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Film by Quentin Tarantino released August 21, 2009

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One Upon a Time...In Nazi Occupied France...The Basterds Came to Blu-ray!

  • Jan 28, 2010
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With such an amazing year past us film wise, there are just some movies that you absolutely have to own, Inglourious Basterds being one of them.  What Quentin Tarantino did with the World War II genre of films was take it, make an amazing fairy tale story out of it and have it be the be all end all of WWII films.  After a film like Inglourious Basterds, there really isn't much more to do with the genre.  With the 2010 Oscars fast approaching, Basterds is sure to be in the mix for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor with Christopher Waltz taking the nod, Best Screenplay and Best Director.  There are definitely some people who are not Tarantino fans, but even if that's the case, this is like no other film he has made before; It's a very smart and inventive picture that actually focuses heavily on film itself.  With a great ensemble cast helping to drive this film to be the success that it was, Inglourious Basterds is one of the must owns of the new year! 

WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

Inglourious Basterds comes as a two disc special edition Blu-ray.  The first disc has the main feature as well as all the special features and extras which is nice since the disc is 50GB and dual-layered.  Another very nice touch about this Blu-ray release is that it has no region which means you can play it in virtually any country you can find a Blu-ray player in.  This is actually kind of a big deal because with America and Canada, we tend to be so anal about regions and codes and all that stuff that really doesn't matter.  It's a movies for god's sake, why can't it be enjoyed universally?  Being able to take the movie with you is a big plus and I'm sure Mr. Tarantino had some say in the matter.  You can actually take Inglourious Basterds with you anywhere you like as the second disc is the digital copy you can add to your iTunes library or Windows PC for such things as iPod viewing.  If you travel a lot, this is actually one of the better films to have handy on your video viewing device because it's about two and a half hours long, taking a nice chunk out of that eight hour plane ride.

VIDEO:

The Last time Quentin Tarantino made such a visually beautiful film was...well never because his films tend to be very dark and gritty.  The closest he came to making a "bright" film was Kill Bill and that still didn't do it.  Inglourious Basterds is Tarantino's first really vibrant and colorful film and the transfer to Blu-ray is pretty much as near to perfect as you can get.  The film is shown in full 1080p HD in Widescreen 2:40:1 which makes watching the movie just as good an experience as in theaters.  From the red on Shoshanna's dress  to every lasting detail on a Nazi SS uniform, this is one of the best Hi-Def releases of the year so far.


AUDIO:

Inglourious Basterds' Audio Track is kind of a toss up.  The film comes with the DTS Master Audio track that I have talked endlessly about.  Now here's the thing.  I was able to watch the Inglourious Basterds Blu-ray two different ways: first with a system that supported DTS and second with my system that did not.  What I found out only helped to prove my point that Dolby TrueHD is superior to DTS.  While watching the film with DTS Master Audio I found while the movie had very convincing surround sound, the dialogue was brought down to a whisper.  This resulted in having to watch the movie way to loudly just to here the characters speak.  Then having watched it on my system, the film, while having no surround sound, was perfectly balanced with sound effects and dialogue.  DTS?  Your myth is busted, your audio track stinks.  Having said all of that, the film still sounds amazing!

SPECIAL FEATURES: 

Quentin Tarantino didn't pack your average special features into this Blu-ray which is both a plus and a negative.  There is no making of featurette which is a little disappointing, but there is a nice roundtable discussion with Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino conducted by Elvis Mitchell.  The feature is thirty minutes and is very interesting because you really get to see Brad Pitt just being himself which is something rare to movie goers.  It was a lot of fun listening to the two talk about how Brad Pitt even got involved with the picture.  This is definitely the shining star of the special features and is totally worth watching.  There are also the usual extented and alternate scenes, but they turned out to be not very interesting.  Another cool feature was the making of Nation's Pride, the film within Inglourious Basterds which Eli Roth, who starred in Basterds, directed.  Be in for a surprise though because it's not your average making of.  The rest of the special features include some fun things that I'm sure Quentin Tarantino just decided to throw in there, some of them interesting and some of them not.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

While Inglourious Basterds is a definite must own, it's more of a must own just to have the movie.  The special features on the disc won't blow you away, but the movie itself along with the crystal clear visual and audio quality will.  Trust me when I say this is a better film to watch on a Surround Sound system that doesn't support DTS rather than one that does.  With the Oscars almost among us, this is one of a good 25 films that you should probably watch or buy before they come up.  I give Inglourious Basterds on Blu-ray a 4/5 just because the picture and movie are so damn good!  You can order the film on Amazon.com for a steal at $16.99!  For my full review of Inglourious Basterds, click the highlighted title!
One Upon a Time...In Nazi Occupied France...The Basterds Came to Blu-ray!

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January 28, 2010
I saw this in theaters and I really enjoyed it! I still do need to buy the flick though.. Thanks for the info!
 
January 28, 2010
Was wondering what you think of the film itself. Even though Tarrantino changed history (I guess it existed in a parallel universe) I liked it a lot.
January 28, 2010
Hey Michael, The link to my review of the film itself is highlighted at the bottom of this review :)
 
January 28, 2010
I'd have to agree. The special features weren't something to write home about. This movie was by far my favorite film in a while!
 
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Inglorious Bastards

Inglorious Bastards is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  It was released on August 21st 2009.  It stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger and Christopher Waltz.

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Although Quentin Tarantino has cherished Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 "macaroni" war flickThe Inglorious Bastardsfor most of his film-geek life, his ownInglourious Basterdsis no remake. Instead, as hinted by the Tarantino-esque misspelling, this is a lunatic fantasia of WWII, a brazen re-imagining of both history and the behind-enemy-lines war film subgenre. There's a Dirty Not-Quite-Dozen of mostly Jewish commandos, led by a Tennessee good ol' boy named Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who reckons each warrior owes him one hundred Nazi scalps--and he means that literally. Even as Raine's band strikes terror into the Nazi occupiers of France, a diabolically smart and self-assured German officer named Landa (Christoph Waltz) is busy validating his own legend as "The Jew Hunter." Along the way, he wipes out the rural family of a grave young girl (Melanie Laurent) who will reappear years later in Paris, dreaming of vengeance on an epic scale.

Now, this isn't one more big-screen comic book. As the masterly opening sequence reaffirms, Tarantino is a true filmmaker, with a deep respect for the integrity of screen space and the tension that can accumulate in contemplating two men seated at a table having a polite conversation. IB reunites QT with...

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: August 21st 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
Runtime: 149 mins.
Studio: The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios
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