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Death Proof [Special Edition] [Extended and Unrated] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2007]

  • SKU: 8446791
  • Release Date: 09/18/2007
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (63 out of 70)

    Special Features

    • Disc 1:
    • Death Proof: extended and unrated
    • Trailers and poster gallery
    • Disc 2:
    • Stunts on wheels: The legendary drivers of Death Proof
    • Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
    • Finding Quentin's gals
    • The guys of Death Proof
    • Introducing Zoë Bell
    • Quentin's greatest collaborator: editor Sally Menke
    • Double Dare trailer


    Death Proof
    In Death Proof -- director Tarantino's take on such peddle-to-the-metal shockers as White Line Fever -- Kurt Russell stars as an engine-revving psychopath who prefers to take out his beautiful victims at 200 mph. Originally released into theaters on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the Grindhouse banner, Death Proof finds a group of ladies out on the town pitted against a mysterious figured named Stuntman Mike (Russell), whose vintage automobile has been partially modified to withstand even the most extreme auto collision. Though the maniacal driver himself always comes out relatively unscathed, the same certainly can't be said for the poor young lass in his passenger seat -- or anyone unfortunate enough to be on the road when the urge to kill strikes for that matter. With a list of potential road-kill candidates that includes Rose McGowan, Jordan Ladd, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Ferlito, Death Proof takes viewers on an adrenaline-infused drive that's as sexy as it is shocking. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Kurt Russell
      Kurt Russell - Stuntman Mike
    • Rosario Dawson
      Rosario Dawson - Abernathy
    • Vanessa Ferlito
      Vanessa Ferlito - Arlene
    • Jordan Ladd
      Jordan Ladd - Shanna
    • Rose McGowan
      Rose McGowan - Pam

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 70 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Death and dialogue at 200 MPH!


      Death Proof was the second half of Robert Rodriguez' and Quentin Tarantino's audacious Grindhouse double feature, and it has just been released on DVD as a standalone film in its original uncut form, no longer trimmed to fit a three hour running time with fellow Grindhouse feature, Planet Terror. Seeing it in its uncut form and without an hour and a half of over the top campy violence preceding it, Death Proof can now be appreciated on its own terms. Death Proof is much more successful as a standalone Quentin Tarantino film than it was as the second half of a Grindhouse double feature. The truth is, Death Proof was far too talky and way too devoid of action to sustain the climax of a three hour plus double feature. Furthermore, while Tarantino's film is indeed the more authentic 70s grindhouse picture (Rodriguez' was more of a boisterous caricature), it simply didn't have enough of the key elements to fit snugly alongside Planet Terror as a roudy good time. So now that we have Death Proof standing its own two feet, we can truly appreciate it for its own merits, even if it is by no means a flawless film. Across the board, the performances are wonderful. Every actor seems perfectly capable of handling Tarantino's trademark mouthfuls of dialogue. Kurt Russell gives an amazing performance as Stuntman Mike. Russell hits a variety of tones, from disarmingly innocent, to subtley frightening, to comically cowardly. His tough guy persona mirrors many of his iconic performances in John Carpenter films in years passed. By the end of the film, we witness a complete inversion of that archetypal persona that provides a wonderful ironic twist as well as some unexpected comedy for those of us who grew up on Russell's other films. The action sequences, though only two in number, pack an enormous punch, and prove to be some of the most intense vehicle driven action sequences in a number of years. Tarantino plays everything for real with absolutely no CGI enhancement, and the result harkens back to a bygone era of visceral simplicity. As usual, Tarantino's visual eye is spot on, making the film another directorial feat. From the aforementioned action sequences to the choices of music, he gives the film that unique Tarantino feel. As for the weaknesses of the film, the most noticable one is that this film is just plain too talky. I know we come to expect lots of dialogue in a Tarantino film, but this really is a horror/action film at its core, and given the genre, there's just not enough horror or action. I honestly think that just cutting snippets of dialogue here and there and replacing that running time with one more action set piece would have improved the film quite a bit. Then Tarantino would have struck an appropriate balance between his own predelictions and the confines of the genre he's working in. As it stands, Death Proof is caught between Tarantino's love of the written word, and the more action oriented elements of the genre. The overabundance of dialogue also reveals the fact that Death Proof has barely any plot to speak of. I'm not saying other horror movies have any more plot than Death Proof, but one starts to wonder how long the movie would actually be if the bulk of the dialogue was cut out. Honestly, it would be a pretty short flick, because when you get down to it, Death Proof is really just about a homocidal stuntdriver stalking and killing a group of young women, and that's about it. In fact, Tarantino essentially tells the same exact story twice, once in the first hour and then again in the second hour. This gives the film a bit of an uneven structure. Sure, it has a nice Hitchcockian flare to it, but the way its executed, one can't help but find the second half of the film a little redundant. Despite these shortcomings, Death Proof is still a very entertaining and rewatchable film. After all, it may be a slightly weaker Tarantino film, but even lesser Tarantino is miles better than the majority of films being released these days. Just know that it's not really an action/horror film like its Grindhouse counterpart. Go into the film expecting a dialogue heavy Tarantino film with some great action/horror elements and you certainly won't be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tarantinos genius


