10,000 BC

Blue Velvet (1986)
"The Most Talked About Film of the Decade (US Laserdisc release) "
After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man soon discovers a sinister underworld lying just beneath his idyllic suburban home town.
Isabella Rossellini Dorothy Vallens
Kyle MacLachlan Jeffrey Beaumont
Dennis Hopper Frank Booth
Laura Dern Sandy Williams
Hope Lange Mrs. Williams
Dean Stockwell Ben
George Dickerson Det. John Williams
Priscilla Pointer Mrs. Beaumont
Frances Bay Aunt Barbara
Jack Harvey Mr. Tom Beaumont
Ken Stovitz Mike
Brad Dourif Raymond
Jack Nance Paul
J. Michael Hunter Hunter
Dick Green Don Vallens
Fred Pickler Det. Tom Gordon
Philip Markert Dr. Gynde
Leonard Watkins Double Ed
Moses Gibson Double Ed
Selden Smith Nurse Cindy
Peter Carew Coroner
Jon Jon Snipes Little Donny
Angelo Badalamenti Piano Player
Jean Pierre Viale Master of Ceremonies
Donald Moore Desk Sergeant
A. Michelle Depland Party Girl
Michelle Sasser Party Girl
Katie Reid Party Girl
Sparky The Dog
Robert J. Maxwell Slow Club Customer (uncredited)
Producer: Fred C. Caruso
Writer: David Lynch
I've never seen anything quite like this before...
What surprised me was how very different this was from the two other great David Lynch films I'd seen: "Lost Highway" and "The Straight Story", which are in turn very different from one another. I'd been told by a disappointed David Lynch fan, back in 1997, that the only reason I was so deeply impressed with "Lost Highway" was that I hadn't seen "Bue Velvet", in which he does much the same kind of thing better. "Blue Velvet" may indeed be better (I wouldn't want to say), but in no respect is it the same kind of thing. (The only instance I've encountered so far of Lynch making the same film twice is "Lost Highway" being remade as "Mulholland Drive", which partly accounts for the latter film being so stale and uninvolving.)

"Blue Velvet" is a simple amateur sleuthing story, but the genius is in the telling of it. It's hard to avoid the feeling that something supernatural is somehow involved, although it isn't, and we know that it isn't. It looks and feels as though we're watching the world through a special enchanted (or cursed) prism: the image has been pulled apart, ALMOST into two distinct images, with the elements of pure evil and pure wholesomeness now distinct from one another, sitting just millimetres apart.

Unrelated to this, but still contributing to the intense suspense and the overall creepiness, is Lynch's ability to make us familiar with a few ordinary locations, which grow more sinister - or at least more meaningful - every time we see them, until the sight of a simple concrete stairwell in the dark is enough to make us start to panic.

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Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 7.8
Musician: Angelo Badalamenti
Running time: 120 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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