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Old 06-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #141
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yeah the opening song is great
i like when the kids leave the theater and the one says "now that we wasted 80 cents.."
movies sure were cheap
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:12 PM   #142
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does this come with the poster like the dvd did?
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #143
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does this come with the poster like the dvd did?
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #144
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This is your typical so bad it's good, 50's monster cheese fest. I forgot just how halariously bad this movie was. I loved it.
Has anyone ever seen such an abrupt ending to a movie before? Just classic.
How about that swell, neato opening theme song too? So out of place.
PQ was outstanding and the audio is what I expected with a LPCM mono track.
Totally disagree. It is not so bad it is good. It IS good. Sure FX are primitive and it was a different, more 'corny' world in 1958, but no way is this a movie that is 'so bad it is good'

Widescreen, color, a couple of actors who later gained various levels of fame. An actually decent pop song and the concept was unique up till then and the narrative makes sense and it some some solid thrills and creepy parts for that era.

a straight up GOOD movie.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:53 AM   #145
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Speaking of posters, check out this wonderfully gruesome Italian design for, uh, Mortal Fluid, it's like a Tales from the Crypt cover!

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Old 06-06-2013, 04:58 AM   #146
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Totally disagree. It is not so bad it is good. It IS good. Sure FX are primitive and it was a different, more 'corny' world in 1958, but no way is this a movie that is 'so bad it is good'

Widescreen, color, a couple of actors who later gained various levels of fame. An actually decent pop song and the concept was unique up till then and the narrative makes sense and it some some solid thrills and creepy parts for that era.

a straight up GOOD movie.
Well, we can respectfully agree to disagree on some of your points. Maybe my choice of words should have been "film" instead of movie?
Sure, it was widescreen and in color, but what does that have to do with anything? There's a bunch of great B&W titles that are full screen and are great films. They're not widescreen nor in color, but that's not what makes a film. That's a presentation.
Who said anything about the effects? That would be you. I thought the effects were great for the time. At times, they were hilarious compared to todays standards, but that doesn't even fit into the equation. It was the era and technology.
Budding young actors has nothing to do with anything. It was McQueens first staring role as most of us know, but?
Descent little pop song because Burt Bacharach wrote it? Well maybe for a beach blanket bingo movie. Its there, nothing i can do about it except bring a smile to my face because its funny/hilarious. You knew what you were getting into once you listened to the opening theme song. Not campy, but Cheese.
Bottom line, as I stated, I loved it and its's a great addition to my collection. I'm glad I bought it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:12 AM   #147
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I haven't seen this since I was a kid, but my memory of it was that it was a cornball, "We teenagers need to save the world!" story. The FX were a lot of fun, but I didn't see it in widescreen. It was on the Creature Features on Sunday afternoon on TV. Ordered it on the Amazon sale. We'll see how it holds up.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:27 AM   #148
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This is your typical so bad it's good, 50's monster cheese fest. I forgot just how halariously bad this movie was. I loved it.
Has anyone ever seen such an abrupt ending to a movie before? Just classic.
How about that swell, neato opening theme song too? So out of place.
PQ was outstanding and the audio is what I expected with a LPCM mono track.
A lot of 50's sci-fi was cheesy, but what I liked about The Blob was how straight they played it despite the absurd premise. Steve(n) McQueen was obviously way too old to be playing a high-schooler, but I dug the way his character took charge and tried to rally the town to stop the blob before things got too out of hand. And unlike a lot of other movies, the cops and parents don't take the entire film before finally believing the teenagers.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:58 AM   #149
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A lot of 50's sci-fi was cheesy, but what I liked about The Blob was how straight they played it despite the absurd premise. Steve(n) McQueen was obviously way too old to be playing a high-schooler, but I dug the way his character took charge and tried to rally the town to stop the blob before things got too out of hand. And unlike a lot of other movies, the cops and parents don't take the entire film before finally believing the teenagers.
Just watched this the other night, actually. THE BLOB could never be called a "great" film, but it is certainly a fun film despite its flaws, most of which are due to its low budget. One of the most noticeable drawbacks is the low number of camera setups, with many scenes playing out in long takes without cuts to closeups and reaction shots, and often characters are not facing the camera when they're speaking. Some of the post-dubbing is also pretty obvious. Special effects are obviously minimal but effective enough in the context of this story. Acting is generally adequate.

