Death Proof Blu-ray Review
SoundTo accompany the solid video we get a punchy, boisterous Dolby TrueHD track which certainly presents this seemingly low budget movie in its best possible light. Dialogue comes across clearly and coherently, Kurt Russell's bellowing John Wayne impersonation and Zoe Bell's penetrating kiwi tones standing out above the rest. Effects are keenly observed and nominally atmospheric, although the car crashes and climactic chase all kick things up a notch in that department. The score is largely populated by song tracks - one of Tarantino's trademarks - and they mostly work well, certainly coming across as some of the most important elements on the soundtrack. Bass is still not overwhelming, but overall it is a good presentation for this movie.
VerdictDeathproof is easily the better of the two Grindhouse flicks (which were a bad idea in the first place), playing to Tarantino's edge of sharp dialogue and strong characters and delivering the closest he has come to a horror-thriller. He very nearly pulls it off as well, creating some great tension particularly in the chase sequences, and the movie certainly has some of his best talk scenes ever. Unfortunately the finale is wholly incongruous with the rest of the story and almost ruins it, certainly leaving you feeling confused if not totally unsatisfied. On Blu-ray the movie looks tremendous (well, the second half does, the first half is still intentionally cheap-looking) and sounds pretty damn good as well, the chosen songs really bringing the movie to life. Extras-wise the disc is packed to the brim, the only thing missing being the hilarious fake trailers that were done as part of the Grindhouse double-bill effect (and perhaps a commentary) and if you liked the movie then it is definitely worth picking up. If you're a Tarantino fan then it is probably worth having, despite being something of a flawed classic, but newcomers should consider a rental first to see if it hits the right spot.
PictureDeath proof comes presented with a 1080p High Definition video rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. Right from the outset you have to take into account the fact that the first hour of the movie was obviously intended to look scratchy and dated and 'grindhouse' so there are plenty of flaws that were put there on purpose. Detail is generally very good, from Kurt Russell gorging on nachos to the keen observation of any of the hot-pants-wearing heroines and their tanned legs. Grain is limited, looking mostly intentional as aforementioned, but still coming across as mildly intrusive from time to time (as are the scratches). After the halfway point, when the second chapter starts, you can immediately see the difference in quality as the second half is in pristine condition. The colour scheme is quite broad and well represented, with deep and rich reds, and realistic skin tones, the second chapter also boasting some nice daytime sequences, whilst the first sports the solid black night sequences. Overall it is a keen, decent rendition of a purposefully flawed faux-grindhouse flick.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £18.59
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