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The Blob (1988)

Shawnee Smith , Donovan Leitch  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch
  • Format: 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)
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  • 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 (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N5RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blob" on IMDb

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Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch. A 1988 remake of the original Steve McQueen thriller that just oozes with excitement as the gooey and insatiable blob overtakes and eats anything that moves. 1988/color/95 min/R/widescreen.

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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
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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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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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6 of 7 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blob (1988)
A very good remake that is just begging for a religious apocalyptic sequel as we see at the end. Both special effects and the cast are very good in a story tweaked for its time of... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Night-Gaunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa!
Very good special effects in this movie. If you're a fan of 80's gore, you'll love this! I suggest you watch the oringial before watching this. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Gami
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
A fun and ruthless remake. The fx range from crazy cool to kind of corny. All around 80s fun. check it out. More gore that you have any right to expect.
Published 22 days ago by eyeless king
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Film Ever Made
Do you love horror removes? DO yo like gross monsters killing stupid people? Then your life is about to get legend (wait for it) dary.
Published 1 month ago by PersonX
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I've always loved this movie and the concept of not your average monster movie. The film is a little short though and I fell like it ends abruptly. Great to own all the same.
Published 2 months ago by Mark Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars the blob
great movie this is a keeper very suspenseful i recommend this movie to buy o rent you will truly love it .
Published 2 months ago by jacksonbetty
5.0 out of 5 stars This remake of The Blob is the greatest!
I remember seeing this at the theatre when I was a young adult and it just seem like the greatest time of my life! Ahhh, the 80's! I'll never forget that wonderful time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sylvester Quainton
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
I'm not a fan of the original 1950's Blob, but I was craving watching this 1980's one. Having not seen this since I was not even a teenager, it was very entertaining.
Published 3 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Classic movie not much else to say. Saw this when I was younger, not as scary now lol but still a good movie.
Published 4 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Remake
Came quick, and just a great remake of a horror classic, up there with the Thing and the Fly for horror.
Published 5 months ago by Eric Nierstedt
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