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The Blob Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1958 | 83 min | Unrated | Mar 12, 2013

The Blob (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (30.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Note: Criterion: Remastered at ...

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English SDH

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Single disc (1 BD)

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The Blob

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The Blob Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.

For more about The Blob and the The Blob Blu-ray release, see the The Blob Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Steve McQueen (I), Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland, Stephen Chase
Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

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The Blob Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.'s The Blob arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the leaflet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"This new digital transfer was created on in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from the original 35mm camera negative; reel five, however, had to be scanned from a 35mm interpositive, due to the poor condition of that portion of the negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Transfer supervisor: Maria Palazzola.
Colorist: Sheri Eisenberg/Colorworks, Culver City, CA."

I don't currently have this film on DVD in my library and can't offer any specific comments on how substantial the improvements in image quality are, but I would say that the new digital restoration has produced some marvelous results. The film looks so vibrant and lush now that it is hard to believe that a DVD release could come even remotely close to reproducing the depth and fluidity of the new restoration. The wide range of rich colors is also quite remarkable. (I took a number of different screencaptures, including some excellent close-ups, so that you could get an idea how good this low-budget Technicolor film looks now on Blu-ray). Clarity is also excellent, including during sequences where light is obviously restricted, such as the basement sequence where Steve discovers how to fend off the blob. There are absolutely no traces of problematic degraining and sharpening corrections. There are no stability issues to report. Also, scratches, debris and cuts have been carefully removed. Compression is also very good. All in all, I feel confident stating that this is indeed the kind of definitive presentation fans of The Blob have been hoping to get from Criterion. The film really does look terrific. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Blob Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

Depth and clarity are excellent, and there is even a surprisingly good range of nuanced dynamics. Burt Bacharach's legendary song, in particular, sounds great. The dialog is always crisp, stable, and easy to follow. It is obvious to me that hiss, clicks, and thumps have been been carefully removed as well.



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For the week of March 12th, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing Life of Pi to Blu-ray. Director Ang Lee took on a formidable task when he elected to adapt Yann Martel's novel of the same name to the big screen. The book, while nominally a fantasy-adventure, ...

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The Criterion Collection has announced six titles for Blu-ray release in March. On March 12th, the studio will release Ministry of Fear (Fritz Lang, 1944) and The Blob (Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., 1958). A week later, it will release Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973) ...


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