Blow Out (Blu-ray)

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Brian De Palma writes and directs this thriller starring John Travolta. Sound technician Jack Terry (Travolta) is out recording atmospheric noise for a low-budget horror film when he witnesses a car accident and abandons his recording to help the victims, a presidential hopeful and his escort Sally (Nancy Allen). With the politician dead at the scene, Jack escorts Sally to a nearby hospital. Back at his workshop, Jack listens closely to the tape and discovers evidence of a political conspiracy. Along with footage shot of the accident by fellow witness Manny Karp (Dennis Franz), Jack is convinced his recording captures an assassination attempt but his attempts to expose the truth are silenced at every turn. Meanwhile, Sally becomes the target of a Philadelphia serial killer as she too is drawn into Jack's investigation.

Product Details

Barcode
5027035009605
Department
Movies & TV
Released
27 May 2013
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Thriller
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
Arrow Video
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
Runtime
108 min
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Blow Out
Tagline
Murder has a sound all of its own!
Release Year
1981
Running Time
108 min
Categories
Dramas / Assassination / Conspiracy Theories / Mystery / Politics / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Crime
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Budget
$18 million
US Box Office
$12.0 million
Revenue
$12 million
Official Website
http://www.criterion.com/films/27561-blow-out
Ratings
IMDb
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
85%
Metacritic
86
The Movie DB
74%
Overview
Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.
Synopsis
While outdoors recording sound effects for a movie, audio technician Jack Terri hears a tire blowout and a car crash. Before the car sinks into the river, he manages to save the female passenger from drowning. Because the other passenger was a presidential candidate, Jack suspects that the "accident" was a political murder. Afterwards, Jack falls in love with Sally, the woman he rescued, and learns that she's been in cahoots with Manny, a sleazy photographer who's operating a blackmail scheme. As part of their scam, Manny photographs Sally with important men in what appear to be compromising situations. Jack starts to wonder whether he's being paranoid or whether things are not quite what they seem. Then the assassin turns his attention to Jack and Sally, and Jack has to use every special effects trick in the book to keep them both alive.
Notes
Holly Hunter appeared as an extra in the scene at the Hotel Bel-Air Restaurant.

Shot in Panavision. Color by Technicolor.

Additional cast: Curt May (Frank Donohue), Ernest McClure (Jim), Dave Roberts (Anchor No.1), Maurice Copeland (Jack Manners), Claire Carter (Joan), John Aquino (Detective), John Hoffmeister (McRyan), Patrick McNamara (Officer Nelson), Terrence Currier (Lawrence Henry), Tom McCarthy (Policeman), Dean Bennett (Campus Guard).
Poster
Poster for Blow Out
Videos
Trailer
BLOW OUT (1981) Trailer - The Criterion Collection
Featurette
Josh Olson on BLOW OUT
Featurette
Three Reasons: Blow Out - The Criterion Collection
Cast & Crew
Director
Brian De Palma
Star
John Travolta / Nancy Allen / Peter Boyden / Dennis Franz / John Lithgow / John McMartin
Co-Star
Curt May / John Aquino / Deborah Everton / J. Patrick McNamara
Screenwriter
Brian De Palma / Bill Mesce
Composer
Pino Donaggio
Executive Producer
Fred C. Caruso
Producer
George Litto
Director of Photography
Vilmos Zsigmond
Editor
Paul Hirsch
Costume Designer
Vicki Sanchez
Writer
Brian De Palma
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[D]eliciously twisty and twisted....A fresh, fizzy cocktail of paranoid cover-ups and conspiracies." -- Grade: A
Chris Nashawaty (22 Apr 2011, )
New York Times
"...Flashy, eclectic....The work of a high-spirited, irrepressible director..."
Vincent Canby (24 Jul 1981, p.C5)
Sight and Sound
"[I]t's a seductive ride, beginning with the famous slasher film-within-a-film, to set piece after set piece, including one of De Palma's most relaxed and eloquent triumphs..."
Michael Atkinson (1 Jun 2011, )
Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "[O]ne of the finest, most energetic and eclectic of that revered roster of '70s paranoia films..."
Kate Stables (1 Jul 2013, )
Variety
"...BLOW OUT delivers the thrills....Travolta scores with a combination of intensity and naturalism..."
Lor. (29 Jul 1981, )
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