The Blob (1958) Blu-Ray Review

theblob1The Blob (1958)

Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

Starring Steve McQueen & Aneta Corsaut

UK DVD & Blu-Ray release from Fabulous Films – May 4th 2015

During a long hot summer night in Pennsylvania town in 1957, teenage lovers Steve Andrew (Steve McQueen) are kissing on a lover’s lane when they see a meteorite crash in the distance. Being an inquisitive type of guy, Steve decides to go and investigate. Nearby an old man (Olin Howland) finds it before anyone else. Poking it with a stick, it breaks open, with a jelly like substance pouring from it and attaching it to his hand. Running into to the road he is nearly hit by the oncoming Steve and girlfriend, who take him to the hospital, where ‘The Blob’ rapidly takes over the small town.

Having always wanted to see The Blob, I’m glad I held off till now to watch in high-def on this recently released Blu–ray disc from Fabulous Films(all new 4k digital restoration with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack). It wasn’t because of the first time headline film of Steve McQueen but because the film has such high regard within the B – movie genre, and I had high hopes which I didn’t want to dash. My worries were for nothing as the film is a stone cold classic. It does take some time in these modern days to ‘get going’ , lots of people telling us the plot in rooms, but once the plot has been laid out, The Blob soon overtakes any nagging worries I had about the film.

theblob2You wont be scared, or lose sleep over The Blob, in these ‘seen that done better’ days, but the concept and growing dread will keep you entertained. The effects for the day are excellent. Looking up on how the effects were executed still had me scratching my head (something to do with camera angles and forced perspective).

The Blob is everything a 1950’s sci fi/horror should be: fun, silly (catch the ‘theme’ song at the opening credits!) and ultimately entertaining!

8/10

Extras

SPECIAL FEATURES

ORIGINAL SET PROP GALLERY

ORIGINAL TRAILER

BLACK AND WHITE GALLERY

LOBBY CARD GALLERY

LOBBY CARD GALLERY

BEHIND THE SCENES GALLERY

You can purchase The Blob now from Amazon UK here –  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blob-Blu-ray-Steve-McQueen/dp/B00TQTERFU/

Craig Huntley

About Craig Huntley

Craig became a film fan at a young age, with memories of being told to leave the room by his dad when watching Alien and the chest explosion scene (but still secretly watching through a crack in the door). His favourite horror movies are The Thing, The Strangers and Halloween, favourite horror novel is Slugs by Shaun Hutson. Craig is an executive producer of LouCypher Productions short film 'Squeal' and upcoming documentary 'Horror in the South West' directed by Louis Du Toit.
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