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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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I1XM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD
Quentin Tarantino attempted a return to form with a passing nod to the grindhouse films of yesteryear. Even to the point where the film it was shot on was intentionally marked and scratched to give it a "retro" low budget feel.

The story is easy to follow Kurt Russell (who by the way is excellent in his role, an experienced actor) plays Stuntman Mike McKay a sociopath who kills women with his "stunt/deathproof" car. Initially we see Mike's deadly intent with a group of girls, some times passes and later we find him just over a year later. This time though the tables have turned and he meets his match with a new group of women.

Not the strongest plot but fairly interesting all the same. There are quite a few problems though the film is very slow off the mark a lot of dialogue (nothing new Reservoir Dogs was very heavy too but it was also unique and fresh), conversations that are neither relevant nor move the story forward have far too much screen time and you could easily chop the film into a 45 minute short production, you won't miss the chatter at all.

Cast wise not bad though few well known names (Rose McGowan has a short role), Mary Elizabeth Winstead isn't too bad either. Zoë Bell a stuntwoman struggles a bit with the acting but partly makes up for it with her contribution in other areas. Russell though is very believable and convincing. The real shame is that he's not given the material to work with bar the later car chase scene much of the film can be put on "fast forward" It's certainty a bit different, but comes up short in more than few areas I found myself wandering rather than being hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
Question Tarantino made Pulp Fiction, an effortlessly cool movie. Ever since then, I think he's been trying to make another super cool film, but not really succeeding. This movie is a good example of that. A gang of 4 badass girls are out on the town, drinking and partying, talking about men, indeed the first half hour of the movie is like a gritty version of Sex and The City. Kurt Russell, who is a brilliant and charismatic actor, easily capable of carrying a movie by himself, plays a psychopathic stuntman, named Stuntman Mike, who stalks sexy young women in his big black American muscle car. The film livens up as soon as Mike starts to feature. He watches the gang of 4 girls in a bar, and gets into a conversation with them, flirting with and teasing them. This all progresses very languorously and stylishly, but I couldn't help feeling that Tarantino was just trying far too hard to make the film cool, and instead it simply drags it's heels for the first 45 minutes or so. However, it then speeds up dramatically, when Mike takes a very sexy young blonde lady for a ride in his muscle car, and kills her using his "death proof" vehicle. Soon after that Mike drives his car into a head on collision with the 4 girls, a sequence which is shot with trademark Tarantino bravissimo. I won't say what happens next, but the film then shoots forwards 14 months, and temporarily goes black and white (remember what I said about Tarantino trying too hard to make his movies cool). Mike is still on the prowl for female victims. Another group of 4 girls are cruising about town, chewing the fat about their relationships with men. They go for a joyride in a white Dodge Charger and cross paths with Stuntman Mike.Read more ›
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. Parsons on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven Shaddock on 9 April 2015
Format: DVD
The final 15-odd minute car chase sums up just how awful this film is. What should be exciting is simply infuriating and stupid and not even well filmed to boot. It starts with Stuntman Mike hounding two women in a white Dodge muscle car with another clinging onto the bonnet by straps (you know, for thrills). For the next 15 minutes I just kept thinking of how freakin stupid it all was: why didn't the woman simply brake, stop and let the woman off the bonnet?

Instead there are times when the white Dodge spins, almost stops, crashes, re-starts and is even at times driving behind Kurt Russell, yet the driver never simply stops to let the woman off the bonnet. Oh, and it turns out the driver has a gun too and they never use it during the chase! It's all just too stupid and pretentious with the only point being to have a stuntwoman crawl around on a car roof at speed. Meh. People comparing it to the thrills and spills of Mad Max 2 are dreaming. And the fact modern 2000s-era cars are also on the road just ruins the atmosphere - it just underlines how it's all fake and a lame pastiche.

Against some of the car chases in real 70s films like The Driver, the last 15 minutes of Death Proof just pales in comparison.
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