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The Blob [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vincent Barbi, John Benson, Stephen Chase, Aneta Corsaut, Julie Cousins
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 1-2-3-4 GO
  • Release Date: Oct. 11 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKU72

Product Description

What would the average sensible American do if he encountered a pulsing ball of protoplasm from outer space? That's right: he'd poke it with a stick. Thus begins the endearingly earnest and silly tale of The Blob. Young Steve McQueen takes on his first leading role as, um, Steve, a spunky teenager with plenty of heart. Steve sees the blob kill the local doc, but darn it, none of the town's adults will believe him! Yup, it's up to the teens to save the day! Steve and his trusty girlfriend Jane break their curfews(!) and head off into the night to find the Blob and warn the town. The Blob is a completely enjoyable watch from start to finish, offering the triple pleasures of 1950s morals, gee-whiz acting, and a whole lotta extras running around and screaming. The special effects, though primitive, certainly get the job done, and it is still a treat to watch the Blob ooze its way to its next meal. You may notice that the theme song is surprisingly bouncy for a horror flick ("Beware of the Blob! It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor"). It was written by Hal David and a fresh young composer by the name of Burt Bacharach. --Ali Davis

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8 2007
Format: DVD
This is one picture I recall with great fondness because to me it was a film that didn't technically have alot going for it but it had a heck of ALOT of heart.And I'm glad to say on seeing the film again for the first time in many a year that my first impression is STILL right.

This film was indeed shot on a small budget using young,almost unknown actors and the use of special effects while limited were used brilliantly and to their best advantage whenever possible.

The plot simply involves a meteorite that lands near a farmers' house.The farmer investigates and finds himself up close and personal with its' contents.Some local kids coming to see the meteorite discover the farmer and take him to the local doc.The Blob in short order devours the farmer then proceeds on its',relatively at first,quiet and deadly rampage.The kids try unsuccessfully through a good portion of the flick to convince the local authorities of its' reality.By the time they start believing the Blob has become tremendous in size and threatens the whole town.In the end the threat is "contained" and the world is saved from this deadly denizen from outer space.

While the plot is simple and sometimes see through the well used special effects but especially the actors themselves really hold this picture together from beginning to end making it seem believable.

This Criterion disc is not loaded with alot of extras but enough to satisfy ones basic needs.To compensate however they have included a repro poster of the Blob! A VERY nice and classy touch by the Criterion folks.

And techncially speaking this is my favourite part of this film.

This is an A#1,top of the line remastered print.
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By Ted on June 6 2004
Format: DVD
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film
This film needs no introduction. Terence "Steve" McQueen's first starring role remains one of his best.
A meteorite lands in the woods releasing a viscous substance that absorbs living things and gets bigger each time it does so. Some local teens attempt to convince the police what is happening while rescuing the town.
The acting is really good too.
I like this film even more as it was made entirely within 20 miles from my home. The locations where the movie was filmed attract many tourists. The movie theater featured in the film even holds an annual Blobfest every July attended by the cast and crew.
The director Irvin Yeaworth directed several sci-fi films to learn how to direct better. He has since done hundreds of religious short films. Assistant Producer Russell Doughten went on to direct the apocalyptic "Thief in the night" films which are based on the Biblical book of Revelation. As a Christian, this film remains special to me, being directed by another Christian.
The DVD has several special features including a slideshow of production stills, a theatrical trailer, and a foldout poster.
There are also two audio commentaries which are very impressive.
The first is by producer Jack Harris and film historian Bruce Eder who has done much work with the Criterion Collection. The commentary mentions several events about the production and the untimely death of Steve McQueen They also mention his stay in a Mexican clinic in an attempt to cure his cancer with a controversial drug derived from fruit seeds which is banned in the US as quackery. They also mention Steve asking Billy Graham to visit him in the clinic to pray for him.
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Format: DVD
Taken as a straight horror film, 1958's THE BLOB would admittedly fail, as it is not creepy or frightening by any conventional cinematic standards. But this campy classic is not meant to be taken seriously. From the opening bars of the catchy pop-music theme song to the question mark that follows the words THE END, the film is a blatant send-up of 1950s American culture and its white-bread mores and sensibilities. The film is replete with palpable caricatures of nearly every cultural icon of 1950s: Squeaky-clean teenagers, rock-n-roll music, hot-rods and drag racing, friendly neighborhood cops, cold-war name it. Indeed, taken as a whole, the film itself is a spoof of both the invasion-from-space and the giant-monster-on-the-loose sci-fi flicks that were popular earlier in the decade.
THE BLOB was made and released in the wake of teen-angst films like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and beatnik publications like Kerouac's ON THE ROAD, and it was also a time when the counterculture icons of the 1960s--rock groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones; gurus of alternate lifestyles such as Dr. Timothy Leary and Abbie Hoffman--were formulating their radical ideals and ideologies. In other words, THE BLOB was the product of a period when American youth were becoming restless and were itching for artistic and intellectual stimulation, and teens and young adults were therefore growing increasingly weary of bland 1950s conservatism. Campy films like THE BLOB capitalized on that attitude by offering up exaggerated and surrealistic snapshots of the culture's insipid qualities, thereby giving the younger crowd an opportunity to openly laugh at the worldview of their elders.
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