Hallelujah! The Blob (1958) Goes Criterion!

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Alrighty, kids, providing we make it through the Mayan apocalypse on Friday, we’ve got some great news coming your way on a highly anticipated video release headed our way via IFC Midnight and The Criterion Collection.

First up, the original 1958 version of The Blob is getting the Blu-ray treatment via The Criterion Collection. Look for it in stores on March 12, 2013. Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr., The Blob stars Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut.

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film’s many unexpected pleasures.

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields
  • Trailer
  • Blobabilia!, a gallery of collector Wes Shank’s rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself!), and other ephemera
  • An essay by critic Kim Newman

    Hallelujah! The Blob (1958) Goes Criterion!

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

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    • Terminal

      Didn’t this get a Criterion release already?

      • The Woman In Black

        That was DVD – this one’s on Blu!

        • Terminal

          Gotcha. I’m a big McQueen fan, so I may buy this.