Criterion Edition of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet Will Include 51 Minutes of ‘Lost’ Footage


Fans of David Lynch’s surreal, cerebral movies will have 51 more minutes of material to pore over when a special edition of Blue Velvet (1986) is released this May. As IndieWire reports, a Criterion Collection edition of the film will have a bonus feature titled “The Lost Footage,” among other extras. Lynch, who directed Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, and Eraserhead, personally compiled all of the deleted scenes and alternate takes, while also overseeing the film’s digital restoration.

The deleted scenes previously appeared in a 25th anniversary Blu-ray, but if you didn’t have the chance to snag a copy in 2011, here’s your second chance. Speaking to The Guardian in 2011, Lynch said one of his favorite deleted scenes from Blue Velvet involved a “flaming nipple.” However, Lynch said the footage of an actress setting her nipple on fire with a match “was too much of a good thing,” so it was cut. Blue Velvet was trimmed from three and a half hours of footage down to two hours, and Lynch thought the “lifts,” as they’re called in the film industry, were lost forever. That all changed when an employee in MGM's technical services department rediscovered the footage.

Even without the extra 51 minutes of footage, Blue Velvet ended up becoming a critical success (and earned Lynch an Oscar nomination for Best Director). This was undoubtedly a relief for Lynch, considering that his previous film, Dune, was a flop. 

A page has been created for the Criterion edition of Blue Velvet on Amazon, but it isn't available for pre-order just yet. However, a DVD or Blu-ray copy can be pre-ordered from Criterion’s website, which will be available May 28.

[h/t IndieWire]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Watch the American Psycho Business Card Scene, But With Cats

Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.
Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.

When it comes to designer suits, ax murders, and social commentary, 2000’s American Psycho has more than enough to spare. What it doesn’t have in abundance is cats. Though one kitten makes a memorable cameo, the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel suffers a regrettable lack of feline breakout moments overall.

As Nerdist reports, a YouTuber called OwlKitty addressed that very niche (and possibly heretofore nonexistent) critique by remaking the business card scene with cat photos. In the original segment, a group of arrogant young investment bankers gather in a conference room to drool over the subtle variations between their business cards. Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman is smugly certain that his new bone-colored card will take the cake, only to be outdone by the “tasteful thickness” of Paul Allen’s (Jared Leto).

In OwlKitty’s version, the hobnobbers brag about their cats, instead. Since most of the dialogue from the film scene revolves around hues, fonts, and watermarks, the YouTuber edited it down to the bare essentials—but cats as cute as these really speak for themselves. Bateman offers an image of his orange tabby, to which Bill Sage’s character responds with a photo of his own tabby freaking out over a toy mouse. After Justin Theroux’s character reveals his white cat (“White,” he explains), the group marvels over the clear winner: a video of Paul Allen’s hefty black cat swishing his tail.

OwlKitty’s artful American Psycho parody is the latest in a long line of cat-centric videos, most of which feature OwlKitty herself. According to her YouTube account, she’s a black cat who lives in Oregon, loves cream cheese, and usually goes by “Lizzy.” Some of her past appearances include clips from Dirty Dancing (1987), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), and The Mandalorian.

[h/t Nerdist]