Death Proof (2007) - Extended and Unrated [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Thriller
Weinstein Company || Unrated - 113 minutes - $29.95 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-12-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer(s): Quentin Tarantino (written by)
Cast: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Zoe Bell, Sydney Poitier, Rose McGowen


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Stunts on Wheels
  • Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
  • Introducing Zoe Bell
  • Finding Quentin's Girls
  • The Guys of Death Proof
  • Quentin's Greatest Collaborator
  • Uncut Version of "Baby It's You"
  • International Poster Gallery
  • Trailers
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

While I loved Planet Terror I only somewhat enjoyed Death Proof. Instead of going almost right into the action like Planet Terror did, Death Proof takes it sweet time (in both "stories").

Death Proof stars Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike - a rough and tough stuntman from the 70's who worked along some of the most famous people in Television. The film starts off introducing us to a group of females that plan on going to a lake house to party for a weekend. Before they do that, they decide to stop off at an old bar and get their drink on. During this time we get to hear about all the problems they have, including not being able to take boys to the lake house, someoneís father getting a boner, and giving a lap dance to anyone that quotes a famous poem. Finally, after what seems like hours, we meet Stuntman Mike and the film finally begins. I won't spoil this film to those that have not seen it, but the general plot of the film is that Stuntman Mike, for unknown reasons, like to terrorize women and eventually try and run them off the road.

The second act is a bit stronger - focusing on yet another set of females this time spending a bit less time on their wacky adventures and stories. These women, unlike the first batch, work in the field of work very similar to Stuntman Mike so they are not as easily taken out. This act features an exhilarating car chase scene that really needs to be seen.

Death Proof is essentially two different films mashed together. The first hour could be considered Part I and the second Part II (in true Grindhouse fashion). This leaves the viewer wasting too much time trying to get all the girls when really, we don't care. We don't care how their days went and we certainly don't care what they are reading in Vogue. This becomes a problem because each part takes roughly thirty to forty minutes to actually gear up to when we see Stuntman Mike and even then, nothing really happens.

The good part is that when it eventually gets to the action the film knows what to do. We are thrown for some amazing chase scenes, limbs being torn off, faces grated like cheese and a rather chilling conclusion. If you enjoyed Planet Terror, you're likely to get a kick out of this one. However, unlike Planet Terror, this one does not hold up on viewing by itself, it needs to be watched after PT to fully appreciate it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features are presented in SD.

Stunts on Wheels (20 Minutes) - A fairly nice making-of that goes into great detail on the numerous stunts the film. Probably one of the most enjoyable features on the disc.

BD-Live (Profile 2.0) - Currently this service is still not up...

Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike (9 Minutes) - I think Quentin likes Kurt Russell just a bit too much as this entire feature feels like a love letter to him. A bit over the top...

Introducing Zoe Bell (9 Minutes) - Wanna know who the girl strapped to the car in the second film is? Well, this is her! Not only that, she did her own stunts!

Finding Quentin's Girls (21 Minutes)
The Guys of Death Proof (8 Minutes)

- - Not shocked to see these two features (after reviewing both Hell Ride and Planet Terror). Both of these focus on either the casting of the Women or Men in the film and Quentin's approach at it. Not all that interesting.

Quentinís Greatest Collaborator (5 Minutes) - A look at the editing that took place in the film. Little too short to give you an idea.

Also included is the Uncut Version of "Baby its You", International Poster Gallery and some Trailers.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Death Proof is presented in 1.78:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. Like its brother Planet Terror, you will see tons of dirt, scratches, lines and hair. This is on purpose. The first act tends to take that approach a bit more seriously while the second starts off rough but becomes pretty clean towards the end. With that said, you can still tell the film is HD - colors look vibrant and blacks are very dark.

The Weinstein Company has included an English Dolby 5.1 TrueHD track that will rattle your house. I found this to be one of the best tracks the studio has offered on Blu-ray. Dialog is clean, rears are active nearly the entire time, and my sub woofer was going nuts during the final twenty minutes. Loud and rough - just like Stuntman Mike would have liked it.



.::OVERALL::.

While not as fun and exciting as Planet Terror, Death Proof is still a decent flick... when paired with Planet Terror. Alone, itís not all that great. The Blu-ray boasts great Picture Quality and one of the best TrueHD tracks I've heard from The Weinstein Company.