Grindhouse, the exploitation throwback double-feature from Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino, is headed to DVD and Blu-ray - and we've got a detailed breakdown the special features and cover artwork.
What makes this release particularly notable is that it's the first time Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Tarantino's Death Proof have appeared back-to-back on the same disc - mirroring the original theatrical presentation.
In fact, the first disc in the set is essentially the same presentation as Grindhouse's theatrical release (minus the Machete trailer which has, presumably, been excluded due to the upcoming feature film). There's also two hours of bonus material which includes several featurettes for both Planet Terror and Death Proof, a behind the scenes look at each faux-trailer, deleted scenes, poster galleries, and more. While some of it may look familiar to fans who have picked up the individual releases, there's a great deal of new content here as well.
There's a growing trend suggesting consumers are getting baited into upgrading to Blu-ray - as the HD format includes an abundance of special features not present on DVD releases. Sadly, Grindhouse is no exception. It looks like anyone who has yet to throw down the cash for a Blu-ray player will be missing out on the majority of new material.
Check out the cover art, plot synopsis, and specs for the Grindhouse DVD/Blu Ray 2-Disc Collector's Edition:
"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."
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)
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
Blu-Ray Exclusive 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-Trailers-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
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Going into Grindhouse, I would never have imagined I'd walk out singing the praises of Robert Rodriguez - and venting my frustration over Quentin Tarantino. Planet Terror was goofy, over-the-top fun while Death Proof was just a little too self-indulgent for my taste.
Death Proof was easily the weakest of Tarantino's films and although I don't flat out hate the movie, I've never had any desire to revisit it. Perhaps this release is a good excuse to see if I feel any differently about it after a second viewing.
The DVD and Blu-Ray 2-Disc Collector's Edition of Grindhouse will be available October 5th.