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Hunk
     

Hunk

Director: Lawrence Bassoff

Cast: John Allen Nelson, Steve Levitt, Deborah Shelton

 
With this disc, BCI has created a budget-line edition of Hunk that is worthwhile despite some minor but noticeable flaws. The letterboxed, anamorphically enhanced transfer is a pretty solid one that boasts strong colors and a nice level of detail. It suffers from a slight degree of pixellation in a few night scenes but these problems don't last long. The mono

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With this disc, BCI has created a budget-line edition of Hunk that is worthwhile despite some minor but noticeable flaws. The letterboxed, anamorphically enhanced transfer is a pretty solid one that boasts strong colors and a nice level of detail. It suffers from a slight degree of pixellation in a few night scenes but these problems don't last long. The mono volume is a little low but this can be counteracted by boosting the volume a little higher (there's also one brief shot where the audio slips out of synch for a few seconds at the beginning). There are no real extras to speak of besides a gallery of trailers for other BCI comedy releases but the disc does boast some amusing animated menus that make good use of the film's campy rock score. All in all, this is a solid disc despite the minor transfer flaws for the low price and is worth the upgrade for fans of 1980's comedies.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This romantic comedy is a change of pace from the usual sex-comedy format. Hunk is free of the nudity and overtly smutty humor that most viewers associate with the genre, concentrating instead on plot and character to capture the viewer's imagination. To its credit, this works most of the time: some of the 1980's-centric references have dated a bit and the pace drags a bit in places but writer/director Lawrence Bassoff packs the film with clever conceits (like Satan treating his evil work as a corporate business) and weaves in some heartfelt messages about valuing character over looks. Better yet, Hunk boasts a variety of strong performances: James Coco lends some campy flair as the film's resident devil, Deborah Shelton is alluring as the devil's assistant, and Steve Levitt is charming as the pre-fantasy version of the film's awkward but goodhearted hero. However, the film belongs to John Allen Nelson as the manly alter-ego of the title: he looks like a classic leading man but gives a witty, carefully shaded performance that conveys all the uncertainty of his 'inner nerd.' In short, Hunk is an ambitious and likeable piece of work that will appeal to fans of 1980's comedies.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
UPC:
0787364704996
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Bci / Eclipse
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:42:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Allen Nelson Hunk Golden
Steve Levitt Bradley Brinkman
Deborah Shelton O'Brien
Rebeccah Bush Sunny
James Coco Dr. D.
Robert Morse Garrison Gaylord
Avery Schreiber Constantine Constapopolis
Page Moseley Actor
Doug Shanklin Actor
Hilary Shepard Actor
Cynthia Szigeti Actor
Melanie Viczx Actor

Technical Credits
Lawrence Bassoff Director,Screenwriter
Paul Bengston Casting
David Cohn Casting
Bryan England Cinematographer
Ron Graham Asst. Director
Catherine Hardwicke Art Director
David Kurtz Score Composer
Bernadette O'Brien Costumes/Costume Designer
Marilyn Jacobs Tenser Producer
Richard E. Westover Editor
Steven J. Wolfe Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hunk
1. Bradley's Life [9:33]
2. Going to Sea Spray [5:13]
3. Nerd at the Beach [5:27]
4. Meet the Devil [8:43]
5. Transformation [6:29]
6. Back to the Beach [6:25]
7. The New Body [7:30]
8. Chairman of the Board [6:08]
9. Susan's Visit [9:17]
10. Setting the Trap [8:52]
11. Bradley's Warning [14:46]
12. The Fantasy Ends [14:00]

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