Todd Haynes

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Emerging from the primordial soup of glamour, gutter sleaze, and feverish creativity that was New York’s 1960s underground culture, the Velvet Underground redefined music with its at once raw and exalted blend of experimentation and art-damaged rock and roll. In his kaleidoscopic documentary The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes vividly evokes the band’s incandescent world: the creative origins of the twin visionaries Lou Reed and John Cale, Andy Warhol’s fabled Factory, and the explosive tension between pop and the avant-garde that propelled the group and ultimately consumed it. Never-before-seen performances, interviews, rare recordings, and mind-blowing transmissions from the era’s avant-garde cinema scene come together in an ecstatic swirl of sound and image that is to the traditional music documentary what the Velvets were to rock: utterly revolutionary.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 2021
  • 120 minutes
  • Black and White/Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
  • Spine #1164

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Todd Haynes and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
  • Alternate stereo soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Haynes and editors Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz
  • Outtakes of interviews shot for the film with musician Jonathan Richman, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, and actor Mary Woronov
  • Haynes and musicians John Cale and Maureen Tucker in conversation with writer Jenn Pelly in 2021
  • Complete versions of Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (Jonas Mekas, 1964) and Venus in Furs (Piero Heliczer, 1965), two of the avant-garde films seen in the movie
  • Excerpt from Walden: Diaries, Notes, and Sketches (Jonas Mekas, 1964–69)
  • Teaser
  • Optional annotations identifying the avant-garde films seen in the movie
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A 2021 essay by critic Greil Marcus

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Dec 13, 2022

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Todd Haynes and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
  • Alternate stereo soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Haynes and editors Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz
  • Outtakes of interviews shot for the film with musician Jonathan Richman, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, and actor Mary Woronov
  • Haynes and musicians John Cale and Maureen Tucker in conversation with writer Jenn Pelly in 2021
  • Complete versions of Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (Jonas Mekas, 1964) and Venus in Furs (Piero Heliczer, 1965), two of the avant-garde films seen in the movie
  • Excerpt from Walden: Diaries, Notes, and Sketches (Jonas Mekas, 1964–69)
  • Teaser
  • Optional annotations identifying the avant-garde films seen in the movie
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A 2021 essay by critic Greil Marcus
The Velvet Underground
Cast
Lou Reed
John Cale
Sterling Morrison
Maureen Tucker
Nico
Doug Yule
Jonas Mekas
Merrill Reed-Weiner
Allan Hyman
Henry Flynt
La Monte Young
Marian Zazeela
Richard Mishkin
Shelley Corwin
Danny Fields
Amy Taubin
Terry Philips
Martha Morrison
Mary Woronov
Jackson Browne
Jonathan Richman
John Waters
Joseph Freeman
Delmore Schwartz
Tony Conrad
Billy Name
David Bowie
Credits
Director
Todd Haynes
Produced by
Todd Haynes
Produced by
Christine Vachon
Produced by
Julie Goldman
Produced by
Christopher Clements
Produced by
Carolyn Hepburn
Produced by
David Blackman
Executive producer
Danny Bennett
Edited by
Affonso Gonçalves
Edited by
Adam Kurnitz
Executive producer
John Sloss
Cinematography by
Ed Lachman
Archival producer
Wyatt Stone
Archival producer
Bryan O’Keefe
Music supervision by
Randall Poster
Coproducer
Josh Braun
Coproducer
Dan Braun
Coproducer
Esther Robinson
Line producer
Marissa Torres Ericson
Associate producer
J. Daniel Torres
Sound design
Leslie Shatz
Music coordinator
Milena Erke
Music editor
Jahn Sood