Friday, November 30, 2007


Director Robert Rodriguez’ half of the GRINDHOUSE double feature, PLANET TERROR (2007), is a loud, violent, and cheerfully incoherent zombie pulse-pounder, filled with gruesome gore effects, over-the-top action scenes, and a game cast comprised of such familiar faces as Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Biehn, Michael Parks, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Jeff Fahey and pretty much all of the director’s pals and family.

Genius Products/Dimension’s 2-platter DVD presents an extended and unrated cut of the film in an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves all the digitally-added scratches, specks, splices and artificial print damage of the theatrical presentation. It looks like shit – but that’s part of the gag. The first disc also includes a Dolby 5.1 audio mix, a commentary track by Rodriguez, an "audience reaction" track, a poster gallery, and the MACHETE bogus trailer. Disc 2 holds four "Making Of" featurettes, including an installment of Rodriguez’ patented "10-Minute Film School."

I liked it better than a lot of reviewers, and really enjoyed the ride. The DVD is pretty solid, and should hold over fans until the Weinsteins get around to releasing the whole GRINDHOUSE double bill together.

BUY: Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror - Extended and Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition)