De Laurentiis/The Kobal Collection
Jeff Jensen
November 02, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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

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