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Disc of the Week: THE BLOB COLLECTION

Disc of the Week for November 1st, 2016

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THE BLOB COLLECTION: JB Hi-Fi Exclusive Australian Set (Umbrella Entertainment)

Umbrella Entertainment continues their streak of offering high-def Australian options for films unavailable or out of print on Blu-ray in the States with this latest release. Chuck Russell’s 1988 remake of THE BLOB is heralded as one of the greatest remakes of all time and an outstanding ’80s creature feature. Twilight Time acquired the rights to this highly sought after title for its domestic HD debut and their limited edition of 5,000 copies sold out soon after. Well now fans who missed out on that release can get this celebrated classic on Blu-ray and the only thing extra it’ll cost them is the shipping cost to import it. All of the Umbrella Blus I have are region free, but it should be noted that the company has not confirmed whether or not this release will be region locked. Of course if you’re a BLOB free region free collector this causes no issue and you can pre-order away.

Umbrella is not only bringing THE BLOB (1988) back to Blu by itself, they are also releasing a complete series set exclusively through JB Hi-Fi which is limited to 2,000 copies. So if you still haven’t picked up Criterion’s Blu of the original THE BLOB (1958) and want it paired with a standard def copy of 1972’s SON OF THE BLOB (AKA BEWARE! THE BLOB), this one collection is all you’ll need! Of course, you completists out there will still want to hold onto your region A releases of these films because missing in action from this set are a director’s commentary and Q&A on THE BLOB (1988), a BLOB-abilia! still gallery from THE BLOB (1958), and the HD version of BEWARE! THE BLOB Kino Lorber released earlier this year which included a film historian commentary and trailer. That list may seem like a detrimental knock against this set, but the appeal of a complete series collection and an exclusive interview with BLOB ’88 director Chuck Russell will be hard to overlook for certain BLOB-amaniacs out there.

Bonus Features

THE BLOB (1988)
NEW “Directing The Blob” Featurette with Director Chuck Russell
Theatrical Trailer

THE BLOB (1958)
Audio Commentary with Director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and Actor Robert Fields
Audio Commentary with Producer Jack H. Harris and Film Historian Bruce Eder
Theatrical Trailer

SON OF THE BLOB in Standard Definition (AKA BEWARE! THE BLOB)

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You can grab THE BLOB COLLECTION on Blu over at JBHiFi.com.au!

Other Releases for November 1st
The Church (Shameless UK) [Coming soon to region A from Code Red]
The Satanist (Garagehouse Pictures)
The Walking Dead – The Complete Sixth Season: Limited Edition (Anchor Bay)
Carnage Park (Scream Factory)
Holidays (Lionsgate)
The Night Visitor Chronicles (Sony)
Terrordactyl (Sony)
Daylight’s End (Lionsgate)
Last Girl Standing (MPI Home Video)
Dam Sharks! (Anchor Bay)
Happy Birthday (Sony)
Dr. Strange (1978) (Shout! Factory)
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (Warner Archive)
The Man From Hong Kong (Umbrella Entertainment Australia)
I Wake Up Screaming (Kino Lorber)
Gideon of Scotland Yard: Choice Collection (Sony)
Come Play With Us: 17-Movie Horror Collection (Echo Bridge)
Big Box of Horror: 15-Movie Collection (Echo Bridge)

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