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"Pulp Fiction" (Polish Import) - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Taylor Carlson
Studio: Promotion
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
2009
Special Features:

Trailers

Review:

Pulp Fiction is directed by Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs). The film stars John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever), Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes On A Plane), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill series), Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), Harvey Keitel (The Two Jakes), Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk), and Eric Stoltz (Mask.) ***

Pulp Fiction is the story of several criminals all involved in the same organization, and a loosely-connected series of events. Amongst the characters are Jules and Vincent (Jackson and Travolta), a pair of up-and-coming men in the organization, and Butch (Bruce Willis), a boxer paid to take a dive who has his own plans. As Vincent finds himself getting increasingly involved with the wife (Uma Thurman) of his boss, Jules begins to compensate his future - and whether he wants to continue on in the world of crime. ***

Pulp Fiction has been slated for Blu-Ray release in America on a number of occasions, but it keeps getting cancelled/delayed indefinitely/etc. I finally got tired of all of this BS, and imported a copy of the Polish, region-free edition. I could not be happier with my purchase decision. There are at least half a dozen versions of this movie available on Blu-Ray from various countries, but this one seems to be the most affordable and easy to obtain. Plus, this one does NOT have forced subtitles. ***

Like any Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction is extremely difficult to review - due in no small part to Tarantino's unconventional, non-chronological approach to filmmaking. That said, though, Pulp Fiction is the director's masterwork. These are the best characters he ever created, and all actors involved give the performances of their careers. ***

The actors starring in Pulp Fiction give what are, in nearly every case, the best performance of their respective careers. This is the role that defined Samuel L. Jackson's career - and his performance as Jules here is one for the ages. The fact that he is a character considering leaving a profitable life of crime makes him all the more sympathetic and interesting. John Travolta is equally impressive as his cohort Vincent, and the storyline involving him befriending his boss' wife is some of the most interesting stuff in the film - particularly a scene at a retro-style restaurant where the waiters/waitresses are all dressed as past celebrities. Uma Thurman stars as said boss' wife, giving one of her best performances as well (Tarantino would later use Thurman as the leading lady in his now-classic Kill Bill films as well.) ***

Some great minor parts come from Bruce Willis as Butch (this character needs his own spin-off!), Christopher Walken as a man who served alongside Butch's father, and bit parts from Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth, both of whom appeared in Tarantino's classic directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs. ***

Like many Tarantino films, there is no conventional musical score to speak of - the movie just uses an assortment of different, pre-existing music. If done wrong this can be disastrous for a film, but Tarantino does it effortlessly. It creates an atmosphere all the movie's own, and makes it all the more memorable. ***

Pulp Fiction is a classic. Nearly 20 years after its release, it has held together excellently, and is far and above, this reviewer's favorite Tarantino film. With great performances, dialogue for the ages, and a directorial style only this man can pull off, the movie is a must see. ---

Image And Sound:

I don't know what is keeping this movie from coming out on Blu-Ray in America… because this import disc looks and sounds incredible. Detail gets a massive upgrade over the SD disc, and colors are far more vibrant. The grain structure is retained, resulting in a nice film-like appearance throughout. I have noticed some reviews on other web sites state that this transfer has been enhanced - but if it is, it isn't to any degree that this reviewer was able to notice. This version of the movie looks and sounds amazing. ***

Audio gets a nice upgrade to lossless as well. One of the best things about Tarantino films is the diverse assortment of music - and all of it comes to life in this audio mix. Not to mention dialogue, sound effects, and the musical score get a much-needed upgrade in this new lossless track. ***

For the record, if you attempt to watch the film with the English audio on, Polish subtitles will automatically come on. However, these can be disabled by hitting the “subtitle” button on your remote until the “subtitles off” option comes up. ---

Special Features:

Disappointingly, trailers are the only extras on the disc.

Final Words:

All those who are pissed that they keep delaying the American release of Pulp Fiction on Blu-Ray, raise your hands. I should see EVERYONE who is reading this review's hand going up. Now, put your hand down, get online, and get yourself a copy of this Polish import. If you're a fan, you will not be disappointed with the beautiful transfer and lossless audio track.

 

 
 
 
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