Review Written by: Will Penley
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Produced by: Lawrence Bender
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer
Buy it!, Buy it, rent it or skip it: Buy it!
After the breakout success of his first film, Reservoir Dogs
, indie filmmaker Quentin Tarantino decided to tackle another project, a much bigger project, one that would catapult him to the forefront of filmmaking. And it was called Pulp Fiction
. With its all-star cast and Oscar-winning screenplay, it has been one of the most cherished films of recent years, and may very well be one of the greatest films of all time.
For the few of you who haven't already seen it, the story follows several characters in the crime-ridden underbelly of L.A., including philosophical hitmen Vincent Vega (John Travolta), Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), crime lord Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), his wife Mia (Uma Thurman), aging boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) and others. The film is split into three different segments along with a prologue and epilogue. If it's countless laughs and thrills you're looking for, Pulp Fiction
is the movie for you.
For those of you who may not know, Pulp Fiction
is my all-time favorite movie. To me, this is what every film should aspire to be, which is why I give it a rock-solid A+. Now on to the DVD. Pulp Fiction
is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and it's anamorphic to boot. The video quality is simply top-notch on this disc. One of the best transfers I've seen anywhere. The Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks both serve the film very well, making all the dialogue and the film's famous soundtrack very clear. Both the video and the audio get an A.
The real highlight of this disc is the bountiful amount of extras, which is sure to please even the most die-hard fan of the movie. The first disc includes a subtitled trivia track, which supplies the viewer with loads of information on the making of the film, theories on what's in that mysterious briefcase and more. Also on disc one is a selection of soundtrack chapters, allowing a viewer to skip to the beginning of any song in the film, and sneak peeks of the film's soundtrack and the Jackie Brown
Opening up the extras on the second disc is the fantastic "Pulp Fiction
: The Facts" documentary, which gives loads of behind-the-scenes information on the making of the film, plus several on-set interviews with the cast and crew. Next up is a selection of deleted scenes, five to be exact, each with their own introduction from director Quentin Tarantino. All five are pretty good and could have easily been left in the movie, but, as Tarantino explains in his introductions, some things just have to be cut. Following these are two brief production montages, each with behind-the-scenes footage of the shooting of two key scenes in the film. There's also a featurette on production design that takes a look at the various locations and sets featured throughout the film, along with several interviews shot at the Independent Spirit Awards. A special episode of Siskel & Ebert
called "The Tarantino Generation" is included. In this episode, the two film critics talk about Tarantino and his influence on today's filmmakers.
Also included is Tarantino's acceptance speech at the Cannes Film Festival, where he won the coveted Palm D'Or award for Pulp Fiction
. An episode of the Charlie Rose Show has been included in which Rose interviews Tarantino, covering everything from the things that influenced him to the breakout success of Pulp Fiction
. Five theatrical trailers from around the world have been included for your viewing pleasure, along with thirteen TV spots. Rounding out the second disc are several still galleries and several articles and reviews about the film. Needless to say, the extras get a big A.
If you've never seen Pulp Fiction
, you need to stop reading this review and run out and buy it. It's absolutely one of the best movies I've ever seen and anyone who hasn't seen it should, because there's really no other film like it. This DVD comes highly recommended from yours truly.