Death Proof: Unrated and Extented Cut (Tarantino, 2007)

The additional 24 minutes of footage add little depth to Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. More talking, inserts, and development might seem like a blessing but the extended scenes merely fill in the gaps which made the shorter version mysterious and scary in the first place. The longer cut is more coherent from a plot standpoint, yet less successful in conveying the horror of Stuntman Mike’s tirades and breaking psychosis. Death Proof remains a film of two distinct and contrasting halves – the first a devastatingly potent horror film building to a dynamic and disturbing crescendo and the second a diva’s action picture with plenty of passion and little humanity. Basically, the long and short of it stays the same either way.

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