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Inglourious Basterds DVD Review

“Inglourious Basterds” is one of the best films of 2009.

GRADES:

Content: A

Picture: B+

Audio: A-

Extras: B+

The plot: A group of Jewish-American soldiers known as the Basterds are on a mission to kill Hitler at a German movie premiere. Unbeknownst to them, the movie theater owner (Shosanna) is also plotting revenge against the Nazis at the premiere. A Nazi Colonel named Hans Landa is also essential to the plot, but I won’t reveal why as to avoid spoilers.

After the over indulgent “Kill Bill” films and “Death Proof,” writer/director Quentin Tarantino makes a glorious comeback with “Inglourious Basterds.” Simply put, ‘Basterds’ is a skillfully written and directed “what if?” WWII film that contains interconnected stories much like “Pulp Fiction” did. For those expecting an action-packed war movie; look elsewhere. This is NOT an action movie. Instead, it’s a character centric WWII “mission” movie filled with snappy dialogue, plot twists, tension filled set pieces and a couple of action scenes sprinkled in.   

As with all Tarantino films, ‘Basterds’ is loaded with incredible performances. Movie star extraordinaire Brad Pitt does a fine job as Lt. Aldo Raine, but the real stars here are Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent. Waltz, who will undoubtedly receive an Oscar nomination shortly, steals the show here as the intelligent and cruel Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. He delivers a truly memorable and captivating performance and he simply owns every moment he is on screen. Likewise, newcomer Melanie Laurent also shines as the quiet, tortured French movie theater owner Shosanna. If this performance is any indication, we’ll likely be seeing Laurent in many future films and rightly so.

Summary: Movies don’t get much better than “Inglourious Basterds.” A must see.

‘Basterds’ is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. The fantastic cinematography looks fine, but not great on DVD. If you have a Blu-ray player, you should get the movie on Blu as it will no doubt look superior in every way.

From the gunfire to the dialogue, the Dolby Digital 5.1 does its job well.

Extras:

* Digital copy.
* 4 “Inglourious Basterds” trailers, photo gallery, and a film poster gallery tour narrated by Elvis Mitchell.
* 2 extended scenes and 1 alternate scene.
* The movie within a movie (“Nation’s Pride) is here in full. It runs a little over 6 minutes.
* A near 7 minute conversation with Rod Taylor. Taylor talks about meeting Tarantino, his experience in working on ‘Basterds,’ etc. There’s also a separate extra in which Rod Taylor talks about Victoria Bitter beer for 3 ½ minutes.
* “Hi Sallys”- A collection of scenes in which Tarantino and the cast and crew say hello to editor Sally Menke while shooting the movie.
* “Quentin Tarantino’s Camera Angel”- A collection of marked scenes.
* A fun 31 minute roundtable discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell. Mitchell asks questions and Pitt and Tarantino talk about the shoot, the film, the characters, etc.
* “The Making Of Nation’s Pride” (4:00)- A mock making of about the movie within a movie.

* A 7 ½ minute featurette on “The Original Inglorious Basterds.”

December 14, 2009 - Posted by | 1 | , ,

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