O Weinstein, where art thou?
When DVDs of Planet Terror and Death Proof, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s respect entries in the Grindhouse double feature, were released in the US this year, I made a point of not buying them, as I assumed that the Weinstein Company would release both on HD DVD before too long. Unfortunately, with no new Weinstein HD releases since June, one can only assume that, unhappy with the low sales, they got cold feet and decided not to release anything further on the format.
Worry not, however, for German distributor Senator are picking up the slack with separate HD DVD releases of both films in the New Year. Death Proof will be out first on January 7th, with Planet Terror to follow on March 10th. Both films will feature 1080p VC-1 encodes (Death Proof will be in its original theatrical ratio of 2.39:1, while Planet Terror will, like the DVD, be reframed to 1.85:1, as per Rodriguez’s intentions) and English and German audio tracks (DTS-HD 5.1 and Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 for both), with optional German subtitles. No word yet on the extras for Planet Terror, but Death Proof appears to include everything from the DVD, so I don’t see why its stablemate will be any different. In addition, both will come in a nifty “steelbook” case, presumably similar to Europacorp’s Ultimate Edition DVD of Danny the Dog, Dark Sky’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and that horrible “Definitive Edition” of Suspiria.