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The Blob [Import]

Vincent Barbi , John Benson , Various    Unrated   DVD
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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

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1.0 out of 5 stars This Blob DVD is terrible! Sept. 1 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The quality of the image on this DVD is terrible! Blurry, it looks like a bad copy from a VHS tape. I know it was inexpensive, but I would have paid more for a better quality DVD or Blu-Ray had one been available from Amazon at the time. The 1958 Blob is a great ol' flick, but I couldn't recommend this copy of it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good May 11 2014
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This movie was a very good movie for it's time. I got it because I remember seeing it when I was young, and wanted to see if I got the same reaction now as I did before.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Warning - no close captioning May 15 2013
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Steve McQueen's first big break in the movies after leaving TV's Wanted Dead or Alive would be a horror movie of the 1950s genre. The blob is from outer space and is growing as it swallows up the folks in a American town, and it's up to "teenagers" like McQueen to save the day. If only I could follow the dialogue (I have a hearing dsability) but there's no close captioning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Blob - DVD or VHS Feb. 16 2013
By Pat
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I was sure I ordered this movie (the Blob) in DVD.
Imagine my surprise when a VHS copy arrived.
From now on, no buying a movie without being 100% sure on its format.
Now I will have to find a VHS player before I can watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blob is a true SciFi Classic Sept. 24 2005
I just watched the 1958 version of The Blob for the guzzilionth time. What an excellent movie, from the music score, to the acting, and yes, even to the special effects. What few people realize is that this movie was made on a shoestring budget by a church group out of Valley Forge Pennsylvania. The fact that they blew away the feature movie they were double billed with (I Married a Monster from Outer Space), which was a major studio production, is a testament to this movie's entertainment qualities. Most of the actors used in this film were locals, and yet the acting was superb. Anyone looking for an excellent Friday night or Saturday morning horror flick DVD wouldn't go wrong with The Blob. I love it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The miscreant mucous returns! May 8 2007
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The budget blob July 16 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
This DVD of "The Blob" looks like a transfer from VHS with no DVD goodies.

However if you are only watching The blob once in a while and just want one for your collection this version will work. However for real Blob'rs I suggest the Criterion version.

Steve McQueen as Steve Andrews and Anete Corsaut as Jane Martin (also Helen Crump in The Andy Griffith Show) are negotiation in a quiet place in a convertable. When a shooting star lands quite close. Naturally this is more interesting and they go to investigate. An old man beats them to the sight and poking around gets blobulated. Things really get sticky from that point with none to believe them as kids don't know nothing.

If you like this movie then the next one to see is a variation called "Killer Klowns from Outer Space"
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite horror flick. June 6 2004
By Ted
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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