When ever you guys see a DVD or a Blu-ray with the Criterion Collection scrawled all over it, you know that you will be getting your monies worth. These guys don’t mess around when it comes to re-releasing classics, so how about getting your hands on one of their upcoming releases the 1958 version of The Blob.
The film is set to hit Blu-ray via the Criterion Collection this March 12, 2013. The film is already available on DVD which you can purchase HERE, but if you just want the Blu-ray then you can pre-order that one HERE.
- New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- 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
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. 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.