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Death Proof [Blu-ray]

Kurt Russell , Zoe Bell , Quentin Tarantino    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, Vanessa Ferlito
  • Directors: Quentin Tarantino
  • Producers: Quentin Tarantino, Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez, Erica Steinberg
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I1XM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,787 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Loud, fast, and proudly out of control, Grindhouse is a tribute to the low-budget exploitation movies that lurked at drive-ins and inner city theaters in the '60s and early '70s. Writers/directors Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) cooked up this three-hour double feature as a way to pay homage to these films, and the end result manages to evoke the down-and-dirty vibe of the original films for an audience that may be too young to remember them. Tarantino's Death Proof is the mellower of the two, relatively speaking; it's wordier (as to be expected) and rife with pulp/comic book posturing and eminently quotable dialogue. It also features a terrific lead performance by Kurt Russell as a homicidal stunt man whose weapon of choice is a souped-up car. Tarantino's affection for his own dialogue slows down the action at times, but he does provide showy roles for a host of likable actresses, including Rosario Dawson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rose McGowan, Sydney Poitier, and newcomer Zoe Bell, who was Uma Thurman's stunt double in Kill Bill. Detractors may decry the rampant violence and latch onto a sexist undertone in Tarantino's feature, but for those viewers who grew up watching these types of films in either theaters or on VHS, such elements will be probably be more of a virtue than a detrimental factor. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

Fasten your seat belt, it's gonna be a bumpy ride. Quentin Tarantino pays homage to his B-movie favourites in this adrenaline fuelled tale of a psychotic stuntman's serial attempts to stalk hot babes in his supercharged, 'death proof' Chevy. Having already dealt with one set of women in Texas, Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) moves on to Tennessee, where he targets another posse of head-turning women. But this time Mike finds that he's bitten off more than he can chew, as the three girls (Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, and Zoe Bell) give as good as they get, culminating in an 18-minute car duel (without CGI), which references some of the classic chase movies of the past. As with any Tarantino film, there are numerous nods to pop culture, along with razor-sharp dialogue that just keeps coming.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with some jaw dropping stunts. 17 July 2012
By Mark G.
Format:DVD
Kurt Russell is Stuntman Mike, a guy with an eye for the ladies and a penchant for vehicular homicide. In fact, there's nothing that Stuntman Mike enjoys more than using his 'deathproof' car to wreak a little havoc and take a few lives.

The girls are sexy, the music is great and the stunts are fantastic.

About 45 minutes in everything ramps up for the most gratuitous and amazing crash sequence in the whole film and it is certainly impressive, not to mention voyeuristic with its multiple camera shots showing each victims demise in bloody detail.

The first half of the movie contains the most gratuitous death scene but the second half is the one with the most memorable stunts, particularly the one involving real life stunt woman Zoe Bell on the bonnet of a white Dodge Challenger. It's one of those rare moments that you get in a film where you are just watching in a stunned silence completely focused on what is enfolding on the screen. There is also a really well done motorcycle stunt in the second half that is almost a throwaway moment, which passes by so quickly that it's almost a case of blink and you'll miss it and yet it is a fantastic looking stunt.

Tarantino displays his flair for long scenes in which the characters just talk about nothing in particular and often nothing that's relevant to the plot in a style that isn't always realistic but works so well cinematically that somehow you just can't help but listen and become engrossed in what is being said.
Anyone familiar with the movies partner film Planet Terror will recognise a few characters from the hospital scene, and Tarantino/Rodrigez regular Michael Parks once again reprises his role as Sherriff Earl McGraw.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance movie at its heart... 29 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
Yeah theres all the arty stuff and all the references to old movies and the amazing style, sound and direction. The camerawork is great, there are sexy ladies and Tarantinos performance in this one wasnt too bad. But even all of this doesn't make a great film.

For the first half I didn't get it. I sat there hating Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russel) and hating the film. I thought Tarantino had missed the mark bigtime, like a lot of other people here. I sat and watched as the second half of the film built up the backstory of more characters, and then stuntman mike appears again and I feared more of the same.

It was about then I realised this was a vengeance movie. I would go as far as to say one of the best of all time, only behind "Oldboy". To be frank most of the movie is just building up to the end; but what an end. Never have I hated a main character so much that the thought of vengeance, which dominates the other characters on screen, was resounding so deep within me that I was so sure the antagonist deserved what he got. To be shown a desire for vengeance like that was something no film has ever made me feel before.

