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Blow Out [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1981]

  • SKU: 2463327
  • Release Date: 04/26/2011
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

    Special Features


    • New, restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Brian De Palma, with DTS-HD master audio soundtrack
    • New hour-long video interview with De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach
    • New video interview with star Nancy Allen
    • De Palma's 1967 feature Murder à la Mod
    • New video interview with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within the film
    • On-set photos by photographer Louis Goldman
    • Original theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Blow Out
    Brian De Palma's homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's classic art movie Blow-Up (1966) blends suspense and political paranoia when a Philadelphia soundman inadvertently records a murder. Former police technician Jack Terri (John Travolta) makes his living doing sound for slasher flicks. While recording new outdoor effects one night, Jack witnesses a couple's car careen off a bridge into a river, but he can save only the female occupant, Sally (Nancy Allen). Jack begins to suspect something when he learns that her dead companion was a Presidential hopeful. Re-playing his tape over and over, Jack thinks that he hears a gun shot before the crash-causing tire blow-out. When sleazy photographer Manny Karp (Dennis Franz) comes forward with photos of the accident, Jack discovers the real reason that the naïve Sally was in the car -- and also a way to prove his auditory suspicions through motion pictures. Even with all his surveillance talent, however, Jack cannot see (or hear) how dangerous the big picture really is until it's too late. Taking a break from horror films, De Palma turned his interests in technology and voyeurism toward more politically loaded subject matter at the dawn of the Reagan era; the film's red, white and blue mise-en-scène, "Liberty Day" celebration climax, and conspiracy surrounding political "dirty tricks" suggest that American politics are still rotten, seven years after Watergate. Although Blow Out earned some favorable notice, particularly for Travolta's first "adult" performance, De Palma's downbeat film did not go over well with 1981 summer audiences. Rather than blockbuster escapism, Blow Out instead harks back to 1970s political thrillers like The Parallax View (1974), using cinematic fireworks to tell an unsettling story about one man's struggle against unstoppable corruption. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • John Travolta
      John Travolta - Jack
    • Nancy Allen
      Nancy Allen - Sally
    • John Lithgow
      John Lithgow - Burke
    • Dennis Franz
      Dennis Franz - Manny Karp
    • Image coming soon
      Peter Boyden - Sam



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A movie to the senses.

      Posted
      Tigon

      A movie of sensation and political conspiracy, Travolta and Allen reteam since the late '70's 'Carrie' in contrasting characters set to save each other and reveal and unfolding political assassination in their prescence. Additions of John Lithgow and Denis Franz are nostalgic early shots. The movie in 1980's Philadelphia is a trip to watch and the movements are great. The ending may shock or disappoint, but fans of the listed actors and directors will enjoy. Movie with extras a bit overpriced.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      De Palma will blow you up

      Posted
      Rush2112

      solid update of the classic "Blow Up" by De Palma. Travolta does David Hemmings proud but the film quite is different from the 1966 movie due to this being a North American production. there's an intimidating atmosphere to the proceedings and beware of the violent edge given to the film. kinda reminds me of how De Palma brought "Psycho" into the murky early 80s w/the vicious "Dressed To Kill

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An all-around spectacular release

      Posted
      Hallowken78
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Criterion titles may be pricey but this one is certainly worth. DePalma is at the top of his game with a tight thriller that has a fantastic cast including Travolta, Allen, and Lithgow. The transfer retains a layer of grain and could've probably been a bit sharper but the bonus content more than makes up for it. Definitely worth checking out!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Criterion Masterpiece

      Posted
      jdran
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Remake of Blow-up I liked this even more .. the cinematography is outstanding and Bria De Palma the director rules.. You,Ike movies or own movies must for the collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great premise.

      Posted
      Battletoad
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The use of film and sound editing used to reconstruct a death was done really well. The picture is sharper than several of my 4k blurays. Awesome release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Total classic

      Posted
      Bmoz
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Criterion did a great job yet again! One of the best psychological thrillers out there!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I love Criterion!

      Posted
      Chad
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      They do great work with classic movies. This De Palma film has never looked better!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Marvellous

      Posted
      Filmguru
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      Filmmaking at it's best! Brian De Palma at his height!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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