However, the script is nicely structured and written to take advantage of production limitations, the characters are surprisingly believable for a no-budget horror quickie, and the film manages to capture the flavor of small-town 1950s America in a way that Hollywood rarely if ever could do. The extreme clarity of focus and color on Criterion's Blu-ray make it just as interesting for the vivid record of 1950s everyday life (filmed largely on location rather than in a studio) as it is for the story itself (perhaps even more so)!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:45 PM   #150
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #151
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This Bluray is full blocking(compression)-artefacts like "Koyaanisqatsi". Sorry, but Criterion is in deeply need to handle those compression-problems. At the first moment it looks fantastic, but then you see artefacts instead of grain.
Oh, is that what's happening?

I've just watched this, and though much of it was very good, some scenes were submerged in fuzz.

Strange thing is, that in many cases the amount of fuzz in the image changed abruptly with a change of camera angle — I assumed it might have been to do with the film stock used on specific shots.

When the lighting, focus and detail are essentially the same, but only the camera angle changes, how does one shot have compression issues, and the next one doesn't? (Genuine question, not trying to argue.)
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:14 PM   #152
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Oh, is that what's happening?

I've just watched this, and though much of it was very good, some scenes were submerged in fuzz.

Strange thing is, that in many cases the amount of fuzz in the image changed abruptly with a change of camera angle — I assumed it might have been to do with the film stock used on specific shots.

I have not seen the BD in question, but this can be due to any number of reasons. If it's shots with optical effects, then it could be because these are generally a couple of generations lower than the rest of the print (due to the technical standard of the day).
It could also be a simple question of the lenses used or the focus not being absolutely right (which was done manually by the focus puller by measuring the distance and adjusting accordingly). THE BLOB was, after all, a low-budget B-movie production.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:26 PM   #153
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I was really happy with my The Blob blu-ray. Very grainy much of the time and indeed fuzzy in some scenes but it never looked unnatural or like a compression issue. Just looked like the affects of shooting a low budget b-movie in the 50's and not having many cameras.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:38 PM   #154
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Speaking of posters, check out this wonderfully gruesome Italian design for, uh, Mortal Fluid, it's like a Tales from the Crypt cover!
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That poster rules.

The Criterion Blu-ray of The Blob is outstanding. I've loved the movie since childhood, and the high definition treatment exceeded all my expectations. I've always marveled at how such a low-key concept flourished into such a phenomenal film.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:46 PM   #155
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I have not seen the BD in question, but this can be due to any number of reasons. If it's shots with optical effects, then it could be because these are generally a couple of generations lower than the rest of the print (due to the technical standard of the day).
It could also be a simple question of the lenses used or the focus not being absolutely right (which was done manually by the focus puller by measuring the distance and adjusting accordingly). THE BLOB was, after all, a low-budget B-movie production.
Yeah, not added grain from optical shots or title cards, nor due to the shot being out of focus (which isn't going to give you the look I'm trying to describe, anyway). Most of the transfer looks quite impressive.

These moments aren't deal-killers, just a little puzzling. I'm hesitant to call them noise, because I'm not always sure that everyone means the same thing by the phrase; sometimes it just looks like the amount of visible grain has dramatically increased, and then it goes away again when the camera angle changes.

Anyway. I've seen several films now with transfers where this happens, from different studios; I'm not bagging it, just curious why.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:38 PM   #156
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Could be optical blow-up to get a different framing, like when you need to cut to a medium shot but only shot a total, in low-budget movies sometimes you would just get around the issue by enlarging part of the frames you got on hand - thereby also increasing the visible grain.
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I watched this yesterday as a double-feature with the remake, and there was one minor 'flub' I hadn't noticed before - the actor playing Bert gets his foot caught in a cable when he exits the doctor's living room, and drags it with him almost out of the room!
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:22 PM   #158
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did stream this at hulu. it starts pretty promising in the beginning. but gets a little boring in the middle... dont feel like i should own this one. but it was a decent "fun" movie
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One of the few monster movies that terrified me as a kid. Yeah it's dated, but watching it as a fan, you can see how it would be terrifying back in the 50s/60s. I've read articles about how freaked out audiences were in it's initial release. And I tend to like how the Blob looks in this version. While I love the remake, the Blob always looks like a pile of intestines.

The 1958 version is one of my favorite flicks to throw on in October.
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You think one day we could see the 1972's sequel "Beware! The Blob" on Blu-Ray ?? Maybe Anchor Bay, Image Entertainment or Twilight Time could release it
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