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this is interesting:
In the UK, Death Proof was supposed to reach us later in the year, after the full Grindhouse combo, but when Grindhouse was released in the US last month, it turned out that the American public weren’t used to getting so much of a good time. The double-bill format confused them, as did the fake trailers for non-existent films and the missing reels and scratchy celluloid. As a result, the UK distributor and the Weinstein Company have decided to release the film in its two original halves, with Death Proof coming first in September, followed by Planet Terror at a later date. The director hasn’t spoken publicly about the affair but the fact is, he was always making Death Proof, not Grindhouse, and the two are very distinct entities. Even in December, while the film was still shooting, it was his confident intention to enter the standalone film for competition in Cannes.