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Death Proof

Released on 14 January 2008

Featuring: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson & Vanessa Ferlito

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Director Quentin Tarantino delivers an adrenaline shot to the heart with Death Proof, a peddle to the metal white knuckle ride behind the wheel of a psycho serial killer's roving, revving, racing death machine.

Kurt Russell (Escape from New York, The Thing, Silkwood) stars as a sociopathic stuntman whose taste for stalking sexy young ladies gets him into big trouble when he tangles with the wrong gang of badass babes. Their confrontation escalates to a hair-raising, 18-minute automotive duel with one of the girls strapped to the hood of a thundering Dodge Challenger that will have you on the edge of your seat mile after mile.

Referencing some classic chase movies - from H.B. Halicki's self-financed Gone in 60 Seconds, which contained a non-stop, forty minute car chase, to Vanishing Point, the nihilistic chase flick, to Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, a Peter Fonda vehicle - Tarantino once again mixes genres to perfection, fusing the chase and slasher flicks and coming up with something truly original. Death Proof is also Tarantino's most linear film: Events are presented chronologically and breaks in time are punctuated with title cards. Though the action is sequential, the contents of this unfamiliar structure are no less intriguing than that of any of his previous films.

Kurt Russell turns in a superb virtuoso performance in Death Proof as the truly evil, devious, deranged lunatic Stuntman Mike - a psychotic serial killer and Hollywood stunt double who uses his 'death proof' Chevy to fulfil his murderous lust. Joining Russell as Tarantino's girls are Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, 25th Hour), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, The Black Dahlia, TV's Charmed) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Die Hard 4.0, Factory Girl). In addition, real-life stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Uma Thurman's body double in Kill Bill), playing herself to wonderful effect, proves to be more than a match for Stuntman Mike, ensuring the film's climax is an exhilarating 100% stunt action triumph - and all done without any use of CGI effects!

So if you want to experience the thrill of the ride that is Death Proof and are prepared to have your senses mashed to pulp in the process, then you're in for a sadistic treat when the DVD hits the streets.
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 A movie for people who love movies

| | See all robertdavi's reviews (5)

I have not written a review on here before, but having read the ignorant comments from the last so called "reviewer" i felt i owed it to the great QT. First off, this is not a movie for the standard movie going public, its a movie for film fans. I know that sounds strange, but here's my explanation. Tarantino himself is a self confessed film nerd. Him and RR (robert rodriguez, the other half of the grind house double bill genius) love their movies. They watched stuff that movie go-ers have never even heard of. These movie's were for lack of a better word, rubbish. Shown in tiny theaters in seedy back allys, they had terrible plots, silly characters and rubbish special effects, however, they were really fun and entertaining. QT and RR, have brought their love for these movies to the big screen. They have paid a wonderful homage buy bringing together their own projects as one. However, due to the lack of support shown for them when they were released as a grindhouse double feature, they were split up and released individually (in their longer original versions to recoup some of the lost investment, that sucks, but thats business) So here in its full glory is Tarantino's segment. Death Proof is a story of a deranged stunt man (the fantastic, over the top Kurt Russell) he hangs around bars and mows down beautiful girls in his DEATH PROOF car, and there you have it. thats the plot. Now, when you read this, you think, wow, i could have written that on the back of a beer mat, but the genius is in the detail. The slick stunts that accompany this film, are nothing short of breath-taking. The cars screech and scream, and when the action comes, it's edge of your seat stuff. However, it's not the action that makes the movie. the early scenes that introduce and build the characters, are shot very slowly. There are long scenes of dialogue, where your average viewer would declare that "nothing much is happening", but it's in these scenes that the real fleshing out of the characters is done. The scenes resemble the the slow build up pace of a Sergio Leone or Stanley Kubrick picture. The characters are given plenty of time to breath so that we can get to know them, and when the time comes and they are in peril, we genuinely care what happens to them. QT also finds time for some cool pop culture referencing (the girls car has the same color scheme as the pussy wagon from kill bill, also daryl hannah's whistling turns up as a ring tone, plus many more) as well as some cameos and small parts from previous actors and friends (Hostel director Eli Roth being one of the funniest, as well as QT himself) but it's not all for the film geeks (like myself). The action (when it comes) is fast, and the violence, although in small doses is sick and bloody. The fact that the movie is made by a guy with such clear love for what he is doing is refreshing. It's sad that a lot of people will over look this, because its "outside of the box". If you missed it or ignored it in the cinema, then now is a perfect chance to catch up on it, and don't forget to pick up RR's PLANT TERROR when it is finally released, so you can get the whole grindhouse experience of watching the movies back to back. I just feel that people that don't understand the point of movies they are watching should not be allowed to comment on the quality of them. Im sorry to write what seems like a complaint, but it felt needed in a year where one of the biggest selling dvds will be .. High school musical 2!!??!!????

 A fair review

| | See all AskewMedia's reviews (2)

Now, I can see why some wouldn't like this film. Taking inspiration from one of the fake trailers in the extended version of Grindhouse (Don't) I will give a step by step approach to buying this film.
DON'T buy this film if you absolutely, positively hate 'girl power.'
DON'T buy this film if you don't like listening to girls wax lyrical about men and sex for over an hour.
DON'T buy this film if you love the action and know you will dig only the car chase sections (there's about ten minutes of that, all in!)
DON'T buy this if you cannot stomach 'talky' movies.

Now, for the rest of us. We are left with a well acted, witty, dialogue driven laugh-fest. I personally loved the characters and their conversations. The characterisation and depth to the people in the movie are outstanding, and it's thanks to the film letting us in on tidbits that would have got cut from the vast amount of studio titles - the stuff that, apparantly, doesn't matter. If the film was a stunt fest, it wouldn't have this depth.

