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Scratch-free version from individual release Blu-ray TOP -  BOTTOM - 2.35:1 Theatrical from Grindhouse (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

 

(aka "Grindhouse -- Planet Terror" )

 

directed by Robert Rodriguez
USA 2007

That Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Tarantino are motivated by a sincere love of the movies they send up can hardly be doubted, but the affection is expressed in different ways. Mr. Rodriguez revels in badness for its own sake. Planet Terror is intoxicated by its own absurdity; it tries to raise incompetence to the level of craft, if not art. The random close-ups, the lurching cuts, the off-kilter framing -- all of this is obviously intentional. So is the hodgepodge story, which is like a stew made of the contents of every can in the cupboard.

Ms. McGowan plays Cherry Darling, a hard-luck go-go dancer. She reunites with an old boyfriend (Freddy Rodriguez), who turns out to be a notorious gunslinger. They team up with a bunch of other townspeople -- we’re somewhere in Texas -— to fight off rampaging zombies (including Bruce Willis and Mr. Tarantino, who also has a small role in Death Proof). The zombies have been infected by a virus, and the only hope for a cure is...

Excerpt from A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Theatrical Release: 6 April 2007 (USA)

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DVD Comparison: 

Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC vs. Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Yunda Eddie Feng for the R1 DVD Review!

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

DVD Box Cover

Distribution

Genius Products

Region 1 - NTSC

BroadMedia (Japan)

Region 2 - NTSC

Genius Products (2-disc)

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - (2-disc)

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:45:20 1:45:24

1:45:33.368

Scratch FREE - 1:41:48.644

1:40:04.915
Video

1,78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.86 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1,78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.80 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 43,352,737,864 bytes

Feature Size: 26,195,109,888 bytes

Scratch FREE Size 16,496,898,048 bytes

MPEG-4 AVC Blu-ray Video

Feature Total Bitrate: 33.09 Mbps

Scratch FREE - Total Bitrate: 21.60 Mbps

Disc Size: 44,793,051,252 bytes

Feature Size: 23,176,802,304 bytes

MPEG-4 AVC Blu-ray Video

Feature Total Bitrate: 30.88 Mbps

 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: Genius

Bitrate: Broadmedia (Japan)

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Bitrate: Scratch-Free Blu-ray

Bitrate:

 Grindhouse (Special Edition) Blu-ray

Audio DD 5.1 English, DD 5.1 Spanish DD 5.1 English, English DTS, DD 5.1 Japanese Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3658 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3658 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
* Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -9dB
Subtitles Optional English, Spanish, none Optional Japanese, none English, Spanish, none English, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Genius Products

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• audio commentary by director Robert Rodriguez
• audience reaction track
• international poster gallery
• international trailer
• previews for other movies
• 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

DVD Release Date: October 16th, 2007
slim double keepcase

Chapters 30

Release Information:
Studio: Genius Products

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details (from DreadCentral HERE):
Disc 1: Death Proof (Extended Film).
English DTS, English DD, Japanese dub
• Japanese Theatrical/TV trailers
• Staff/Cast Profiles (Japanese Text)
• What is Grindhouse? (Japanese Text)
Disc 2: Planet Terror (Extended Film)
• English DTS, English DD, Japanese dub
• Rodriguez commentary
• International/Japanese trailers
• Staff/Cast Profiles (Japanese Text)
• What is Grindhouse? (Japanese Text)
Disc 3: Death Proof bonus materials
• Special Message to Japan from Tarantino
• Staff and Cast interviews on Death Proof
• Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of • Death Proof (20:39)
• Introducing Zoë Bell (8:59)
• Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike (9:34)
• Finding Quentin's Gals (21:14)
• The Uncut Version of "Baby, It's You" Performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (1:4Cool
• The Guys of Death Proof (8:16)
• Quentin's Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke (4:3Cool
• Double Dare Trailer (2:36)
Disc 4: Planet Terror bonus materials
• 10-Minute Film School (11:52)
• The Badass Babes of Planet Terror (11:50)
• The Guys of Planet Terror (16:32)
• Casting Rebel (05:34)
• Sickos, Bullets and Explosions: The Stuns of Planet Terror (13 minutes)
• The Friend, The Doctor and The Real Estate Agent (6:42)
Disc 5: Grindhouse (191 minute theatrical cut)
• English DD, Japanese dub
Japanese subtitles
Disc 6: Japanese only Grindhouse bonus disc (106 minutes)
• Grindhouse - US Trailer
• 2006 San Diego Comicon
• Tarantino Interview (About the homages in Death Proof, About Planet Terror, Use of Music, Possible Sequel to Death Proof)
• Staff/Cast comments
• The Directors of the Fake Trailers
Coments on past Grindhouse Films
Making Of Planet Terror


