Planet Terror (2007) - 2-Disc Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Horror / Science Fiction / Thriller
Weinstein Company || Unrated - 105 minutes - $34.95 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-12-05


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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: Robert Rodriguez
Writer(s): Robert Rodriguez (written by)
Cast: Rose McGowen, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn, Bruce Willis, Naveen Andrews


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Audience Reaction Track
  • Scratch Free Version
  • BD-Live
  • 10 Minute Film School
  • The Badass Babes of Planet Terror
  • Casting Rebel
  • Sickos, Bullets and Explosions
  • The Friend, the Doctor and the Real Estate Agent
  • International Trailer and Poster Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Sometimes we get movies that are so damn bad they are good (House of the Dead). Sometimes we get movies that are so damn bad they are just bad (Alone in the Dark).

Then, sometimes we get films that many perceive to be bad, but once you actually sit down and watch it you can see how entertaining the film can be. That is Planet Terror in a nutshell.

Planet Terror focuses on a bunch of people who are on the run from a huge amount of zombies. There is hardly any plot to film so itís a bit hard to explain but all you really need to know is that a chemical has escaped and when it comes in to contact with most humans it causes mutations which eventually lead to them being turned into Zombies (similar to the plot of Return of the Living Dead). Eventually a bunch of different people come together to fight off the horde of Zombies and find a place they could live free of any violence. Along the way we see people getting blown into pieces, losing limbs, attacking guns to their legs... yeah itís all here!

It's really hard to pin point why this film is so good, but the movie is just damn fun. Sure the dialog at times in incredibly cheesy and some of the acting is porn-grade, but there is just something awesome about watching someoneís testicles slowly melt off of his body while he still feels the need for one last quickie.

The acting is really a grab bag here and most of it is clearly intentional. El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez) and Cherry (Rose McGowan) are the real stars of the film spouting off the most memorable lines and having most of the "big" scenes together but the rest of the cast does a decent job. The only two main characters I didn't care for was the two doctors, Block (Josh Brolin) and Dokota (Marley Shelton). Their stories really didn't push the plot that much and they could have both been removed from the film and it wouldn't have made much of a difference.

For those living under a rock, the film is supposed to look like itís been dragged on the floor and sitting in someoneís basement for a few dozen years. You will notice numerous scratches, discolored scenes, burn marks, hair and even a missing reel (which is a gag...). While the Blu-ray offers two versions of the film (Original Grindhouse style and the "scratch free negative" I urge you to watch the original as itís how the Robert Rodriguez wants to the film to look. Keep in mind the aspect ratio for this release is 1.78:1 and not the 2.40:1 as shown in theaters. Rodriguez believes that together they should be 2.40:1 and separately 1.78:1.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Disc 1:
Commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez

"Scratch Free Version" - This allows you to watch the film without any scratches, marks etc. on it. While a nice addition, this is not what Robert Rodriguez intended the film to be so I would urge you to watch the original first and then the "Scratch Free" version. Keep in mind this is encoded in VC1 and only have a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Audience Reaction Track - A nice addition... but ultimately this feels a lot like a laugh track on a sitcom show. Sure, it gives it that drive-in "feel", but itís not for me.

BD-Live - Sadly this is not active yet but I would guess this would include trailer/previews like most of the other studio's BD-Live "portals" ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Worth noting is the inclusion of the "Machete" Trailer at the start of the film.

Disc 2 (25GB):
10 Minute Film School with Robert Rodriguez (12 Minutes) - Almost a "making of", this gives us some insight on how some of the scenes were filmed (McGowan and her gun leg). Really good.

The Badass Babes of Planet Terror (11 Minutes) and The Guys of Planet Terror (16 Minutes) - Both take a look at the guys and girls of the film with a few small interviews here and there mixed in with some film footage and behind the scenes tidbits.

Casting Rebel (5 Minutes) - A rather odd features where Robert talks about putting his son in the film and his unfortunate end.

Sickos, Bullets and Explosions (13 Minutes) - Most of this feature focuses on the stunts... but again we get the "blank is so amazing to work with". McGowan and Freddy Rodriguez are once again the stars of this feature.

The Friend, The Doctor and The Real Estate Agent (6 Minutes) - A short look at how some of Rodriguez' friends and employees stared in the film. Lame.

Also included are the International Trailer and International Poster Gallery.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Planet Terror is presented in 1.78:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. I've already previously mentioned this in my review but I'll do it one more time...the film is supposed to look bad. Itís meant to have scratches, marks, dirt, hair, burns etc. Please keep that in mind. Moving on... Weinstein Company has done an amazing job here. Even with the intended "issues", you can clearly see a ton of detail in the faces and special effects.

Weinstein has included an English Dolby TrueHD track for this release. Another excellent track by Weinstein, dialog is fairly clean (when itís supposed to be) and the film has so many different action scenes (explosions, gun fire) that you sub will get a worthy workout.



.::OVERALL::.

Planet Terror is just plain fun. No doubt about it. I can see myself replaying this film numerous times and with superb picture and audio quality combined with hours upon hours of special features it really makes this a no brainer.