Let’s start by agreeing that Blue Velvet is the best American film of the ’80s and we can get on with this.*
David Lynch has revealed that long-lost scenes deleted from the final edit of Blue Velvet have, against the odds, turned up and will now be restored and included on an upcoming Blu-ray release of the film. And where were they hiding? Seattle.
I hope they didn’t get too grungy.
Thank you. I’m here all week. Try the waitress, tip the veal, etc.
Man oh man. You know, there is a thing called b-negative, or outtakes, or lifts, that don’t make it into the film. And in the old days, those things sat around and maybe became dangerously close to being tossed away. Then the internet comes, and people want to see deleted scenes and things like this, so those things become more and more valuable.
So, one day I looked into seeing where the lifts were because some of these scenes on their own would be beautiful to see again. So I find out that Dino, the producer, doesn’t know where they are. They’ve gone. His company went bankrupt, it was taken over by another company, and then it was sold to other companies. No one knew where they were, they were gone. So depressing.
Lately, those have been found. Somewhere up in Seattle. It’s incredible. I’m seeing stuff I thought was gone forever.
On my beloved Blue Velvet DVD are several sequences of still images that give a good idea of what these lost scenes entail. If you don’t have the disc and want to now hold out for the Blu-ray, you can see them on YouTube.
Lynch was contractually obliged to deliver a film that run for two hours or less – two frames longer and he’d have been over. Does this suggest that he may want to reinstate some of the scenes in the film and create a “Director’s Cut” of some kind? It doesn’t sound like it. Indeed, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be sharing all of the newly found material in any way at all. He said:
Hopefully some of those scenes (some of them aren’t worth putting back together) will end up on the new Blu Ray.
It won’t be that Lynch wants to leave the theatrical cut untouched. He’s already remixed the film’s sound once, and dissatisfied with how that went, worked with Dean Hurley to remix it again for the new disc.
*No? Awww. It would have been so easy if we just agreed.