Grindhouse Vol. 2: Death Proof/Machete
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his “death proof” cars to execute his murderous plans.
After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
- PAL DVD-5
- PAL DVD-9
With the idea of creating a grindhouse universe I’ve added The Bride from Kill Bill into the Death Proof movie. For those of you who don’t know the character of Jasper in Death Proof who is selling the car is the same character from Kill Bill vol 1 who tries to rape The Bride.
As with most Robert Rodriguez film I feel his film are 15 -20mins too long, so the aim was to cut back certain scenes and make the edit more of a grindhouse length. The problem I had with Machete was that it reminded you that it was film about immigration every 5mins, my aim was to cut back a few scene’s that dealt with this issue. Tom Savini death scene from the deleted scenes is also included .
- opening titles removed
- cafe scene with the women talking and stunt man mike listening in
- girls talking at the back of the car scene on the way to jasper’s
- removed stuntman mike sneezing thus making him slightly more mysterious and less human
- woman taking phone out of her f@#%y
- Robert De Niro scene at the boarder gates
- machete sleeping with Luz
- April’s rescue scene by her father
- Machete killing Michael Booth in the limo
- Seagal’s death scene speech removed
- Robert De Niro’s character presumed dead?
- film ends when machete raises his machete
Only meant to watch one of these, but I got caught up in the spirit and went for the double.
Must have been the curry commercial.
Leeroy has performed grindhouse magic on these two gems.
Deathproof benefited the most, as the structural rearranging tightened the narrative.
The bar scene still plays out too long, Tarentino not wanting to trim his dialogue.
The audio was great, and video jump edits were OK, too.
This was never a film you could walk for popcorn on.
I’ve already rewatched this a couple times.
Cuts in Machete were spot on.
Immigration talk grew repetitive in the original, so I’m glad Leeroy truncated that.
Losing the notion of Machete as lady killer was fine, too.
Truth to tell, I didn’t notice a lot of trims, and that speaks well of the edit.
Video for both was fine. Grindhouse effects were not too noticeable.
When the technique is over applied, it becomes distracting and intrusive.
Solid job, nice restraint.
Can’t wait for Leeroy to tackle Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again and Deathproof 2.
rogue-thex jun 22 2012
Deathproof: This is great! Leeroy takes one of my favorite movies and gives it a unique alternate structure with plenty of surprises. I love what Lee does with Stuntman Mike, not going to spoil it, but its subtle and gives the viewer just enough that they can draw there own conclusions. Slick.
Machete: I like the original version but it goes on too long, there’s too much modern computer stuff and just too much stuff for one movie, especially (IMO) for the kind of movie it was trying to emulate. This version is way better, its much more strait forward and easy to follow without all the tangents, makes more sense, and is basically the Machete i had hoped to see when i saw the first trailer Rodriguez made.
The presentation is a lot of fun, some cool trailers and ads to go with it.
11 out of 10
Side notes: If you like the cinematic experience, or retro movies, or just some good old fun, then check this out. HIGHLY RECOMENDED.
wyndorfdave may 4 2012
A fine double feature with new trailers added. The audio cuts were smooth, the video was clean, and I agree with the scene edits. I would perhaps suggest having the Jungle Julia scenes be in black and white but otherwise a great edit.