SPHE Press Release: Grosse Pointe: The Complete Series

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GET THE REAL SCOOP ABOUT WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PRIMETIME TEEN SOAP OPERA …

GROSSE POINTE:
THE COMPLETE SERIES

Debuting on DVD February 13 ~ the Critically-Acclaimed Sitcom from Darren Star, Creator of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Sex and the City” and “Melrose Place”

Culver City, Calif. (December 4, 2006) – From the prolific pen of Creator/Executive Producer Darren Star (TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Sex and the City”) comes Grosse Pointe: The Complete Series, starring Lindsay Sloane (TV’s “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), Irene Molloy (TV’s “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”), Bonnie Somerville (TV’s “NYPD Blue”), Kohl Sudduth (Bowfinger) and Joely Fisher (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”). Debuting on DVD February 13, the two-disc set features all 17 episodes plus exclusive bonus materials and will be available for $29.95 SLP from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Loosely based on Darren Star’s experiences while writing “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Grosse Pointe gives viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at the melodrama that goes on offscreen on a fictitious primetime teen soap opera. The comedy follows the lives of six young actors trying to adjust to the demands of instant stardom, as their hit show launches them into a world of premieres, paparazzi and power. There’s the two-faced diva, her insecure best friend, the wide-eyed newcomer who threatens the offscreen balance of power, the surfer stud, and the show’s resident (if balding) heartthrob. Guiding these “innocents” through the savage world of network presidents and last-minute rewrites are the producers, who live in constant fear that one misstep would sends ratings plummeting and their careers into oblivion. Guest stars from the first season include Kristen Davis (TV’s “Sex and the City”), Jason Priestly (TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90210”), Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls), Gordon Thomson (TV’s “Dynasty”), Katie Wagner (TV Guide Channel) and Dweezil Zappa.


DVD Special Features Include:

Digitally Mastered Audio and High Definition Video
Full Screen Presentations
Commentaries on Select Episodes with Darren Star and Writer Robin Schiff
Point of View with Darren Star
Audio: English (Stereo)
Bonus Previews
Closed Captioned


Grosse Pointe: The Complete Series episodes include:


Pilot
Thieves Like Us
Prelude to a Kiss
Devil in a Blue Dress
Halloween
Mommy Dearest
Sleeping with the Enemy
Satisfaction
Boys on the Side
Puppet Master
Star Wars
Bare Naked in America
Secrets & Lies
The End of the Affair
Opposite of Sex
Passion Fish
My Best Friend’s Wedding


Grosse Pointe: The Complete Series has a run time of approximately 442 minutes and is not rated. Artwork is available at www.SPHEPublicity.com. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.


DVD Catalog #12097
UPC Code: 0-43396-12097-6
DVD Order Date: 1/11/07
SLP: $29.95
 

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I don't think anyone expected the exclusive to last forever. This is similar to what Fox did with Best Buy and the second season of Tru Calling: an exclusive for a few months, followed by a general release.

Given the lousy job that Amazon did getting these out the door, I hope no one ever gives them another exclusive. At least Best Buy made the street date.

As has been discussed in the existing thread about this title, the title sequence set to Tom Jones's "Sex Bomb" has been eliminated from all but two of the episodes. It occurs once at the beginning of each disc. Apparently, this kept the cost of music rights down, but it's unfortunate. Still, the show is great and holds up beautifully, even if some of the references are already a bit dated.

M.
 

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