The Blob (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Review
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Run time: 95 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
In this movie there is a recurring subplot of a typical slasher film being shown at the local movie theater. After certain events of The Blob, a character says that this will cause him to never see another one of these scary movies. This all feels like some meta commentary by the makers on The Blob itself and is just one of the signs that they did not take this movie too seriously. The other sign: the effects in this movie. The practical gore effects are good, but at the same time they are increasingly comical, and at some points look more like slapstick. My partner and I were laughing out loud during every death, and at the way the titular Blob stalked and chased its victims. The creators could not have been unaware of how their effects looked. Even the name of the movie is kind of funny.
The humour of the action, whether international or unintentional, is only underlined by the fact that the rest of this movie is played straight and the quality is alright. Elements established early in the story pay off later on; the acting is alright; the conversations are not the best but not bad for a horror flick; characters are properly established and the central characters have a bit of an arch to them.
Movie Quality: 8/10
The print is presented in AVC 1080p with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. I have seen this movie across many formats and countless times that I have lost count. Overall this is a very solid transfer with many little improvements from the previous Blu-ray release which was a double feature and a stand alone. Colors tend to be soft yet they fit with the atmosphere. Where this film really shines with the Blu-ray release has to do with the details. I felt like the previous Blu-ray release was missing certain details that come through very well with this print. Black levels hold up very well providing some nice blacks since this is a very dark film as it takes place throughout the night. Fans of ‘The Blob’ will not be disappointed the slightest considering that this film was even released on Blu-ray.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield here receives an upgraded mix that helps expand the audio in a very dynamic way. This is a very clean presentation providing a lot of panning from speaker to speaker with a lot of sound effects. While all of the chaos is going on with The Blob taking down his victims, the dialogue is handled very well here. Dialogue is clear with no issues to report.
Print Quality: 9/10
- 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
- NEW We Have Work to Do – an interview with actor Jeffrey DeMunn
- NEW Minding the Dinner – an interview with actress Candy Clark
- NEW They Call Me Mellow Purple – an interview with actor Donovan Leitch Jr.
- NEW Try to Scream! – an interview with actor Bill Moseley
- NEW Shot Him! – an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
- NEW The Incredible Melting Man – an interview with special effects artist Tony Gardner
- NEW Monster Math – an interview with special effects supervisor Christopher Gilman
- NEW Haddonfield to Arborville – an interview with production designer Craig Stearns
- NEW The Secret of the Ooze – an interview with mechanical designer Mark Setrakian
- NEW I Want that Organism Alive! – an interview with Blob mechanic Peter Abrahamson
- NEW Gardner’s Grue Crew – behind-the-scenes footage of Tony Gardner and his team
- Audio Commentary with director Chuck Russell, moderated by film producer Ryan Turek
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Still Gallery
Special Features: 9/10
The movie also has a cameo from Jack Nance, but this is not a movie you watch for the actors. It’s a creature feature, and after all this time, the effects are still really impressive, making “The Blob” a great schlock fest, even if its story and characters aren’t up to much.
Overall Rating: 8/10