'Grindhouse' hacked in half for overseas release
Patience is a virtue, but if you're a US film audience, virtue seems to be in short supply. Audiences who are short on the kind of patience required to sit through a three hour movie are the reason why--according to the Weinstein Company--that Grindhouse didn't grab hold here. As a result they're splitting the two films for international release. It's a shame, I say, because you lose the very reason it was called Grindhouse at all: the double bill. And what will happen to the great "previews" shown between the films, directed by people like Eli Roth (Hostel) and Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses)? Is Grindhouse Grindhouse if its two parts are torn asunder?
Harvey says, "Based on US audience's positive reactions to Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror combined with their resistance to the three-hour running time, we've revised our UK release plans to allow audiences the chance to see the films separately, like they will be shown in all international territories."