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Inglourious Basterds 4K UHD Review

“Inglourious Basterds” is pure Tarantino.

In 2009’s “Inglourious Basterds,” a squad of Jewish-American soldiers known as the Basterds are on a mission to kill Hitler at a German movie premiere. Little do they know, a movie theater owner (Shosanna) has her own plot against the Nazis at the premiere as well. Elsewhere in the story is a key storyline involving Nazi Colonel Hans Landa which ties into the overarching plot.

Much like “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood,” “Inglourious Basterds” is a revisionist history “what if?” fantasy that has all the writer/director Quentin Tarantino trademarks. Ultraviolence? Check. Interconnected stories? Check. Snappy, humorous dialogue? Check. Tarantino coaxing out incredible performances from the cast? Check. Tarantino paying homage to past films (namely men on a mission war stories)? Check. Intense sequences? Check. Plot twists? Check. Everything you’ve come to love about Tarantino movies is here and in spades. It’s simply a blast to watch the filmmaker at work here in what is arguably his most underappreciated work. 

As I mentioned above, there are some incredible performances here. First and foremost, this is the movie that introduced the world to Christoph Waltz. He is absolutely chilling here as Hans Landa. It is such an electric performance that you can’t take your eyes off of. Brad Pitt is quite good as Lt. Aldo Raine accent and all. Melanie Laurent is the unsung hero of this movie. She gives such an understated and introspective performance.


Presentation: 2.46:1 2160p. How does it look? Sadly, the 4K doesn’t look great. The colors appear a bit too flat, muted and blotchy. You’re arguably better off with the Blu-ray release.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Despite the lack of a higher quality audio, this 5.1 still delivers. The music and action really put the speakers to work.

* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* 2 extended scenes and 1 alternate scene
* A roundtable discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and film critic Elvis Mitchell.
* “The New York Times Talk”- A 68 minute Q&A from 2009.
* The movie within a movie “Nation’s Pride” in full and a making of featurette on it.
*  The original “Inglorious Bastards” movie. Great extra!
* A conversation with Rod Taylor and Rod Taylor talking about Victoria Bitter.
* “Quentin Tarantino’s Camera Angel”- A collection of marks.
* “Hi Sallys”- A series of cast/crew hellos to editor Sally Menke.
* Poster gallery and a film poster gallery tour with Elvis Mitchell.
* Teaser, domestic, international and Japanese trailers


October 3, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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