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Criterion‘s May releases already had cinephiles counting down the months till its arrival with a wealth of stellar titles, including David Lynch‘s “Blue Velvet,” Michael Haneke‘s “Funny Games” and Claire Denis‘ “Let the Sunshine In.” It’s such a strong lineup that we’re packing our lunches to save money to buy them all. But the latest news around the release of Lynch’s masterpiece make May seem that much farther away. Indiewire reports that not only will “Blue Velvet” receive the standard Criterion Collection treatment with the immaculate print and glorious extras we’ve come to expect, but it will also include an astounding 51 minutes of lost footage, including the original introduction of Kyle MacLachlan‘s Jeffrey Beaumont.
Rather than first meeting Jeffrey en route to visit his father in the hospital, this deleted scene immediately puts the protagonist into the darker underworld of Lumberton. It’s literally underground, where Jeffrey indulges those voyeuristic tendencies we see later in the film, but this time in a basement where he observes a sex act. This as well as the other deleted scenes and alternate takes will be included on...
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