Blast of Silence

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Overview

The first and best feature film from director Allen Baron, Blast of Silence is a lean and hard-boiled slice of film noir from the early Sixties, a time when the genre was imagined to be all but dead. While the film received little notice on its original release, it has earned a potent cult following since it was rediscovered in the Eighties, and now Blast of Silence makes its DVD debut in a handsome edition from the Criterion Collection. Blast of Silence has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame ...
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Overview

The first and best feature film from director Allen Baron, Blast of Silence is a lean and hard-boiled slice of film noir from the early Sixties, a time when the genre was imagined to be all but dead. While the film received little notice on its original release, it has earned a potent cult following since it was rediscovered in the Eighties, and now Blast of Silence makes its DVD debut in a handsome edition from the Criterion Collection. Blast of Silence has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the digital rendition of the picture is superb, capturing the sharp edges of Merrill Brody's camerawork and reveling in the shabby beauty of the New York City locations. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and while it sometimes reveals the limitations of the film's low budget, the sound is as present and full-bodied as the circumstances permit. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English but no multiple language options. Bonus materials with this edition include Requiem For A Killer: The Making of Blast of Silence, a fascinating documentary in which Baron revisits the locations where the movie was shot and talks about how the project came to be. Also included is a gallery of Polaroid snapshots taken during the shoot to keep track of continuity, another gallery of stills featuring "then and now" pictures of the filming locations, and the original Blast of Silence trailer. As usual, Criterion has also included a well-designed booklet with the package, featuring a fine essay by Terrence Rafferty and a graphic interpretation of the movie from comic artist Sean Phillips. Blast of Silence deserved a decent home video presentation decades ago, but for fans of idiosyncratic crime films, this DVD was well worth the wait and comes highly recommended.
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Special Features

Requiem for a Killer: the making of "Blast of Silence"; Rare on-set Polaroids; Photos of locations in 2008; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and a four-page graphic-novel adaptation of the film by acclaimed artist Sean Phillips (Criminal, Sleeper, Marvel Zombies)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
A gritty crime film about lonely professional hit man Frank Bono (Allen Baron), Blast of Silence is interesting in its meticulous detail of the killer's work, a device that has been used in many crime films since. Most of the characters are hoodlums, except for a couple of friends that Frank meets from his past. His relationship with Lorrie (Molly McCarthy) doesn't go anywhere, while Frank's life seems like a completely solitary, friendless existence, where he's scared to get close to anyone and hasn't even bothered to come up with a cover as to what he does for work. The shots of New York in the early '60s are vivid and add to the film's somewhat authentic vibe. And Blast of Silence's end is very much in the tradition of the classic gangster film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • UPC: 715515028721
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,682

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Allen Baron Frank Bono
Molly McCarthy Lorrie
Larry Tucker Big Ralph
Peter Clume Troiano
Danny Meehan Petey
Milda Memonas Troiano's Girl
Dean Sheldon Nightclub singer
Charles Creasap Contact man
Joe Bubbico Gangster
Bill de Prato Sailor
Erich Kollmar Bellhop
Ruth Kaner Building Supervisor
Gil Rogers Gangster
Jerry Douglas Gangster
Bob Taylor Gangster
Ernie Jackson Gangster
Technical Credits
Allen Baron Director, Screenwriter
Merrill Brody Producer
Erich Kollmar Cinematographer
Meyer Kupferman Score Composer
Peggy Lawson Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blast of Silence
1. "Remembering" [4:07]
2. "At Noon You Make Contact" [2:20]
3. "The Target's Name is Troiano" [2:53]
4. "He Turns Your Stomach" [8:24]
5. Time to Kill [3:27]
6. "Alone at Dinner" [2:57]
7. "You Hate Parties" [3:07]
8. December 25 [6:46]
9. December 26 [8:34]
10. Silencing a Rat [5:40]
11. "Hoodlum Strangled!" [5:43]
12. Another Bad Moment [7:32]
13. The Last Day [6:23]
14. The Hit [5:35]
15. "God Moves in Mysterious Ways" [3:42]
1. Beverly Hills, 2006 [4:20]
2. Penn Station/Lionel Stander [2:25]
3. Boyhood Memories [2:14]
4. Downey's [6:23]
5. Staten Island Ferry [2:47]
6. Harlem [4:20]
7. Watching Troiano [2:46]
8. Christmas [1:27]
9. Newsstand [2:18]
10. Solitude and Delusions [5:40]
11. Love Nest [9:35]
12. Cold Death [6:44]
13. From New York to Hollywood [4:23]
14. Sound of Silence [4:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Blast of Silence
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Requiem For a Killer
      Play
      Index
   Locations Revisited, 2008
   On-Set Polaroids
   Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible gritty crime drama

    I absolutely love the gritty 60's crime feel. I also love how it shows the ins and outs of professionally killing someone and then the reprocusion it does on a man's soul.

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