Death Proof details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Quentin Tarantino|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Jan 2009|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A new Quentin Tarantino movie is always an occasion, though Death Proof is the first serious setback in his fitful career.
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The stink of deathBy zorilla (228 reviews) from Kew, Richmond , 14 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]I've lost count of the number of reasons I hate this film. In no particular order...
I hate the fake scratchiness on what is obviously a digital print
I hate that all the women are either in hot pants or sking tight jeans
I hate that all the dialog is mannered to the point of being totally bogus
I hate that a 20 something girl would call a radio station and request Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick and Tich record
I hate even though she has to expalin to everybody who Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick and Tich, she still manages to refer to them as Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mitch and Tich.
I hate that Tarantino obviously hates women
I hate the fake scar on Kurt Russell's face
I hate that I wasted a couple of hours of my life on this tosh
I like that I've gotten a few degrees of hate off my chest and can now get on with my life, because unlike Tarantino I do have one.
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Gloriously infectious! BrilliantBy a customer , 14 Oct 2013I have to say I watched this when it first came out and didn't think too much of it, having rented it this week I am now totally in love and for me it's Tarantinos BEST work yet! I love that it isn't all about 'the pretty girly girls' it's gloriously infectious! The 2nd half of the film was my fav with the STUNNING leading female performances from Zoe Bell and the chick who played Kim (sorry forgot her name) anyway you have to watch this it's a classic
Slow growerBy a customer , 29 Sep 2013Slow to start, typical Tarantino style, lots of dialogue in the beginning....then typical gore....then the film changes and it's actually quite good. Be prepared to stick it out to get to the good bits!
Tarantino meets MeyerBy Geof (8 reviews) from Walney Island , 07 Feb 2013I like this film. From the point they shot Kurt Russell it suddenly reminded me of Russ Meyer films. Maybe the whole movie was a bit Meyerish and I was slow to catch on, but nevertheless it took me back to those old movies and as I said, I like this film.
awardproof movieBy craigmullins (5 reviews) , 21 Jan 2013The worst film I've seen in a long time. Disappointing given that Tarantino usually produces such good work. The overall plot is interesting, but the script moves too slowly and is more about getting to know the characters. The best bit is the final 15 minutes or so. Half a star rating is generous
QT passes the Bechdel TestBy Grinderman (10 reviews) from Lincoln , 10 Jan 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideQT has been in the news a lot with his new controversial film just around the corner for us in the UK (sigh). Plenty of soundbites and interviews, one of which where he said that Death Proof was his weakest film. My heart sank a bit as I rank it fairly high in his ouevre. But then I remember seeing his Best Of... lists at the end of every year, and I'm reassured. So this was originally only supposed to be half of the film Grindhouse (49% if you want to include the faux trailers) in a project with Robert Rodriguez who did Planet Terror. Unfortunately for us Brits (again), the film bombed, the Weinstein's panicked and we got the project split in half and the irritation of having to pay twice, months apart. There were a few preview screenings of Grindhouse, one of which I managed to catch, but we were screwed over. Seemingly by US filmgoers not cottoning on to the fact that 2 films for 1 is a pretty good deal. I digress. Grindhouse I found to be a really fun and interesting film made my two geeky and genre-loving nerds but I've only ever seen it that one time. The UK (yet again!) didn't even get the film as intended on DVD. It might be on a multi-region Blu-Ray by now, but I'm still way behind on getting my collection anywhere near how I want it. So by rights, I should hate Death Proof, maybe not as a standalone film but on general principle. It does suck that money rules over everything but I love it. I think it may even work better on its own but I need to rewatch it 'properly'. So, Death Proof... Filmed with a grindhouse aesthetic, this is him making another revenge flick but this time more horror-oriented (yay!) and with a ton of cool music and references aplenty to spot. He's saying to us that all of those cool and weird films we like, well he likes them too. I realise this isn't what a lot of viewers want from him, but I'm not talking about them. But while I am, the common complaint I see about this film is the long conversations both sets of girls have. I imagine it was fine for them when it was guys talking at length in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. It was unusual, and sadly still is, to have several named female characters having conversations amongst themselves, and often not about guys, in mainstream cinema. As this is technically a slasher film, which can be a very feminine sub-genre, I believe QT decided to up the ante with this. To seemingly jarring effect but it's one of the aspects I love most. I'll finish on the car chase. The most thrilling I've seen on the big screen. I think it's a cinematic sin to have car chases as bad as the one in big budget films such as Quantum of Solace, particularly when the film is post-Death Proof. The director here just borrowed the style from the 70's and Australia, you know, when the chases were filmed without heavy flash editing where you can't tell what's happening, or filmed from the side of the road so you don't feel like a pedestrian. The cameras are rigged up expertly so we are there for every beat. Every beat for an epic closer as the stalker becomes a frightened stalkee as the girls relentlessly turn the tables, and the perspective of the chase changes expertly.