DVD Release Date:
March 21st, 2008
Custom case (see image below)

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Genius Products

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Disc Size: 43,352,737,864 bytes

Feature Size: 26,195,109,888 bytes

Scratch FREE Size 16,496,898,048 bytes

MPEG-4 AVC Blu-ray Video

Feature Total Bitrate: 33.09 Mbps

Scratch FREE - Total Bitrate: 21.60 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by director Robert Rodriguez
• Audience reaction track

• Scratch FREE version

• BD LIVE

Disc 2
• international poster gallery
• international trailer
• previews for other movies
• 10-Minute Film School in HD
• 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


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 16th, 2008
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 30

Release Information:
Studio: Vivendi Ent.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Disc Size: 44,793,051,252 bytes

Feature Size: 23,176,802,304 bytes

MPEG-4 AVC Blu-ray Video

Feature Total Bitrate: 30.88 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by director Robert Rodriguez
• Audience reaction track

• 3 Faux trailers

• Death Proof in 1080P

Disc 2 Blu-ray
Over 2 Hours of ALL NEW BONUS CONTENT including:
• 
Robert Rodriguez”s 10 Min Cooking School
• 
Greg Nicotero Makeup/Effects – Planet Teror
• 
Extended trailer “Werewolf Woman of the SS”
• 
Making of the trailers: Don’t, and Thanksgiving
• 
Don’t Trailer storyboards
• 
Death Proof Deleted Scene & Gag Reel
• 
Hot Rods of Death Proof
• 
From Texas to Tennessee, The Look of Death Proof


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 5th, 2010
Standard Blu-ray case inside slipcase

Chapters 23

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Grindhouse (Special Edition) 2-disc Blu-ray September 2010': This is a little convoluted - but let's try to explain. What you get in this new 'Grindhouse (Special Edition)' 2-disc Blu-ray is Planet Terror, with intentional scratches included, in the theatrical 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio (it was 1.78 on the individual transfer) sharing a disc with Death Proof (already in 2.35 as was the individual release - see HERE) - also in 1080P. The menus represent it as one film - separated by the three faux trailers (Rob Zombie's 'Werewolf Women of the S.S.' - take-off of Jesus Franco? - has Nick Cage as Fu Manchu, Edgar Wright's 'Don't' and Eli Roth's 'Thanksgiving') found on the Japanese boxset. Planet Terror open with the faux trailer of Machete (actually released earlier this month - September 2010 - as a full feature film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis - so, maybe 'faux' is the incorrect term now). Technically it is marginally inferior to the individual release but the image quality is, obviously, of a less concern as it was purposely beat-up to give a closer representation of the Grindhouse experience. It looks quite acceptable in my opinion - still very grainy and textured. You may judge the expanded screen captures below.

 

NOTE: Vivendi is still Weinstein!

 

Unfortunately what this first feature disc lacks is a lossless audio found on the individual editions . Instead relying on a straight Dolby 5.1. While, I was able to notice the lack of depth - I didn't consider it a fatal omission - certainly not for most viewers. There are subtitle offered and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

We keep the Robert Rodriguez commentary and audience reaction track. And this is all on the first disc.

