New Release: Blue Velvet Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $24.99
Studio: 20th  Century Fox Home Entertainment

Blue Velvet movie scene

Dennis Hopper does it to Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet.

The Blu-ray debut of David Lynch’s (Dune) visionary cult film Blue Velvet, on its 25th Anniversary, is highlighted by the long-awaited unveiling of more than 50 minutes of deleted scenes from the movie that were thought to have been lost for the past 25 years.

The provocative and bizarre 1986 mystery-drama digs into the darkness and danger that lies beneath the surface of a serene small town.

The “serenity” comes in the form of  clean-cut Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan, Showgirls), who realizes his Mayberry-like hometown is far from innocent when he discovers a human ear in a field. With the help of a local gal (Laura Dern, Everything Must Go), Jeffrey begins an investigation that catapults him into an alluring, erotic murder mystery involving a disturbed nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini, Death Becomes Her) and a drug-addicted sadist (Dennis Hopper, Apocalypse Now). Soon, Jeffrey is led deeper into their depraved existence and past the point of no return.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Directing, Blue Velvet co-stars Dean Stockwell (TV’s Quantum Leap), Hope Lange (TV’s Peyton Place) and Lynch mainstay Jack Nance (Eraserhead).

A gorgeous Blu-ray rendering aside, those deleted scenes — which apparently turned up in Seattle, according to Lynch — sound intriguing. What are we in store for? Dean Stockwell following up “In Dreams” with a second number? Kyle MacLachlan giving Budweiser a try? Or maybe Dennis Hopper trading in his regular gaseous mixture for some helium? We’ll see…

In addition to the deleted scenes, the Blue Velvet Blu-ray features a transfer and color correction supervised by the filmmaker himself and a handful of outtakes.

Here’s a bonus clip:



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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.