Blue Velvet

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7.72h1986X-RayR
The finding of a severed ear in a small North Carolina town opens up an investigation into the bizarre kidnapping of a lounge singer's child by a group of psychotic gangsters.
Directors
Lynch,David
Starring
Kyle MacLachlanDennis HopperIsabella Rossellini
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Laura DernDean StockwellHope LangePriscilla PointerFrances Bay
Producers
Fred C. CarusoRichard A. Roth
Studio
Crowd Pleasers
Rating
R (Restricted)
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

2817 global ratings

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Crazy SvenReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic David Lynch Nightmare - Agony and Ecstacy
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Ordinarily, there are very few films that I will watch more than two or three times, but BLUE VELVET is a standout film in the genre of motion pictures that display the duality of man and nature and the darkness that flows beneath all things beautiful. The darkness is ushered in slowly, in typical Lynchian fashion, with the bright light of day and idyllic scenes of daily life being slowly, then violently, peeled back to show the ugly underbelly of realities we avoid. The use of darkness and light and a musical score to match are part of David Lynch's genius.

The film was almost not released after test screenings and because the content was considered "too dark" by some people involved in the film. Several actors were cast for the parts, but the finished product ended up with very few of the original choices; however, after watching this film over the years, I can't imagine the parts being played by anyone but those who ended up in the film. Where else can you get Dennis Hopper, "Eraserhead" Jack Nance, Dean Stockwell, Isabella Rosellini, Laura Dern, Brad Doriff (Billy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and Kyle MacLachlan together in one completely mad cinematic oddysey?

Frank is masterfully played by Dennis Hopper. He was born for this role and his acting is so intense that it leaves one wondering if he is really just acting. BLUE VELVET is a film you will love or hate. Those who like edgy and insanely creative films will like it and "sensitive" types and people who grew up suckled on Disney kartoonz will likely hate it.
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TafkaswfReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not "Art." Not "Genius." Just Bad
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Don't let any art house snob tell you that if you don't like Blue Velvet, you just don't get it. You DO get it, and Blue Velvet is an incoherent, implausible mess.

The best I can describe Blue Velvet is, One of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in a parallel universe where the people look normal but act weird and have bad judgment- including Hardy Boy and Nancy. And then it ends.

You put up with Blue Velvet's incoherent, bizarre mess because you're sure it will start making sense soon. But it never does. You see scenes that remind you of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and that gets you interested, but even Twin Peaks had a plot and a sense of momentum.

So No, this is not a good movie. Again, unless you're an art house snob who sees art and genius when there isn't any there.
8 people found this helpful
WEAK HEART 4 LIFEReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
FUTURE TWIN PEAKS DIRECTOR DAVID LYNCH CLASSIC BLUE VELVET ARRIVES ON DVD
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BLUE VELVET WHAT CAN I SAY IF YOU EVER HEAR THE SONG PLAYED AGAIN AFTER WATCHING THIS FILM YOU WILL MOST LIKELY ALWAYS THINK OF THIS FILM. DENNIS HOPPER PLAYS ONE OF HIS MOST STRANGEST ROLES TO DATE. HE PLAYS A DRUG ADDICT WHO GETS OFF ON CAUSING PHYSICAL PAIN TO A LOUNGE SINGER WHO SINGS THE SONG BLUE VELVET TO HIM. FRANK PLAYED BY DENNIS HOPPER HAS KIDNAPPED THE SON OF A LOUNGE SINGER NAMED DOROTHY. IF DOROTHY WANTS TO SEE OR HEAR FROM HER SON AGAIN SHE HAS ENDURE PHYSICAL RAPES AND BEATINGS GIVEN BY FRANK WHO GETS HIGH BY BREATHING THROUGH AN OXYGEN MASK BEFORE HE ABUSES HER. KYLE MACLACHAN PLAYS JEFFREY A MAN WHO IS DRAWN INTO THE MYSTERY OF FRANK AND DOROTHY AFTER FINDING A HUMAN EAR IN A FIELD. HE DECIDES TO SNEAK INTO DOROTHY'S APARTMENT AND WATCHES FIRST HAND THE SICK TWISTED ABUSE THAT FRANK INFLICTS UPON DOROTHY BEFORE JEFFREY KNOWS IT HE IS INVOLVED IN FRANKS SICK TWISTED FURY. NOW JEFFERY MUST NOT ONLY SAVE HIMSELF BUT ALSO THOSE AROUND HIM WHO ARE IN THE PATH OF FRANKS DRUGGED UP TWISTED REALITY. LAURA DERN PLAYS JEFFREYS LOVE INTEREST SANDY NOW HER AND JEFFREY MUST TRY AND SAVE DOROTHY AND HER SON FROM THE SICK TWISTED SADIST KNOWN AS FRANK BEFORE FRANK DRAGS THEM ALL INTO HIS DEEP DARK TWISTED REALITY. NOW AS FAR AS SPECIAL DVD FEATURES BLUE VELVET HAS ORIGINAL SISKEL AND EBERT REVIEW, DELETED SCENES MONTAGE, MYSTERY'S OF LOVE DOCUMENTARY AND IS SHOWN IN WIDESCREEN FORMAT.
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Looking CloserReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Destroy our terrifying inner-self and the birds will sing
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Brilliant allegory for the unconscious mind. Jeffrey (Kyly M.) throws caution to the wind and enters his unconscious with the help of Sandy (Laura Dern), who excites his sexual desires. Her syrupy American sweetness is the covering to a frightening interior. Jefferey finds his inner terror, Frank Booth, who bars him from his raging fire of desire, Dorothy Vallens. Jefferey's father ignites the son's obsession and curiosity with death, the greatest unknown, after our unconscious. The boy delves further into the mystery of death through a piece of evidence of a murder that leads him to his unconscious. Once Jefferey knows himself and the fear is destroyed, he is ready and glad to return to Sandy and the safe and knowable conscious life.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Underneath middle class America you never know what you'll find
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Blue Velvet is when director David Lynch really started exploring his wild and weird side. He got his start with Eraserhead but then did two mainstream films with Elephant Man and Dune. Then there was Blue Velvet followed by Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, etc. which were all similar in theme.

