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on 25 March 2017
I simply cannot believe this film was a flop back in the day. I found it languishing on late night tv as a youth & was a fan from the start. Even now almost 25 years on the special effects are great, by great I mean, they work. You don't roar with laughter at a supposedly scary scene that has aged really badly & is now funny cos it's so bad (like some early CGI now looks) I mean there are obviously a few aged ropey green screen scenes in there but it's an older film now. The film it's self gets going quite quick and we see this blob thing going on a gory kill fest and the special effects really do work well especially for 1988 & for once in a horror film don't think if you're a kid you're safe as unusually for a horror film a kid of about 12 gets it in this film & the don't spare us on the gore when he gets it either . It's a shame there is no Director's commentary on either the blu ray or the DVD but at least it's now available because for a long time it was deleated as they call it, or just bloody hard to find. Anyway anyone who is a horror fan & 80s horror fan especially should get this in their collection...it's brilliant!!
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on 11 May 2017
It's amazing to see just how entertaining, tightly constructed and physically accomplished The Blob (1988) is when watching it now in 2017. Despite this being a remake of the campy 1958 original b-movie, it puts most modern day movie remakes to shame, the 2006 remake of The Fog (shudder 😟) especially comes to mind. The amazing physical special effects are wonderfully gross as the mindless carnaverous, amorphic blob devours it's unfortunate victims and grows at an uncontrollable rate. Co screenwriter Frank Darabont, with director Chuck Russell, pay homage to Stephen King's themes of small town ambivalence and conspiracy as at first no one believes what is happening until the creature emerges to wreak havoc. Shawnee Smith as Meg, makes for a tough and resourceful heroine who is more than adept at holding her own alongside her co-star Kevin Dillon. Joss Whedon loves her performance and it's no wonder how much of an inspiration Shawnee Smith was when Joss Whedon created Buffy for BTVS. On this great English language Region 2 Columbia Tri-Star import DVD from Germany, the English soundtrack Dolby Digital two surround sound stero channel and picture quality are good and you also get a trailer.
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on 10 December 2016
A great remake from the late 80s .The goo and gore factor shoots right up the scale , there's even some decent acting and a good script with some humour ( "ribbed") to make the whole film a fun experience. The blu ray from Umbrella ( that's the one with the blue box - bottom left with the "M" for mature audiences) is a very worthwhile upgrade from any previous dvd release. Detail is about as good as I'd hope for with an older film , you can easily pick out individual hairs on Kevin Dillon's mullet and there's a nice amount of filmic grain in the picture ( a little more for darker scenes ). Extras are a trailer and an interview with the director and being an Australian release it's a region B disc so will play on UK blu ray players. The cover is reversible , although the only difference is that the ratings blue box gubbins is absent.
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on 15 December 2016
Excellent remake and far better than the original. Props go to the wonderful practical fx too.

Also I'm very happy to get a copy of this on blu-ray before the stupid prices go up even more. It's so hard to get hold on The Blob (1988) on blu-ray for a decent price. They are always printed in small numbers.
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on 13 August 2016
Unlike now where Hollywood has the arrogance to butcher classics with half baked remakes (shoehorned in by the arrival of Tim Burton's woeful "reimagining" of Planet of the Apes) in the eighties there was a trend for remaking b-movies and its universally agreed by critics and fans alike they bettered the original. The holy trinity of such films consisted of The Thing, The Fly and The Blob.
Now its always potentially dangerous revisiting a film you loved as a child and tarnishing all those good memories but I have to say The Blob is as great as I remember. Director Chuck Russell knew you couldn't really make a man eating purple jelly scary so he compensated with a massive body count and some genuinely inventive death scenes (I mean the blocked drain scene is genius!). The special FX (pre CGI thank goodness) have largely stood the test of time and the quintessential eighties teen horror script even throws in a couple of surprises such as the anti-Hollywood move of an annoying kid getting devoured and a cautionary tale of taking advantage of a drunk girl.
The Thing is the straight scary horror film; The Fly the gut wrenching poignant love story and the bronze medal goes to The Blob which is a ghoulish sci-fi horror caper that doesn't take itself too seriously and is best enjoyed with a the lights out and a few friends round for a beer and pizza night. A must buy for all horror fans!
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on 24 April 2012
This is without doubt one of the best remakes ever made and one of the best 80's sci-fi/horror films ever made, its a one of a kind rare gem that you must own! great story about an object that crashes to earth containing an alien like blob, it begins to grow bigger and bigger killing people as it goes along, soon becoming almost unstoppable, The effects in the movie are fantastic, NO CGI here its all old school in camera practical effects and lots of great kills using bloody gory scary practical effects too, the cast is fantastic especially the sexy young lead actress Shawnee Smith from the Saw movies! There is even a cameo from Bill Moseley and Erika Eleniak! This is a must own for any fan of the 80's and horror buffs in general!

The Twilight time Blu-ray has a great picture.
Limited edition to only 5000 copies.
Special features include isolated score, commentary with director, trailers, event interview with director 18mins.
95mins, 1988, REGION FREE.

DVD Version import has a decent picture, 95mins, Region 1, Special features only trailers.
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on 7 November 2017
Good quality picture - never noticed the Joker on Kevin Dillon's back before Blu-Ray! Only one extra - a interview with Director Chuck Russel which is interesting but unfortunately lacking in behind-the-scenes footage. The film itself is one of my personal favorites, in part to its creative use of special effects. It is a pretty straight forward plot with no silly twists or convoluted sub-plot, the perfect creature feature for a night-in and a bowl of popcorn.
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on 9 November 2017
Well I don't know, because it is a Christmas gift for someone. However, it looks like being in a good condition, just because it must be new. But I am surprised there is The Blob 2 too!
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on 14 May 2011
OK, I payed quite a lot for this dvd(By todays standard),But having just watched it,I don't regret a single penny of it.This is one of those cheesy horror films from the 80's that i remember enjoying.My own feeling is that it's still a cheesy horror film,But strangely enough time hasn't harmed the film,It has aged remarkably well.The film has all the things you remember from that era of horror film ie;average acting,Bad hair cuts and poor/cheap special effects.But don't let that put you off,Put it on,Get a few mates round and get the beer in and enjoy.
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on 26 January 2018
This Is A Great Remake !! Fantastic special effects...Cant believe they are remaking it again in 2018 ?? Hope it is even better....But could be difficult.
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