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1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, Horrible DVD., 20 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: Blue Velvet [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 21 Feb 2008 12:50:10 GMT
Mark Hilton says:
I was about to give you a right slating. Then realised that you do actually like the film. Which is correct. Ace film, lousy DVD.

Posted on 20 Sep 2008 13:15:45 BDT
Great review, thanks for the heads up about the image quality.

Posted on 21 Jan 2010 14:49:40 GMT
ALVARO says:
Is their a better version?

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 16:29:36 BDT
But the DVD listed is NOT from Prism Leisure Corporation I think. This review seems to be for a differerent edition. Robert

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2010 01:42:26 BDT
Karlos says:
All reviews for any edition of Blue Velvet (DVD, Special Edition, VHS, etc) are shown. The first line indicates which edition the review is for i.e. "This review is from..."

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 19:32:04 GMT
C. L. Fraser says:
I thought the exact same when I put the dvd on, kept trying to adjust the tv controls and shut the curtains, you couldn't even make out what was happening onscreen for most of the film.

Posted on 8 Jul 2012 02:08:43 BDT
allan hutton says:
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