Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Planet Terror Blu-ray Review

Planet Terror Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc 1:
Disc Size: 40.3 GB
Film Size:

Original Version: 24.3 GB
'Scratch Free' Version: 15.3 GB

Disc 2:
Disc Size: 6.25 GB

Video
Planet Terror comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. Included are two versions, the original scratch-filled version, as well as a 'newly discovered' 'scratch free' version. The original version features lossless audio, while the scratch free version only includes Dolby Digital audio. I included a few close comparison shots between the two versions, but remember that the original version is the style the film was intended to have.

Both presentations are quite impressive and filled with detail, the clean version obviously looks much better in high-def, but you sacrifice high-def audio for it, as well as the film's intended look. Both featured rich colors when allowed, and black levels held up quite well for the most part. It wasn't a perfect presentation, but it was very very good. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds fantastic. I was expecting it to be impressive to be honest, and it did not disappoint. The track is very immersive, and the effects are well placed. The film makes full use of the surround speakers whenever the scene allows, and dialogue is always clear. I was very impressed, and it was just as I had hoped. 9/10.

Extras
Disc 1:
'View The Film "Scratch Free" From A Newly Discovered Original Negative (HD) (1:41:48)
Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Robert Rodriguez
Audience Reaction Track
BD-Live

Disc 2:
10-Minute Film School (11:50) (HD)
The Badass Babes of Planet Terror (11:49) (SD)
The Guys of Planet Terror (16:30) (SD)
Casting Rebel (5:38) (SD)
Sickos, Bullets And Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror (13:16) (SD)
The Friend, The Doctor And The Real Estate Agent (6:40) (SD)
Planet Terror International Trailer (2:17) (SD)
An International Poster Gallery

Blu-news Summary
Planet Terror was definitely the weaker of the two 'Grindhouse' flicks, but it definitely wasn't bad. The film was entertaining overall,but lacked the unique quality of Death Proof. Both are decent popcorn films though, and I would at least give them a chance. The Blu-ray release is great, with a nice video and audio presentation, as well as a bunch of extras. I would recommend that you 'Give It A Rent First', but to fans it's definitely 'Recommended.'

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Comparison Shots: Original Vs. Scratch Free (Both Available On Disc 1)

Original Version:
'Scratch Free' Version:

Original Version:
'Scratch Free' Version:
Original Version:
'Scratch Free' Version:

Original Version:'Scratch Free' Version:
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