Conclusion: This Blu-ray release of Brian De Palma's classic thriller Blow Out essentially gives fans of the film residing in the United Kingdom the opportunity to own Criterion's presentation of the film. However, the Region-B and Region-A releases come with very different supplemental features. Arrow Video's release contains all of the important supplemental features from French label Carlotta Films' release of Blow Out .
Conclusion: This French release of Brian De Palma's Blow Out is the best alternative for folks residing in Region-B land who cannot play Region-A releases. However, the French release does not use the new and approved by the acclaimed director high-definition transfer that is on the Criterion release. The supplemental features on it are also very different. To sum it all up, currently the best presentation of Blow Out is in the United States. RECOMMENDED.
Excerpt: While out recording ambient sounds for a movie, sound effects engineer Jack Terry witnesses a car accident and accidentally records it with his sound equipment. He dives into the water to help and eventually finds himself caught up in a plot of political conspiracy and possibly murder.
Excerpt: The Movie When Jack Terry (John Travolta), a sound designer for decidedly low-budget films, unexpectedly records a car crash that claims the life of a presidential hopeful, he becomes an "earwitness" to a crime that no one wants to investigate. His only ally, the not-so-innocent girl (Nancy Allen) he rescues from the wreck, wants to put it all behind her, but they must work together in order to unravel the deadly conspiracy.
Conclusion: A lot of people like to compare Brian De Palma's Blow Out to Alfred Hitchcock's films and Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up , but the film has its own identity and unique message. There are terrific subtexts in it that accurately reflect America's obsession with political scandals, conspiracies, and violence. On the other hand, it is an impressive, and very entertaining, study of idealism gone wrong.