 

 

There is a second Blu-ray advertised as having over 2 Hours of 'ALL NEW BONUS CONTENT' (although much found on the Japanese 6-disc DVD set) including Robert Rodriguez”s 10 Min Cooking School, Greg Nicotero Makeup/Effects – Planet Terror, Extended trailer “Werewolf Woman of the SS”, Making of the trailers: Don’t, and Thanksgiving, Don’t Trailer storyboards, Death Proof Deleted Scene & Gag Reel, Hot Rods of Death Proof, From Texas to Tennessee and The Look of Death Proof. You also get a small cardboard leaflet with posters of both films and a listing of the package contents.

 

Admittedly, this may be crazy to some - but I always wanted Planet Terror (my favorite of the two Grindhouse retro features) in 2.35 and 1080P! The addition of the faux trailers on the Blu-ray and the second feature of Tarantino's film - makes it more appealing - as does the second Blu-ray loaded with the endless supplements. Sorry keen fans - you'll have to indulge! I never tire of re-watching these. Recommended!

Gary W. Tooze

***

 

ADDITION: 2-disc Individual Blu-ray December 08': Frankly, this is just too cool to believe. I would have thought a film with an intentionally 'scarred up' image wouldn't have a place on Blu-ray... but I was wrong. We don't get the 2.35 aspect ratio but what we do get is a 'scratch-free' version of the film looking mighty pristine - especially beside the 'intentionally damaged' one. This shares the dual-layered Blu-ray disc (with a whopping 43 Gig total space.) It works beyond a simple curiosity as it gravitates to watching the film all over again exporting a new experience. Even on the 'scratch-free' I found a couple of instances with the damage left in (see capture with Freddy Rodríguez below.)

 

The 'standard' version is filled with grain and looks wonderful. It takes up over 25 Gig of space and has a strong bitrate of 33 mb/s. The 'unscratched' version, which by the way doesn't have the faux trailers to start (and is hence about 3.5 minutes shorter), is about 15 Gig but has great detail and depth. It can tend to look a shade glossy at times - of which that detraction is totally removed from the main feature.

 

Audio-wise we get a bump to TrueHD and it sounds pretty impressive at times. I love the psychedelic music and there are plenty of aggressive moments to fill your surround speakers. The standard 5.1 track is included as an option and there are subtitles in English or Spanish.

 

In the extras the second Blu-ray disc is only 6.7 Gig but I suppose need to be put to Blu-ray as some of the extras, like the 10-minute film school, are in HD (MPEG-2). On the feature disc we still get the commentary and audience reaction track plus a BC-Live feature (not functioning at the time of this review.)

 

This is addictive and I've seen it 6 times now. A really fun experience that director Robert Rodriguez has captured so precisely. I suppose the correct statement might be - 'they don't make them like this... now'. Recommended!    

Gary W. Tooze      

***

ON THE JAPANESE BOXSET: ADDITION: BroadMedia (6-disc) Japanese edition - August 08': Okay, first thank to Sean for informing us of the existence of this Japanese set. In short the differences are:

1) DTS audio on the Japanese edition.

2) Only Japanese subtitles (removable) on the BroadMedia set.

3) Image quality leans slightly to the U.S. edition but as the film infuses intentional and extensive damage it may be of little concern to viewers.

4) Has many of the same English extras (like Rodriguez commentary) but some are only in Japanese.

5) Includes, in the 6-disc package, the 191 minute theatrical cut of 'Grindhouse' (not on DVD in the US - Planet Terror in 2.35:1 ratio) - the double feature of both films separated by three faux-film trailers (also not on DVD in the U.S. - see images below).

