Brian De Palma's Masterpiece gets the Criterion treatment. So what do you get for your hard earned? Firstly: the transfer is superb, superior to the previous MGM release. The bonus disc features some excellent interviews, including one with Mr. De Palma himself conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbauch. I was quite surprised that it didn't touch on De Palma's early involvement in the "Prince Of The City" project before it was taken on by Sidney Lumet, as it served as inspiration for a key flashback sequence in "Blow Out". However, this is a minor point as it's a very informative interview overall. The second disc also features De Palma's '67 feature "Murder a la Mod" in its entirety.
"Blow Out" is an incredible picture featuring John Travolta's finest ever performance plus some wonderful support from the likes of Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz. It also features one of the most heartbreaking endings in cinema history. Hats off to Mr. De Palma and Criterion for this highly recommended release.
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