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Blue Velvet

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Kyle Maclachlan and Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet
De Laurentiis/The Kobal Collection

Blue Velvet

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
120 minutes
performer:
Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Brad Dourif, Dennis Hopper, Hope Lange, Jack Nance, Isabella Rossellini, Dean Stockwell
director:
David Lynch
distributor:
Dino De Laurentiis Productions
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

It was 25 years ago that director David Lynch saved his career after the disaster of Dune by turning Kyle MacLachlan into a small-town voyeur/detective and Dennis Hopper into a gas-huffing demon with Blue Velvet (1986, R, 2 hrs.). The EXTRAS on the Blu-ray anniversary edition have more than 50 minutes of ”newly discovered” scenes the director nixed. They are unmistakably Lynchian — absurd, deadpan, and amusing — but Lynch was wise to cut them, especially a needless intro that would’ve destroyed the rhythm of the opening act. Still, they’re definitely worth watching, just to appreciate the choices that shaped a masterpiece. A