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A tour de force in suspence and homage,
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This review is from: Blow Out [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
In the early part of his career, Brian De Palma was one of those filmmakers that made films for film fans. Everything from Hitchcock to rock operas, De Palma was one of those filmmakers who went for broke in the secular mainstream world of Hollywood and tried to leave his mark on the moviegoers mind. Sure his earlier work divides many, including myself, but there is no doubt that De Palma's films are both rich in intertextuality and in suspense and excitement. Hitchcock fans may baulk at De Palma's lurid homage, the great man himself even tried to dissuade De Palma from making the homage fests.
Obsession was De Palma's risque debt to Vertigo. Dressed to Kill was his lurid, misogynistic and brilliant take on Psycho. But having said this, Blow Out maybe his masterpiece and is the last film (pre-Scarface) in an era where he truly did go for broke.
The film itself is a suspense filled ride that guides the viewer down false paths, murky political corruption, and how important the right scream is in a cheap horror film. An uneven balance that works beautifully, and is dutifully aided by one of Travolta's best performances and backed up by Pino Donaggio's haunting piano melody. Not to mention the film is a homage to both Hitchcock and of course Antonioni's Blow Up.
This blu-ray is a real treat, and with Arrow's upcoming releases of Dressed to Kill, and Sisters, De Palma's back catalogue looks set for a revisit.