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Blow Out

John Travolta , John Lithgow , Brian De Palma    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Travolta, John Lithgow, Nancy Allen, Dennis Franz
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, French, Spanish, German, English
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish, English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: CD
  • Run Time: 93.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SL1QIG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,091 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Jack Terry è un tecnico cinematografico del suono per delle produzioni dichiaratamente di serie B ed è alla ricerca di effetti sonori particolari. Mentre è sulle sponde di un torrente in un parco, il suo sensibilissimo microfono capta il rumore di un'auto che sbanda e piomba in acqua. Riesce a salvare la ragazza rimasta intrappolata fra le lamiere ma non il conducente che, scoprirà, è il governatore dello stato, candidato alle elezioni presidenziali. Riascoltando la registrazione, Jack scopre che, insieme allo scoppio del pneumatico, causa apparente dell'incidente, è chiaramente individuabile quello di uno sparo. Si tratta evidentemente di un delitto politico sul quale, però, cala immediatamente un pesate velo di omertà. La polizia rifiuta le sue tesi e Jack , che tempo prima era stato egli stesso poliziotto, decide di indagare per conto suo. Scoprirà così che Sally, la ragazza che ha salvato, era stata mandata ad arte nell'auto del governatore per comprometterlo e scoprirà una vera e propria congiura che sotto il pretesto di moralizzare la vita pubblica, annovera fra i suoi partecipanti un maniaco sessuale, strangolatore di donne. Jack si serve di Sally per smascherarlo ma arriva troppo tardi: il maniaco uccide la ragazza e viene a sua volta ucciso da Jack. L'urlo di Sally servirà per la colonna sonora del film che Jack stava sonorizzando.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic De Palma receives poor DVD 12 Nov 2003
Blow out is a classic example of the cinema of Brian De Palma and features a career best perfomance from John Travolta

The film follows John Travolta film sound recordist who records a car crash that kills a presdential candidate. He becomes convinced that the car crash was no accident and starts to investigate it with help of a woman who was in the car at the time of the crash.
De Palma cleverly uses different techniques like split screens and deep focus photography to make us emphasis with Travolta's character as he despartely tries to convince people that an assaination has taken place.
The film features many classic sequences in which De Palma uses every technique in the book to create tension and suspense for the audience. Your are left on the edge of your seat to the final tragic ending.
While the DVD is thankfully in 2:35:1 widescreen format rather than the awful pan and scan version that has previously been available on video. The transfer is not as good as it might have been which is a pity as it lessens the impact of some of the shots. There are also no extras apart from a trailer on this DVD, which is a pity as it would have been interesting to hear De Palma discuss this classic film.
The DVD is still worth owning if you are a De Palma fan its just a shame that MGM could have not taken a bit more care with its presentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Scream! 1 Jan 2012
By j.r
Blow Out is one of Brian De Palmas best movies. The film has a similar style with some of his other top films such as Body Double and Raising Cain. The film also stars De Palma regular Nancy Allen, reteaming her with Carrie co-star John Travolta. Both actors are great but it's John Lithgow playing the crazed killer that steals the show. Lithgow plays an Assasin who really seems to enjoy his work. The movie also reminded me of two other classics, Blow Up and The Conversation.
I found the DVD quality to be excellent. This is an amazing film, although despite being similar, not quite as much fun as De Palmas Body Double.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but dated 31 Mar 2013
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I loved this film when it first came out. It's a reinvention of the Antonioni film 'Blow Up'. In the original a photographer takes a shot of something he shouldn't have. In this version, John Travolta is a sound engineer for a small-time film company whose microphones 'hear' a sound at the scene of an 'accident'. John Travolta is pretty good in the role and it's an mystery. Nancy Allen doesn't really do it for me, but then she was married to the director (and excelled in some other films). John Lithgow and Dennis Franz are as dependable as ever.
The story is clever and the connection between the beginning and surprise ending very well executed.
A creepy little film, typical Brian de Palma, and it doesn't follow the normal pattern. It is dated, though, which is why I've only given it a 3 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller 1 Oct 2012
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John Travolta plays a low end (horror) film sound engineer and is out late one night recording effects when he witnesses a car crashing into the river and rushes into help. On the face of it it seems a straight accident however Travolta's recollection of the sounds and subsequent study of the recording makes him suspicious and he sets off to try and find the truth. Being asked a favour on behalf of the man in the car also raises our suspicions.

It's a film that has the confidence to not be rushed and lets you sink into his position and wonder what on earth he's going to do next. Its a bit nerdy with all the sound/films clips but weaves a good web that has plenty going on and only a couple of minor weak points in the plot.

Wasn't really expecting much from this having found an old recording of it but I found this 1981 film engrossing. I guess it's easiest to compare this to, apparently, the sound engineers favorite The Conversation and whilst I liked that too I felt this had a more engaging story and was less dry, if still hard hitting. There are a few sound things going on in this as with The Conversation but not having a clue about sound I've no idea how they two films compare on that level.

Finally I have to say I've never really assessed Travolta's performances before but in this he is excellent.
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