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Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

Blu ray

Criterion

1986 / 2.35 : 1 / 120 Min.

Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern

Cinematography by Frederick Elmes

Directed by David Lynch

Voyeurs come in all shapes and sizes, from wallflowers like Russ Meyer’s Immoral Mr. Teas to the handsome but lethal pin-up artist of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom – all of them slackers compared to Jeff Jeffries, the sleepless shutterbug played by James Stewart in Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

A house-bound photo-journalist obsessed with the strange behavior of his reclusive neighbor, Jeffries stops at nothing in his compulsive pursuit. This being a Hitchcock film, what drives Jeff’s curiosity is a mix of fear and desire that in the end implicates everyone, including the audience.

Jeffries’s boyish smile disguised his darker inclinations – a notion Mel Brooks had in mind when he christened David Lynch “Jimmy Stewart from Mars” – an apt characterization of the director as

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