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The Blob

Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

 
The Blob (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1958
  • 82 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #91

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.

Cast

Steve AndrewsSteve McQueen
Jane MartinAneta Corsaut
Lieutenant Dave Earl Rowe
Old manOlin Howlin
Dr. T. Hallen Stephen Chase
Sergeant Jim Bert John Benson
Officer RitchieGeorge Karas
Henry MartinElbert Smith
George, the café ownerVince Barbi
Kate, the nurseLee Payton
Tony GressetteRobert Fields
Mooch MillerJames Bonnet
AlAnthony Franke

Credits

DirectorIrvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
ProducerJack H. Harris
ScreenplayTheodore Simonson and Kate Phillips
From an original idea byIrvine H. Millgate
Director of photographyThomas Spalding
Film editorAlfred Hillmann
Special effectsBart Sloane
Music supervisorJean Yeaworth
Makeup artistVin Kehoe and S.M.A.
Music composed and conducted byRalph Carmichael
Title theme byBurt Bacharach and Mack David

Disc Features

  • 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
  • Trailer
  • Blobabilia!, a gallery of collector Wes Shank’s rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!), and other ephemera
  • PLUS: A new essay by Bruce Kawin on the DVD edition and a new essay by critic Kim Newman on the Blu-ray edition

    New cover illustration by Mike Koelsch, design by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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The Blob: “It Creeps and Leaps”

By Kim NewmanMarch 13, 2013

The slimiest movie monster of them all is part of—and perfects—a great tradition of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Blob

By Bruce KawinNovember 13, 2000

The horror and science fiction films of the 1950s were always in search of new monsters. A . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Blob

By Michael DareMarch 06, 1989

The Blob on laserdisc? Oh, come on. Isn’t it just a ‘50s, black and white, small screen, . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Current_blob_108_100_thumbnail

The Blob: “It Creeps and Leaps”

By Kim NewmanMarch 13, 2013

The slimiest movie monster of them all is part of—and perfects—a great tradition of . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

How to Make a Blob

March 11, 2013


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Video


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

The Blob

By Bruce KawinNovember 13, 2000

The horror and science fiction films of the 1950s were always in search of new monsters. A . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Blob

By Michael DareMarch 06, 1989

The Blob on laserdisc? Oh, come on. Isn’t it just a ‘50s, black and white, small screen, . . . Read more »