Bruce Willis, Samual L. Jackson, Ving Rhames, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth… and the list goes on. Never has one singular film launched the careers of so many actors as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. This film brought John Travolta back from actor’s purgatory, and gave almost every other actor a jump-start to their careers. This film is genius – from the plot, the style, and the acting. Tarantino is very unique, and he out-did himself with this film.
“A spectacular mix of explosive action and wickedly funny humor — critics and audiences worldwide hailed PULP FICTION as the star-studded movie event of 1994. Writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Academy AwardÂ®-winner — Best Original Screenplay) delivers an unforgettable cast of characters — including a pair of low-rent hit men (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson), their boss’ sexy wife (Uma Thurman), and a desperate, last-chance prizefighter (Bruce Willis) — in a wildly entertaining big-screen adventure.” – Miramax
Both the Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS audio tracks come across a little thin on this DVD release. The most noticeable flaw is the lack of range on the high and low bandwidths. The sound is not overly powerful, but the dialog is crisp, and the soundstage is used nicely in regards to the score and sound effects.
Finally, Pulp Fiction is presented in a 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer. With sharp colors, natural skin tones, and deep darks, this disc looks pretty good. Unfortunately, the transfer is marred with excessive halo effects and edge enhancements, and these flaws do somewhat deter from the viewing experience.
For anyone who can appreciate this film, you will be very satisfied with the depth of the features included in this set:
- Pulp Fiction: The Facts: This 30 minute documentary is very good. It focuses on how Pulp Fiction came to be, and we get a number of behind-the-scenes clips.
- Behind-The-Scenes Montages: Two sequences are featured in this behind-the-camera look at Tarantino’s work – Jack Rabbit Slim’s (4:44) and Butch Hits Marsellus (6:02).Both are very interesting, and a solid viewing experience.
- Production Design Featurette: If you like set-design information, you may enjoy this 6 minute featurette that features a number of interviews.
- The Charlie Rose Show: This 55 minute show features Tarantino in a one-on-one interview with Charlie Rose. If you want to get somewhat into Tarantino’s head, you will want to watch this show.
- Deleted Scenes: 5 scenes, spanning 25 minutes, are included in the deleted scenes section. We get a good idea why each scene was cut, and see some deleted content (Elvis or Beatles) that still gets mentioned in the final cut of the film.
- Lastly, this disc included the DVD basics such as Trailer, TV Spots, interviews, 8 stills galleries, Awards filler, and some random goodies.
Although the audio and video were a little sub-per, everyone should own this DVD! The film is absolutely amazing, and the special features included are very complete. Do not hesitate to buy this disc ASAP!
Special Features List
- Pulp Fiction: The Facts Original Documentary
- Deleted scenes
- Eight Still Gallery
- Behind-The-Scenes Montages
- Production Design Featurette
- Charlie Rose Show – Interview with Quentin Tarantino