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08-17-2010, 12:21 PM
An exhilarating homage to the titillating B-movies of the 60s and 70s, Grindhouse, a double billing featuring Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino’ Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez’ Planet Terror burst onto two-disc Blu-Ray on October 5 from Vivendi Entertainment and The Weinstein Company.

Debuting for the first time in high definition and in its original theatrical exhibition format, the presentation starts with the deliciously over-the-top horror flick Planet Terror, followed by an intermission featuring three gritty trailers and concluding with the ultra-intense vehicular slasher film Death Proof.

The set features over two hours of brand new bonus material including a 10 Minute Cooking School feature with Rodriguez, five features on the trailers including an extended trailer and making-ofs, deleted scenes and much more.


Planet Terror - Married doctors William and Dakota Block (Brolin and Shelton) find their graveyard shift inundated with townspeople ravaged by gangrenous sores and a suspiciously vacant look in their eyes. Among the wounded is Cherry (Rose McGowan), a go-go dancer whose leg was ripped from her body during a roadside attack. Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), her former significant other, is at her side and watching her back. Cherry may be down, but she hasn’t danced her last number. As the invalids quickly become enraged aggressors, Cherry and Wray lead a team of accidental warriors into the night, hurtling towards a destiny that will leave millions infected, countless dead, and a lucky few struggling to find the last safe corner of PLANET TERROR.

Death Proof - A creepy stunt driver whose taste for stalking lovely young ladies gets him into big trouble when he tangles with the wrong gang of badass babes. Their confrontation escalates to an extended mano-a-mano car chase with one of the girls strapped to the hood of a thundering Dodge Challenger.

Special Features:

Disc 1 – Theatrical Exhibition:

-Grindhouse Feature (Planet Terror)
-Intermission Cards
-Don’t Trailer
-Werewolf Women of the S.S Trailer
-Thanksgiving Trailer
-Grindhouse Feature (Death Proof)

Disc 2

Planet Terror

-Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Film School
-The Badass Babes of Planet Terror
-The Guys of Planet Terror
-Casting Rebel
-Sickos, Bullets, And Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror
-The Friend, The Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent
-Planet Terror Poster Gallery

Death Proof

-Stunts On Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof
-Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke
-The Guys of Death Proof
-Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
-Finding Quentin’s Gals
-The Uncut Version of “Baby, It’s You” performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
-Introducing Zoe Bell
-Double Dare Trailer
-Death Proof Extended Music
-Death Proof Poster Gallery

Plus these all-new bonus features:

-Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Cooking School
-The Makeup Effects of Planet Terror
-The Hot Rods of Death Proof
-From Texas to Tennessee: The Production Design of Death Proof
-Extended Werewolf Women of The SS Trailer
-View Extended Cut Of Werewolf Women of the SS -Trailer with Commentary by Director Rob Zombie
-The Making Of Werewolf Women of the SS Trailer
-Extended Don’t Trailer
-View Extended Cut Of Don’t Trailer with -Commentary by Director Edgar Wright
-The Making of Don’t Trailer
-Don’t Storyboard/Trailer Comparison
-View Don’t Storyboard/Trailer Comparison with Commentary by Director Edgar Wright
-Don’t Storyboards Still Gallery
-Don’t Poster
-The Making of Thanksgiving Trailer
-New York Times Talk with Quention Tarantino and Lynn Hirschberg at Comic Con 2006 Featuring the -Directors and Cast of Grindhouse
-Grindhouse Trailer Contest Winner Hobo With A Shotgun

08-17-2010, 12:52 PM
do want....

08-17-2010, 08:02 PM
What the hell? Only Blu-Ray?

08-17-2010, 08:08 PM
should have been released like that in the first place.


08-18-2010, 03:32 AM
should have been released like that in the first place.



and where's the Machete trailer ?

08-31-2010, 02:23 AM
should have been released like that in the first place.


