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The Blob [Blu-ray] (1958) (1958)

Steve McQueen , Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Steve McQueen
  • Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQ6J4XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields
  • Trailer
  • Blobabilia!, a gallery of collector Wes Shank’s rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!), and other ephemera
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Kim Newman

  • Editorial Reviews

    A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen (The Great Escape) playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film’s many unexpected pleasures.

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    38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    While I hadn't seen this movie in years, I remember it fondly from my youth. This is one of those that I saw several times on Friday Night Fright TV. Unfortunately I've been stuck with a VHS copy until now with Criterion's Blu ray update. The best that can be said about the film is that it represents the "B" movie genre of the day in good fashion. Bad acting prevails. I don't recognize any of the actors either by name or by face with the obvious exception of Steve McQueen.

    McQueen got a lot of recognition for his role as "Steve" and became a breakout star on TV and in the movies. The special effects are nothing special. Essentially an object falls from space and lands in a rural part of Pennsylvania. After some poking and prodding, an ooze is released and slithers its way into town. As it grows it becomes even more menacing. That's pretty much it other than Steve and the other teens lead the battle against The Blob. The film has a certain cult status and is fun to watch. The Blob was remade thirty years later as an R rated horror film starring Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith.

    The Blu ray is a dramatic upgrade over the tape of course and from what I remember on TV. I've not seen the DVD version that I recall. Criterion transfers the film with a 1080p resolution and uses a 1.67:1 aspect ratio. The restoration looks great. Rich colors prevail and the close ups look natural. Clarity is excellent including the many scenes shot in low light. I could detect no effects of aging (scratches, floating debris, etc.) This is really well done.

    The audio has only an uncompressed LPCM mono track available. It has been nicely cleaned up and is clear with good range. This film also features an early collaboration between Hal David and Burt Bacharach on the title song.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Work of Incredible Cheese August 29, 2013
    Steve McQueen was in his late 20s when he starred in The Blob but you can't help but think he looks much older. He had that old school Hollywood characteristic of looking much older than any 28 year-old man of today, but ultimately looking completely believable in any role he grabbed. Though it was his first starring role, and the picture might not be the best film ever made or anything, he definitely knew how to command the screen.

    I grew up in a household where science-fiction pictures (especially B-esque pictures) were welcomed with open arms. I have many memories of watching War of the Worlds (1953), Forgotten Planet (1954), and of course, The Blob. I lived in the Tampa Bay area during my childhood, and during that time, a local television host (aptly named Dr. Paul Bearer) who used to show many of these types of pictures on Saturday afternoons. It was my film school, before film school.

    But back to The Blob. The film centers on two teenagers (McQueen and Aneta Corsaut) witnessing a shooting star crashing down a few miles away from them. It lands close to a local hermit living in solitude in the woods, where he soon discovers the rock that crashed. Upon further investigation, the rock cracks open, unleashing a strange ooze that soon envelopes the old man's arm. He rushes to the aid of the teenagers, who bring him to a local doctor. Once there, the ooze continues to spread before fully covering the man. It then gets bigger and bigger, before continuing to devoir some of the town's citizens.

    The film, though not understandable upon first viewing, is layered in paranoia. Steve (played by McQueen of course) is the only person who sees this red/pink menace, and only his girlfriend seems to believe him.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Kids find themselves in a sticky situation February 14, 2013
    The Criterion Collection version of The Blob is worth the purchase as they took great effort to give you al the DVD goodies that enhance your viewing pleasure. Be aware that there are other DVD and VHS versions that are not up to par.

    Steve McQueen as Steve Andrews and Anete Corsaut as Jane Martin (also Helen Crump in The Andy Griffith Show) are supposed to be teenagers; they are negotiating in a quiet parking place in a convertible, when a shooting star lands quite close. Naturally this is more interesting to them than what they were about to do; so they go to investigate. An old man gets to the site first and poking around with a stick gets blobulated. And maybe his little dog too. Things really get sticky from that point with no one 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” It takes the same theme to absurdity.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Look Out for the BLOB October 23, 2013
    By thor
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    good blu-ray edition, excellent transfer for a movie from 1958
    as far as the movie: interesting, not overly frightening
    good for a night to just relax
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Flick October 11, 2013
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    Classic Horror flick with Steve McQueen ... has some very interesting extras about the making of the movie.
    Story stands up well to time ... the special effects are dated, but to me that adds rather than detracts from the appeal.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic October 6, 2013
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    A cult classic in horror. A must own for any fan of the horror film genre. Beware of the blob
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    4.0 out of 5 stars The Blob September 14, 2013
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    This is a "B" movie. I have it on DVD which is as GOOD as the Blu Ray version that I recently purchased. The sound is mono and is supposed to be enhanced but I can't detect the improvement! The acting and special effects are typical of the late 1950s. If you have the DVD, don't bother getting the Blu Ray version. But if it's NOT in your library and you do enjoy 1950s horror films, GET THE BLU RAY version!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    The Criterion Collection adds another jewel to its collection... a really nice way to revisit Saturday afternoons from my childhood!
    Published 26 days ago by Matt
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun scary movie!
    This dumb movie still manages to scare me! It's part of the criterion collection for a reason. Goofy and fun!
    Published 1 month ago by MarcS
    5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction?
    This is a good low-budget movie. The bad kids were not all that bad, and I like that too. You might get a kick out of the old cars that still looked pretty new. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Virgil Roush
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amber Waves of Grain
    I am confused--this release is so grainy it is unwatchable. Unless I got a rare print of grain I do no recommend it at all. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Guitaro
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Blob
    Steve McQueen was great, he was down to earth and loved his acting. The creation of the blob was almost believable.
    Published 7 months ago by ten4 sag
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
    I've seen this movie in every format made. The Blu-Ray version is by far the clearest version available. The details are clean and crisp. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Connie G
    4.0 out of 5 stars Steve McQueen stands out in this 50s gem
    Your standard 50s monster b-movie? Kinda. Only this one has an a-grade actor elevating it well beyond expectations. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by John
    4.0 out of 5 stars a fun creature feature from my youth
    This movie appears on cable TV now and then. My wife DVR'd it for me recently and we watched it last night.

    In some respects it is a typical 50s-60s creature feature. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by ilbob
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