RT on DVD: It's Death Proof Time!

Tarantino's latest leads the week's home vid selection.

by | September 18, 2007 | Comments

If you’ve been itching for a good rental, you’re in luck — even the gambles this week are near Fresh on the Tomatometer! Quentin Tarantino fans already know to look for his Death Proof on shelves today; you’re also in store for a wide variety of new discs, from a director-approved epic (Troy) to a critically-lauded Hong Kong gangster pic (Triad Election), with a British horror-comedy (Severance) and a landmark documentary box set (The Up Series ) to boot.

Death Proof

Tomatometer: 71%

The day has come! Quentin Tarantino‘s diesel-fueled half of Grindhouse is the first of the two to be released in extended versions (look for Robert Rodriguez‘s zombie outbreak film Planet Terror in October), making this our most anticipated DVD release of the week. Watch 25 additional minutes of the scarred and psychotic Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) stalking two set of lovely ladies in his “death proof” muscle car; this extended version screened in competition at Cannes and includes more of QT’s signature snappy dialogue, plus Arlene’s (Vanessa Ferlito) full lapdance scene set to the smoky sounds of the Coasters’ “Down in Mexico.” Although we’ll have to wait for an inevitable super-duper Grindhouse DVD edition to peep all those awesome fake trailers, this one’s got a second disc full of behind-the-scenes featurettes (Stunts on Wheels, Finding Quentin’s Girls, Introducing Zoe Bell, and more).

Troy The Director’s Cut Unrated

Tomatometer: 55%

Wolfgang Peterson‘s $180 million epic aimed to bring Homer’s battle tome The Iliad to the big screen in grand measure, and it certainly did so with sweeping combat scenes and plenty of good old fashioned Trojan intrigue. But critics wanted more heart to go with the beautiful beefcake landscape of Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Eric Bana; accordingly, emotional resonance is one improvement that Peterson claims to have added to his unrated director’s cut. In a brief introduction to the new edition, the director also promises over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage and hints at more sex and violence. While this does extend the original runtime of two hours and 43 minutes to a whopping 201-minute marathon, sword-and-sandal enthusiasts should appreciate the TLC Peterson’s shoved into the version of Troy that he’d “always envisioned.”


Tomatometer: 64%

A corporate team-building getaway turns into a deliciously funny nightmare when the Palisades Defense sales team starts getting killed one by one; critics call the Brit horror-comedy a mix between The Office and Hostel!

Triad Election

Tomatometer: 95%

Hong Kong director Johnnie To serves up Godfather-esque gangster drama with his continuation of 2005’s Election. This time, new Triad boss Lok is plotting his own sly re-election, but a new rival wants to set the family towards legit business; bloody double-crossings ensue. While many critics thoroughly enjoyed the film’s prequel, most praise Triad Election as an equal, if not better, film.

The Up Series (Seven Up/7 Plus Seven/21 Up/28 Up/35 Up/42 Up/49 Up

Tomatometer: N/A

Fans of Michael Apted‘s Up series should salivate at the chance to own all seven installments of the remarkable documentary series in one box set. What started in 1964 to track the socio-economic paths of young Britons (checking in on the same set of kids every seven years) has now taken viewers into the middle ages of its subjects. Special features include a 42 Up commentary track and an exclusive interview by Roger Ebert of Apted (who has continued to film the series between directing Hollywood flicks like Gorillas in the Mist, Nell, and the upcoming Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader).

Other Safe Bets This Week

The Boss of It All

Tomatometer: 76%

Controversial Danish director Lars Von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) gets considerably more accessible with this comedy about a company owner who hires an actor to play his firm’s nonexistent boss. Also interesting is von Trier’s pioneering use of the “Automavision” system to film, in which he set only the camera position and then let a computer select framing settings (“tilt, pan, and zoom”) at random. Oh, that Lars!

Deliverance Deluxe Edition

Tomatometer: 93%

The 1972 cautionary camping classic is given the deluxe treatment with this new edition, rife with newly filmed cast and crew interviews, a “vintage” 1972 behind-the-scenes featurette titled The Dangerous World of Deliverance, and a new commentary by director John Boorman.

Commando Director’s Cut

Tomatometer: 69%

Beside being the first writing credit of Heroes co-exec producer Jeph Loeb, 1985’s Commando starred California governator Arnold Schwarzenegger the first of many gun-toting brawn-fests. As the improbably-named John Matrix, Ahnuld smells bad guys coming, wields circular saws like Frisbees, and delivers so-bad-its-good puns left and right. A thirteen-year-old Alyssa Milano stars as his feisty kidnapped daughter. Theme song by Power Station.

Beyond the Gates

Tomatometer: 82%

Scottish director Michael Caton-Jones (This Boy’s Life, Basic Instinct 2) shot on location to film this fictionalized account of an English teacher (Hugh Dancy) and a priest (John Hurt) trying to protect refugees during the Rwandan genocide.

Wall Street

Tomatometer: 83%

Besides giving you another look at Michael Douglas‘s Oscar-winning performance as the venomous, utterly quotable corporate raider Gordon Gekko, this 20th anniversary edition boasts a new commentary (and deleted scene commentaries) by director Oliver Stone and two featurettes (Greed is Good and Money Never Sleeps – The Making of Wall Street).

Mixed Picks


Tomatometer: 59%

Loosely based on Elisabeth Shue‘s childhood (and directed by her husband, Davis Guggenheim), this girl soccer flick proved touching enough for some critics but also a tad predictable.


Tomatometer: 56%

If you don’t already know what this experimental doc is about (or haven’t heard of the infamous real-life incident on which it is based), suffice to say this film gives a whole new meaning to being an animal lover…

We Are Marshall

Tomatometer: 19%

This feel-bad, then feel-good Matthew McConaughey football pic is fine, but can a little pigskin drama make the grief of tragedy go away?

