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Grinding teeth over splitting films

The Baltimore Sun

So the Weinstein Co., disappointed with the relatively poor box office of Grindhouse (less than $12 million its first week), is thinking about sawing the double-feature in half, releasing each of the two films it encompasses - Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof - separately? Two problems with that:

1) Won't that defeat part of the purpose, which was to replicate the experience of going to those fabled second-rate movie houses back in the early '70s, where sleazy double features were the rule? And what about the fake trailers that run before and between the two films?

2) Nobody thought of that in the first place? Someone should have realized early on that, at three hours-plus, Grindhouse asks an awful lot of moviegoers.


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