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Inglourious Basterds (2009) [Blu-Ray]


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Four out of Five

Movie

Rating: R (strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality)
Length: 153 minutes

Video

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color 1080p

Audio

ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
FRENCH: DTS 5.1
SPANISH: DTS 5.1

Captions

English, French, Spanish

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Plot

Trying to easily define the plot for a Tarantino films is never easy but I'll give it a try. Three separate story lines merge into one with the same goal; the elimination of high ranking Nazis in WWII. Col. Landa is a Nazi officer commonly referred to as the Jew Hunter; he is clever and one of the most entertaining and chilling characters in this film. Shosanna is the owner of a small cinema and is also a Jew that narrowly survived as a child from the grip of the aforementioned Col. Landa. Lt. Raine is an American leader of a commando group of Jews that spend their time killing Nazis, taking their scalps, and just terrorizing the Nazis as a whole.

Pros

It's a Tarantino film so you can expect all the wonderful things he brings to his films; great dialogue, strong soundtrack, over-the-top and graphic violence, a very strong cast of actors and quite a bit of humor (if you're paying attention). Unlike most of his previous films, this one stay linear; no bouncing back and forth between different times. And if Brad Pitt's character doesn't make you laugh, you have no sense of humor.

Cons

If you don't like reading subtitles, you will be annoyed a lot. Along with English are large doses of German and French and some Italian. And don't be fooled into thinking that you'll be getting a whole disc of extras with the "2-Disc Special Edition" title on the cover; disc 2 is nothing more than a digital copy of the film. I find that so annoying that I refuse to include that in this review; it's just misleading to what dvd fans are used to.

Extras

  • Digital Copy of the Film
  • Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • "Nation's Pride" - Full Feature
  • The Making of "Nation's Pride"
  • Roundtable Discussion with Tarantino, Pitt, and Elvis Mitchell
  • "The Original Inglorious Bastards" Featurette
  • "A Conversation with Rod Taylor" Featurette
  • "Rod Taylor on Victoria Bitter" Featurette
  • "Quentin Tarantino's Camera Angel" Featurette
  • Gag Real
  • Movie Poster Gallery Tour with Elvis Mitchell
  • Killin' Nazis Trivia Challenge
  • Theatrical Trailer

Recommendation

I had high expectations for this film and, for the most part, I was not disappointed. It's just different than some of his most famous films largely due to the fact that the story doesn't bounce around between times; linear is easier on the head. And just when you think you know how the film is going to proceed, everything gets turned upside down. I have already watched this film three times in less than a week and I suspect it will see the inside of my Blu-Ray player at least once more before it finds a home on my shelf.

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Actors

Daniel Brühl - Pvt Fredrick Zoller
[The Bourne Ultimatum]
Gedeon Burkhard - Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki
August Diehl - Major Dieter Hellstrom
Omar Doom - Pfc. Omar Ulmer
[Death Proof]
Julie Dreyfus - Francesca Mondino
[Kill Bill Vol. 1]
Michael Fassbender - Lt. Archie Hicox
[300]
Sylvester Groth - Joseph Goebbels
Jacky Ido - Marcel
Diane Kruger - Bridget von Hammersmark
[National Treasure, National Treasure 2, Troy]
Mélanie Laurent - Shosanna Dreyfus
Denis Menochet - Perrier LaPadite
B.J. Novak - Pfc. Smithson Utivich
Brad Pitt - Lt. Aldo Raine
[Fight Club, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Se7en, Sleepers, Snatch, Spy Game, Troy, True Romance, Twelve Monkeys]
Eli Roth - Sgt. Donny Donowitz
[Death Proof]
Til Schweiger - Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
[Driven, King Arthur, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Replacement Killers]
Rod Taylor - Winston Churchill
Christoph Waltz - Col. Hans Landa
Martin Wuttke - Adolf Hitler

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