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Blow Out

7.41 h 47 min198118
A Philadelphia sound-effects man witnesses and records a car accident that turns out to be a politically motivated murder.
Brian DePalma
Dennis FranzJohn LithgowJohn Travolta
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Nancy AllenPeter Boyden
George Litto
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4.3 out of 5 stars

677 global ratings

  1. 59% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 26% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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DTReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 July 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Easily forgettable, aged badly
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I have recently got into Criterion releases as the movies they choose to put out have something of substance so on the whole you can't go wrong. Howeever I've learned that it's always worth viewing on a streaming service first before purchasing physical media on blind buys due to cost difference. As a Scarface fan I thought it was time to give another DePalma film a go. After viewing I'm glad I didn't buy the physical release of Blow Out, for me this film has aged badly. Travolta is the only highlight, his character is of interest due to this profession and therefore the whole concept of the movie made for an enthralling one. The female character is utterly annoying, there is the not so bright and then there is the utterly stupid and she falls into the latter. The plot becomes predictable, there was nothing intelligent about this film. Phone calls from telephone boxes and weapon of choice being a thin piece of string which pulls out of a watch..really? To me this film feels like a missed opportunity. It has some entertainment value but just don't expect to be wowed by anything, I'm struggling to understand how this is viewed a something exceptional by Criterion. I will say is that my film choice has matured as I've aged so have been more selective with movies in more recent months, therefore if you're in that same phase and understand the better Criterion films from key directors then you are most definitely better off using your 2hrs to watch something with some substance.
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ElleppiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the films that deserved not only a blu ray edition, but a Criterion edition
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One of De Palma's best films ever, with a fantastic rhythm and sense of cinema from the very start to the end. There are maybe some excessive scenes where pathos, anxiety or drama are too stressed and become a little over the top, but he managed to resume from Antonioni former film and concept of technology changing the way we see the world, and develop a master-thriller, with fantastic scenes, all built around the idea of time, perception, distortion of the senses, and a truth and reality that is not what we know. A political thriller where the concept, the story and the way it is directed are all connected and converge into this great example of Cinema with the capitol C, without losing however any adherence with reality. It si not just art for art, but art that change the way we see the world.
Great blu ray, with some flaws, but still top class.
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UppiliRaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ok film Travolta does a good job
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Ok film hard to understand at times
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Travolta tellingbus what really happened.
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Travolta in an interesting position.
LozReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Better to watch paint dry
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Awful film don’t bother watching
J J TempletonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
One Star
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Cannot put my finger on quite how and why this film loses its way, but...
C. InglisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 May 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Morons Making Moronic Decisions
A good idea for a film massively let-down by moronic behaviour by 2 dimensional characters.

The idea that an assassination has been caught in sound and vision is a good one. Unfortunately, it is downhill from there.

That's due to how bad Nancy Allen's acting is and how much of a moron her character is. She's quite possibly the most stupid person I've ever seen in a film, never seeing the obvious, and willing to believe anything anyone tells her. This is in part why this film fails. The characters end-up doing the one thing that should have been obvious to even the biggest idiot that they shouldn't. No spoilers, but when you realise what they should be doing (just waiting until Travolta gets his phone call) is ignored in favour of what they think is a better idea, then you'll give-up, like I did.

Plus women in this film are portrayed as vaccuous waste of spaces, just meat to be killed, all the time not knowing anything really. The film's of its time, and that's what happened to women then in movies, but watching it now it jars.
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N. M. FletcherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I can hear dead people.
Another great transfer from Criterion with Travolta in one of his better roles and some extremely interesting extras. Definitely the one to buy.
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