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In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking.

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Special Features New, restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Brian De Palma (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) New hour-long interview with De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach New video interview with star Nancy Allen De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder à la Mod New video interview with cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film within the film On-set photos by photographer Louis Goldman Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael’s original New Yorker review

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