Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Greg0
Blue Velvet 25th Anniversary: Smooth Yet Criminal
Finally, a worthy version of this film. Sure, VHS tapes that you could trade like samizdat had an appeal amongst film geeks a couple of decades ago. But Blu-ray quality and size have allowed MGM to bring a superb transfer and so many extras that any fan will be left dazed. David Lynch might not always make sense, but here is your chance to pull back the curtain some, thanks to an eight-part documentary (!) that explores characters and plotlines in depth. Of course, that’s paired with an extra 50 minutes or so of deleted footage that adds a lot.
So, what is Blue Velvet about? Well, like much of the director’s work, this portrait is of an American world that is familiar and dreamy, but dark and often deeply disturbing. There’s sweetness (Laura Dern, who plays a high school student), and voyeurism. Dennis Hopper offers a stellar performance as Frank, a twisted sexual monster, who controls Isabella Rosselini- and you can’t miss Dean Stockwell in his fairly small but fun role. The score is perfectly fitting, the cinematography finally able to be fully appreciated.
Blue Velvet is beautiful, haunting, and certainly worth a watch. If you already own a copy, this one is definitive- the extras, like vignettes and outtakes make for a more whole experience than earlier versions. And if you don’t have one, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Blue Velvet is worth buying a Blu-ray player for. $16, available now online and in stores.