Damn straight! They just wanted to see how many people would buy the movies twice.

Machete was on the original Planet Terror disc; yet another way to make sure everyone would buy both Grindhouse releases.

10-09-2010, 06:42 AM


There are two things to note about this recent release of Grindhouse.

The first is that when the film premiered in the spring of 2007, much was hoped for this three hour double feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s half Planet Terror had a stripper (Rose MacGowan) and her off-again boyfriend (Freddy Rodriguez) battling a zombie plague brought on by a scientist (Naveen Andrews) and a crazy solider (Bruce Willis). Death Proof is the second half and has Kurt Russell playing a killer whose weapon of choice is a stunt car, and whose prey are young women (including Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Tracy Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Vanessa Ferlito, Sydney Poitier, Jordan Ladd and Rose McGowan).

But Tarantino’s and Rodriguez’s fan-base and the world at large either didn’t get or didn’t care about the movie, and so it flopped at the box office.

It was meant to be a fun flagship production by the Weinstein company, and instead was a big black eye. As such the films were broken off and sold separately on home video. So finally, three and a half years later, the film comes as originally intended to DVD and Blu-ray.

The film opens with the fake Machete trailer, which is now through the looking glass as a film was made out of the fake trailer, so it’s a fake trailer selling something that now exists. But, like so many of these movies, the Machete trailer is better than the feature.

The running time of Planet Terror in the theatrical cut is around 88 minutes, and that’s exactly how long this needs to be. Rodriguez was accused of not going full grindhouse, but this seems more of an homage to the mid 80’s zombie movies that followed Dawn of the Dead, more so than Tarantino’s more 70’s approach. If you’ve seen Nightmare City, I think there’s room for comparison here. But fortunately, the short run time and the genre mechanics means that everything moves very quickly, while the film actually builds to its conclusion, where Cherry has a gun for a leg, and takes out a lot of dudes (how it works is beside the point). The film plays like hopped up nonsense, but it works in context. Rodriguez has you laughing at the genre tropes, while Tarantino’s approach is in no way less infused with grindhouse fare, so much as it exists more to be a part of it.

Planet Terror is followed by three trailers by Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright and Eli Roth. This is part of the holy grail aspect of this release, as they were not available to own previously, except via bootlegs. Rob Zombie’s might be the weakest because he inserts himself more into the idea than anyone else (and though it’s got all the elements, it never plays period), but the punchline is still great. Edgar Wright’s piece is the cleverest, and brilliantly directed, while Eli Roth’s is the one where you feel like you’ve actually seen the movie he’s parodying. Roth’s and Wright’s trailers are pitch perfect.

Quentin Tarantino’s Thunder Bolt (with the title changed to Death Proof) does something that pisses a lot of people off. Which is that it features women talking on screen for about forty minutes before anything really happens. At some point they’re joined by Kurt Russell, but the opening is a talk-fest, with a set up of Vanessa Ferlito’s Arlene playing – what in any other movie would be – the final girl.

There’s way more meat on Tarantino’s bone than Rodriguez’s. That’s partly because he has a plainly bifurcated narrative, which forgoes the three act structure. Or you could argue it has a five or six act structure if you wanted to. But for someone fascinated by how stories play out, it plays to Tarantino’s inherent love of tinkering with structure, that it excites by its unfamiliarity. The front and back half act as a mirror to each other, with one group of girls becoming the surrogate avengers. It’s a fascinating structural conceit, and though some people get sick of Tarantino’s chatting women, I think they have a breezy chemistry and never find their dialog boring.

Tarantino wanted to flex his action muscles with Kill Bill, and here those gifts are used for a car chase that is one of the greatest car-on-car sequences in cinema history. And the film ends with a brilliant twenty minute sequence of spectacular car action. And that sequence pulls a lot more weight in the Grindhouse cut – actually both films are better in their shorter cuts – because it replicates some of the Grindhouse traditions of ending a film by firing on all cylinders. Though it could be argued the least of Tarantino’s filmography, it is no way bad.

