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Blue Velvet Blu-ray Review

“Blue Velvet” is a modern classic.

What happens when you find a severed ear in a field? For college student Jeffrey Beaumont, it leads to an amateur investigation that causes him to become entangled with a nightclub singer and a violent, gas inhaling, murderous psycho named Frank Booth. Can Jeffrey survive his journey into the underworld and can he bring Frank to justice? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

Alongside the “Twin Peaks” TV series, “Blue Velvet” is David Lynch’s finest work to date. It’s a dark, daringly original, sometimes frightening neo noir story filled with surrealistic images, interesting commentary about the dark side of towns, and some fantastic performances to boot. Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, and Isabella Rossellini all shines in their respective roles, but it’s Dennis Hopper who steals the show here. Hopper’s Frank Booth character is far and away one of the most convincing villains in cinematic history. Every line delivery, every reaction shot, every outburst is perfectly performed by Hopper. It’s no surprise that people are still quoting the character’s lines about Pabst Blue Ribbon and so forth to this day.

Summary: I rarely use the word masterpiece, but that is exactly what “Blue Velvet”. It’s not for everyone to be sure, but it’s a real cinematic treat if you can handle it.

Video/Audio:

The 2.35:1 1080p picture quality has a few print issues (noticeably some grain and dirt and a few jumpy image shots). However, the colors look incredibly sharp here which makes it a solid hi-def transfer all in all.

From Angelo Badalamenti’s score to Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams,” the film sounds better than it ever has thanks to this superb 5.1 DTS-HD audio track.

Extras:
* “A Few Outtakes” with Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and Frances Bay.
* 1 theatrical trailer and 2 TV spots.
* “Siskel And Ebert At The Movies” featuring a review of “Blue Velvet”.
* 4 vignettes titled “I Like Coffee Shops,” “The Chicken Walk,” “The Robin” and “Sita”.

* An 8 part documentary called “Mysteries Of Love” that contains interviews with Lynch, MacLachlan, Hopper and others. They chat about how the film came about, Lynch’s career, shooting locations, characters, Lynch on set, music, sound design, and the film’s legacy.

* The “Newly Discovered Lost Footage is the crown jewel of the extras here. From the first scene with an old man singing with a bearded man playing guitar in a room full of topless women, you can tell this is going to be full of oddball Lynch scenes. Granted, a lot of this material was understandably cut for time and because some of it didn’t work (like the college scenes), but there are several memorable Dennis Hopper scenes, a truly weird club comedian, and amusing lines to be found here.

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November 10, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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