Other than one insert everything has made it over from the original Criterion DVD, starting with two audio commentaries. Both are group tracks that have been edited together from separate recordings. The first features producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder. The dominant member of the track is unfortunately Harris. Harris covers the history of the production and how it came to life, starting with his desire to make a horror film after seeing The Thing, and then moving on to the actual funding of it and his surprise of Paramount actually picking it up. Sometimes I found he droned on but it was still an informative bit.
Bruce Eder, whose contributions I always welcome on commentaries, only appears on the first track a few times much to my disappointment. It sounds as though he had listened to the other recordings first, because he is referring to the other commentary participants all throughout. For the most part he offers his own insight into the film but not much else.
The second track features the director Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr.óor ďShortyĒ as he says he is nicknamedóand actor Robert Fields, who plays Tony in the film. Yeaworth is the leading one in the track and he offers some fairly interesting points as well (some of it repetitive from the other track) like the story of how they came up with the title, which they wanted to sound just corny enough in the hopes that comedians or the press would make fun of it and unwittingly promote it. He also covers the religious films he did beforehand. Fields appears here and there and he actually spends his time commenting on working with Steve McQueen. Everyone else also mentions McQueen (either how great he was or what a pain he was, so I guess it depends on how you were dealing with him) but Fields focuses more on him, only once in a while commenting on himself; interestingly he wasnít very fond of the film initially.
An issue with group commentaries of this nature, where the participants are edited together, is that it always feels like information is being lost but because Criterion has spread the commentaries over two tracks I never got that feeling here. Despite some minor repetition theyíre both informative and entertaining, worth listening to.
Another extra that thankfully made it is a section called "BLOB-abilia!" This section is a collection of stills showing some Blob collectibles. There are production photos, plus photos of the sets and models used for sequences involving the blob moving about, complete with comparisons to a matching still from the film. There is even a photo of collector Wes Shank with the blob model (which is the very last one). There are even posters, some original and a few for re-releases, either domestic or over-seas (I thought the one from Germany with a pumped up Steve McQueen was good for a laugh). Criterion has been usually dropping these galleries from their Blu-ray releases for reasons Iím unsure of but thankfully they kept this one intact.
The disc then closes with rather campy theatrical trailer.
Criterion then includes an insert that looks the same as the DVDís but actually contains a different essay: the DVD features an essay by Bruce Kawin whereas this Blu-ray features a new essay by Kim Newman who writes lovingly about the film and other films of the genre and period.
Missing is the poster insert that was included with the DVD, which was a reproduction of the Criterion cover art.
Though the commentary tracks are good the release does still disappoint a bit and I wish there was still some material on deleted sequences (like a scene where the doctor is more clearly devoured, which we see a picture of in the gallery and hear about in the commentary) or Burt Bacharachís catchy theme song.
Despite this the material is still interesting and entertaining enough. But it just feels that such a popular cult film should get a more lavish special edition. 6/10