Good question Jeff. I hadnt thought about that before. Im just pissed myself cause I missed the "Grindhouse" version of these in theatres. The bogus trailers aer on Youtube want to see them put back in the double feature version.
No rights issue: Grindhouse was released by Dimension Films/TWC to theatres. I think it's just a case of TWC ignoring how badly fans want a 3-disc set (it would only have to be three with BD 50s): Disc 1: Grindhouse Disc 2: Planet Terror Extended with bonus features Disc 3: Death Proof Extended with bonus features They could split the bonus features from the 6th Japanese disc over PT and DP. It's like a blind man on a nude beach: It's not hard, folks!
I doubt it makes you feel any better but they're probably only ignoring fans because they want to sell three separate releases. They can't sell a set of Grindhouse, Planet Terror and Death Proof for an $87 MSRP (the $28.99 MSRP x 3 movies) but they charge that much when they split it up three ways.
Grindhouse plays on Starz so I'm sure there's an HD version that is ready to go but they're just going to wait.
Philips actually has a few cheap (around $40-60) DVD players that are easily modified to play DVDs from any region (with a simple code entered via the remote). I have their DVP642 and DVP3140, both of which I use to play non-region-1 DVDs. It seems a bit extreme to buy a DVD player just for a single movie, but as much as that Japanese Grindhouse box is gonna set you back (upwards of $100 after shipping), what's another $40? Plus, you won't have to worry about region coding in the future. I have that Grindhouse set, plus a bunch of other cool DVDs from around the world. The region-free player was definitely a worthwhile investment, in my opinion.
Carl, After posting that I went to videohelp and figured out my second player Toshiba 4100 has a multiregion (0) hack so Im cool there. Also Amazon jp. has the set for 7,381 yen which (if the google calculator is accurate) is $69 US.
Im sure there are other titles which I would want but just havent gotten yet.
I'm not trying to single you out (since I've seen this said alot) but that doesn't make much sense to me. Just because it's supposed to have the look of a beat up print doesn't mean that you aren't supposed to see it at a higher resolution than the DVD.
Or to look at it from a different way, you could videotape your TV as it played Planet Terror and then watch that tape. It would look worse than the DVD or Blu-ray but no one would say that is what is intended or that that enhances the grindhouse feel.