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The Grand (2006/Anchor Bay)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Film: D



Another feature understandably issued belatedly to DVD, Zak Penn’s shockingly unfunny gambling comedy The Grand (2006) features Woody Harrelson and too much very, very bad voice over work by him in this shockingly lame look at the world of big money poker playing.  Dennis Farina and the obnoxious Ray Romano are also among the cast wasted in this “who greenlit this mess” mess.


Werner Herzog even shows up (!?!) but a good screenplay (co-written by Penn) does not.  Penn may keep getting work, but does he even really like what he is making?  Arthur Penn he’s not, but anything for the money, which is pretty much the problem with the whole industry.  His directing is even worse than his writing, in being stale, awkward, weak and even pointless, with any attempts at style embarrassing at best.  When the chips are this down, anything this bad should be cashed out before it gets made.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is softer than it should be for a new production, has some bad digital credits and is unimpressive throughout, as are the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes.  They are flat, dialogue and voice-overs suffer and the idea of a soundfield is as unfounded as an original idea.  Extras include deleted scenes, alternate endings that don’t work, select commentaries with various actors, full length commentary with Penn, co-writer Matt Bierman & actor Michael Karnow and “player profiles”.  At least Kenny Rogers stayed away!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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