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Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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