Lucky You

Tomatometer: 28%

Don’t let the title mislead — at 28 percent, this oft-delayed poker drama, starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore, is probably more of a gamble than it’s worth.

Until next week, happy renting!

Tag Cloud

DC streaming service police drama SDCC psycho Rock VH1 what to watch 24 frames theme song Showtime concert TCA Awards Holidays WGN spy thriller blaxploitation spider-man NBC screenings casting Extras Stephen King streaming Captain marvel Best and Worst cancelled Pop Musical animated TruTV BBC One RT History 007 Polls and Games films reviews Marvel Studios OneApp facebook nbcuniversal Musicals period drama Sundance TV Binge Guide YouTube Red sports Super Bowl ID Baby Yoda Elton John reboot Tumblr documentary The Purge discovery Horror Amazon Prime Bravo Photos Tubi TCA Winter 2020 Pet Sematary Year in Review Spring TV Red Carpet Video Games Teen canceled YouTube Premium richard e. Grant science fiction cults YouTube PlayStation Comedy BET Awards Esquire adventure PBS E3 football sequels Marvel Mary Tyler Moore free movies spain Brie Larson travel Crunchyroll remakes historical drama mockumentary CNN Anna Paquin Family Disney Plus Apple The CW cancelled TV shows SundanceTV Nickelodeon Creative Arts Emmys talk show The Walking Dead Lionsgate halloween tv worst movies doctor who Chilling Adventures of Sabrina television mutant natural history Comic Book australia Cartoon Network stop motion Animation CMT Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt nfl adaptation Chernobyl Endgame BAFTA green book New York Comic Con Disney Channel Mindy Kaling Ellie Kemper DC Universe Star Trek Avengers The Arrangement Mystery Adult Swim E! Turner CBS All Access Sneak Peek superhero miniseries stand-up comedy TLC Paramount 2020 Heroines 71st Emmy Awards Quiz Peacock Rocky italian Set visit Cosplay dogs ABC 2016 harry potter Columbia Pictures Crackle Amazon Prime Video Reality werewolf Mary poppins supernatural robots boxoffice dragons indie Interview crime thriller DGA cinemax Biopics Character Guide President Syfy aliens medical drama singing competition Star Wars Rocketman crossover comics rotten Tomatazos scary movies Britbox anime criterion Pride Month deadpool based on movie south america cancelled TV series MSNBC First Look vampires name the review game show Mary Poppins Returns ratings NYCC Fox Searchlight dramedy Election ESPN Holiday LGBT Rom-Com toy story Country all-time TBS Food Network documentaries composers Sundance politics Classic Film versus renewed TV shows zero dark thirty FXX Hear Us Out Vudu Epix 2019 TV Sundance Now Thanksgiving SXSW mission: impossible FOX Summer Film Festival comic books joker diversity Trophy Talk Apple TV+ movies Fox News TCA Calendar hist jamie lee curtis Cannes National Geographic james bond San Diego Comic-Con dceu Discovery Channel rotten movies we love comedies Spectrum Originals Nominations docudrama fast and furious Sci-Fi batman GoT Academy Awards Writers Guild of America indiana jones japanese spinoff romance dark kids blockbuster video on demand Lifetime Dark Horse Comics Travel Channel cops 4/20 Schedule crime drama comiccon MCU universal monsters festivals Universal Kids & Family Toys Apple TV Plus Superheroes APB asian-american satire Black History Month biography The Witch 72 Emmy Awards Oscars sag awards a nightmare on elm street Paramount Network 2015 laika cancelled television unscripted Logo RT21 independent cars WarnerMedia franchise teaser nature war tv talk Emmy Nominations Emmys hispanic ABC Family Pixar Reality Competition space CBS Superheroe USA Marvel Television Hulu Premiere Dates Disney+ Disney Plus USA Network Hallmark Christmas movies cats foreign children's TV A24 dc ghosts finale slashers History American Society of Cinematographers crime binge BBC America elevated horror DirecTV DC Comics christmas movies Film festival Podcast Lucasfilm best Television Critics Association justice league 20th Century Fox Valentine's Day parents true crime HBO Go archives Infographic Pop TV LGBTQ HBO Max Ovation Shudder TCM Mudbound Starz venice Amazon Studios spanish Women's History Month The Academy chucky TNT IFC hollywood classics Drama Winners black french cartoon Western Awards Tour Trivia Fantasy anthology romantic comedy disaster TCA 2017 emmy awards obituary sitcom Masterpiece child's play Sony Pictures series Song of Ice and Fire X-Men Grammys news Arrowverse revenge GLAAD worst thriller latino Pirates VICE Music Countdown toronto Certified Fresh rt archives TIFF Black Mirror psychological thriller Trailer scorecard TV Land El Rey Amazon zombies See It Skip It Awards Hallmark Opinion strong female leads transformers Spike canceled TV shows Warner Bros. die hard serial killer Acorn TV comic golden globes OWN Winter TV technology A&E Netflix Christmas movies Shondaland PaleyFest HBO movie book Comedy Central IFC Films stoner Martial Arts directors AMC screen actors guild zombie MTV FX CW Seed Disney 2017 Ghostbusters Fall TV Marathons 45 sequel First Reviews Turner Classic Movies halloween witnail breaking bad BBC Lifetime Christmas movies 21st Century Fox quibi Action GIFs BET Television Academy game of thrones Comics on TV critics Tarantino spanish language twilight political drama FX on Hulu Watching Series VOD Box Office social media award winner Funimation ITV Disney streaming service YA Freeform video Christmas cooking Nat Geo Walt Disney Pictures Netflix 2018 TV renewals