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Blankman
Columbia/Tri-Star // PG-13 // January 8, 2002
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted January 21, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Review:
Blankman

Movie:
Blankman, originally released theatrically in 1994, was directed by Mike Binder. The film stars Damon Wayans (Darryl), David Alan Grier (Kevin), Robin Givens (Kimberly), and Jason Alexander (Mr. Stone).

Darryl is a nerdy inventor who lives with his brother, Kevin, and his grandma in an urban and crime-filled section of the city. After his grandmother is brutally slain, Darryl decides to fight crime as the low-budget superhero Blankman. Using a costume and contraptions of his own design, Darryl sets off to avenge her death and right wrongs in his neighborhood.

Blankman is obviously a parody of several classic TV shows, like Batman and Green Hornet, but it is hilariously funny due to the combined efforts of Wayans and Grier. The plot doesn't try to be anything special and the characters are, intentionally or not, overacted, but all this is easily overlooked if you're into superhero spoofs.

Picture:
Blankman is presented in both 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and, on the opposite side of the DVD, 1.33:1 full frame. The transfer exhibits some wear throughout, with specks and a few lines appearing occasionally. Some light grain and minor edge enhancement are also noticeable. Colors are well saturated and vibrant, flesh tones are accurate, and blacks are quite good.

Sound:
Blankman is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, Dolby 2.0 Surround in English, and Dolby 2.0 Stereo in French. Surrounds throughout the film are limited, though get some use during the action scenes, such as the mid-movie explosion. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout, with no distortion that I detected. Optional subtitles are also available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean.

Extras:
Extras include trailers for this film, The Pest, and So I Married an Axe Murderer.

Summary:
Blankman is a funny movie that makes a decent rental for fans of superhero spoofs or the actors involved. Columbia Tristar hasn't really provided much in the way of extras, but the low MSRP of $14.95 certainly reflects that, and fans of the film should consider picking it up. Rent it.

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