      Death Proof has to be the ultimate b-movie/exploitation experience ever, you will love death proof especially if you love John Carpenter's and Kurt Russell's movies such as Escape from New York, Big trouble in little china, The thing, and Christine, its as if Tarantino threw all those movies into a blender and Death Proof was the result, Tarantino takes all the essential ingredients of Russell's best roles and creates the ultimate cult character known as Stuntman Mike. If you love b-movies and awsome cult characters then Death Proof is for you. Tarantino brings the legendary Kurt Russell out of retirement and gives him the A** kicking role he was born to play. There were people who didn't enjoy Death proof and I realized the common trend with that aspect. Planet terror was non stop action with its A** kicking when Tarantino chose to build up to its A** kicking than to evenly distribute it like Rodriguez's film. And if you know tarantino then you know that the mans a tease. The first 20 minutes of the movie are incredibly boring because tarantino really wanted you to revisit the grindhouse experience and the fact of the matter is that for the most part "exploitation movies" were boring due to their incredibly poor acting and budgeting. But because tarantino is the genius that he is you know when we as the viewer make the transition from watching an authentic grindhouse movie to a Tarantino style grindhouse movie and he truly puts his stamp on the grindhouse era. And honestly when I watched the movie in the movie theatre i loved it but i could see why people didn't enjoy it, because they sat through non stop action with planet terror and then sat through 20 minutes of an unbelievable borefest and it really through people off, but the fact of the matter is this once you get past those god awful 20 minutes and we are introduced to the one and only stuntman mike the film gets really interesting and it truly makes you appreciate the movie even more because tarantino makes you sit through the infamous 20 minutes and then hits you out of nowhere by introducing the boring intro and you really appreciate the A** kicking even more because we were deprived of it. In conclusion the extended version of death proof is even better than the original death proof, like i said tarantino is a tease and he cut out alot of the essential parts in the movie out which really take it to the next level and he did it so that we as the viewer would have something to look forward to. All in all I equally enjoyed Planet terror and Death Proof (original version) for different reasons. But Death Proof's extended cut is not only far superior to that of Planet Terror but to its original version as well. Death Proof truly has to be one of my best movie experiences ever so I gave it a 5/5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie but wait for HD-DVD FULL GRINDHOUSE!!


      Death Proof is an awesome movie, no doubt about it. It is classic Tarantino's homage to the great slasher films, need I say more? The other reviews have said it all. The movie was awesome in theaters, but I can't imagine that it would be the same without Planet Terror (and vice versa for Planet Terror). Grindhouse is one movie itself. Seeing the cheesy grindhouse "coming attractions" was just as much fun as either of the movies. As the two movies were homages from Rodriguez and Tarantino in full length, the trailers were just as good homages by top directors Rodriguez (for a real movie to be released staight to DVD called Machete), Tim Roth (of Cabin Fever and Hostel fame), Rob Zombie (of House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects, and the remake of Halloween fame), and Edgar Wright (of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame) and included some surprising star appearances. Included as well was an "ad" for a fake restaurant called Acuña Boys. Then there was (what most would say is a minor detail but very BIG detail for me) the 80s style announcement of "Coming Attractions" and "Feature Film" with the elevator type music, the hard cut in and out of the short reel and audio, and the psychadelic colored background (much like what was found at the beginning of Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses). Taking these small but VERY memorable bits away would be like cutting off the nose of the movie, a very small part of the body of work but also very important for the full sensory experience. I will recommend to anyone that can stand to wait another moment for the movie on video (I hope I can) the HD-DVD version which will be the COMPLETE Grindhouse with BOTH Death Proof and Planet Terror along with all of the trailers and other goodies seen in the movie theater, preserving the great experience that was had by many (but far too few people) in the movie theater. As well, HD-DVD exclusives are said to include an additional fake trailer by Jason Eisener, John Davies, and Rob Cotterill for the movie Hobo with a Shotgun (Robert Rodriguez's the South by Southwest Grindhouse award winner) previously seen only in theaters in Canada and select theaters in the United States. The HD-DVD will be THE edition to own for the superior audio and video quality (the grittiness in high-def!) and THE TRUE, FULL Grindhouse movie. This HD-DVD has been confirmed for release later this year. No date has been set but can be found through High Def Digest.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Favorite Movie Thus Far


