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Blow Out

Brian De Palma

Blow Out (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

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

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.


JackJohn Travolta
SallyNancy Allen
BurkeJohn Lithgow
Manny KarpDennis Franz
Detective MackeyJohn Aquino
SamPeter Boyden
Frank DonahueCurt May


DirectorBrian De Palma
ScreenplayBrian De Palma
ProducerGeorge Litto
Executive producerFred Caruso
Director of photographyVilmos Zsigmond
Production designPaul Sylbert
EditingPaul Hirsch
MusicPino Donaggio
Conducted byNatale Massara

Disc Features


  • 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



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