Out of the Blue (Limited 2-Disc Edition w/Booklet, Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Directed by Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider) this story of a blue-collar family coming apart features an astonishing performance from Linda Manz (Days of Heaven) and is ripe for rediscovery.

Cebe (Linda Manz, Days of Heaven) is a teenage rebel obsessed with Elvis and the Sex Pistols. Her trucker father, Don (Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider) is in prison after drunkenly smashing his rig into a school bus, and her mother, Kathy (Sharon Farrell, It’s Alive) is a junkie waitress who takes refuge in the arms of other men, including Don’s best friend, Charlie (Don Gordon, Bullitt). With Don’s release, the family struggles to reconnect and the trauma of the past looms large as dark secrets slowly begin to emerge.

Despite only taking over directing duties eight days into the shoot Out of the Blue arguably represents Hopper’s strongest film as a director and features an astonishing performance by Manz. Newly restored in 4K, this cult-classic is ripe for rediscovery and is on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.


Audio commentary with Dennis Hopper, producer Paul Lewis and distributor John Alan Simon (2000)

New commentaries by Kate Rennebohm and Kat Ellinger

Dennis Hopper interviewed by Tony Watts (1984, 97 mins)

Guardian Screen Talk: Dennis Hopper (1990, 91 mins, audio only): the filmmaker talks to Derek Malcolm

Subverting Normality: Linda Manz Comes from Out of the Blue (2021, 18 mins): a new video essay by Amanda Reyes and Chris O’Neill

Remembering Out of the Blue (2021, 174 mins): nine new interviews with cast and crew

Me & Dennis (2021, 95 mins): four new interviews with Hopper’s friends and colleagues featuring Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Julian Schnabel and Philippe Mora

Alex Cox Recalls Out of the Blue (2021, 13 mins)

Montclair Film Festival Q&A (2020, 30 mins): John Alan Simon and Elizabeth Karr discuss the history and restoration of the film

A selection of complementary archive shorts – Morecambe and Wise – Be Wise Don’t Drink and Drive (1963, 1 min), Drink Drive Office Party Cartoon (1964, 1 min), A Girl’s Own Story (Jane Campion, 1983, 27 mins); Girl (Carol Morley, 1993, 7 mins)

Jack Nicholson radio spot (1982, 1 min)


Limited 2-disc Edition (4,000 copies) includes booklet with extensive archival writing on the film, a new essay on the film’s music by the BFI’s Vic Pratt, contemporary reviews and more, while stock lasts