It has been 17 years since the theatrical release of Pulp Fiction. Still today, this movie stands as one of the most iconic movies of the 90’s and even in the last 30 years. Quentin Tarantino wrote, directed, and briefly starred in this unique and one of a kind crime movie that changed the way movies were made. Pulp Fiction paved the way for movies with altered time lines, letting the viewer piece the movie themselves.
Since then, Tarantino has moved on to direct many classics like Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Jackie Brown, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds, all very different movies with his own unique sense of humor and intriguing dialogue. Pulp Fiction was the movie to bring Tarantino into the spotlight after Reservoir Dogs got his name out there. There is no other man who makes movies like this guy.
Since the rising popularity of Blu-ray, Pulp Fiction has been my most anticipated release. It took a long while, but with great patience comes great rewards, and that reward is Pulp Fiction on Blu-ray.
If you don’t know about the movie, or haven’t seen it, let me give you the gist of it.
Pulp Fiction is structured uniquely. It doesn’t run in chronological order. It begins with one of the last scenes of the movie, but chronologically it happens very early in the sequence of events. Anyway, the movie focuses mainly on two hit men: Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson). The bulk of it is them going to a job, and then them after the job cleaning up a dangerous situation with a short but funny role featuring Quentin Tarantino. From there they run in to Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) who are robbing a diner. It ends up in a standoff with Jules and the robbers.
When all is said and done with that situation, Jules and Vincent go to return the briefcase to Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Here, we transition from Jules and Vincent’s story, to boxer, Butch Coolidge’s (Bruce Willis) story. Wallace pays Butch to throw his last and final fight. Well, shit happens and Butch ends up killing his opponent. So now he is on the run from Wallace as he tries to skip town with his girlfriend Fabienne (Maria de Mederios). Before he leaves, Fabienne accidentally left Butch’s most valued possession, his father’s/grandfather’s/great-grandfather’s watch. He goes back to the apartment to get the watch. After successfully regaining it, while driving back he sees Marsellus Wallace crossing the street. He stops and they stare each other down. Soon after, they chase each other down and beat the shit out of one another until they wind up in a shady pawn shop held at gunpoint by a creepy bear-looking man. They turn their hate towards each other in to confusion and fear of what may happen to them as they are gagged up in a dark basement in a truly awkward/hilarious/memorable scene.
Yes, Pulp Fiction is filled with many memorable and iconic scenes like Samuel Jackson’s Ezekiel speech before he shoots his victims, John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s dance scene, or the awkward basement scene I talked about above. Each scene sticks out and is very memorable, and that is why this movie is one of the best.
Video: Pulp Fiction‘s video quality is a major step up from its DVD predecessor. Last time I watched it, it was on DVD and it was fuzzy and blurry. This time, on Blu-ray, it is an amazing 1080p transfer. All the details and the colors come out in this one. You can see almost every wrinkle on people’s faces and the shine from Samuel Jackson’s Jerry curls. The whole transfer was approved by Tarantino himself, so you know he wants to give what’s best for the fans of the movie, and boy, does he ever give us a great transfer.
Audio: The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is an impressive track. All the gun cues are perfectly positioned, the sound effects and ambience keeps the movie at a subtle constant movement, and the car’s tire screeches are well panned as they fly across the screen. It’s reference quality.
Pulp Fiction features over 6 fucking hours of special features to keep you informed about the making and the impact of this monumental film. Check out what it has below:
- Not the Usual Mindless Boring Get to Know You Chat (HD): A recent cast interview with a lot of the major stars talking about Tarantino, filming the movie, the reception of the movie, and much more.
- Here Are Some Facts of the Fiction (HD): Five critics sit down and discuss many of the elements of Pulp Fiction and how uniquely the movie is delivered
- Pulp Fiction: The Facts – Documentary (SD): A documentary on the uprising of Tarantino through Reservoir Dogs and his fame with Pulp Fiction. Features on set interviews with cast and crew.
- Deleted Scenes (SD): Various scenes that could not make the cut of the movie. Still intriguing. A lot of extra dialogue. Each clip features an introduction by Tarantino of why it was not included.
- Behind the Scenes Montages (SD): On set footage of shooting the Jack Rabbit Slims scene and Butch Hitting Marsellus with the car.
- Production Design Featurette (SD): Behind the scenes of the set and production design for the movie. How they created Jack Rabbit Slims and altered other environments.
- Siskel & Ebert “At the Movies” – The Tarantino Generation (SD): A dated discussion with Siskel and Ebert talking about Tarantino’s fame with Pulp Fiction and how long it will last. It has to be around ’94 or ’95.
- Independent Spirit Awards (SD): Pretty much an interview with Tarantino as the IDA is going on. Featuring Michael Moore.
- Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Acceptance Speech (SD): An acceptance speech that is frequently halted by the translator on stage.
- Charlie Rose Show (SD): A sit down interview with Tarantino on the Charlie Rose Show. A lengthy interview nonetheless.
- Trailers (SD)
- TV Spots (SD)
- Behind the Scenes Stills
- Enhanced Trivia Mode
- Soundtrack Chapters
Pulp Fiction’s Blu-ray features itself gives you one quarter of a day watching special features. Though they may not all be in HD, it gives the ultimate fan ultimate access to all the interviews, behind the scenes, and discussions you need to get your fix of the movie.
This release of the movie is the best quality you will ever find of such a classic. The audio and video transfer is astonishing compared to what we had before. Each scene flows together so smoothly in high definition, it’s like the movie was made within the last few years. With an excellent movie, you have hours of special features to keep you busy, though they aren’t in HD, they give you tons of facts and show you in depth on how they made the movie. I would highly recommend picking up this Blu-ray
Movie – 10/10
Video – 10/10
Special Features 7.5/10
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