Blue Velvet 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… Blue Velvet 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…
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Blue Velvet: Special Edition (2002)

Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, ... | SOFTER SIDE Hopper and Rossellini touch each other
Image credit: Blue Velvet: Everett Collection
SOFTER SIDE Hopper and Rossellini touch each other
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Jun 04, 2002; DVD Release Date: Jun 04, 2002; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kyle MacLachlan; Distributor: Dino De Laurentiis Productions

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.

Originally posted Jun 04, 2002 Published in issue #657 Jun 07, 2002 Order article reprints
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