Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

DVD - 2019
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David Lynch burrows deep beneath the picturesque surfaces of small-town life in his most iconic film. With intense performances by Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rosellini, Kyle MacLachlan, and Laura Dern, and hauntingly powerful scenes and images, this is one of the most influential American films of the past few decades.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]
ISBN: 9781681435855
Branch Call Number: DVD BLU
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (120 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.

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Velvet curtains, a classy lounge singer in a smoky club and vivid moody colours takes you deep into a dark world created by David Lynch.


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kgwoman
Mar 23, 2021

“Dark and twisted” says it all. The S&M scenes are brilliantly acted and utterly cringeworthy. I didn’t need to see this, and, in my world, it doesn’t constitute “art.”

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loella
Mar 11, 2021

Seldom have I seen a movie with a huge reputation that failed to live up to it like Blue Velvet fails. Pokey, desultorily acted at best (Dennis Hopper's supposedly great comeback performance is distinguished only for setting a world record for saying "fuck" in a two-hour movie, and all the rest of the words he utters are repeated only very lightly less often), photographed in the color still-photo aping manner (I'm starting to feel bad about William Eggleston--oh, but maybe Lynch and Elmes are copying Godard?) that was a vogue in the 80s, slackly directed (Jane Campion knew how to use it right), and "ironically" scored with bad versions of pop songs and "minimal" drifting tones, the kind that now make every conventional documentary unbearable. I'm starting to wonder whether I should bother at all with David Lynch's other movies. Just dreck. --Ray Olson

😇 Those who think stories should serve as instruction manuals for the audience will not be amused by this movie. Those who think movies should be understated, inoffensive and have likable characters should look elsewhere. The rest of us, and we know who we are, will find this a drama of remarkable power, that capitalizes on dreams of lost innocence. The performances are overwhelming, there is non-stop vulgar language, and nudity of extraordinary quality. And what is it that rageaholic Frank is breathing from the mask?
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Note added in press: That next-to-last review reads a lot like one posted by a well-known critic for the Seattle Times. A critic whose name sounds like he makes woodchopping implements.

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Maoisdead
Dec 01, 2020

A dark, twisted neo-noir tale from the incredible mind of David Lynch. Great performances all around especially from Dennis Hopper and Kyle MacLachlan.

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 01, 2020

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. 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

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dmasterson
Apr 14, 2020

Not as surreal as Lynch's later films, but plenty strange. Twin Peak's Kyle MacLachlin plays a young man whose curiosity sucks him into his town's criminal underworld.

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amanoletters99
Oct 18, 2019

Come for the weirdness. Stay for Dennis Hopper's over-the-top portrayal of Frank. Hopper's work alone is worth the price of admission.

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Derringer
Jul 18, 2019

When it came to being any sort of "enjoyable" movie-entertainment - All in all, I certainly found "Blue Velvet" (from 1986) to be too-too terminally weird for its own good.

Now, don't get me wrong here, "Blue Velvet" is most-certainly worth a view. Yes. That it is. But, you know, in the long run, it just can't (seriously) be taken at face value. It's the sort of film that "you see it, then dismiss it" as pure novelty. 'Cause, let's face it, "Blue Velvet" is nothing deeper, nor more profound, than just that.

P.S. - This film's story really had nothing whatsoever to do with anything "Blue Velvet" at all. Its plot-line was, for the most part, only marginally connected to that sappy, old pop tune sung by Bobby Vinton (and also sung (very badly) by Isabella Rossellini).

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Songtang
Jul 18, 2019

Now it's dark...

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cmarie20
Jul 14, 2019

Sick and icky. If this is 'iconic' I'll pass.

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jimg2000
Dec 15, 2017

There are opportunities in life for gaining knowledge and experience. Sometimes it's necessary to take a risk. I'll bet someone could learn a lot by getting into that woman's apartment. You know, sneak in, hide, and observe.
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I don't know if you're a detective or a pervert.
-Well, that's for me to know and you to find out.
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See that clock on the wall? Five minutes from now, you're not gonna believe what I've told you.
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What beer do you like?
- Heineken.
Heineken? Fxck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!
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I don't see how they could do that. I could never eat a bug.
-It's a strange world. Isn't it?
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You stay alive, baby. Do it for Van Gogh.

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Radio announcer: "It's a sunny, woodsy day in Lumberton, so get those chainsaws out. This is the mighty "W.O.O.D.", the musical voice of Lumberton. At the sound of the falling tree, it's 9:30. There's a whole lotta wood waitin' out there, so let's get goin'."

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Ben, Frank Booth, Roy Orbison: "A candy colored clown they call The Sandman... slips into my room every night..."

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Jeffrey Beaumont: "It's a strange world, Sandy..."

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Jeffrey Beaumont: "Why are there people like Frank? Why is there so much trouble in this world?" Sandy Williams: "I don't know. ...I had a dream. In fact, it was the night I met you... In the dream, there was our world, and the world was dark, because there weren't any robins... and the robins represented love. And for the longest time there was just this darkness. And all of a sudden, THOUSANDS of robins were set free and they flew down and brought this BLINDING light of love. And it seemed like that love... would be the only thing that would make any difference... and it did. So, I guess it means... there is trouble 'til the robins come."

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Monolith
Mar 25, 2012

Frank Booth (& Roy Orbison): "...In dreams... I walk with you... In dreams... I talk to you... In dreams... you're mine... all the time... Forever..."

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mariednguyen Sep 27, 2013

Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. The movie exhibits elements of both film noir and surrealism. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken from The Clovers' 1955 song of the same name. Although initially detested by some mainstream critics, the film is now widely acclaimed, and earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. As an example of a director casting against the norm, Blue Velvet is also noted for re-launching Hopper's career and for providing Rossellini with a dramatic outlet beyond the work as a fashion model and a cosmetics spokeswoman for which she had until then been known.

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