Blow Out

Blow Out

DVD - 2011
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"A soundman accidentally records the evidence that proves a car "accident" was murder, and consequently finds himself in danger"--from
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2011.
ISBN: 9781604654172
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. --


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Mar 15, 2017

Brian De Palma's masterly movie conflates Antonioni's " Blow-Up " and Coppola's " The Conversation " to produce a potent brew of conspiracy theory and cinematic virtuosity that is all his own. There are echoes of the Kennedy assassination, the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick and the Watergate cover-up in the story of an obsessive sound effects expert (John Travolta) who stumbles into an elaborate conspiracy while spending the night recording material for a low-budget horror flick in the woods outside Philadelphia (De Palma's home town).

Mar 11, 2017

Surprisingly brilliant. Since it is not from era, I started watching with with look warm interest but was soon blown away by its plot, build-up, technical excellence and cinematography. Acting is fairly average but the suspense makes up for it.

Marinetti Feb 28, 2017

In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma (Sisters, Carrie, Scarface), John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction) gives one of his greatest performances, as Jack, a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of Sally (played by Carrie’s Nancy Allen), a possible eyewitness to the crime who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on the act of moviemaking.

Dec 29, 2016

Brian De Palma makes murder sexy in this stylish thriller even though time has given it something of a kitschy edge. An obvious allusion to Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick misadventure is tempered by nods to Antonioni’s "Blow-Up" and just about every cinematic trick Hitchcock has ever pulled from his sleeve including towering crane shots and breathless chase sequences. Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond even has a few tricks of his own with ceiling cams skewing our perception (Jack’s cluttered workroom is reduced to a doll’s house as the camera zooms upwards), 360˚ pans, split screens, and a brilliant low angle shot of a life and death struggle played out against a sky full of exploding fireworks. Laced with paranoia and a sense of the macabre—a restroom strangulation is a study in fetishized suspense—De Palma takes a rather facile plot and drenches it in so much panache that you hardly even notice the plot holes right up to that horribly ironic final segment. A great late night popcorn flick.

Oct 20, 2015

An incredible suspense film, which is inspired by the film The Blowup (which is inspired by a Spanish-American short story). Whereas the older Blowup film tells the story of a photographer who investigates a possible murder, the Blowout is the story of a film soundman who stumbles across an apparent auto accident and he uses his sound technology and film footage to uncover a murder conspiracy.

Oct 19, 2015

It starts off as a nudge and a wink to trashy exploitation/horror then it goes full Hitchcock as Brian De Palma knows how to do best. Criterion did a great job releasing this and as a bonus we get De Palma's earlier, weirder film "Murder a la Mod" as a bonus, too!

Oct 10, 2015

Quite possible De Palma's best film and one of John Travolta's most understated performances. The title is a take off of Antonioni's "Blow Up."

Sep 17, 2013

An above average thriller that, despite some questionable acting, really delivers in the end. Technically this movie is fantastic. Loads of beautiful shots.

Jan 07, 2012

Possibly the most dreadful and fashionably pessimistic movie De Palma has made. Blow Out has none of the wit or inspiration of Dressed to Kill, its immediate predecessor.

The slasher parody at the beginning sadly comments on Blow Out's own painful obviousness. From the shower sign on the coeds' bathroom door to the "magnetic eraser" in the trunk of the villain's car, this movie loudly proclaims its raging ugliness and faithlessness.

Jun 06, 2011

this movie has always had a place in my heart. the first time John Travolta played a straight man and really well. It is a very compelling and stylized film. John Lithgow is really menacing and scary. I just love the whole "backstage" feel of the film.


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Nov 06, 2017

Other: Disc starts skipping after the 1 hour mark.

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