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  • Actors: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5DKXPS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 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!

Review

His [De Palma's] best and most original work. --Chicago Sun-Times

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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.
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First of all, this is one of my favorite films and this edition does it justice. De Palma was a great director in his day and Blow Out shows why, the camerawork, the split focus widescreen shots, John Travola, Nancy Allen and John Lithgow!! You can't go wrong.

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.
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Blow Out is one of the best, if not the best, De Palma film in my opinion. Less showy and groteque than some of his other films like Body Double and Dressed to Kill and shorter and punchier than Scarface, it is an excellent addition to the canon of 70s conspiracy films. It's like a melange of Parallax View, Klute, All The President's Men, Three Days of the Condor and The Conversation (all excellent in their own right), with a pinch of Blow Up, while feeling original and compelling. It is also one of John Travolta's best films.

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.
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By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2013
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This clever and decidedly flamboyant film still works well over 30 years since it's release. Travolta gives a stunning performance and his partnership with Nancy Allen is surprisingly effective, comic and ultimately very moving. The labyrinthine plot - reminiscent of Hitchcock and paying homage to other several sources too - is very hard edged and delivers an unexpected punch at the carefully orchestrated climax. This blu ray transfer is probably the best you will ever see this film and though the definition and black levels are far from perfect that is a problem of the source material not the disc. The audio is of a surprisingly high quality and although the track is only a simple 2.0 stereo the definition is excellent.The accompanying booklet and video extras are of high quality and make this Arrow release a "must have" for film buffs.
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Horror film sound recordist Jack Terry is forced to get some new stock library sounds when he decides his are old hat. So he heads out one night and whilst recording some wind, he sees a terrible accident take place. A car careers off a bridge, but Terry just manages to jump in and save one of the occupants, a young lady. But by the time they get to the hospital, evidence is already beginning to be covered up and in Jack's mind the accident is starting to look less accidental by the minute...

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.
4.25/5
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I saw this years ago and remembered it was very compelling to watch.

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
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