Grindhouse: Separate Releases in Europe….

Here’s a BBC News story about Tarantino at the Cannes film festival.

Apparently, according to the story:

“The disappointing US box office performance of Grindhouse has seen plans abandoned for the double bill’s international release.”

….So they’ll be releasing longer versions of the separate films.

executive producer Harvey Weinstein insisted that the editing of the movies to make the double bill had “removed some of the essence of the films”.

“European audiences are going to get a lot more, and a lot more enjoyment, when they see the films as intended.

“You are going to get Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino doing their thing, and it will dwarf Grindhouse.”

Tarantino said: “We didn’t cut our movies to the bone, we cut them past the bone.”

The longer version of Death Proof includes long conversational scenes involving actresses including Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan and Tracie Thoms.


I’m really glad that I got the whole double-feature-with-trailers experience at the theatre, but I have to admit that I’m curious to see longer versions.

Here’s hoping for a collectors-edition extra-long DVD (with a direct-to-video Machete feature, although that’s probably wishful thinking, since the experiment was deemed a failure)…..