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Story

David Lynch peeks behind the picket fences of small-town America to reveal a corrupt shadow world of malevolence, sadism, and madness. From the opening shots Lynch turns the Technicolor picture postcard images of middle class homes and tree-lined lanes into a dreamy vision on the edge of nightmare. After his father collapses in a preternaturally eerie sequence, college boy Kyle MacLachlan returns home and stumbles across a severed human ear in a vacant lot. With the help of sweetly innocent high school girl (Laura Dern), he turns junior detective and uncovers a frightening yet darkly compelling world of voyeurism and sex. Drawn deeper into the brutal world of drug dealer and blackmailer Frank, played with raving mania by an obscenity-shouting Dennis Hopper in a career-reviving performance, he loses his innocence and his moral bearings when confronted with pure, unexplainable evil. Isabella Rossellini is terrifyingly desperate as Hopper's sexual slave who becomes MacLachlan's illicit lover, and Dean Stockwell purrs through his role as Hopper's oh-so-suave buddy. Lynch strips his surreally mundane sets to a ghostly austerity, which composer Angelo Badalamenti encourages with the smooth, spooky strains of a lush score. Blue Velvet is a disturbing film that delves into the darkest reaches of psycho-sexual brutality and simply isn't for everyone. But for a viewer who wants to see the cinematic world rocked off its foundations, David Lynch delivers a nightmarish masterpiece. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • "Mysteries Of Love" Documentary
  • Deleted Scenes Montage
  • Original "Siskel & Ebert" Review
  • Photo Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast

Isabella RosselliniDorothy Vallens
Kyle MacLachlanJeffrey Beaumont (as Kyle Maclachlan)
Dennis HopperFrank Booth
Laura DernSandy Williams
Hope LangeMrs. Williams
Dean StockwellBen
George DickersonDetective Williams
Priscilla PointerMrs. Beaumont
Frances BayAunt Barbara
Jack HarveyMr. Beaumont
Ken StovitzMike
Brad DourifRaymond
Jack NancePaul
J. Michael HunterHunter
Dick GreenDon Vallens
Fred PicklerYellow Man
Philip MarkertDr. Gynde
Leonard WatkinsDouble Ed
Moses GibsonDouble Ed
Selden SmithNurse Cindy
Peter CarewCoroner
Jon Jon SnipesLittle Donny
Angelo BadalamentiPiano Player (as Andy Badale)
Jean Pierre VialeMaster of Ceremonies
Donald MooreDesk Sergeant
A. Michelle DeplandParty Girl
Michelle SasserParty Girl
Katie ReidParty Girl
SparkyThe Dog
Robert J. MaxwellSlow Club Customer (uncredited)

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 120 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 19, 1986
    EuropeJan 21, 1987
    AustraliaFeb 26, 1987
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaNov 8, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 4, 2002
    EuropeApr 5, 2004
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