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The Blob

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Director: Chuck Russell

Cast: Chuck Russell, Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch

     
 

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The 1950s horror classic The Blob gets a terrifying update in director Chuck Russell's slimy 1988 remake starring Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, and one very large booger-like monster. Unfortunately, a good update is not the way to describe the new transfer from Columbia. Filled with grain and dirt, the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for The Blob is

Overview

The 1950s horror classic The Blob gets a terrifying update in director Chuck Russell's slimy 1988 remake starring Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, and one very large booger-like monster. Unfortunately, a good update is not the way to describe the new transfer from Columbia. Filled with grain and dirt, the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for The Blob is marred by imperfections and uneven color levels. During some points in the film the black levels look very gray, and there are many instances of edge enhancement. This transfer for the remake of The Blob is subpar for a film that is not very old. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The Dolby 2.0 mix is fine, with some directional sounds coming from the center and front speakers. Dialogue, music, and gooey effects are all mostly crisp and clean with only slight distortion. Also included are English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles. Much like the transfer of this film, Columbia has seen fit to do as little as possible with the supplemental features for The Blob. Theatrical trailers for The Blob remake, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and John Carpenter's Vampires are the only extra materials included on this DVD. The Blob is a very unimpressive DVD edition for a relatively impressive horror film remake.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This update of a beloved sci-fi favorite does a solid job of reworking its source material for a modern audience. The smart script, co-penned by director Chuck Russell with Frank Darabont, packs in plenty of popcorn movie thrills, but also makes room for an empowered heroine who is just as tough as its hero and works in a modern sense of paranoia with a clever government-oriented subplot. The Blob also keeps viewers on their toes by unpredictably killing off some of its most audience-friendly characters to ratchet up the suspense. Russell's direction delivers the thrills in a mean, lean style and his work is further aided by a likable cast: Kevin Dillon does the teen-rebel schtick to precision, Shawnee Smith's subtle transition from cheerleader to Blob fighter is believable, and reliable character thesps like Candy Clark and Jeffrey DeMunn deliver nuanced performances that flesh out the film's small-town setting nicely. Most importantly for a monster movie, The Blob's appeal is cemented by imaginative special effects: Lyle Conway's inventive creature effects give the title attraction a new, threatening sense of mobility unimaginable in the original version, and Tony Gardner's unsettling makeup effects add just the right modern touch to the mix. All in all, The Blob's well-judged blend of modern smarts and old-fashioned monster movie thrills makes it a worthwhile pick for genre fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
UPC:
0043396059238
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
2,733

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 2-channel [Dolby surround], French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Dillon Brian Flagg
Shawnee Smith Meg Penny
Donovan Leitch Paul Taylor
Jeffrey DeMunn Sheriff Herb Geller
Candy Clark Fran Hewitt
Joe Seneca Dr. Meddows
Beau Billingslea Moss Woolsey
Art La Fleur Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
Sharon Spelman Mrs. Penny
Del Close Rev. Meeker
Ricky Paull Goldin Scott Jeskey
Paul McCrane Dep. Bill Briggs
Billy Beck Can Man
Michael Kenworthy Kevin Penny
Don Brunner 1st White Suit/ Scientist
Richard Anthony Crenna Soldier Outside Town Hall
Pons Maar Theater Manager
Margaret Smith Nurse
Douglas Emerson Eddie Breckner
Jack Nance Doctor
Charlene Fox Woman in Doctor's Office
Erika Eleniak Vicki De Soto
Teddy Vincent Sally Jeffers
Clayton Landey George Ruiz
Jacquelyn Masche 2nd White Suite
Jack Rader Col. Hargis
Julie McCullough Susie
Daryl Marsh Lance
Wade Mayer Movie Patron
Jamison Newlander Anthony
Frank Collison Phil Hobbs Projectionist
Judith Flanagan Eddie's Mother
Charlie Spradling Co-Ed
Kristen Aldrich Co-Ed
Robert Axelrod Jennings
M. James Arnett Radio Man
Peter Crombie Soldier at Command Post
Rick Avery Soldier with Cracked Faceplate
David Weininger Soldier #1
Moss Porter Sergeant
Bill Moseley Soldier #2
Jennifer Lincoln Young Woman in Town Hall
Noble Craig Puddle Soldier
Portia Griffin Gospel Singer
Opelene Bartley Old Woman in Tent