      You have to first realize that this movie was done campy, badly edited and for a very real purpose. Look at every slasher film that is only about the slasher, they flop and fail, why, because then the story is meaningless as well as the actor's the audience is expected to care about. I think it was creepier that you know very little about the killer, and the encounters seem like they would happen in real life. He approaches them, talks with them, toys with them. befriends them, all the while knowing exactly what he's about to do. The entire time you develop insight into the characters, and at the same time you take that enitire adventure, and convert it into a grindhouse film. Chop it, splice it for effect, make the violence bizarre and unbelievable, and even some of the circumstances beyond belief. But you're left with a satisfying film. This is a film about a killer, not about random blood violence, that's what Jason Vorhees was for, not that i'd pay money to own those movies. If you want nothing but action don't buy this, there are plenty of movies out there that appeal to the action sense. If you want something a bit different, have at this one. I believe also many negative depictions of this film happened as a result of Planet Terror being very fast paced and bloody. The two films serve to contrast each other's styles, but should never assumed to be the same. I couldn't wait till this dvd hit the shelves and i bought Death Proof and Planet Terror as soon as they came out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great DVD.


      Like many others, I was initially upset about the split of the two "Grindhouse" films. However, five months after its release, I was happier to see extended versions of each film than the theatrical version again (no doubt, I will want to watch it again by the time it's released on DVD). This version of "Death Proof," approximately 20 minutes longer than the "Grindhouse" version," is much better because of its new scenes. The film is full of extended dialog scenes, which make the movie great. Sure, they stray from the plot, but they're interesting and funny. Stuntman Mike has many great lines, as do both sets of women. The action scenes are impressive; the final car chase is insane: a woman is on the hood of a car going 70 miles per hour that's continually being rammed by Stuntman Mike in his death-proof car. The documentaries on the second disc are interesting, and this seems like a thorough special edition. The "Grindhouse"fake trailers could have been included, but that's only a minor problem. On the DVD, the first half of the film is still grainy and has its intentional editing mistakes (my favorite being the opening credits title). So far, this is the best movie of the year (excluding the full "Grindhouse").

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A mediocre film by Tarantino


      For no one familiar with Tarantino's other works, this film might appeal to their tastes, but for anyone who has seen Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown etc, they'll soon realize that this is only a shell of what those movies were. Tarantino based this movie off of the "grindhouse" movie theater experience and in that regards he suceeds, but if you expect this to live up to some of his better works it will not. A true fan of his might spot some of the witty and rough dialogue he's famous for, or some of his unique filming styles, but great characters and a thick plot are not to be found. The reason I did recommend this movie is because while it is not his best work, he has succeeded in what he tried to do. He did not claim this would be a Pulp Fiction or a Kill Bill, he simply tried to make a film reminiscent of the ones he enjoyed watching in the past. The movie has some good scenes and all in all it is certainly not a bad film, but as far as movies he's made that will be remembered well into the future, this most likely will not be one of them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Most entertaining movie I've seen in a long time


      Death Proof as the fans of Grindhouse know was the 2nd feature that played right after Planet Terror. This cinematic adventure was such a blast 2 see in theaters & I am glad to see that Best Buy is offering a exclusive edition. I can only hope they will do the same for Planet Terror. If you are a fan of comedy horror type films you will love this movie I only wonder with releasing the movies separately if its going 2 lose the feeling of Grindhouse with the fake movie trailers and the coming attractions sight & sound from the old days. I would like to add my G/F hates horror movies & anything that is somewhat in that genre all though she does see most of them with me. Of all the movies we have seen this is the only one that she really enjoyed watching because it was funny & entertaining & yet had a horror like presence without making her sick. I would recommend this movie 2 anyone that is a fan of movies in general. One 2 watch over & over again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the Best


      Death Proof was a phenomenal film. This movie was just as good as Planet Terror in different ways. Most people who saw it did not like it as much. People, you have to realize that Tarantino, unlike Rodriguez, does not specialize in "action" movies. Tarantino writes a tremendous script and uses only top notch actors for the positions. This movie was well-written and, in its defense, was just as good if not better than Planet Terror. One thing that I am disappointed in was that this double-feature was split for the DVD. So, Planet Terror and Death Proof will not be packaged together, in fact, Planet Terror is not even scheduled to hit the shelves until October 16. From what I hear, there is also not going to be any of the fake trailers either. They were a hilarious twist that I enjoyed, and should be included. Overall, this is a great buy and a must have.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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