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Blue Velvet turns 21

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:24 pm
by Annie
I saved an article from the New York Times online (which anyone can join for free) about the 20th anniversary of Blue Velvet last year. It originally opened September 18, 1986.

If you join NYtimes.com, you can look up http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/26/movie ... d5a59442...

Believe me, it's worth it!

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:29 pm
by sloclub
Where were you on 9/18/86? I think I first saw BV on VHS. I became familiar with DL's work on Twin Peaks and wanted to see what else he had done. Wow!

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:07 pm
by Annie
I'm afraid to say I had to see it on VHS, too. But I learned about David Lynch from Dune, and regardless of everyone else's opinions, it was all David Lynch after that (plus I read and continue to read everything Dune.)

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:53 am
by sloclub
How do you think Lynch's Dune stacks up against the SciFi Channel version? I love Lynch's vision of it. IMHO he had a much tougher job as he had a time constraint and the F/X were more challenging back then as opposed to the SciFi production.

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:10 pm
by Annie
Well, if our off-topic section were working right, I'd say we should go there to discuss this, but it's not... I really hated the SciFi version. I was totally biased after seeing DL's Dune. And although I know he hates even thinking about it now, it was still a great movie and what got me started on Lynch. Somebody (I think John Neff) once told me that David's version of Dune was influenced by Jules Verne, and I think that was what Frank Herbert had in mind. I still go to the Dune message boards, and the entire Herbert family liked the movie a lot.

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:14 am
by sloclub
You mean the Herbert family liked DL's version?

As for Jules Verne, why not? It's a fantasy film, sci fi doesn't always mean "science" based fiction, although it can.

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:29 pm
by Annie
Yes, the Herbert family liked DL's movie a lot. I said somewhere that the family has been approached again for a movie, but now there are like 14 books, including all the prequels, etc., so I'm not sure how long a time period it would cover. They haven't said yes, either.

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:04 am
by New Shoes
One of Lynchs best movies if you ask me.

"Heineken!!??? FUCK THAT SHIT!! Pabst Blue Ribbon!!" - now that's a classic 8)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:50 pm
by sloclub
What's funny is that I won a 6 pk of PBR at a showing of Blue Velvet. We have an art house theater that does all kinds of special events. They were showing Blue Velvet and I took a friend to intro her to the Lynch-verse. There was a trivia contest just before the movie and I won the beer! They also gave away a 6 pk of Heinken but I let someone else answer the question.

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:06 am
by Hawk
what about Budweiser

"My dad drinks Bud."

"The King of Beers."

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 12:53 pm
by sloclub
Hawk wrote:what about Budweiser

"My dad drinks Bud."

"The King of Beers."


You are absolutely correct sir. Nice name btw. Hawk was the coolest character on TP.

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:11 pm
by wallydanger
Annie wrote:Well, if our off-topic section were working right, I'd say we should go there to discuss this, but it's not... I really hated the SciFi version. I was totally biased after seeing DL's Dune. And although I know he hates even thinking about it now, it was still a great movie and what got me started on Lynch. Somebody (I think John Neff) once told me that David's version of Dune was influenced by Jules Verne, and I think that was what Frank Herbert had in mind. I still go to the Dune message boards, and the entire Herbert family liked the movie a lot.


Maybe there should be a forum here just for Dune, as there is for his other films? I have a few things to say about it, but won't now. I'm sure to make some enemies if I do. :twisted: I was a HUGE fan of the books, anxiously waiting on each new installment, so was bound to be disappointed by any film version.

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:39 am
by Dantalian
sloclub wrote:Where were you on 9/18/86? I think I first saw BV on VHS. I became familiar with DL's work on Twin Peaks and wanted to see what else he had done. Wow!


I was sitting in the theatre watching Blue Velvet, although probably not opening day. I had become a David Lynch fan from going to see Eraserhead midnight showings and later Elephant Man.

Here's a 45 I have of Roy Orbison's In Dreams that was co-produced by David Lynch for Orbison's Greatest Hits album in 1987. For me, one of the funniest scenes in the film.

Image

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:31 pm
by wallydanger
Wow! That's some cover!

Thanks for scanning and posting it. It's certainly a high quality image, and in mint condition. I wonder if Lynch had anything to do with the photography and design?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:41 pm
by D0ppelgangerDale
I watched Blue Velvet for the first time a few days ago, and I enjoyed it. I think Jeffrey (Kyle) is the only one who doesn't realize that he's in way over his head. On a certain level, I think he knows it, too, but his fascination with the sordid, deviant underworld that he has just unearthed compels him to carry on his investigation and his relationship with Dorothy (Isabella). On top of the revelation that darkness can be lurking beneath an ostensibly idyllic exterior, I think what makes the film successful is the mounting tension. The audience knows that things are going to take a turn for the worse sooner or later. Good film.