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The Blob 4K: Collector's Edition (1988)

The Blob 4K: Collector's Edition (1988)

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 Actors: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark, Joe Seneca
Director: Chuck Russell
Language: ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles: English
Region: Region Free (BD Region A)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of Discs: 2
Rating: R
Orig Release Date: 1988
Studio: Shout Factory
Release Date: 10/17/2023
Run Time: 95 Min.
Special Features: DISC ONE: 4K UHD (1:35:00, 2160p)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Chuck Russell, Special Effects Artist Tony Gardner, and Cinematographer Mark Irwin, Moderated by Filmmaker Joe Lynch - Lynch is a legitimate number one fan of The Blob. His effusiveness shows as he leads this group discussion. (This remake convinced him to become a filmmaker.) Russell, Gardner, and Irwin recount their time making the film. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Actress Shawnee Smith - Smith is joined by an uncredited moderator. In English, not subtitled.

DISC TWO: Blu-ray (1:35:00, 1080p)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Chuck Russell, Special Effects Artist Tony Gardner, and Cinematographer Mark Irwin, Moderated by Filmmaker Joe Lynch - Lynch is a legitimate number one fan of The Blob. His effusiveness shows as he leads this group discussion. (This remake convinced him to become a filmmaker.) Russell, Gardner, and Irwin recount their time making the film. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Actress Shawnee Smith - Smith is joined by an uncredited moderator. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Director Chuck Russell, Moderated by Film Producer Ryan Turek - this solo filmmaker commentary with moderator assist was first recorded by Twilight Time in 2014. Russell provides both screen-specific remarks and production anecdotes. In English, not subtitled.
  • It Fell from the Sky! – An Interview with Director Chuck Russell (Part 1) (22:26, 1080p) - in the first part of this longer interview, Russell reminisces on his early creative ventures, co-writing Dreamscape, and Bob Shaye giving him his first directorial gig with A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. In English, not subtitled.
  • It Fell from the Sky! – An Interview with Director Chuck Russell (Part 2) (26:32, 1080p) - the second part is devoted entirely to The Blob: i.e., Russell's memories of seeing the original, his casting choices, and friendship with Frank Darabont. In English, not subtitled.
  • We Have Work to Do – An Interview with Actor Jeffrey DeMunn (14:13, 1080p) - DeMunn is interviewed in his modest home. The prolific TV actor remembers the first time he acted on stage, the advice he got from Ellen Burstyn on Resurrection (1980), and how he got cast as Sheriff Geller. In English, not subtitled.
  • Minding the Diner – An Interview with Actress Candy Clark (16:40, 1080p) - Clark remembers how she just wanted to get on movie sets as an extra. She has terrific stories about Lynn Stalmaster and especially Fred Roos. Clark also describes her character of Fran Hewitt and the chemistry she enjoyed with Jeff DeMunn's sheriff. In English, not subtitled.
  • They Call Me Mellow Purple – An Interview with Actor Donovan Leitch Jr. (15:21, 1080p) - the British-born actor opines about his favorite horror movies and their makers, how he first came to act, and virtually all his scenes as Paul Taylor in The Blob. In English, not subtitled.
  • Try to Scream! – An Interview with Actor Bill Moseley (18:38, 1080p) - Moseley recollects a great story about he auditioned and won a role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. He also spends time telling how he landed the bit part as Soldier #3, his scenes in this film, and what it was like to don the white spacesuit. In English, not subtitled.
  • Shot Him! – An Interview with Cinematographer Mark Irwin (18:10, 1080p) - Irwin explains how his DP work on Cronenberg's The Fly helped land him cinematographer on The Blob. He also broaches his working collaboration with Chuck Russell and the filming conditions in Louisiana. In English, not subtitled.
  • The Incredible Melting Man – An Interview with Special Effects Artist Tony Gardner (22:02, 1080p) - Gardner gives a detailed overview of his film CV here. He recalls starting out with legends Rick Baker and Stan Winston. He delves into a lot of the movies he worked on during the '80s. He explains in detail how particular scenes were constructed in The Blob and how he and his shop pulled off the animatronic effects. In English, not subtitled.
  • Monster Math – An Interview with Special Effects Supervisor Christopher Gilman (26:14, 1080p) - Gilman reminisces on his family auto-racing days, meeting Paul Newman, and his varied career as a props master and special wardrobe designer. He also goes into how the crew achieved the meteor effects in The Blob. In English, not subtitled.
  • Haddonfield to Arborville – An Interview with Production Designer Craig Stearns (20:32, 1080p) - Sterns was in the same film school and class at USC with John Carpenter. He delivers some great production stories about working on Halloween and The Fog. He also talks about the sets he designed for The Blob. In English, not subtitled.
  • The Secret of the Ooze – An Interview with Mechanical Designer Mark Setrakian (19:41, 1080p) - Setrakian reminisces about his obsession with monster movies growing up. He addresses the wrangling that was required to produce the Blob's tentacles in selected scenes. In English, not subtitled.
  • I Want That Organism Alive! – An Interview with Blob Mechanic Peter Abrahamson (12:23, 1080p) - Abrahamson really got psyched up for this interview and it shows. He recalls reading about The Empire Strikes Back in Cinefex as a young man and how that motivated him to have a film career in special effects. In English, not subtitled.
  • Gardner's Grue Crew – Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Tony Gardner and His Team (28:18, 480i) - these are "golden scraps" found on vintage VHS tapes of Gardner and his crew creating the makeup and Blob effects.
  • Theatrical Trailers (2:52, 1080p) - two similar trailers for The Blob (1988) that TriStar produced for theater play. They have been restored in are presented in 1.85:1.
  • TV Spot (:32, upscaled to 1080) - a spot of the remake taken from VHS.
  • Still Gallery (5:00, 1080i) - a slide show consisting of sixty-five images. The first dozen black-and-white stills are taken from Columbia TriStar's original press kit folder; next fourteen comprise high-res color photos taken on location; this is followed by nine posters scanned from roll-out sheets and others folded out. There are also newspaper ads and poster sheets in foreign markets. Tri-Star also produced glossy color stills in its marketing campaign and there are eight here. Twenty lobby cards are reproduced in color from TriStar's French and Spanish ad campaigns. Two comic-book style drawings round out the gallery.
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