Don't read this thread until you've watched your copy of Criterion's new release of Brian DePalma's Blow Out from 1981. I'd like to have a chat about this that does not have to be mysterious about plot points and the end of the film I just finished watching Blow Out myself for the first time since the theatrical release in the summer of 1981. I was 16 then, and in high school, and I almost always went to movies with my friends. None my friends wanted to see this one, however, and no one in my family did either. But since I could drive I screwed up my courage and just drove myself out to a matinee by myself. Something about the ads for the film attracted me--I think it was the idea that there was this puzzle that Travolta's character Jack Terry was going to solve. And I guess the film had a big impact on me in part because I kept hoping he was going to solve it and it would have a happy ending--but of course it's more memorable with the tragic ending. I remember being shocked at the horror and sadness and yet beauty of the scene where he gets to Sally and she's dead. And of course now that the film is known you can see how they were heading toward that "good scream" all along. But at the time I thought it was a huge twilight zone like shock. Anyway, I thought the film did hold up pretty well for me. Not surprisingly I wasn't quite as impressed at the age of 46 as I was as 16, but I still think it might just be DePalma's best film and Travolta's best performance. The pq and aq are excellent, and I don't regret at all that I got this title--and that's even before I've tried to dive into the impressive group of special features. Anyone else out there have any thoughts? What impressed you about the film? Where specifically are the Hitchcock homages? What about the film doesn't maybe quite stand up for you now. And what do you think of the fact that this film was an expensive flop in 1981 that essentially helped destroy Filmways, and yet it has in the last 72 hours been one of Criterion's biggest blockbusters ever and a gigantic hit for them....?