The Blob is back in this horrific tale about a vile, malignant life-form that crashes to Earth in a cozy, rural American town called Arborville. Untroubled by conscience or intellect, the Blob does only one thing – and it does it well. It eats anything and everything that moves: men, women, and children. It wants to swallow the entire town of Arborville.
If you’re like me, this likely isn’t your first copy of the excellent remake of The Blob, but it just might be the definitive edition. Even though I owned both the Twilight Time and Umbrella Editions of the movie, I got excited when I saw that Scream would be releasing it. Mostly because it would give me an excuse to watch it again, and during the month of October no less. The Blob ’88 is one of those movies you bust out when someone is bitching about remakes. It’s a shining example of how a remake is done right. With a genre icon of a director and a young and upcoming cast, and what appears to have been a solid budget at the time, the right ingredients came together to make The Blob ’88 a striking success, at least creatively.
One of the most surprising things about The Blob is that they went with an R-rated remake. Very easily could they have gone PG, especially considering the original was pretty soft on the gore and such, being that it was released in the Fifties. But this remake goes all in on the gore, the language, and everything else. On the one hand, this tickles the ten year old inside of me’s funny bone shitless, on the other, it bums me out because I have to wait a while before I can watch it with my kid. Maybe he’ll take a cue from my childhood and sneak and watch it on his own. But, I digress. What makes The Blob so special is that it’s just so damn well made. A lot of love, blood, sweat and tears went into the production of this movie, and it shows on screen. All performances are fantastic, the special effects work is second to none, the story is compelling, everything just gels.
Scream Factory’s release of the movie is perfect. The picture quality is excellent, sporting an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 1.85:1. While this release features the same transfer used for the Twilight Time and Umbrella releases of the film, different tweaks were made, and some changes were undone that gives this a look and feel a little closer to the theatrical exhibition of the film. The audio quality is excellent as well. You actually have a couple of different options to choose from. You can either go with the remixed lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, or the DTS-HD MA 2.0 track. I personally chose the 5.1 track, because, well, I have a sound system, so why not use it, right? I did switch back and forth between the two tracks a time or two, and it seems whichever option you decide for yourself you’re in good hands. If you’re looking for extras, you’ve come to the right place. As I’ve mentioned before, Scream Factory has a habit of underselling their bonus content when listing it on their packaging. So when they say “New interviews with yadda yadda yadda” what they really mean is a full on retrospective documentary, when pieced together. Add to that two new audio commentaries and the ported over extras, and you have one stacked disc, and quite possibly the definitive release of this ooey gooey spectacular little piece of 80s gold.
- NEW audio commentary with director Chuck Russell, special effects artist Tony Gardner and cinematographer Mark Irwin, moderated by filmmaker Joe Lynch
- NEW audio commentary with actress Shawnee Smith
- NEW It Fell From the Sky! – an interview with director Chuck Russell
- NEW We Have Work to Do – an interview with actor Jeffrey DeMunn
- NEW Minding the Dinner – an interview with actress Candy Clark
- NEW They Call Me Mellow Purple – an interview with actor Donovan Leitch Jr.
- NEW Try to Scream! – an interview with actor Bill Moseley
- NEW Shot Him! – an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
- NEW The Incredible Melting Man – an interview with special effects artist Tony Gardner
- NEW Monster Math – an interview with special effects supervisor Christopher Gilman
- NEW Haddonfield to Arborville – an interview with production designer Craig Stearns
- NEW The Secret of the Ooze – an interview with mechanical designer Mark Setrakian
- NEW I Want that Organism Alive! – an interview with Blob mechanic Peter Abrahamson
- NEW Gardner’s Grue Crew – behind-the-scenes footage of Tony Gardner and his team
- Audio Commentary with director Chuck Russell, moderated by film producer Ryan Turek
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Still Gallery