- Actors: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Alan Arkin
- Directors: George Armitage
- Writers: John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Tom Jankiewicz
- Producers: Brent Armitage, Donna Roth, Jackie Rubin
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, Italian
- Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Dutch
- Dubbed: French
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
- DVD Release Date: 22 Jan. 2001
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CXYL
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,191 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Grosse Pointe Blank [DVD] 
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Special Features: none
Languages in Dolby Digital 5.1 : English, French
Languages in Dolby Surround 3.0 : Italian
Subtitles: Dutch, Portuguese, English/English for the Hearing Impaired
Hit man Martin Q Blank (John Cusack) is in an awkward situation. Several of them, actually. He's attending his high school reunion on an assignment; he's got a rival hit man (Dan Aykroyd) on his tail; and he's going to have to explain to his old girlfriend (Minnie Driver) why he stood her up on prom night. Grosse Pointe Blank is an amiable black comedy, cowritten by Cusack and directed by Jonathan Demme protégé George Armitage (Miami Blues), has the feel of Demme's Something Wild and Married to the Mob--which is to say its humour is dark and brightly coloured at the same time. Cusack and Driver are utterly charming--as is the leading man's sister, Joan, who plays his secretary. (Cusack received an Oscar nomination for her next role, in In & Out.) Alan Arkin is also very funny as Martin's psychiatrist. --Jim EmersonSee all Product description
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The best thing about it is the soundtrack.
Cusack has been in far better such as Being John Malkovich and High fidelity and Hot tub time machine.
What makes "Grosse Pointe Blank" so incredibly fresh and funny is the double-whammy of a brilliant script and a perfectly picked cast. John Cusack is ideal as the matter-of-fact contract killer Martin Black (who won't kill Greenpeace activists or dogs), Joan Cusack (John's real life sister) as his ballsy secretary Marcella and the luminously gorgeous Minnie Driver as the love interest. Thrown into this double-crossing mess is Dan Akyroyd - in stunning form as Grocer - another hyper assassin who wants to form a co-op of killers to avoid embarrassing overlaps in their busy slaughter schedule ("Make some money...killing important people...what'd ya say!").
Then there's Alan Arkin in fabulous frowning deadpan therapist mode ("Have you ever thought of not killing people!"), Jeremy Piven as a high school buddy who lusts after a woman he can't have ("Ten years man!") and Hank Azaria as a gleeful CIA operative who doesn't care what bad guy he shoots as long as he's the 'good guy' doing it. Piven would in fact later play Cusack's best buddy again in "Serendipity" (see separate review for the BLU RAY). And amidst all the explosions and mayhem are rapid-fire discussions about the latest vitamin supplements in cafes as each hides a gun in brown paper bags - worry about the overcrowded marketplace in hired killers - affectionate chats on The Pilipino Dwarf Sisters ("Queens of the hotel hit!") - endless seeking of answers from Martin's weary shrink about his 'problem' - it's all so bloody good and gigglesome funny.
The overall soundtrack is by Joe Strummer of The Clash - with perfectly placed tunes in-between like Guns `N Roses incendiary cover of McCartney's James Bond theme "Live And Let Die" as Martin steps out of his car to find his home has been bulldozed and replaced with a UNIMART CONVENIENCE STORE. DJ Debi (Minnie Driver) from the local town radio station WGPM plays The Specials "Ghost Town" as Martin drives around Grosse Pointe wondering where his past has gone (his mother is in a nuthouse and his father has drunk himself into a whiskey grave). But just maybe he can form a lasting relationship on this weird trip and actually enjoy a life that doesn't involve suitcases full of knives, semi-automatics and poison kits... Like the lovely and forgiving Debi says - maybe all he needs is "a quick spiritual kick to the head..."
The Hollywood Pictures 15th Anniversary Edition on BLU RAY boasts a truly gorgeous remastered print that is defaulted to Full Aspect (no lines top or bottom) and this US title is REGION ABC - so plays on UK and European machines as well as all others. Audio is English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital while Subtitles are English SDH, Spanish and French. A real shame is the total lack of extras - but the superbly clean and clear print is plenty for me.
Written by Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink and John Cusack - and Directed by George Armitage - I saw "Grosse Pointe Blank" at the cinema in 1997 and remember the audience loving it to bits - clapping the credits as they rolled up on screen. Re-watching it in 2014 on this cool BLU RAY - not only has it aged very well - but I'd suggest it's become something of a modern day classic.
"I'm serious about this process! Besides...I know where you live!" Martin says to his alarmed psychiatrist Dr. Oatman.
For just under six quid - I'd say heed that reformed man's advice and get this comedic therapy in your life. It's cheaper than Prozac and a lot less dangerous...
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