Blankman
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Blankman

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Director: Mike Binder

Cast: Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Robin Givens

     
 

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Mike Binder's comic-book hero comedy Blankman comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in DolbySee more details below

Overview

Mike Binder's comic-book hero comedy Blankman comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include theatrical trailers. This is a fine release from Columbia/TriStar that becomes more palatable when one considers the inexpensive list price.

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For those who don't remember, Blankman had its beginnings as a sketch on In Living Color, in which Damon Wayans played a mentally retarded superhero named Handi-Man. Not surprisingly, the producers of Blankman decided to go the more politically sensitive route, making the character a nerdy genius, which still allowed Wayans to play him in a similarly spasmodic way. Considering the bland result, Mike Binder's film could have benefited from a good dose of incorrectness. Then again, maybe not, since it's a pretty long way from resembling comedy. Viewers might find themselves momentarily swayed by Wayans' sweet interpretation of the hopelessly dweebish Darryl Walker, but the film never gets untracked from this level of precious inoffensiveness. This is not to say it's a kids movie or anything -- it's just that the attempts at adult-oriented humor are delivered like schoolyard flatulence jokes. Other than Wayans' and J.F. Lawton's script being flat and uninspired, there are some structural peculiarities about it that don't sit well, either. For example, at the beginning, the audience is invited to sympathize with Darryl's brother Kevin (David Alan Grier, mostly overacting), who yearns for a TV reporter played by Robin Givens. Halfway through, though, she gets romantically linked with the superhero, as though the writers forgot they set Grier up to be the love-struck protagonist, sloughing him off as broad comic relief for the rest of the film. One performance almost makes Blankman worth seeing, just for the novelty factor: Jason Alexander as the bald, wheelchair-bound, rambunctiously amoral producer of a Hard Copy-style news program.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
UPC:
0043396065499
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Surround] and French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Damon Wayans Darryl Walker
David Alan Grier Kevin Walker
Robin Givens Kimberly Jonz
Christopher Lawford Mayor Marvin Harris
Lynne Thigpen Grandma Walker
Jon Polito Michael Minelli
Jason Alexander Mr. Stone
Aleta Helena Chappelle Actor
Nicky Corello Sammy the Blade
Harris Peet Commissioner Gains
John Moschitta Mr. Crudd
Frazer Smith Ned Beadie
Gerry Black Desk Sergeant
Robert Schimmel Officer
Mike Binder Dr. Victor Norris
June Christopher Pregnant Woman
Mark Burton Harris' Assistant
Greg Kinnear Talk Show Host
Tony Cox Midgetman
Kevin West Gay Man
Yvette Wilson Fat Girl
Conroy Gedeon New Mayor
Shuko Akune Campaign Worker
Gordon McClure Man of God
Biff Manard Biff
Michael Marloe Scuzzy Bum
Arsenio Hall Himself
Marty Schiff Liquor Store Owner

Technical Credits
Mike Binder Director
Jonathan Bates Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Binder Co-producer
Lucy Boulting Casting
Keith Brian Burns Art Director
Veda Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Tracy Carness Associate Producer
Michael C. Claypool Set Decoration/Design
Michelle Cole Costumes/Costume Designer
C.O. Erickson Producer
Eric L. Gold Producer
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Stephanie J. Gordon Set Decoration/Design
Simon Kaye Musical Direction/Supervision
J.F. Lawton Screenwriter
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
James Spencer Production Designer
Damon Wayans Producer,Screenwriter
Adam Weiss Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [9:28]
2. Hard Edition [3:11]
3. Harris Headquarters [2:23]
4. Privates Conversation [1:03]
5. Regards From Michael Minelli [5:20]
6. "Look, I'm a Crimefighter!" [3:57]
7. Slapping Susan [4:00]
8. A Normal, Brilliant Geek [3:27]
9. Heroic Delivery [4:17]
10. On the Job [7:33]
11. The 14th Street Station [3:08]
12. The Blank Station [3:04]
13. Kiss Reaction [1:09]
14. Blankmania [5:32]
15. Bank Robbery in Satin [2:11]
16. A Slick, Funky Plan [1:24]
17. Time Runs Out [1:20]
18. Kimberly Taken Hostage [8:08]
19. Darryl Walker, Crew Chief [1:14]
20. The Blank Screen [1:16]
21. Blankman & Other Guy [2:36]
22. Death-Defying Death Trap [1:10]
23. Rescued by J-5 [1:33]
24. Seeking the Bomb [2:39]
25. J-5 Blows a Fuse [2:56]
26. Blankman vs. Minelli Gang [1:23]
27. A Special Award [3:45]
28. Darryl Meets Kimberly [:45]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [9:28]
2. Hard Edition [3:11]
3. Harris Headquarters [2:23]
4. Privates Conversation [1:03]
5. Regards From Michael Minelli [5:20]
6. "Look, I'm a Crimefighter!" [3:57]
7. Slapping Susan [4:00]
8. A Normal, Brilliant Geek [3:27]
9. Heroic Delivery [4:17]
10. On the Job [7:33]
11. The 14th Street Station [3:08]
12. The Blank Station [3:04]
13. Kiss Reaction [1:09]
14. Blankmania [5:32]
15. Bank Robbery in Satin [2:11]
16. A Slick, Funky Plan [1:24]
17. Time Runs Out [1:20]
18. Kimberly Taken Hostage [8:08]
19. Darryl Walker, Crew Chief [1:14]
20. The Blank Screen [1:16]
21. Blankman & Other Guy [2:36]
22. Death-Defying Death Trap [1:10]
23. Rescued by J-5 [1:33]
24. Seeking the Bomb [2:39]
25. J-5 Blows a Fuse [2:56]
26. Blankman vs. Minelli Gang [1:23]
27. A Special Award [3:45]
28. Darryl Meets Kimberly [:45]

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