Blu-ray, DVD Release: Blow-Up

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99,  Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni (L’avventura) transplanted his existentialist ennui to the streets of swinging London for the international sensation Blow-Up, the Italian filmmaker’s English-language debut.

A counter-cultural classic about the act of seeing and the art of image making, Blow-Up takes the form of a psychological mystery, starring David Hemmings (Deep Red) as a fashion photographer who unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park.

Antonioni’s meticulous aesthetic control and intoxicating color palette breathe life into every frame of this slow-burn crime mystery, and the jazzy sounds of Herbie Hancock, a beautifully evasive performance by Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End), and a cameo by the Yardbirds make the film a transporting time capsule from a bygone era.

Blow-Up is a seductive immersion into creative passion, and a brilliant film by one of cinema’s greatest artists.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film  contains the following features:

* New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* A new piece about director Michelangelo Antonioni’s artistic approach, featuring photography curators Walter Moser and Philippe Garner and art historian David Alan Mellor
Blow-up of “Blow-Up,” a new 52-minute documentary on the making of the film
* Conversation from 2016 between Garner and actor Vanessa Redgrave
* Archival interviews with Antonioni and actors David Hemmings and Jane Birkin
* Trailers
* A book featuring an essay by film scholar David Forgacs and more

Buy or Rent Blow-Up

About Laurence

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.