Coffee Shops (SD; 00:22), The Chicken Walk (SD; 00:55), The Robin (SD; 1:33), Sita (SD; 00:45), four snippets mixing moments from the film with interviews with Lynch, MacLachlan, Rossellini and others.
Theatrical Trailer (HD; 1:31)
TV Spot 1 (SD; 00:32)
TV Spot 2 (SD; 00:31
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