Technical Credits
Chuck Russell Director,Screenwriter
Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
Robert J. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
M. James Arnett Stunts
Rick Avery Stunts
Joni Avery Stunts
Pam Barlow Songwriter
Philip Bartko Special Effects Supervisor
Andre Blay Executive Producer
Janet Brady Stunts
Greg Brickman Stunts
Jeff Burks Animator
Bobby Burns Stunts
Kent Burton Animator
David Burton Stunts
Gary Cambra Songwriter
Gilbert B. Combs Stunts
Lyle Conway Special Effects
Wayne Coster Songwriter
Frank Darabont Screenwriter
Bud Davis Stunts
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Tim A. Davison Stunts
Michael Deluna Stunts
Robert DeVine Special Effects
Gary Epper Stunts
Tod Feuerman Editor
George Fisher Stunts
Frank A. Fuller Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Gardner Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Jeffrey S. Ginn Art Director,Production Designer
Jack H. Harris Co-producer
Gene Hartline Stunts
Rupert Harvey Producer
Freddie Hice Stunts
Michael Hoenig Score Composer
Steve Holladay Stunts
Tommy Huff Stunts
Gary Hymes Stunts
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Elliott Kastner Co-producer
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw Stunts
Kathryn Miles Kelly Makeup
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
Gary McLarty Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Janet Minto Songwriter
Paula-Marie Moody Stunts
Randy Moore Set Decoration/Design
Bennie Moore Stunts
Larry Nicholas Stunts
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Porter Stunts
Debby Porter Stunts
D. Kerry Prior Special Effects
Johanna Ray Casting
Danny Rogers Stunts
Pat Romano Stunts
Dennis Scott Stunts
Paul Sherrod Stunts
Mike Slamer Songwriter
Craig Stearns Production Designer
Gary Steele Set Decoration/Design
Terry Stokes Editor
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Ric Waugh Stunts
Keith Whitley Songwriter
AJ Workman Special Effects
Richard Wright Stunts
Richard E. Yawn Sound Editor
Hoyt Yeatman Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:47]
2. Paul Taylor [1:47]
3. Brian Flagg [4:47]
4. Moss [1:35]
5. Fire In The Sky [:53]
6. Ribbed Or Regular? [1:48]
7. Blob-On-A-Stick [1:34]
8. Meg'S Family [2:45]
9. Watcher In The Woods [1:14]
10. Flagg'N Down A Ride [4:15]
11. Room 3 [1:36]
12. Blob Coverage [2:30]
13. Scott'S Final Score [6:31]
14. Punk Yes, Killer No [3:12]
15. "I Need Your Help." [3:27]
16. Down The Drain [3:32]
17. Out Of Service [5:53]
18. Doctor Meddows [2:40]
19. Splatter Flick [2:35]
20. Patients, Not Prisoners [:33]
21. Movie Madness [3:48]
22. Experimental Virus [3:00]
23. Civilian Escape [3:01]
24. In The Sewers [3:34]
25. Closed Off? [4:32]
26. "It'S A Lie!" [2:45]
27. Blob On The Loose [3:23]
28. "It Can'T Stand The Cold!" [3:19]

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The Blob 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very well done. I still get the chills watching it. The special effects for the most part are great. There are times when they look cheap, like in the theatre scene. The movie does have it's funny moments to go along with the scary ones. All the actors do a fine job too. If you like cult classic films then add this one to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one remake that is worth a watch. This is considerably better looking in all aspects when compared to the original and the creature itself has alot more screen time. Even though this was made in the 80s the majority of the effects are really nasty and a joy to watch for horror fans. The appeal of a ravenous shape changing entity that consumes everything is evident in many films. There is only a few scenes with questionable quality where it's obvious that blue/green screen was involved. The story is different once they find out the true origin of the creature but I thought it made sense. If you would rather be cautious, give it a rental, it's a fun movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago