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Planet Terror (2-Disc special edition) [DVD] [2008]

Rose McGowan , Freddy Rodriguez , Robert Rodriguez    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Biehn
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XP4HHO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The lower-profile half of the Grindhouse double bill that flopped at the US box office in early 2007, Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror comes with lesser expectations. However, don’t let that fool you: this is a fun, pacey zombie film, that displays less self-indulgence than Tarantino’s Death Proof, and doesn’t skimp in the entertainment stakes either.

The plot is thin and quickly covered, but basically amounts to the release of a gas that creates lots of zombies. Stuck in the midst of the zombies is a small bunch of people who try and fight them off (among, er, other things). It doesn’t, fortunately, take long for Planet Terror to set all this up, and the stage is soon set for what we all paid our money for. Action. Violence. Characters of ill-repute. And, heck, a bit more action too.

Thus, Rodriguez delivers his tribute to the grindhouse movies he’s clearly inspired by, and Planet Terror proves to be a fine piece of work. With fast, exciting action sequences, leg-less Rose McGowan turning in sterling work in front of the camera, and stylish work behind it from Rodriguez, the film gels well.

Its director has perhaps bettered it himself with From Dusk Til Dawn, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty to enjoy here. Taken either with its double-bill partner or as a standalone dish, Planet Terror is well worth your time. --Jon Foster

Product Description

Maverick director Robert Rodriguez's take on the zombie infestation genre. In a plot-line that may seem familiar, government scientists at a remote Texan facility, have managed to unleash a deadly virus that turns normal, healthy citizens into raving, murdering mutants. With the hordes of crazed psychotics multiplying at an unstoppable rate, it's a spatterfest all the way as go-go-dancer Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan), mysterious drifter El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), and professional smuggler Abby (Naveen Andrews) have to force an escape route to a helicopter that is their only chance of escape. 'Planet Terror' was originally released in the cinema as a Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's two-film feature with 'Death Proof', under the title 'Grindhouse'.

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Tarantino's Effort 14 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
I bought this together with 'Death Proof' while working in Canada. I made the mistake of watching Death Proof first and nearly didn't bother with this which would have been a mistake. Where Death Proof is simply a tedious mess, 'Planet Terror' is a genuine 'homage' to the grindhouse genre, with sexy babes, tough lawmen, a mysterious action hero and a toxic gas which turns its victims into 'The Thing'-style zombie monsters. Unlike Death Proof, it also has a plot, narrative drive and character arcs. The script is witty in parts and it all looks good, although the fake scratches and jumps in the film can be a little annoying at times. It isn't a classic, but it is diverting and amusing for most of the running time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near the mark 18 May 2008
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The film commences with "Our forthcoming presentation" an excellent fake trailer for "Machete". However if you check the IMDB you will find that Machete is a film in production! In the trailor for Machete the whole plot seems to be given away - now doesn't that sounds familiar. So what about Planet Terror? Well having recently watched Death Proof I really wasn't expecting much, but this is much nearer the mark than Tarantino's effort.

A zombie movie, with classy B movie actors who supply the type of performance you would expect from a major production that pays homage to many movies from the 1970's and 1980's. So long as you've got a reasonably strong stomach and you don't mind the slightly 1970's misogynist edge to the whole thing its really entertaining.

I was never a fan of Rodriguez until I saw Sin City, and this is almost as good as that. It only lets itself down in one area, that is the fake early 1970's era scratchy film quality which is over-played hugely. Its a one-joke technique played for 1 hour 40 min. Overall though great fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodriguez has really topped Tarantino with this 26 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
This movie is great and the ones that watch it with me had a blast. Rodriguez had already indulged himself to his heart's content in From Dusk Till Dawn (Dimension Collector's Series) which was also about a group of people fighting off warring vampires in a night club from, as the name indicates, from dusk till dawn, which makes "Planet Terror" an encore exercise of pretty much similar plot, similar format and similar execution. As his other movies like El Mariachi (Special Edition) and Desperado (Special Edition) are themselves (quite stylish) derivatives of the exploitative genre, it is difficult to find any redeeming value in the repetition, even if it is done in zest and playful ribbing, which reduces "Planet Terror" a Cliff Notes' version to "From Dusk till Dawn".

"Planet Terror" features a giant cast of big names, small names, and names a few of us grin fondly at. The most fun, though, comes from the lead characters of Wray and Cherry, handled deftly in regards to pure entertainment by lesser-known Freddy Rodriguez Rose McGowan. Wray seems like an insignificant nice guy who drives a wrecker, but he has a mysterious past and combat skills that are brutally efficient. Cherry is a go-go dancer that used to be involved years ago with Wray and happens to find herself back in his company on the bloody night our story transpires. Watching Wray take charge of the survivors and kick butt all over is fun, doubly so because he is such a likable and unassuming hero. And Cherry, who loses one of her legs early on for the sake of "running" gags and a wonderfully absurd series of action scenes where a machine gun has replaced her leg, is mostly pleasant as a damsel in distress who must become an involuntary mistress of destruction.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I think the previous reviewer may be somewhat misinformed. Yes, the film has heavy intentional damage marks but it also was purposely meant to look grainy - film grain - not digital noise. I'd like to see the film as close to the filmmakers visual intent as possible. Blu-ray is so superior over DVD it's not even funny. I own this and have reviewed it with images on my website. The only way to see this is on Blu-ray... or theatrically.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
This is cinema's dirty side.

Groundhouse movies are unashamedly gory, violent, often funny and testosterone fuelled, and Planet Terror thrusts it's way onto your screen in a blaze of cinematic glory.

It's funny - i mean really funny at points - ridiculously.

It's gorey - I mean come on, it a zombie movie with guns, bombs, explosions and fun.

It's sexy - they went through quite a lot of effort to caste some hot women.

It's violent - WOOO! Smack that zombie!

It's got zombies in it - Zombies!

It doesn't try to explain everything - and that's the point, sometime you don't need to know why, you just have to enjoy the moment.

Watch this movie with your mates, with beer and pizza and you will have a riotous evening. Leave your sensibilities and seriousness at the door and enjoy it.

There's a bunch of extras. the ones you need to know about are the non grainy version of the movie (if you care); and the version of the movie with the background laughing and cheering from the preview screening, Because its nice to know other people find it funny too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern classic of Old School B Movie Horror.
Not watched this again yet, but buying because I've seen it before and loved it ... classic Grind House horror done old style ( even has grains in the film in places) . Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jimi
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Weird film and bloody and weird and sometimes confusing.
Published 13 days ago by Miss Krissy Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars its great
its great
Published 24 days ago by Sean Cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just great fun.
Published 1 month ago by Smash
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent,thanks
Published 1 month ago by frank rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased!
Arrived in great condition and is a great film.
Published 1 month ago by Rob Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
brilliant film, but as we all know this, I wont review it, but I will review the blu ray. Great blu ray, good transfer and great sound. recommended.
Published 2 months ago by R. G. Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Been after this movie for a while, to get it at such a cheap price and on blu-ray wow. Couldn't be happier. Excellent service received all around. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim and Juelz
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin
Delivers on the poster & more...paying tribute to classics like Planet of the Vampires, John Carpenters: The Thing & George Romero's Day of the Dead.
Need I say more.
Published 3 months ago by Daniel
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad
Did not like it at all and the copy was very poor like middle of the movie and start going funny so I was not impressed
Published 4 months ago by Alia Toama
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