More Lynchian weirdness from the 1986 classic
Good news David Lynch fans. You’ll be able to uncover almost an hour’s worth of “lost” footage from Blue Velvet. The 51-minute compilation of deleted scenes and alternate takes was assembled by the eccentric director as part of the special edition features of an upcoming Criterion release.
Some of the footage was already included on the film’s Blu-ray release to mark the 25th anniversary. It includes a change to the original introduction of the main character, Jeffrey Beaumont. In the alternate opening scene, Jeffrey watches a sex act in a dank basement, which stands in stark contrast to the opening we all know where he visits his sick father in hospital.
Lynch teased the new clips in 2011 on LA radio station KCRW. “You know, there is a thing called b-negative, or outtakes, or lifts, that don’t make it into the film,” he said. “So one day I looked into seeing where the (Blue Velvet) lifts were because some of these scenes on their own would be beautiful to see again. Lately, those have been found. Somewhere up in Seattle. It’s incredible. I’m seeing stuff I thought was gone forever.”
This is set to breathe new life into a Lynch classic and the news follows a recent spate of revamps. Andy Kelly, a writer, video producer and self-proclaimed internet time waster, put together two beautiful supercuts combining one-second snippets from each episode from the Twin Peaks TV series in a super montage.
In October last year, it was also revealed that Twin Peaks would be getting a VR makeover and would be turned into an immersive game as part of Lynch’s Festival of Disruption.
Criterion will also release a 4K digital restoration of the movie as well as a doc of the behind the scenes making of the film. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Mulholland Drive and Eraserhead are already a part of the Criterion collection.