Blast of Silence

Blast of Silence

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The first and best feature film from director Allen Baron, Blast of Silence is a lean and hard-boiled slice of film noir from the early Sixties, a time when the genre was imagined to be all but dead. While the film received little notice on its original release, it has earned a potent cult following since it was rediscovered in the Eighties, and now Blast of Silence makes its DVD debut in a handsome edition from the Criterion Collection. Blast of Silence has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the digital rendition of the picture is superb, capturing the sharp edges of Merrill Brody's camerawork and reveling in the shabby beauty of the New York City locations. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and while it sometimes reveals the limitations of the film's low budget, the sound is as present and full-bodied as the circumstances permit. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English but no multiple language options. Bonus materials with this edition include Requiem For A Killer: The Making of Blast of Silence, a fascinating documentary in which Baron revisits the locations where the movie was shot and talks about how the project came to be. Also included is a gallery of Polaroid snapshots taken during the shoot to keep track of continuity, another gallery of stills featuring "then and now" pictures of the filming locations, and the original Blast of Silence trailer. As usual, Criterion has also included a well-designed booklet with the package, featuring a fine essay by Terrence Rafferty and a graphic interpretation of the movie from comic artist Sean Phillips. Blast of Silence deserved a decent home video presentation decades ago, but for fans of idiosyncratic crime films, this DVD was well worth the wait and comes highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2008
UPC: 0715515028721
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 20,619

Special Features

Requiem for a Killer: the making of "Blast of Silence"; Rare on-set Polaroids; Photos of locations in 2008; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and a four-page graphic-novel adaptation of the film by acclaimed artist Sean Phillips (Criminal, Sleeper, Marvel Zombies)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Allen Baron Frank Bono
Molly McCarthy Lorrie
Larry Tucker Big Ralph
Peter Clume Troiano
Danny Meehan Petey
Milda Memonas Troiano's Girl
Dean Sheldon Nightclub singer
Charles Creasap Contact man
Joe Bubbico Gangster
Bill de Prato Sailor
Erich Kollmar Bellhop
Ruth Kaner Building Supervisor
Gil Rogers Gangster
Jerry Douglas Gangster
Bob Taylor Gangster
Ernie Jackson Gangster

Technical Credits
Allen Baron Director,Screenwriter
Merrill Brody Producer
Erich Kollmar Cinematographer
Meyer Kupferman Score Composer
Peggy Lawson Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blast of Silence
1. "Remembering" [4:07]
2. "At Noon You Make Contact" [2:20]
3. "The Target's Name is Troiano" [2:53]
4. "He Turns Your Stomach" [8:24]
5. Time to Kill [3:27]
6. "Alone at Dinner" [2:57]
7. "You Hate Parties" [3:07]
8. December 25 [6:46]
9. December 26 [8:34]
10. Silencing a Rat [5:40]
11. "Hoodlum Strangled!" [5:43]
12. Another Bad Moment [7:32]
13. The Last Day [6:23]
14. The Hit [5:35]
15. "God Moves in Mysterious Ways" [3:42]
1. Beverly Hills, 2006 [4:20]
2. Penn Station/Lionel Stander [2:25]
3. Boyhood Memories [2:14]
4. Downey's [6:23]
5. Staten Island Ferry [2:47]
6. Harlem [4:20]
7. Watching Troiano [2:46]
8. Christmas [1:27]
9. Newsstand [2:18]
10. Solitude and Delusions [5:40]
11. Love Nest [9:35]
12. Cold Death [6:44]
13. From New York to Hollywood [4:23]
14. Sound of Silence [4:29]

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Blast of Silence 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the gritty 60's crime feel. I also love how it shows the ins and outs of professionally killing someone and then the reprocusion it does on a man's soul.
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