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  • By John Moreland
    February 27, 2011
    06:39 PM

    1. Beautifully shot. 2. Travolta and, especially, Nancy Allen knock it out of the ballpark. 3. Haunting ending.
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  • By READE MITCHELL
    March 03, 2011
    01:08 PM

    1. Travolta's best role/performance. period. 2. It's a movie about a movie being more than just a movie. 3. My favorite DePalma film.
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    • By George Swaney
      September 16, 2013
      12:22 AM

      Agree with all three.
  • By JONATHAN DOYLE
    March 03, 2011
    07:10 PM

    1) Hitchcock + Pakula ÷ Antonioni x New World Pictures 2) "Pigs. Vultures. What'd you swallow a whole box of animal crackers?" 3) The best script De Palma ever wrote (see 2)
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  • By Rodney Welch
    March 04, 2011
    08:11 AM

    1. The beginning. Hypnotic fake opening, haunting Donaggio score, and the only credits I know of based on a VU meter concept. 2. A realistic thriller in the best sense, -- downbeat and hopeless, with a pervading sense of just how much one man can't accomplish. This never stopped me from sitting through it repeatedly. 3. Easily the best Antonioni film since "The Conversation"
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  • By Simon Mordue
    March 09, 2011
    02:35 PM

    1. De palma is such a knowledgeable technician that his early work is seamless. Beautiful to watch. He uses cinematic tricks to pull you in to the story. Unlike many of todays (Ahem!) Filmmakers, whom without the tricks (CGI.), would not have a Film.. 2. It's a Film about Film. It's about observing, the things we think we observe and what lies behind the observation. It's quite unique in many aspects, and I am huge fan of Unique cinema. 3. Slo-Mo...steadicams...Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography...Pino...perfect set-pieces...socio-political overtones...I could go on! Just, simply put, De Palma at his very finest. I would also love to see Criterion release other great works by De Palma on Blu-Ray. Such as: SISTERS DRESSED TO KILL CARRIE THE FURY PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE BODY DOUBLE Just a minor request.
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  • By David Marley
    March 09, 2011
    02:53 PM

    1. Story/Screenplay 2. Atmosphere 3. Acting
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  • By GLENN EIBE
    March 14, 2011
    02:56 PM

    THREE REASONS (OUT OF THIRTY THREE) 1) The fireworks in the sky 2) Jack in the snow 3) It's a good scream :)
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  • By André Caron
    March 17, 2011
    04:40 PM

    3 REASONS TO ADMIRE BLOW OUT: 1. Its use of image + sound to reconstitute an event is a fusion between BLOW UP (image) and THE CONVERSATION (sound). 2. The main visual motif masterfully ilustrated (the sound reels turn empty while the camera pans in a continuous circle as an ominous magnetic pulse grinds the soundtrack; it echoes the wrist watch sound of the wire being pulled from its enclosed circle, etc.) 3. DePalma instructs the eye of the audience as much as Jack reconstructs the film of the accident and creates its own mise-en-scene with Sally that finally runs amock. I must add the music of Pino Donaggio. It's so good that Quentin Tarantino used one emotional cue in his film DEATHPROOF.
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  • By Jerry Axelsson
    April 11, 2011
    02:40 PM

    Great release with BLOW-OUT. Please release BLOW-OUT with the original Filmways Logo in the beginning, not that ugly ORION logo. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A CRITERION BLU-RAY OF "BODY DOUBLE" "BODY DOUBLE" "BODY DOUBLE" "BODY DOUBLE" PLEASE WITH SOME NICE INTERVIEWS AND COMMENTARY...
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  • By Shane
    April 12, 2011
    04:15 PM

    3 REASONS: 1. It's a visceral thrill to see DePalma at the very height of his powers. 2. This movie is so stylish and comprises all of DePalma's signature shots (split screen/POV/slo mo, etc). 3. Brilliant homage to Antonioni & Hitchcock. A cinephile's dream!
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  • By M A Palash
    April 12, 2011
    05:31 PM

    This is one of my all time favorite because 1. film language within the film 2. speed & horror without any CNG! 3. power of acting
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  • By Gerry Putzer
    April 12, 2011
    05:35 PM

    1. Like "Vertigo," that rarest of accomplishments: a truly tragic thriller 2. DePalma's finest moment -- for once, emotion rises to meet visual/aural brilliance 3. Hands down, Travolta's greatest performance
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  • By Dean
    April 12, 2011
    06:56 PM

    1. The heartbeat opening. 2. Nancy Allen under the fireworks. 3. "Now that's a scream!" Thank you for giving the treatment to Blow Out. Dressed to Kill, please. Please.
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  • By Mark
    April 13, 2011
    11:50 AM

    1. Pino's music is gut-wrenching and heart-wrenching at the same time. 2. Astute, technically-perfect cinematography. 3. Travolta and Allen: The chemistry is so palpable it takes your breath away.
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  • By B$
    April 29, 2011
    01:02 PM

    1. Direction 2. Score 3. The Ending If you don't know what i'm talking about, see this film.
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  • By Michael Dalton
    May 14, 2011
    09:16 AM

    Just received BLOW OUT (nice touch adding the Pauline Kael review!). Has this film ever looked this good? I'd completely forgotten about John Lithgow's chilling turn. Stands next to NIGHT OF THE HUNTER as one of your very best releases. Please please please release a collector's edition of DRESSED TO KILL. I know so many De Palma lovers who'd line up for a copy.
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  • By Andrew Edward Davies
    May 19, 2011
    08:01 PM

    1. That Owl 2. A genuinely touching romance 3. The Ending
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  • By Clement
    May 27, 2011
    02:16 PM

    One of the last few Hollywood films that dared to end with a downbeat endings (one of the saddest ever !) ... but also pretty twisted when you think about it (I mean, broken hearted as he is, the guy actually USES the scream for his boss' crappy horror film !! Man, talk about going "beyond the call of duty" ;-)
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  • By dasboot4211
    November 08, 2011
    02:49 PM

    1- DePalma 2- John Travolta's performance is beyond great for cinema. When his book is written this and Pulp Fiction are the two stand outs. 3- John Lithgow playing a hitman acting like a serial killer. Him and that damn watch.
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  • By rodolphe
    August 12, 2012
    05:21 PM

    blow out ressorte en copies neuves numérique le 15 aout au cinema A Paris au grand Action salle Panoramique
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    • By rodolphe
      August 12, 2012
      05:23 PM

      "BLOW OUT" en salles le 15 aout

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