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Blow Out [Blu-ray]
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One of Brian De Palma s most acclaimed films, this brilliant fusion of the obsessive sleuthing of Blow-up and The Conversation with themes drawn from real-life political scandals (the JFK assassination, Chappaquiddick, Watergate) starts with sound technician Jack Terry (John Travolta) accidentally recording what might be explosive evidence of a deadly conspiracy.
Brilliantly shot by the then recent Oscar-winner Vilmos Zsigmond, this terrifically stylish thriller co-stars Nancy Allen as the eyewitness who becomes the unwitting target of John Lithgow s serial killer as he ruthlessly attempts to bury all the evidence.
It s also a film about the filmmaking process: Terry is originally hired to work on the low-budget slasher film Coed Frenzy, and later turns his technical skills to much more serious use as he tries to reconstruct a political assassination on film in a way that will stand up in court.
- New, restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Brian De Palma
- Original Dolby 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Black and White in Colour: An Interview with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond
- Rag Doll Memories: Nancy Allen on Blow Out
- Return to Philadelphia: An interview with Producer George Litto
- A gallery of on-set photos by photographer Louis Goldman
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Joe Wilson
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Atkinson, a conversation between Quentin Tarantino and De Palma, and more to be confirmed!
His [De Palma's] best and most original work. --Chicago Sun-Times
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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.
The Blu-Ray transfer is the same approved transfer that Criterion used for the U.S. Blu-Ray and the extras are from the French edition, which sported an older inferior transfer.
Overall, whether you have seen it or not, give Blow Out a go. A classic and a fantastic Blu-ray.
The Blu Ray transfer is outstanding too. Pin sharp with vibrant colours, it is beautiful to watch, particularly the gritty street scenes in Philly and the night shots are sharp and grain free too.
Really solid, early 80s, paranoia thriller this from De Palma. Travolta (who I don't normally care for) does a great job and nails his part, and it's always good to see both Lithgow and Franz in anything. Nancy Allen's 'Sally' character didn't quite work right for me, but I suspect that was De Palma's fault for not reigning Allen in and directing her properly, not that she ruins any of the proceedings by any means. Some of the set pieces are a joy and are cleverly woven with a fine eye to detail. The ending is really good, although it may not suit all viewers.
The Arrow Blu Ray looks great with the fireworks at the end looking fantastic. I hadn't seen this since the early~mid 90s and was surprised at just how much better it was than I remembered. Most certainly worth another viewing and a high point in De Palma's career.
Seeing it again , I thoroughly enjoyed it. The way Jack (John Travolta), a sound recordist who witnesses and records a car crash by chance, pieces together evidence is clever and the way sound is focused on throughout the film reminded me of Berberian Sound Studio.
A good watch. Compelling to the end. Recommend. One of Brian De Palma's better films
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a movie, absolutely loved every second of this movie.
Being a film projectionist, it was nice to witness the old school day's (wish it was still 35mm prints). Read more
I am deeply moved by this De Palma film. A great Blu-Ray package from Arrow currently available at a scandalously low price on amazon. Read morePublished 17 days ago by michael croeser
First twenty minutes start well but progressively turns inconsistent. Last thirty minutes are completely ridiculous and badly played. A real shameful movie for Palma and Travolta. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sayaka Neko
Blow Out Blu-ray. Always a long standing favourite of mine. Now So improved picture & sound quality it is truly outstanding the work & effort that has gone into making this film so... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pete 64