Blu-ray Release: The Blob (1958)

Blu-ray Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


The Blob

A curious local becomes the first victim of The Blob.

Steve McQueen (Le Mans) stars in the 1958 horror monster movie The Blob, a cult classic of gooey greatness!

The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an gelatinous outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, as the rebel teen McQueen (billed as “Steven McQueen”) tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.

Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by maverick film distributor Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film’s many unexpected pleasures.

The Blu-ray edition of The Blob (Criterion issued a DVD edition years back, which is still available) contains the following bonus features:

• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields
• Trailer
• Blobabilia!, a gallery of collector Wes Shank’s rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!), and other ephemera
• An essay by critic Kim Newman
 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.