Number five is the big ones for most fans. It's surprising that, despite high critical acclaim, the films did not fare well in the cinema. I suppose this is the reason that both film's theatrical cuts (together), as 'Grindhouse', and the faux trailers are not available Stateside in one glorified set. Many may be keen to see Planet Terror in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

This Japanese package is very cool with the DVDs looking like 45 RPM's (anyone remember those?). The three hour double feature is a ton-of-fun movie night that I revel in owning and those trailers separating the features are golden (Rob Zombie's 'Werewolf Women of the S.S.' - take-off of Jesus Franco? - has Nick Cage as Fu Manchu, Edgar Wright's 'Don't' and Eli Roth's 'Thanksgiving'.)

If we get a chance we'll review the entire set in full and/or compare Death Proof, but as it stands this Broadmedia set is what diehard fans of this niche had been waiting for.

Gary W. Tooze      

****

ON THE U.S. EDITION:

Video:
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen image (NOTE: The film's theatrical AR was 2.35:1 - but the DVD is 1.78:1...supposedly this is the original AR that the film was shot in, but was reformatted to match Death Proof's 2.35:1 AR so it would play as one continuous double feature with the same AR. - thanks Bill!) has been beat up and degraded to resemble badly-handled grindhouse film prints. Expect to see a lot of lines, scratches, dirt, and other blemishes. There are a lot of jittery moments and minute jump cuts to simulate bad splices.

Audio:
Even though Planet Terror was meant to re-create the grindhouse experience, the DD 5.1 English track is very much a contemporary interpretation of grindhouse happenings. As with the video, there are hiccups, drop-outs, hisses, scratches, and plenty of general wear-and-tear during the first half of the movie. However, this is an action movie made in the 21st Century, so expect plenty of zooms and pounding noises assaulting you from every direction. The subwoofer roars during the numerous explosions. This is an aggressive, dynamic mix that doesn’t suffer from the same technological limitations that 1970s’-era grindhouse features did.

You can also watch the movie with a DD 5.1 Spanish dub. Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles support the audio.

--Disc 1--
Director Robert Rodriguez contributed an audio commentary. He explains his and Quentin Tarantino’s motivations for making Planet Terror and Death Proof. The best utility of this commentary is Rodriguez pointing out various connections to other movies.

Next up is probably one of the best extras that I’ve experienced in a long while--the audience reaction track. This is an audio recording of an audience watching the movie, and the viewers’ enthusiasm makes for a fun, fun time.

You also get an international poster gallery, the international trailer, and previews for other movies.

--Disc 2--
“10-Minute Film School” shows how the computer effects and film “deterioration” were achieved.

“The Badass Babes of Planet Terror” and “The Guys of Planet Terror” celebrate the main actors. “Casting Rebel” details Rodriguez working with his son Rebel. “Sickos, Bullets, and Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror” explores the stunt work. Finally, “The Friend, The Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent” is a featurette about Rodriguez casting his real-life associates in the movie.

--Miscellaneous--
Genius Products opted for a slim double keepcase to house the DVDs. You get a cardboard slipcover and a $5 coupon for Death Proof, which was released on DVD earlier this year.

 - Yunda Eddie Feng

 



BroadMedia - Japan - 6-disc Package

 

 

DVD Menus

 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC RIGHT

 

 

 

Faux trailers between features in 191 minute theatrical cut of 'Grindhouse'

 


 

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Screen Captures


Subtitle sample - NOT exact frame! - Can't obtain Blu-ray subtitle samples yet!

 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


Faux-film "Machete'  Trailer NOT on Scratch FREE version!

 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) BroadMedia (Japan- 6-disc) - Region 2 - NTSC SECOND

3) Grindhouse 'theatrical' version of Planet Terror (Japan - disc 5 - 2:35:1) MIDDLE

4) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

4) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Genius Products (2-Disc) - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Genius Products (Scratch FREE version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


DVD Box Cover

Distribution

Genius Products

Region 1 - NTSC

BroadMedia (Japan)

Region 2 - NTSC

Genius Products (2-disc)

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Vivendi Entertainment - Grindhouse (Special Edition) - (2-disc)

Region FREE - Blu-ray





 

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