I just finished watching "Death Proof", which is the Tarantino half of the "Grindhouse" double-feature movie that bombed in the theaters early this year. They decided to release 'em on DVD as separate movies, as they apparently also did with the foreign theater-releases.
And I found myself pretty disappointed. Being a cheapo movie buff, I had some real problems with the movie. The biggest problem I found is that the movie violated Pournelle's first law of writing (as it applies to movies), "Thou shalt not bore the reader". While most cheapo fare of the past avoided being boring mostly by being budget-limited to about 75-80 minutes, Tarantino decided that he could one-up those films by delivering something almost two hours long. And he filled that extra time with endless stretches of dialog that are so bad they'll make you long for the good old days of listening to that Hispanic girl in "Pulp Fiction" talk about freakin' blueberry pancakes for ten minutes.
And it cost 20 million dollars. For that kind of money, a real cheapo movie producer could've made 20 movies (plus three more cobbled together from outtakes and leftover sets). Not all of those 20 movies would be good, but I bet at least half of 'em would've been more fun to watch than "Death Proof".
Someday I hope all Tarantino and 1970's James Bond movies will be re-released in a special "without that extra half hour of self-indulgent crap" edition. They keep releasing those director-cut editions with 28 minutes of extra footage, so why not an editor-who's-not-necessarily-in-love-with-every-frame-of-this-movie-cut edition with the crap cut out?