Vivendi entertainment and Dimension films present the film in a two disc Blu-ray edition that presents the film on the first disc, and supplements on the second. Missing from the previous releases is the extended cuts, and Rodriguez’s cleaned up version of Planet Terror.

But all the other supplements are reproduced. On the first disc there’s a commentary track for Terror from Rodriguez, an audience reaction track, and Eli Roth and co-writer/actor Jeff Rendell on the Thanksgiving trailer. The film is presented in widescreen (2.35:1) and in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, and there’s also a music cues section for Death Proof.

Disc two is broken into special features for both films and all new bonus content. Planet Terror has the previous released “Robert Rodriguez’s Ten Minute Film School” (12 min.), “The Badass Babes of Planet Terror” (12 min.), “The Guys of Planet Terror” (17 min.), “Casting Rebel” (6 min.) on casting RR’s son and his death scene, “Sickos, Bullets and Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror,” (13 min.), “The Friend, The Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent” (7 min.) on RR’s friend-casting, and a poster gallery.

For Death Proof there is “Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof” (21 min.), “Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke” (5 min.), “The Guys of Death Proof” (8 min.), “Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike” (10 min.), “Finding Quentin’s Gals” (21 min.), “The Uncut version of ‘Baby It’s You’ performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead” (2 min.), “Introducing Zoe Bell” (9 min.), a trailer for the documentary Double Dare, extended music cues for two tracks, and a poster gallery.

For the new content, there are two featurettes for Planet Terror: “Robert Rodriguez’s Ten Minute Cooking School” (9 min.) on how to make ribs, and “the Make-up Effects of Planet Terror” (12 min.), which gives Geg Nicotero a chance to talk about his work on the film. The Death Proof section has “The Hot Rods of Death Proof” (12 min.) and “From Texas to Tennesse: The Production design of Death Proof” (8 min.).

Solid additional featurettes, nothing special, but perhaps most exciting is the effort that goes into the Trailer section of new stuff. It opens with the extended cut of the Werewolf Women of the SS trailer, with optional rob Zombie commentary, and a making of the trailer (9 min.).It’s followed by an extended cut of Edgar Wright’s Don’t trailer, with optional Wright commentary, a Storyboards to trailer comparison, also with optional commentary, a making of (10 min.), and a storyboard still gallery and poster. There’s also a making of for the Thanksgiving trailer (6 min.). If that weren’t enough there’s a “New York Times Talk with Lynn Hirschberg” (65 min.), where Tarantino and Rodriguez talk about the movie and the film’s comic-con panel from 2006 (24 min.), and then finally the trailer for “Hobo with a Shotgun.”

This is the edition to own.

10-19-2010, 12:38 AM
i'm glad that the original Machete trailer is on there, even if it's not in the intermission like it was in the theater.

10-20-2010, 11:52 AM
Wish it came out on DVD I love Grindhouse.]

10-20-2010, 01:35 PM
i'm glad that the original Machete trailer is on there, even if it's not in the intermission like it was in the theater.

It was @ the beginning of the film in the theater.

10-20-2010, 05:55 PM
I've been waiting for this for a while now as I *REFUSED* to buy the two movies separately. What is it with QT's DVD releases? Inglorious didn't get a great special edition, we're waiting on the whole bloody affair of Kill Bill in the US still, and Grindhouse took forever to get to us in one piece.

10-20-2010, 07:20 PM
I've been waiting for this for a while now as I *REFUSED* to buy the two movies separately. What is it with QT's DVD releases? Inglorious didn't get a great special edition, we're waiting on the whole bloody affair of Kill Bill in the US still, and Grindhouse took forever to get to us in one piece.

Yeah, no kidding. I waited forever to buy the Kill Bill movies, and only caved when I saw them on sale at Best Buy for $5 a piece.