Movie Review: THE BLOB (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

THE BLOB was directed by Chuck Russell from a screenplay he co-wrote with Frank Darabont and stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Del Close, Julie McCullough, Paul McCrane and Bill Moseley with Candy Clark and Joe Seneca as Dr. Meddows. The score is composed by Michael Hoenig.

The Blob is back 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 it does it well. It eats anything and everything that moves: men, women, and children. It wants to swallow the entire town of Arborville. The original version of the Blob thrilled and terrified movie audiences back in the 1950s. Now the oozing, gooey killer is back.

This updated version of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic takes place in a small town where a supposed meteor lands and unleashes this alien-like pile of goo that seems to have a craving and thirst for anything living that gets in its way. With each innocent victim, this goo gets bigger and bigger and more of a threat to the residents of this small town. It’s up to the popular high school cheerleader and the motorcycle riding town rebel to team up and battle it out with this giant pile of killer goo. They end up tackling a number of obstacles along with way, from losing close friends to having certain government teams turn against them but ultimately they discover a way to take down this mysterious killer as well as find out some shocking revelations about it – like where it actually came from. This movie also has one of those cool endings where we could’ve had a sequel. Hey, where’s my sequel?

Okay, The Blob is the ultimate drive-in popcorn movie and it’s so much freaking fun. Yeah, it’s cheesy (because it’s a killer blob) and all but it’s meant to be a lot of fun and I think it’s a perfect mixture of sci-fi and horror. The fact that Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont were the masterminds behind this updated version is really impressive and shows how long they have been cranking out entertaining projects for the fans. The movie has a great cast and Kevin Dillon makes the perfect bad guy that ends up saving the day with the popular high school cheerleader played perfectly by the fan favorite Shawnee Smith. There’s some really cool special effects in the movie and most of them are practical even though we do get to see some early CGI work and this is way before CGI hit the mainstream. The best thing about all of these effects is the fact that they still look pretty great so many years later.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the awesome new artwork by Joel Robinson you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting The Blob and it’s a movie that I’ve had the opportunity to watch and review several times over the past few years. The plot for this 1988 remake tells the same story but adds a little more to it with a twist and to me this is one of the things that makes this remake as good as or better than its 1958 predecessor. Most remakes really don’t get the job done but there’s a few out there that have ended up being classics in their own right and this is one of them. The cast does a great job with their characters with the standouts being Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith. Chuck Russell does a fantastic job directing this 80’s cult classic because it’s a perfect mixture of science fiction and horror, and even though it’s an updated version of the classic, the movie still pays homage to the fun drive-in movies from the 50’s. Scream Factory did an amazing job with this release and it includes an impressive list of extras that fans are sure to enjoy and appeciate. The Blob (1988) will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on October 29th, just in time for Halloween.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two new audio commentary tracks, audio commentary imported over from a previous Blu-ray release, eleven new interviews with some of the cast and crew, new behind-the-scenes footage, two theatrical trailers, TV spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Chuck Russell, Special Effects artist Tony Gardner and Cinematographer Mark Irwin, moderated by filmmaker Joe Lynch
  • NEW Audio Commentary with actress Shawnee Smith
  • NEW It Fell From the Sky! – an interview with Director Chuck Russell / Part 1 (22:26)
  • NEW I Killed the Strawberry Jam – an interview with Director Chuck Russell / Part 2 (26:32)
  • NEW We Have Work to Do – an interview with actor Jeffrey DeMunn (14:13)
  • NEW Minding the Dinner – an interview with actress Candy Clark (16:40)
  • NEW They Call Me Mellow Purple – an interview with actor Donovan Leitch Jr. (15:21)
  • NEW Try to Scream! – an interview with actor Bill Moseley (18:38)
  • NEW Shot Him! – an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin (18:10)
  • NEW The Incredible Melting Man – an interview with special effects artist Tony Gardner (22:02)
  • NEW Monster Math – an interview with special effects supervisor Christopher Gilman (26:14)
  • NEW Haddonfield to Arborville – an interview with production designer Craig Stearns (20:32)
  • NEW The Secret of the Ooze – an interview with mechanical designer Mark Setrakian (19:41)
  • NEW I Want that Organism Alive! – an interview with Blob mechanic Peter Abrahamson (12:23)
  • NEW Gardner’s Grue Crew – Behind-the-Scenes footage of Tony Gardner and his team (28:18)
  • Audio Commentary with director Chuck Russell, moderated by film producer Ryan Turek
  • Theatrical Trailers (02:53)
  • TV Spot (00:32)
  • Still Gallery (05:00)

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