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Blow Out Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Arrow | 1981 | 108 min | Rated BBFC: 18 | May 27, 2013

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Drama100%
Mystery21%
Crime21%

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Blow Out

 (1981)

Blow Out Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta 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 (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.

For more about Blow Out and the Blow Out Blu-ray release, see Blow Out Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Peter Boyden, Curt May
Director: Brian De Palma

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Blow Out Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Brian De Palma's Blow Out arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Arrow Video.

There is no doubt in mind that the high-definition transfer this release uses was struck from the same restored 2K master Criterion utilized for their Blu-ray release of Blow Out in the U.S. The film looks virtually identical on the two releases. The only very small, and I mean extremely small, discrepancy I spotted is in the brightness settings. As a result, some of the daylight footage looks a tad darker on the Criterion release (compare screencapture #19 with screencapture #4 from our review of the Criterion release), but the difference is indeed academic. Image depth, contrast, and clarity are identical. Grain is evenly distributed and well resolved throughout the entire film. There are no traces of problematic sharpening corrections. Lastly, there are absolutely no stability issues to report in this review whatsoever. To sum it all up, if you reside in a Region-B country, with this release you are essentially getting Criterion's presentation of Brian De Palma's classic thriller. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Blow Out Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0. For the record, Arrow Video have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they split the image frame and the black bar below it.

The lossless track is very solid. Pino Donaggio's music score enhances the dramatic atmosphere very well throughout the entire film. The sax and flute solos, in particular, are very effective. The variety of different sounds and noises Jack records and then studies also impressively crisp and clear. The dialog is always stable, free of background hiss and pops, and easy to follow.


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Blow Out Officially Announced - May 13, 2013

British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed their upcoming standard and SteelBook Blu-ray editions of Brian De Palma's Blow Out (1981), starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, and John Lithgow. Using a newly restored high-definition transfer ...


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