Blue Velvet: Everett Collection
June 07, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Blue Velvet

Current Status
In Season
120 minutes
Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Brad Dourif, Dennis Hopper, Hope Lange, Jack Nance, Isabella Rossellini, Dean Stockwell
David Lynch
Dino De Laurentiis Productions
Drama, Mystery and Thriller
We gave it an A

Short of including a scratch-and-sniff hit of nitrous oxide, MGM couldn’t have done a better job packaging Blue Velvet: Special Edition, writer-director David Lynch’s ultra-kinky tale of sexual awakening. A voluptuous digital-video transfer makes every white picket fence and bug-infested blade of grass in the fictional town of Lumberton shimmer with the full, found-object mystery the director had in mind. The movie hasn’t lost its power to shock as well as mesmerize, with a juiced-up surround-sound mix delivering each psychotic pronouncement from funny-scary sadist Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) like a blow to the chest as he snorts relaxants and abuses poor, confused chanteuse Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini) and her would-be young rescuer, Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan). A just-right smattering of supplements features a gallery of production photos, on-camera testimony from the crew and cast (says Laura Dern, who plays MacLachlan’s sweet second love interest: ”Why are there people…in this world…like Frank [Booth]? I mean, that’s the question we’re all asking now, man!”), and further interview snippets hidden as Easter-egg treats. More rigorously dream-logical than Lynch’s latest, ”Mulholland Drive,” and more intense and sustained than the new ”Twin Peaks” boxed video sets, ”Blue Velvet” remains a tearstained fabric swatch for all seasons.

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