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  • Actors: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Edward Bond, Julio Cortázar, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Carlo Ponti, Pierre Rouve
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Feb. 17 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN0ZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,040 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Product Description

A suspenseful look at mid-sixties society, in which a talented photographer becomes involved with a strange woman and a possible murder.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 17-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD

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This 1966 masterpiece by Michelangelo Antonioni (The Passenger) is set in the heady atmosphere of Swinging London, and stars David Hemmings as an unsmiling fashion photographer hooked on ephemeral meaning attached to anything: art, sex, work, relationships, drugs, events. When a real mystery falls into his lap, he probes the evidence for some reliable truth, but finds it hard to reckon with. Vanessa Redgrave plays an enigmatic woman whose desperation to cover something up only seems like one more phenomenon in Hemmings's disinterested purview. This is one of the key films of the decade, and still an unsettling and lasting experience. --Tom Keogh

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By inframan on July 17 2004
Format: DVD
Another film that brings out the moral venality in Amazon "reviewers". I particularly love the one who was "forced" to watch it in a friend's film class & found it a "waist" of time. Let's see...the waist is where things ingested pass through on their way to the digestion process. But I doubt he was being that profound.
Then there are the ones who find the film dated, London too empty & the main character a horrible nasty. Well folks, it's true there are no friendly wizards, cute goblins or funny ogres in this one, so it may taste like harsh medicine to some. But Blow-Up was a real slice of the 1960s, take it or leave it. Not just the "life-style" (clothes, decor & behavior) which is perfectly rendered (& is probably what dates the film the most) but the sheer fragmentation of time & space, of event & response. This was Antonioni's particular area of expertise: space & emptiness filled with random human collisions supposedly suffused with "meaning".
Well, we certainly have adopted different attitudes today, haven't we? Everything with its socio-political subtext. The big problem, I think, with a movie like Blow-Up is that it doesn't easily let you pick which Side to Be On. It's very European in that way (Old Europe, to use current parlance).
Hey folks, when you look at a De Chirico (you should, you know), do you find the streets too empty, the perspectives too stark & arbitrary?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Frame on June 28 2004
Format: DVD
The film may look good - but you've got to be able to hear it to enjoy it.
The main audio only comes from the center speaker (the only DVD I own that does this) and is incredibly low in volume. Even when you crank your amp up to near maximum to hear it, you'll find that sole center signal sounds suspiciously like it's meant to be part of at least a 2.1 soundtrack. It completely lacks bass and the music has no presence.
I've seen Blow-Up on the big screen in recent years, I know it can sound as good as it looks. Someone at Warners has made a big blunder in mastering this DVD. In its present format it's not worth buying or owning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horner on Aug. 24 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"Blow Up" was a sensation when it was released in 1966. Critics and moviegoers hotly debated its enigmatic story. Three and a half decades later, its meaning is no clearer. I have seen it several times, and I remain clueless. The movie has fallen into relative obscurity, and, so, the few people I've met who have seen it have been unable to offer any satisfactory insights. If you are looking for pop entertainment, you certainly want to avoid this one because the plot is so puzzling.
Why, you may ask, do I rank it so highly? It's because it is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen. Every single shot is composed with the utmost care. The framing is amazing. The colors are beautiful. The sound, too, is meticulously constructed. Although the sound technology back then was primitive compared to today's, the movie manages to make background noises very much a part of the whole.
The story revolves around a bored but brilliant London photographer, played by David Hemmings. He is a genius at his craft, but his life is an empty place. One day he wanders into a lovely park, where he spies two lovers. He follows them and photographs them. The girl [Vanessa Redgrave] sees him and demands he give her the film. He refuses. When he develops the photos, he sees a blurred image, which, when blown up, looks like it might be a body. He also blows up an images that looks like a hand holding a gun. He has accidentally photographed a murder. Or has he? The girl finds his studio. She seduces him. He pretends to give her the negatives, but later finds his studio has been vandalized. By the girl? By an accomplice? And for what reason? Who will believe him? Or is there anything to believe? It's left to the viewer to supply the answers.
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 13 2011
Format: DVD
A film I appreciated and enjoyed more on a second viewing. But, while it's clear how influential it was on other film-makers, for me it feels more dated and awkward than Antonioni's earlier films. I know, I'm probably in the minority on this one.

Antonioni switches back and forth between 'plot' and abandoning it to shoot a now tame and silly three-way sex sequence, or a rock group stiffly performing. (Yes, that arbitrariness is part of the point, but its a simple point we get pretty quickly). There is that great sequence in the middle, when Hemmings starts to 'discover' the hidden images in the photos he took, but other than that sequence, this didn't have the visual brilliance of other Antonioni films that offset the sometimes simplistic characters and ideas.

That's a running feeling I have about Antononi - he's often simply judging the 'shallowness' of society and his characters instead of getting inside it, And he repeats himself on that theme obsessively. It's also sort of hypocritical. Clearly, Antonioni is judging his character's obsession with sex and material things, yet just as clearly Antonioni panders to those instincts with the endless sex and modeling, and 'cool. mod London' scenes. I'm sure he'd say that's the whole point; we're all that shallow underneath, but...

To be fair, many (most?) still think it's a masterpiece. And if more as an important piece of film history than entertainment, I agree it's worth seeing.
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