The girls are well cast, and don't include many moviestars (Rosario Dawson is probably the most famous). Kurt Russell is the ONLY choice for Stuntman Mike, and he pulls it off perfectly. The screen burns and general wonkyness of the film adds a wonderful effect to the proceedings, adding to it's cheese and, therefore, it's charm.

So there you go - the good and the bad (depending on your taste).

 Gets better after time...

| | See all roberto009's reviews (91)

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This is the second half of the grindhouse disaster and this is the one that suffers most from the double bill split.

This is Quentin tarantino self-indulging on what he loves most, girls, cars and babbling conversations. This is not as bad as people make it out to be, sure the plot is stretched to the limit but nevertheless Tarantino delivers great direction and some highly original charecters, where else are you going to find a person named stuntman Mike but in one of QT's flicks.

The action is blocked by long conversations ranging from music to cars, some of it interesting and some of it a bit dull but as isaid before this is QT been self-indulgent, these are the type of movies he went to see as a child so it sort of a homage to the cheap movies of the 70's, it would have paid off better if the movie where shown as originally intended with its other half (planet terror).

Its not all bad though there is some interesting dialogue and intriguing charecters with a near enough 20 minute car-chase to finish the movie off, Kurt Russell is on form as the murderous stuntman Mike and Quentin never fails with his amazing director skills.

Give time and it will grow on you, dont be so quick to dismiss it as a 'chick flick' its an exploitation movie with QT going back to basics and throwing in some thrills for a genuine thrill ride.

 Gruesome and gory but far from stupid...

| | See all OCProductions's reviews (11)

For those who weren't aware of the whole Grindhouse scenario let me fill you in. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, (the directors of the sensation that would have been the Grindhouse double bill - but unfortunately now shown separately as Planet terror and Death Proof ), are both director buddies, and one day when they met up at Robs house to watch a movie, Quentin saw that Rob had the same poster on his wall as he did , of an old Grindhouse flick. They thought, as I do, that this form of cinema was very influential and individual and therefore something that was worth their making a tribute to. This would also allow today's generation to be exposed to what would otherwise be a lost cinematic genre. It is akin to the recent revival of making big budget musicals. In "Grindhouse", the idea was also to give cinema goers two movies for the price of one, like they would have at old drive in cinemas (which in the case of both directors was an influential experience of their childhoods). These aren't films you are meant to go to and watch just the surface of the movie. They must be seen in the context of what they are paying homage to and how skillfully this is pulled off in both films. They are bloody, they are gruesome, they are exploitative but -THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE PAYING HOMAGE TO. If it was a French director paying homage to an old style of French film, they'd be nominated for an Oscar! This is an American art form. The fact the two films had to be split due to it being an initial box-office bomb, shows the lack of true movie appreciation by movie-goers today. They can hack sitting through three and a bit hours of 'how many times does this film have to end before it actually ends' Lord of the Rings Return of the King. I do actually like the first two LOTR movies. But they cannot manage to view two films of an hour and a half back to back with some quirky specially shot adverts directed by big upcoming film makers such as Eli Roth and Edger Wright and horror legend Rob Zombie. This does not bode well for how able we are to appreciate an original and thoughtful revival of a classic form of American cinema when nothing similar exists today.

Given the afore mentioned split forces me to review the films separately. I shall do so as to further correct the inaccurate and/or uninformed reviews I have read previously. I'll start with Death Proof. Showing the films separately has damaged the cinema experience that could have been, but it doesn't damage the great content within the two films. Death Proof is a truly original bit of film making. Though paying a clear tribute to films of the past, Tarantino has also truly put his individual stamp on this film.
Kurt Russell (SNAKE PLISKIN RULES!) is incredible in this film playing Stuntman Mike. Words cannot summarize just how fantastically he has brought such a character to life. This film also has some truly tough heroines, something still not really seen in cinema. I don't like to play favorites with two such great movies but I will admit Death Proof is my favorite of the two Grindhouse movies. Planet Terror (directed by Robert Rodriguez), I think is more effected by the split due to it forcing Rodriguez to add scenes to the film he had taken out to make the film longer. However it doesn't stop the film from being a worthy addition to the showcase of films that demonstrate the talent of some modern day filmmakers. Rodriguez I believe is an exceptional director; I don't think I'd be exaggerating to even say one of the best, as is Tarantino. It is also a well acted and exciting film boasting an exceptional cast; it is a showcase of legendary B-movie actors as well as some upcoming stars.

 Why oh Why

| | See all ALTERBRIDGEROCKS's reviews (20)

Holy smoke this is an awful film.... I useualy dont review products that i think are bad based on opinion but this is just dreadful.

I have loved everyfilm that Quinten Tarintino has directed, but after this he needs a straight jacket. (planet terror is great BTW)

The film is shot like a rubbish 1970's movie which doesnt make it bad - i liked the way planet terror was made!

The "plot" and time wasting in this film is shocking.
the film goes as follows.

45 min dialogue scene (which bores you into a coma)
2 min of a car smash

then

45 min of dialogue building up more pointless characters
then a (genuinly good) car chase that lasts 10-15 min

The end!!!!

You will have wasted £13 and 2 hours of your life if you watch this. Avoid trust me.

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ActorsKurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Bell, Michael Parks, James Parks, Quentin Tarantino & Monica Staggs
DirectorQuentin Tarantino
Certificate18 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration1 hour and 54 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.