Director Robert Rodriguez's contribution to "GRIND HOUSE," "Planet Terror" is now available on blu-ray in an extended version. His contribution to the "drive-in" movie feel intended with these films, is more successful than Tarantino's "DEATH PROOF," mostly because its pacing never falls to the level of sluggishness the other film does. "PLANET TERROR" has a plot, revolving around secret experiments at an army base, chemicals getting out causing the dead to become zombies, beautiful girls(Fergie and Rose McGowan)either becoming dinner or heroines, plenty of camp, plenty of gore and everything else one could want from a "B" sci-fi drive-in theater-like film!
This "extended" cut, doesn't offer the infamous "missing reel" commented on within the theatrical version, however, fans of gore, will appreciate the extended bloody effects sequences.
Everyone in the film is well cast, another big improvement over Tarantino's "DEATH PROOF" film. And, Josh Brolin is so good, it's a shame there isn't more of him here!
The WEINSTEIN COMPANY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. In keeping with the intended look of the film, artificial wear and tear(scratches,etc), heavy grain, washed out colors and more defects, pop up consistently through the film. While colors can look more vibrant than the dvd, as well as resolution, these moments are often sparse, as intended for a "B" drive-in theater look.
However, many should appreciate, a "cleaned-up" version, without any of the defects, has been included as an option. Depth is impressive with many jump-off-the-screen moments in this "scratch-free" version, however, the "feel" of the film is almost completely lost in this sharper version.
A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is presented, offering reference quality effects throughout. There are non-stop directional effects and enough bass to push the limits of any sub-woofer! Rodriguez also includes some intentional "hiss" and minor sound defects, intended to re-create the less than impressive mix of a drive-in theater, worn-out print. Still, even these "Created" defects are entertaining!
There are some fun extras here, although we could've done without the "audience participation" track offered herein. The commentary is great, and some of the featurettes are worth revisiting more than once!