Grindhouse To Be Re-Released Separately in U.S. (with Missing Reels)?

Over the past few days we’ve been hearing all the things that people feel “went wrong” with Grindhouse (that is, what kept it from being a massive commercial hit), but according to Harvey Weinstein, the main reason was the movie’s length. “Our research showed the length kept people away. It was the single biggest deterrent. It was 3 hours and 12 minutes long. We originally intended to get it all in in 2 hours, 30 minutes. That would have been a better time.” He denied the idea that the movie’s concept was too obscure for mainstream audiences (this despite the fact that some U.S. theatres reportedly handed out flyers explaining that the film grain and scratches along with the “missing reels” were done on purpose).

So now it looks like there’s a good chance that the Weinsteins may do what they were already planning to do overseas — split the movies up into two separate releases. “We could split the movies in a couple of weeks. Make Tarantino’s a full-length film, and Rodriguez’s too. We’ll be adding those ‘two missing reels’ that’s talked about in the movie.” I’m not sure if he’s joking about adding in the missing reels (which, for those who haven’t seen it, were supposed to contain sex scenes and might be added back in for the DVD release anyway). Personally I think the idea of splitting up the movies is a bit silly. Without the two movies together as a package, it sort of kills the whole concept. And what would they do with the fake trailers? For European markets, the excuse was that foreign audiences aren’t familiar with the concept of a double feature, but to split it up in North America just because people can’t afford to devote three full hours to a movie? Oh yes, our lives are just so busy! (This coming from a guy who missed the last half of Tarantino’s Death Proof. On second thought, re-release them! Then I won’t have to sit through the first 2 and a half hours again!) I really don’t think a split release will cause the box office to pick up — if anything moviegoers will just be more confused about the whole thing. If you haven’t seen Grindhouse yet, was it because of the running time? And would a separate release get you out to see one or both films?

  • i’ll be quite pissed if it gets split up for the european release!i’ve been really looking forward to seeing the two movies together,plus i’m really broke and dont want to pay for two films seperately!

  • This is a stupid, stupid, stupid idea. Spliting the films up is just ruining the spirit of the project. The film is called Grindhouse, people over here in Europe have come to know this and now splitting them up is just going to confused and annoy movie goers.

  • This is a dumb idea if I’ve ever heard one – I highly doubt anyone who was uninterested to begin with is going to buy into it now. To boot, this is going to kill what I think is one of the major attractions of the movie and that is the atmosphere of “a night at the movies” complete with trailers. Half the fun was the 3h runtime, the dividing of the popcorn and pop equally between the two features and trying to figure out when one could afford a bathroom break.

    Hugh. I have a little feeling that they’re maybe trying to pull people in theater by threatening to take it away. I wouldn’t give it another viewing if it was 2 movies. I’ll just wait for the DVD to see any extras that were kept off of the original run.

  • Bart

    Good! Now, I’ll be able to go to the restroom without missing anything!