Grosse Pointe Blank [15th Anniversary Edition] [1997] 
Blu-ray Comedy
Written by Noah Fleming   
Friday, 10 August 2012

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“Grosse Pointe Blank” is a cult favorite of many.  However, like many of Cusack’s films it is generational.

Video: 2/5

Yikes!  Disney dropped the ball on this release.  I was hoping for at least another “Romy & Michele” quality transfer.  Alas, what we have here is something that I can’t even name.  It seems as though the film was dumped from a low-res transfer onto Blu-ray, with some tweaking in between.  Normally, I just state that there is no artifacting in the image.  This has become a staple in Blu-ray video transfers.  Looks like someone missed the memo.  “Grosse Pointe Blank” has all the artifacting you could ever not ask for.  There is banding.  There are compression artifacts.  There is crushing.  There is edge enhancement and halos.  It goes on and on.  If that wasn’t bad enough, the image is also plagued by inconsistency.  The fleshtones waver, usually for the worse.  Contrast levels are all over the place.  Black levels move from deep and inky to barely gray.  Of course shadow delineation is out.  I could go on, but I think you get the picture. If you are fan of the film then you will endure it.  But I certainly hope it doesn’t take Disney long to realize the error of their ways and release a new minted Blu-ray.  This release receives the lowest rating I have ever given to a Blu-ray.  I have come to expect better, but even by the layman’s standards this is poor.  By the way, another box art listing as 1.78:1 when the image occupies 1.85:1.

Audio: 4/5

If ever there were a contrast between audio and video qualities, this release would be it.  Despite the remarkably poor video quality, the audio comes through in fine fashion.  Once again, the lossless audio delivers in the music arena with more classic hits from the 80s.  And again, the music is what primarily occupies the rear speakers.  This time there are some action sequences that deliver in the rear channels.  The LFE channel also gets some use during this chase sequences.  The frequency range is more smooth and normal, leaving behind the pesky frequency masking of the DVD’s Dolby track.  The dialogue is clean.  I can’t say the audio alone is worth the upgrade to Blu-ray, but it comes close.

Special Features: 0.5/5

Merely a trailer located on this disc.

Studio Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating R
Starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Akyroyd, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Hank Azaria
Director George Armitage
Film Release Year 1997
Release Year 2012
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature) • 480i (supplements)
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Running Time 1 hr. 47 mins.
Sound Formats English DTS-HD Master 5.1 • French Dolby Digital 2.0 • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English SDH • French • Spanish
Special Features Trailer
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Reviewer Noah Fleming

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