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The Blob (1988)

Shawnee Smith , Donovan Leitch  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch
  • 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 (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N5RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blob" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scream now, while there's still room to breathe. July 15, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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17 of 19 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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9 of 11 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's Coming For Us!" August 27, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
What an awesome horror flick from the late '80s! This 1988 remake of the 1956 Blob movie is soooo much better because of the amazing special effects that will COMPLETELY gross you out! The characters are believable and there's little if any cheesy lines through out the whole movie. The most memerable and truly gut-wrentching scenes is the guy being sucked down the kitchen sink by the blob, the lady in the phone booth, the kid in the sewer and a few other sickening parts. Definently one of the most frightning films I have ever seen. (Along with "The Excorcist", "Urban Legend" and the original "Scream") I highly recommend "The Blob" for your horror\sci-fi collection!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Okay B-Horror
Published 4 days ago by Andrew Tims
4.0 out of 5 stars My grand kids just love to be scared!
My grandkids just love to be scared and this movie does it. The movie has great special effects and has a good story line. But it is not so gory that kids can witch it.
Published 13 days ago by Terry Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars "I think you pissed it off..."
Well, let me preface this review by saying it's hard to top Steve McQueen in the original "Blob", it's not impossible but it's damn hard, it was just a great movie and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Ajello
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good remake
Most remakes don't live up to the original so I really wasn't expecting much from this one so was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be very good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Good Film enjoyed it, still as good as when I first watched it several years ago. Will watch again soon.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars For some old fashioned fun
The acting is bad,the special effects laughable , but the feel of the movie is just like the original. I like the original slightly better, but this is a fun remake. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rdkmco
3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow more dated then the original, but still good
Maybe it's because a true classic is eternal. Maybe it's just because you can't beat Steve McQueen.
At any rate, it's not a major knock on this movie to say, looking back, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RL
4.0 out of 5 stars I was very surpise how soon we got this package.
A classic movie that I really enjoyed, and l would recommend this movie to any adult that loves horror movies.
Published 2 months ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Product review (not movie review)
Although it doesn't say on the page, at least at the time of writing this, the disc appears to be a Print-on-Demand product, not an original pressing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kurgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Remake!
A rewrite of the original with Kevin Dillon taking on the part of Steve McQueen as the bad boy and Shawnee Smith as the girl he teams up with. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Felix
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