Blink

Blink

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Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, Laurie Metcalf

     
 

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In Blink, a woman regaining her eyesight after a double cornea transplant operation glimpses the killer of her upstairs neighbor and then must fight for her life as the killer stalks her. Emma Brody (Madeline Stowe), a musician in an Irish folk-rock band was blinded as a result of childhood abuse by her mother. Her doctor, Ryan Pierce (Peter Friedman) performsSee more details below

Overview

In Blink, a woman regaining her eyesight after a double cornea transplant operation glimpses the killer of her upstairs neighbor and then must fight for her life as the killer stalks her. Emma Brody (Madeline Stowe), a musician in an Irish folk-rock band was blinded as a result of childhood abuse by her mother. Her doctor, Ryan Pierce (Peter Friedman) performs an operation to restore her vision, but soon Emma is suffering from retroactive hallucinations in which she sees things that have happened hours, or even days, before. As she was the only witness to the murder, her credibility soon comes into question, but she is believed by Detective Hallstrom (Aidan Quinn) who has been tracking what he believes to be a serial killer. THe DVD release of the film boasts widescreen and fullscreen transfers, as well as 5.1 surround sound and the theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This is a taut psychological thriller that contains several distinctive elements that make it a worthy candidate for the "best movies you've probably never seen" file. First, there's the genuine chemistry between leads Aidan Quinn and Madeleine Stowe, casting that works just as well here as it did in their previous film together, Stakeout (1987). They're the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan of the B-movie set and should probably work together again. Second, director Michael Apted makes creative use of the movie's central visual idea of a woman only half-witnessing a murder because her eyesight, recently restored, isn't up to full function yet. The medical concept of "delayed vision," which could be mistaken as one artificially contrived for the film, is an actual documented condition with which Alfred Hitchcock would have had a blast. Lastly, there's the unexpected and wholly welcome use of Irish roots rock, as performed by the real-life Chicago outfit the Drovers. The trio of songs they contribute are an intense, haunting addition to the score, cleverly providing the female lead with an interesting and realistic profession while reflecting on the characters' ethnic roots, bringing more depth and charm to the proceedings. Blink isn't the one film for which Apted will be remembered, but it's a stout, well-crafted genre flick that's definitely worth a look. Screenwriter Dana Stevens is also an actress who played a role in another film from Apted in the same year, Nell (1994).

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0794043672620
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film; 5.1 surround sound; Stereo surround sound; English subtitles and closed captions; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM enabled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Madeleine Stowe Emma Brody
Aidan Quinn Detective John Hallstrom
Laurie Metcalf Candice
James Remar Thomas Ridgely
Peter Friedman Dr. Ryan Pierce
Bruce A. Young Lt. Mitchell
Paul Dillon Neal Booker
Michael P. Byrne Barry
Anthony Cannata Ned
Greg Noonan Frank
Marilyn Dodds Frank Emma's Mother
Mary Ann Thebus Mrs. Davison
Lucy Childs Margaret Tattersall
Shirley Spiegler-Jacobs Grandmother
Debra Dusay Female Detective
Kate Buddeke Mrs. Whitney
Adele Robbins Davison Doctor
Rick LeFevour Driver
Sam Sanders Bobby
Les Podewell Old Man
Lucina Paquet Mrs. Goldman
Glendon Gabbard Mr. Goldman
Mary Seibel Records Nurse
Valerie Spencer Children's Nurse
Kathryn Miller Children's Nurse

Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Dan Bishop Production Designer
David Blocker Producer
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Dianna Freas Set Decoration/Design
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Sara Risher Executive Producer
Jefferson Sage Art Director
Rick Shaine Editor
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Dana Stevens Screenwriter
Scott White Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/ The Bet [3:38]
2. "We Have a Donor" [4:53]
3. Brand-New Eye [3:57]
4. Perceptual Delay [6:13]
5. Shadows at 3:48 AM [3:35]
6. Detective Hallstrom [6:06]
7. The Dead Neighbor [7:49]
8. Anything Beautiful [2:48]
9. A Face in the Crowd [6:24]
10. To Catch a Killer [3:53]
11. The Parking Garage [4:18]
12. Blind Again and Strong [5:04]
13. Date with Doc & Grumpy [3:40]
14. Someone Else in Her Eyes [5:54]
15. Murder in Milwaukee [4:54]
16. "What've You Been Doing" [2:49]
17. Face in the Mirror [1:56]
18. Lovesick or Crazy? [2:40]
19. Running From... [2:48]
20. The Donor Connection [5:16]
21. "She Needs to See You" [4:19]
22. Taking Back Her Eyes [6:02]
23. A Ride and a Rhyme [2:10]
24. End Credits [4:41]

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