The opening of the movie sets the mood. There are images of a typical white suburb in America but then a man watering his yard keels over. The idea is that things are not as they seem and the perfect American middle class life can take unexpected turns.

The story takes off from there as the main character Kyle MacLachlan, who Lynch worked with in Dune, finds a severed ear in a field which leads him into a mystery. Just like the start it seems like this will be a routine plot but then it goes into crime, violence, sexual perversion and more.

Dennis Hopper as the villain with the oxygen mask walked away with the movie. It’s one of his most iconic roles. Lynch did a great role playing on the duality of America throughout the film. If you want to get an understanding of what most of Lynch’s movies are like Blue Velvet would be a good start.
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MyLovelylifeReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Similar to observing homeless people on drugs in the Seattle area
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You know when you are walking down the street and you see someone most likely tripping off of some drug while being nearly naked and yelling at a trashcan for no reason in the middle of downtown Seattle?? The film is kind of like this. You're attempting to get to your destination, but you keep encountering bizarre people on drugs( sometimes violent, sometimes sexually aroused, or sometimes laughing for no reason) blocking your way to the nearest Starbucks. When you finally do get to the Starbucks, most of the people are normal and you feel safe. However, somehow (since anyone can use the bathrooms in Starbucks now) these odd people get into the Starbucks and the entire place becomes unbalance and uncomfortable leaving you trying to find the exit which suddenly has been blocked off. There is nowhere to run or any place to hide. Then, the film ends like any other crime film, and they all live happily ever after.
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WALTReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
THE GREATEST FILM OF DAVID LYNCH, PHENOMENAL
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EACH TIME I THINK OF TWIN PEAKS OR ERASERHEAD, IT REMINDS ME OF HIS BREATHTAKING BLUE VELVET, HIS SUPREME CINEMATIC
ACHIEVEMENT. I MEAN OF COURSE, DAVID LYNCH. BLUE VELVET, IN MY MIND, ALWAYS MADE ME THINK OF EDWARD ALBEE, AND THE THEATRE OF THE ABSURD. HIS PLAYS SEEM TO MATCH SO WELL. BLUE VELVET IS A VERY STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS FILM, BY WHICH I MEAN WE THINK, JUMPING FROM ONE THOUGHT TO ANOTHER AND ON AND ON. HOWEVER, IF WE SPOKE LIKE THIS WE WOULD NEVER BE UNDERSTOOD. THE PLOT IS ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT IN MOVIE HISTORY, QUITE SHAKESPEAREAN. THE 🎵 MUSIC IS MAGNIFICENT AND LOOK AT THE CAST. KYLE MACLACHLAN, OF TWIN PEAKS, ALSO BY DAVID LYNCH IS OUR PROTAGONIST, AMONG SEVERAL, AND IS MAGNIFICENT . DENNIS HOPPER, OF APOCALYPSE NOW, LAURA DERN, DEAN STOCKWELL, WHO WAS A CHILD ACTOR AND BEGAN BEFORE TEN YEARS OLD, AND THE BEAUTIFUL ISABELLA ROSSELLINI, A HIGH FASHION MODEL PREVIOUSLY AND PART OF THE JET SET. NO SPOILERS, AS OUR FILM BEGINS WITH KYLE TAKING A STROLL AND FINDING A HUMAN EAR ON THE GROUND. THE CASE BEGINS.........AS YOU FINALLY APPROACH THE DENOUEMENT, I.E. UNRAVELING, THE CONCLUSION AND FINALE WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY, WITH ITS MANY TWISTS AND TURNS. GET IT WHILE ON PRIME . ENJOY.
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BrendanCReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's a Love Story
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Try following young romance as principal story line. The weird crime mystery is never really resolved of itself, only escaped. Here is a synopsis that doesn't spoil suspense: Jeff's family life was troubled. Psycho, pill-popping, alky father (Hopper) was abusive toward him and his mother (Rossellini), who would alternately displace her rage toward son and seek comfort in his affection. Father was full of vengeful jealousy toward Jeffrey, whose associated conflicts must be resolved in order that affection for new girl Sandy (Dern) may be true. Our young man reaches out to Sandy's detective dad for help and receives encouraging shoulder squeeze - "easy does it". He is the good father figure Jeff never had. Sandy intuitively senses Jeff's dilemma has something to do with relationships toward women - "I got you into this" - and cautiously continues romance despite crazy stuff going down. Naive reactions of Laura Dern's Sandy to Jeff's neuroses are worth price of admission (Check out her and her mother's reactions when he brings his mother complex into their home, and how he tries to brush it off). Film offers ample evidence regarding source of inner turmoil enveloping characters.

It is worth pointing out symbolism behind what appears to be Hopper sucking on NO mask, but what I believe to represent oxygen that cruelty is to sadists. They thrive on pain they produce in others. Father's entourage perhaps represents other faces his disturbance displayed, or maybe Jeffrey's siblings. I believe Jeff giving ear to Sandy's dad represents his asking for advice and approval.
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