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GROSSE POINTE BLANK ($30) is a brutal and hilarious black comedy about a professional assassin who returns to his home town for his ten year high school reunion. Actually, he’s booked to do a job in the area that particular weekend, but thought it might be nice to see his old high school flame. John Cusack stars as Martin Q. Blank, a professional killer in desperate need of a career change. Minnie Driver portrays Debi Newberry, the girl whom Martin’s been unable to stop thinking about since he stood her up at their prom a decade earlier.

At first, Debi has mixed feelings about seeing Martin again, but the two have an undeniable chemistry that brings them back together. Martin and Debi decide to go to the prom together- and things appear picture perfect, that is until Martin’s chosen profession catches up with him. GROSSE POINTE BLANK is at times hilarious; Cusack and Driver work incredibly well together and they make the material sing. Not only do the leads deliver the goods, GROSSE POINTE BLANK is filled with wonderfully quirky supporting performances. Joan Cusack never fails to amaze with her marvelous comic performances; her portrayal of Martin’s secretary Marcella is an absolute scream. Alan Arkin is a delight as Martin’s reluctant therapist, Dr. Oatman, who has a great deal of trouble coming to grips with Martin’s career choice. Dan Aykroyd is funnier than he’s been in years as Grocer, Martin’s number one competitor.

Hollywood Pictures Home Video presents GROSSE POINTE BLANK on DVD in a fine looking Letterboxed transfer that restores the film 1.85:1 theatrical framing. The transfer itself is quite pleasing, offering a bright, colorful, crisp and well detailed image. Digital compression artifacts were seldom detectable on this DVD.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack is just great, taking advantage of the discrete capabilities of the format to highlight the film’s retro-eighties musical soundtrack. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround compatible track, plus a French language track. The DVD offers Spanish subtitles and English captioning. Through the interactive menus one can access a theatrical trailer, plus the standard scene and language selection features.

GROSSE POINTE BLANK is a total hoot, as well as being a great looking and sounding DVD. Recommended.




DVD reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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