This movie is the pure, distilled example of how to make the audience really care about the characters on screen. There is no complex plot. There wasn't a big budget. But the raw emotion this film can invoke, if you let it, is well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Other reviewers have dealt with the fact that this film was originally released as a double feature with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the title Grindhouse, so I wont go into that again here.

This part of the feature is Quentin Tarantino's homage to the Grindhouse genre of cinema, those cheap, gory films that infested the flea pits of the seventies and eighties. In all honesty all Tarantino's films could be said to be an homage or continuation of this genre, but her it is more overt. The story is essentially that Kurt Russell's Stuntman Mike likes to kill people using his car as the weapon. It's a great story, and could lead to a thrilling action packed film (which is what you'd think you were getting from the advert!)

But Tarantino is far to interested in being clever to bother delivering what you're expecting. The film is shot largely in that old fashioned oversaturated technicolour, which gives it a seventies feel. To add to the effect, there are lots of deliberate scratches on the film, editing errors, jumps and flickers and even a short section filmed in black and white. Tarantino has made so much effort to make it feel like a cheap seventies flick that it almost feels churlish when you get annoyed by the artifice rather than charmed by it.

Most of the film is girls sat round various bars and cars chattering inanely with dialogue that is supposedly cool and witty, but in reality incredibly dull. Kurt Russell is a great contrast, not saying too much but making a huge impression. He really seems to enjoy his role, and gets right into the spirit of the creepy Mike, relishing some of the best lines in the film.

When the action finally picks up it is supremely well staged.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's put a few things straight 24 Sep 2007
By JR1978
Format:DVD
If you're reading this you probably know that Deathproof was originally released as part of Grindhouse, which pays homage to some of the less well made cultish films of yesteryear. Deathproof was made and cut into a much shorter version, to be released with the other feature "Planet Terror" as part of one film eancapsulating the "Grindhouse experience". This however is substantially longer, and was filmed and written as a full length feature. This means that the film isn't longer because they put all the crap they cut out back in, more that the Grindhouse version had to cut lots of things out.

Now if you complain about this film having too much dialogue, then you can't have seen many Tarantino films before. His films are all about the dialogue! Tarantino dialogue doesn't appeal to everyone, even I cringe on occasion, but his dialogue and storytelling style is largely about people being cool rather than being entirely beleivable. It's all about colourfull characters, in unusual situations.

Now the film isn't perfect and i'm not going to stick up for it's flaws. Clearly the action scenes are what makes this film memorable, particularly as the Kiwi actress Zoe Bell (playing a character called Zoe who is a Kiwi) actually did those stunts for real, no harnesses etc.

Just because there isn't action all the way through doesn't matter. You wouldn't say jaws was a bad film just because the shark wasn't there the whole time. When stuntman Mike appears, things happen.

This film is great, but I admit not Tarantinos best. However, I really enjoyed it. Turn your mind off, watch the girls in skimpy clothes deliver dry witty diaglogue, then squirm in your seat as the inevitable happens and cheer at the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was PERFECT, It was the best thing I could find and it fulfilled my needs at the time... Great
Published 13 days ago by NIGHTHAWK
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good.
I'm a huge fan of Quinton Tarantino and own all of his stuff, this isn't one of his best movies but it is definitely worthy of the collection. It's a typical brutal Tarantino film.
Published 1 month ago by Ahmed El Bahja
1.0 out of 5 stars Death Proof
boring waste of my money, thought it would have lots of action but mostly the film was shot with a bar with talking. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb outing with Tarantino
Great car chases, great acting, and an evocative lap dance by an unsuspecting woman on a psychopathic killer.
What more could you want?
100% Tarantino.
Published 3 months ago by BobM
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not Too Love
Violent, based on good characters and with the Tarantino touch.

Russell is excellent and after the 1st watch it was quite shocking (particularly the girl getting a lift... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. M. S. Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Soopuyb.....
No brainer, brilliant, lose yourself stuff. Aceness! Will watch again and again.....Kurt Russell is fooking immense! Would have loved to see this Grindhouse stylee!
Published 6 months ago by Big Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent.
This is personally one of my favorite, Tarantino film. And it has Kurt Russell, and he plays is cool but hard. Any Tarantino fan should add this in their collection.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than you might have heard!
I was determined to dislike this, like half the reviewers, but at the end of the day it was tense, edge of the seat stuff, perfect for a saturday night with a few beers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hiace Drifter
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull.
This film must mark a low point for Tarantino (whose films I usually like). Not even an array of decent actors can save this film from being dull. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neil Worrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tarantino
This is a classic Tarantino film. I love all of the old movie references and the way Tarantino has added in the effects to make it look old and jumpy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joel Ward
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