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The Blob (1988)

Shawnee Smith , Donovan Leitch , Chuck Russell  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Kevin Dillon
  • Directors: Chuck Russell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N5RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blob" on IMDb

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More graphically-realistic than ever THE BLOB has returned in this horrific tale about a vile, malignant life-form that crashes to earth in a cozy, rural American town called Arborville. Untroubled by conscience or intellect, the Blob does only one thing-and does it well. It eats anything and everything that, women, children. And tonight it wants to swallow Arborville whole. The original version of THE BLOB thrilled and terrified audiences back in the 50's. Now the oozing, gooey killer is back with a new high-tech 80's look. What was once only suggested now comes to life in this visually gut-wrenching thriller in the tradition of such classic remakes as "The Thing" and "The Fly".

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scream now, while there's still room to breathe. July 15, 2003
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I really enjoyed this remake. I love the original, and I think a good job was done staying true to the original, while managing to update it for a new generation. I've seen a lot of remakes, and very often you get a sense like the director is trying to avoid ties to the original movie, but not here.
I thought this movie was fast paced and fun. It kept me interested all the way through. It was quite violent at times, and gory, but when your subject matter is about an all consuming space blob, you sort of expect that kind of thing.
The interaction between the characters was pretty well done. Kevin Dillon plays Brain Flagg, our hero who is also an outcast due to his rebellious nature. Shawnee Smith plays the female lead, the all American cheerleader homecoming queen type. The two are thrown together to fight the blob.
This version starts off essentially the same as the original, the blob arriving from space and attacking an old man in the woods. The old man is found by the teenagers, and is taken to the hospital, where it proceeds to consume some characters. Brian Flagg is initially suspected by the police, as he's no stranger to them, but they have no physical evidence to hold him, so they have to let him go. Soon, people in this small town start disappearing, and the police have their hands full. Brian and Meg are the only two who have some idea what's going on, but when Meg tries to relate her story, what she saw, no one really believes her, and Brian isn't very credible, due to the reputation he has with the town in general.
Soon, the blob starts making itself known, consuming many people. Some kind of government agency shows up, and seals the town with the purpose of capturing the voracious organism.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Remake! August 2, 2006
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In a small California town, life was simple for a teenage punk (Kevin Dillon) who falls for a lovely cheerleader (Shawnee Smith) but one night there's a strange meteorite crashes outside of town with a weird pink goo that consumes an old man's hand. Taken to a doctor, the weird slimy stuff is really alive for it's a monstrous organism that devours any creature or person that stands in it's way, can it be stopped?

Quite an awesome remake of the 50's sci-fi/horror classic with Steve Mcqueen that is just as good but with a new explanation on the creature's origin as it's a government experiment from space gone wrong. The acting is very good and so are the nifty special effects and gory detailed scenes of people being engulfed by the slime especially the memorable man being sucked down the sink scene, the blob itself is more nastier and meaner looking then the original glob of strawberry jam.

This DVD has good picture and sound quality with the only extras being trailers especially to the movie, but if you love sci-fi horror and the original then get this movie, you won't be disappointed.

Also recommended: "The Thing" ( 1982), "The Blob ( 1958)", "Species", "The Deadly Spawn (a.k.a. Return of the Aliens)", "The Stuff", "Jason X", "Predator", "Lifeforce", "Killer Klowns From Outer Space", "Creepshow 2", "Return of the Living Dead 3", "Critters 1 & 2", "Insemenoid", "Predator 2", "Aliens", "Alien", "Alien Resurrection", "Alien 3", "AVP: Alien Vs. Predator", "The Fly ( 1986)", "Undead", "Bad Taste", "Pitch Black", "Warning Sign", "Dawn of the Dead ( 2004)", "X-Files: Fight the Future", "Xtro", "Creature", "Night of the Creeps", "Resident Evil", "Resident Evil: Apocalypse", "Hollow Man", "War of the Worlds ( 1953 and 2005)", "Total Recall", "Starship Troopers", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers ( 1957 and 1978)", "Slither", "IT! Came from Outer Space", "Men in Black", "Contamination" and "Phantoms".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Polished Version of an 80's Horror Classic September 25, 2001
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If you wish to read of my adulation for this grisly, shocking, excellent remake, just scroll down to my March '99 review "Steve Mcqueen, Eat Your Heart Out!"
As far as the long-awaited DVD release of "The Blob" is concerned, I must say it is an absolute treat for this here horror/sci-fi buff! Just to see Chuck Russell's masterful film in its digitally remastered 1.85:1 widescreen glory, along with the original trailer feature, really made my collection's day! My only qualm is that Columbia/TriStar was rather remiss towards the sound design (still in 2.0 surround, just like my old VHS copy). "The Blob" is a film that is definitely made for a 5.1 or DTS mix with all of its explosions and the oozing, organic sound effects that helped breathed life into this infamous & reviled movie monster.
An awesome flick and a 4.5-star quality DVD...worth every cent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good re-make of a classic October 8, 2005
This 1988 re-make of the classic 50's horror film may have a few misfires here and there and it may look a bit dated, but it's a surprisingly good re-make which is quite a rarity. Nightmare on Elm Street 3 director Chuck Russell, who would go on to direct the Mask and Eraser, is at the helm of this gross-out romp with Kevin Dillon starring as a teenage rebel outsider who allies himself with a cheerleader (Saw's Shawnee Smith) when a murderous, slimy, monster goes on a rampage through their small town. The blood and gore effects are great for their time, while the effects of the Blob monster itself look a little dated. Everything else about this re-make however is still better than you would expect, including some imaginitive deaths. The cast also includes ER's Paul McCrane, and look for small roles featuring Baywatch babe Erika Eleniak and David Lynch regular and Eraserhead star Jack Nance as a hospital doctor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not support Twilight Time
5 stars for the movie but Do not support this greed company with there ridiculous prices one star for this BS.
Published 2 days ago by Marz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this one and the first one with Steve McQueen in it.
Published 16 days ago by Terry C. Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Although named The Blob like the original movie with Steve McQueen
Although named The Blob like the original movie with Steve McQueen, this movie is no campy horror movie. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Johnny Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Smidge better than the original
It's a nice remake of the original 1958. I probably like it better than the original by about 1/4 star. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Bill H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by robin barksdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time! Product as described!
Published 1 month ago by Cmoore Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have DVD for any horror fan
Generally speaking, most remakes of the classic horror & sci-fi films are terrible and one asks why was the remake made in the first place. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey R. Lucier
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Love it!
Published 2 months ago by CupCake
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Blob The remake of most films are not so good not the case here...
The Blob The remake of most films are not so good not the case here the 1958 cult classic film is more funny then frightening in the state of the art gruesomeness 1988 The Blob... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard A Weddle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Old story line but still fun to watch.
Published 2 months ago by frank perez
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