|Category||Black Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||103:01 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
Martin's been given a job to do in his home town on the weekend of the reunion, but he just can't seem to get his act together and do the job, so he decides to go to the high school reunion instead. Who knows, maybe Debi will take up with him where they left off 10 years ago on prom night. And, he's being pursued by Dan Aykroyd to join in a professional killers' union.
In short, I loved Grosse Pointe Blank. The comedy is deliciously black, the characters suitably believable, and the cameo by Joan Cusack as Marcella is hysterical.
The transfer was very sharp and very clear. Shadow detail was generally pretty good, though at one point, a comment is made about Martin's tie, which is not at all clearly defined in the image at the time. This is either due to deliberately warped cinematography or more likely to a lack of shadow detail at this time. There was no low level noise.
The colours were beautifully presented, with vivid greens and browns. Some very brief shots exhibited a trace of colour bleeding, but this was of no consequence.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of small amounts of aliasing at times on some of the motor vehicles. Film artefacts were present occasionally, but they were never intrusive.
You cannot change audio selections on the fly, and must do this via the main menu.
Dialogue was a little soft at times, and hence a little hard to hear over ambient noise at times.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The musical score by Joe Strummer was infrequently present, with much of the score provided by 1980s and more contemporary music. The music was very well suited to the on-screen action at the time, and helped to create some excellent moments of irony.
The surround channels were not heavily used, except during action sequences, when gunshots were spread nicely throughout the soundfield.
The .1 channel was used lightly to support the action sequences and the music.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.
The extras are non-existent.
© Michael Demtschyna
6th July 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|