Brian De Palma

Blow Out

Blow Out

In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Carrie’s Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking.

Film Info

  • Brian De Palma
  • United States
  • 1981
  • 108 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
  • Spine #562

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Brian De Palma, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Hour-long interview with De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach in 2010
  • Interview with actor Nancy Allen from 2011
  • De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder à la Mod
  • Interview from 2010 with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within the film
  • On-set photos by photographer Louis Goldman
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Michael Sragow and (Blu-ray only) Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Brian De Palma, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Hour-long interview with De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach in 2010
  • Interview with actor Nancy Allen from 2011
  • De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder à la Mod
  • Interview from 2010 with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within the film
  • On-set photos by photographer Louis Goldman
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Michael Sragow and (Blu-ray only) Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review

New cover by Eric Skillman

Blow Out
Cast
John Travolta
Jack
Nancy Allen
Sally
John Lithgow
Burke
Dennis Franz
Manny Karp
John Aquino
Detective Mackey
Peter Boyden
Sam
Curt May
Frank Donahue
Credits
Director
Brian De Palma
Screenplay
Brian De Palma
Producer
George Litto
Executive producer
Fred Caruso
Director of photography
Vilmos Zsigmond
Production design
Paul Sylbert
Editing
Paul Hirsch
Music
Pino Donaggio
Conducted by
Natale Massara

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