Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern and Dean Stockwell. Amazon.com essential video 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
Lynch's Masterpiece, November 28, 2002
Reviewer: Christian Pelchat from Canada.
Cleancut college boy-Jeffery (Kyle MacLachlan) finds a human ear in a field from his mayberry-like hometown. But then he get involved with a beautiful night club singer (Isabella Rossellini) and then it's gets deeper, when Jeffery meets a [chemical substance]-addicted sadist (Dennis Hopper) into his depraved existence. Jeffery tries to get out in this dark, enigmatic underworld, where it seems to be no point of return of this ordinary young man. Written and Directed by David Lynch (Dune, Elephant Man, Erasherhead) made a beautiful, disturbing unique exploration of the dark-side of America Suburbia. Excellent Performances by MacLachlan, Rossellini and especially-Hopper. Laura Dern is also Good as Jeffery`s friend. This is Lynch's most unique film. Rossellini recieve a Best Actress award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Lynch recieve an Oscar Nomination for Best Director.