The Blob: The Criterion Collection (1958)
Monday 22nd October 2018
A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob, released on Blu-ray as part of the Criterion Collection on 3rd December 2018, follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen (The Great Escape) playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.
Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates.
Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film's many unexpected pleasures.
- New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields
- Blobabilia!, a gallery of collector Wes Shank's rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!), and other ephemera
- Plus: An essay by critic Kim Newman
Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.