When a young college student returns to his quaint hometown, a discovered severed ear leads to awakened desires and the darkness that lies behind every white picket fence.
After exploring the far reaches of space in the 1984’s Dune, David Lynch created one of the most iconic, yet divisive films of the ’80s in the neo-noir classic Blue Velvet. The enigmatic masterpiece firmly established the surreal and nightmarish themes that would go on to define nearly all his future films and Twin Peaks. Lynch’s own personal, small town upbringing and fascination with the evil that lies beneath such halcyon days is immediately apparent when the wide-eyed Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan) discovers a grotesquely severed ear in a field near his father’s home. Enlisting the aid of the local detective’s daughter (Laura Dern), he is led to the apartment of a mysterious lounge singer, Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini). As Jeffrey investigates her home, he becomes a voyeur to the violently sexual acts of local gangster Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). Confused and aroused by the experience, Jeffrey begins a sadomasochistic relationship with the much older Dorothy that lures him into the bowels of the town’s dangerous criminal underbelly. Remastered in gorgeous 4K, there has never been a better time to crack open a Pabst Blue Ribbon, get lost “In Dreams”, and revisit a truly definitive moment in American cinema.
CAST: KYLE MACLACHLAN, ISABELLA ROSSELLINI, DENNIS HOPPER, LAURA DERN
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