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Directed by Chuck Russell

USA 1988

 

In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith) and Paul (Donovan Leitch) discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town's sewer system, where it begins growing uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew is sent to eliminate the menace, but it may end up doing more harm than good. A grisly and inspired remake of the 1958 Steve McQueen B-Movie classic, with an acute angle on horror, The Blob is directed by Chuck Russell (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) and adapted by Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption).

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Most remakes of old movies, especially horror or science fiction movies, are pointless affairs that fail either to capture the spirit of the original or to add anything new to the basic premise. Occasionally, a smart filmmaker will come along and actually improve upon the original, as was the case with David Cronenberg's remake of THE FLY (1986). Luckily, Russell's remake of the 1958 "classic" THE BLOB manages both to capture the giddy drive-in feel of the original and improve upon it. Savvy enough to quote from the highlights of the original and clever enough to stand on its own, THE BLOB pits the small town of Arborville against a man-eating blob from outer space that threatens to devour the entire community. Well directed by Russell, THE BLOB is fast-paced, frightening, revolting, and witty, delivering the goods that come with the genre while developing characters and themes at the same time. Although the state-of-the-art special effects are duly impressive and come at a breakneck pace, what works in this remake is not just the improvement in effects technology but also a striking rethinking of the film's subtext. If one accepts the popular notion that the original BLOB was a reflection of American fears in the late 1950s, the new BLOB serves the same purpose for the post-Irangate-Pentagon scandal of the 1980s. The screenplay by Russell and Darabont is a left-leaning reaction to the Reagan era. Whereas the original blob was seen as a representation of the creeping evil of communism, the remake sees the threat as domestic rather than foreign--with a thoughtless, paranoid, and cynical American government whose obsession with communism leads to disastrous results for its own citizens (the blob is the product of a botched US Army experiment with chemical warfare). This remake of THE BLOB is a fine, multilayered effort from a director who understands the genre and appreciates its traditions. Anyone who has been disheartened by the mindless, cynical, and misogynistic road that science fiction and horror films have taken lately should be delighted with the genuine thoughtfulness and fun behind THE BLOB.

Excerpt from TVGuide located HERE

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Release: August 5th, 1988

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Distribution Umbrella
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Runtime 1:34:57.358 
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Disc Size: 24,002,234,998 bytes

Feature Size: 21,314,045,952 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.49 Mbps

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 
Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 3871 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3871 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Studio: Umbrella

 

Disc Size: 24,002,234,998 bytes

Feature Size: 21,314,045,952 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.49 Mbps

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Directing The Blob interview with Chuck Russell (18:00)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:24)

Blu-ray  Release Date: November 11th, 2016
Standard (thick) Blu-ray case

Chapters: 15

 

Comments:

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Firstly, Twilight Time's Out-of-print Blu-ray is still fetching big bucks HERE.

Umbrella's Region FREE Blu-ray transfer is single-layered for the 1.5 hour feature and the bitrate is supportive. The 1080P presentation has some impressive texture and, generally speaking, looks quite pleasing. The HD presentation is fairly consistent with bright colors and good contrast. It is in the 1.85:1 and I enjoyed the video appreciative of the strength of the transfer. There is no noise in the many darker sequences and, although may be technically inferior to the Twilight Time, probably doesn't look exceedingly different. All good.

 

The audio is presented in strong DTS-HD Master 5.1 (24-bit) and exports the film's effect depth with some noticeable separation of channels - if not discreet. The Michael Hoenig (The Wraith, The Gate) score adds to the film experience and sounds crisp and ominous in the lossless. Umbrella add optional English (SDH) subtitles - see sample below - on their Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

 

Extras include 'Directing The Blob' - an 18-minuteinterview with Chuck Russell about the production. There is also a theatrical trailer.

This The Blob remake is lots of fun and a decent genre effort in its own right. For those that missed the Twilight Time - this is an easy decision - the
Region FREE Blu-ray is reasonably priced and offers a solid HD presentation. Certainly recommended!      

Gary Tooze

 

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