Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Planet Terror |
2-Disc Special Edition
Actors: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Jeff Fahey
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) is back with a rip-roaring, zombie-infested rollercoaster of a movie that "sure as hell keeps you hanging on for the ride" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez... more »
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Member Movie Reviews
John S. (y2santos) from HUNTINGTON PK, CA
Reviewed on 4/18/2015...
It's a Grindhouse movie from Robert Rodriguez. That's all you need to know.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Margaret S. (morgan2010) from GLENVIEW, IL
Reviewed on 11/19/2011...
Not a bad movie, There is something about a girl with a machine gun leg that makes thisd worth watching.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Gary M. from BROOKLYN, NY
Reviewed on 11/18/2011...
Good action zombie flick.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Blu Ray Review
J. Kelm | Michigan, USA | 12/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll forgo a movie review since there's an abundance of them online and there's a good chance you've already seen it. Here's a review of the Blu Ray:
This is a grindhouse experience, so the film was given a rough, blemished appearance. Now despite this rough look, the video is still quite sharp and pleasant to see. Grain appearance is just right, not overdone like Spider Man or Weeds 1st Season on Blu Ray. Now if the rough look isn't for you, don't worry: there's a "scratch free" version included which also looks quite nice. I won't lie: although I enjoy this movie, I was worried the scratches/rough look was going to equal nasty picture. But really, it was a pleasant surprise.
The audio options include English TrueHD 5.1; Dolby 5.1 English, French and Spanish; Dolby 5.1 English (crowd reaction track)
The high def audio is just as thundering as the surround track found on the DVD release. The surround effects do their job well enough, are immersive as best as an action movie may offer. Bullets whiz by and the flame sounds surround, but the subtle ambiance that makes you look over your shoulder is missing. Nevertheless, the audio is not bad. The crowd reaction track is also a welcome inclusion and something I enjoyed on the DVD release. Perhaps not for everyone, but it makes you feel like you're in the theater again.
Conclusion: If you have the DVD, I'm sure watching it upconverted isn't going to be a huge jump in quality for you. However, if you wish for a scratch free version or a bump in audio, that is what the Blu Ray offers, so give it a rent and see if it's for you."
Great movie, great disc [blu-ray review]
MiRSD | 01/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing Grindhouse in the theaters, it became an instant favorite of mine. I've gone through a few DVDs so far (US DVD and Japanese 8-disc set) before getting the blu-ray - I have to say there definitely is an upgrade here (despite the old/torn up/dragged through the dirt look of the film). I'll start off by saying that it looks exactly as it was intended to look (and I hate it whenever people say that, as it usually means "It doesn't look that good, but it's not supposed to, so I give it 5 stars") - there is a significant increase in the sharpness of the film, but the blu-ray also includes an exclusive version of the film without the "grindhouse look" - a nice clean print if you ever just want to sit down and watch it without all of the damage (a very cool extra, even if just to check out). Overall the video is a significant jump from the DVD Release and looks very nice. Great audio track to go along with the video - definitely a fun action/horror movie to sit back and crank up the volume to. All extras from the DVD release are carried over and round out the package nicely (the only new extra being the scratch-free version mentioned above)
For anyone who has seen Grindhouse in theaters, it's important to note that this is only the Planet Terror portion of the film - it has been extended (almost half an hour longer) - this may be a good or bad thing based on which version you like. I personally like both versions (extended individual versions and the double-feature) for different reasons - currently, the double-feature isn't available on DVD or Blu Ray in the US, so there aren't many options.
What could have made it better? Picture in picture track and all of the theatrical trailers on the disc (currently the disc only has Machete on it).
If you don't have it on any format, I highly recommend it. It's a nice zombie/action movie - don't expect too many scares, but if you want to sit back and have a fun time, this is the perfect movie. If you own it on DVD, I still recommend the upgrade to the Blu Ray for the extra feature (scratch-free version) and the significant A/V upgrade."
The best Blu-ray edition of a Tarantino-related movie so far
A. Dent | Minas Anor, GD | 02/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What more is there to say about what, in my view, is a brilliant, unashamed exploitation zombie movie that's already a classic? Yes, I know, the Grindhouse double-feature didn't too so well in the theaters but maybe the public wasn't yet ready for such advance cinematographic material. Maybe it still isn't and maybe it will never be. I know that I will never get myself tired of anything Tarantino or Tarantino-related and a movie where Tarantino, if fact plays a part and it's supposed to be the B-movie to Quentin's 'Death Proof' is a Tarantino movie to me (sorry, Robert Rodriguez). Just for the fun of name-dropping, did you know that Fergie (yes THAT Fergie) ends up eaten here? That Bruce Willis falls flat on the floor, as it decomposes? That Carlos Gallardo (El Mariachi) plays the main gunslinger? That Robert Rodriguez kills (the character played by ) his own preschool son - his son plays a part where he ends up dead. That his real-life family doctor actually plays a doctor? There's so much to learn and talk about and it's all on second disk's extra but Rose McGowan absolutely steals the show. She played a relatively short part in Death Proof but her Planet Terror role is likely to be the role of her lifetime. She's simply perfect, sensational, stunningly beautiful and deadly accurate when it comes to shooting with that leg-mounted machine gun.
But, I wasn't planning to talk much about the movie itself. I only wanted to make some brief remarks about the Blu-ray edition of Planet Terror.
To my surprise, Planet Terror goes a lot farther than any of the previous Tarantino-related (yes, I know, it's Robert Rodriguez) Blu-ray releases in actually taking advantage of the Blu-ray technology. A lot farther than Death Proof, Kill Bill or Reservoir Dogs.
Disk one, has TWO versions of the movie. The 'scratched' original and, surprisingly (because Death Proof lacks it) a mostly 'clean' copy. In addition to the 'regular' and the traditional 'commentary' sound track it's possible to select the 'audience reaction track' (available on the 'scratched' version only. Interestingly, the 'clean' version does not include the 'Machete Man' introduction.
The sound track is Dolby TrueHD or Dolby 5.1 in English and it is so on both the 'regular' and the 'audience reaction' tracks. French and Spanish tracks are also available in Dolby 5.1 only. Subtitles are English or Spanish but not in French.
As it is the case with Death Proof, BD Live is one of the options listed as a 'special feature' but, when selected, you are told to that it is not available at this time and to 'check back later'.
The second disk is full of rather interesting featurettes. There's an 11 minute one titled '10-minute film school' where Robert Rodriguez talks about the making of the movie, there are shorts on 'the gals' and the 'boys', extras on the special effects, trailers, etc., etc., etc. and, to my surprise, the quality of extras is quite decent.
Briefly: it goes a long way but not 'all the way' toward taking advantage of Blu-ray, some of the options and features implementation are confusing (see above), for reasons impossible to comprehend it claims to have BD Live but it does not, the second disk, full of extras is actually worth watching.
This edition earns its 4 stars."