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True Romance - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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Product Description

A Detroit comic-book store clerk and his floozy wife flee to Hollywood with a suitcase full of mob cocaine.

Additional Features

While the unrated director's cut remains identical in content to the earlier DVD of True Romance, the bonus material on this special edition is exclusive and outstanding. Quentin Tarantino had heretofore avoided DVD commentaries for his own films, so his first-rate, rapid-fire commentary here is a welcomed opportunity to set the record straight on the history of Tarantino's screenplay, his approval of director Tony Scott's "happy" ending (paired here with Tarantino's tragic ending as an alternate feature), the inspiration for the film's climactic "Mexican standoff," and structural differences from first draft to final film. Scott's own informative commentary corroborates Tarantino's, while Michael Rapaport ("Dick Ritchie") steals the show with one of four scene-specific supporting-cast commentaries, self-effacingly begging for a sequel based on his character. Abundant behind-the-scenes footage is worthwhile for the film's most ardent fans, and Scott's "storyboard track" demonstrates the director's meticulous preparation, but it's the commentaries--especially Tarantino's--that make this one a keeper. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered unrated director's cut
  • Innovative storyboard track allows you to access the director's storyboards while watching the film
  • Web-enabled screenplay viewer with storyboards, original production notes, and web links
  • 30 minutes of deleted and extended scenes with optional director commentary
  • Alternate ending with optional director and writer commentaries
  • Selective commentaries with Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt, and Michael Rapaport
  • Interactive behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Animated photo gallery
  • Vintage 1993 production featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: Quentin Tarantino
  • Producers: Samuel Hadida, Steve Perry, Bill Unger, James G. Robinson, Gary Barber
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Romance - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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I really wish Brad Pitt would consider reprising his role as the stoner Floyd someday cause he absolutely stole the show-he's hysterical. Some of the classic Tarantino lines of all time, several adlibs, and phenomenal scenes that are way outside the edge of reality, but it works. A better ensemble cast than anything else you're liable to find. Was this Gandolfini's first "sensitive hitman" role? Patricia Arquette is yummy, Hopper is in rare form, Walken is as menacing as he is weird, Oldman makes a great pimp, we find out about Samuel L's sexual preferences, and Slater manages to turn in a credible understated but high energy performance. A monument to the Nintendo generation I suppose but a great movie worth watching over and over again. Oh yeah, if you're quick to scream "ripoff" when you see a road movie that resembles True Romance, NBK, Freeway, Love and a 45, etc then pick up a copy of Badlands with Martin Sheen. Tarantino makes better movies than his predecessors but he's borrowed an idea or two along the way. 5 Snorts.
Now, the new "Unrated" Director's Cut. well, they really can't call it unrated since not one single change was made from the original release. The sound and picture are far superior to the original DVD however, and there are a few extras rabid fans will enjoy. Especially the commentary by Michael Rappaport and Brad Pitt. The 'deleted' scenes aren't worth talking about. Sad actually. And the alternate ending.....thank god they didn't go with that one. If you don't already own the DVD then this one is for you. If you are thinking about getting this one for the added content you may want to think twice. The extras just aren't worth it.
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True Romance has Quentin Tarantino's fingerprints all over it, although it was actually directed by Tony Scott. It has everything, from a Mexican standoff, to the rat-a-tat dialogue, to the same obsession with 70s flicks that are common in many of Tarantino's films. The only thing it's missing is Uma Thurman.

The story is almost beside the point: a comic book nerd named Clarence Worley (Christian Slater, were we all to suffer his lot in life!) hooks up with a prostitute, Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) with a heart of gold. What could have been a traumatic experience for the both of them blossoms into a passionate romance. It's not long before the two get married.

Unlike say, Pretty Woman, True Romance reminds us that being a prostitute is not fun. Part of the unglamorous side of Alabama's life is her abusive pimp, Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman, fantastic as always). Clarence decides to get Alabama's possessions back from the pimp and settle the score. The plot spirals from there, but it involves a huge amount of cocaine that's so expensive, just possessing it is a liability.

On Clarence's side is his big doofus of a friend, Dick Ritchie (Michael Rapaport), an aspiring actor that's particularly Joey-esque. For some reason, Brad Pitt plays Floyd, Dick's stoner roommate. Clarence also looks for help from his dad, Clifford (the always amusing Dennis Hopper). Guiding (if you can call it that) Clarence through life is his illusionary mentor, Elvis (wouldja believe, Val Kilmer?). No, seriously. It doesn't take long before Dick hooks Clarence up with a buyer. That buyer is Eliot Blitzer, representing the famous Hollywood director Lee Donowitz (played by Bronson Pinchot and Saul Rubinek respectively).
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Off beat and Over the Top. The Dialogue is Quick and Sharp, the only way Quentin knows how. I loved Patrica Arquette in this character and Bronson Pinchot is Hilarious. THis Unrated version contains a longer cut of the scene in the hotel room where one of the mafia guys ( James Gondofini) comes to find the drugs, to find Patricia's Character alone and helpless not say a word and be brutally beaten only to repay the same to her attacker. I have the original On DVD and the unrated 2 disc version is not much longer just more intense.
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Before Pulp Fiction made him a household name, Quentin Tarantino wrote this ultra violent crime fantasy which was directed by Tony Scott. Here we meet Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette); two star crossed lovers who embark on a cross country road trip with a very large amount of stolen mafia cocaine. What results is the two running and gunning their way culminating in a Mexican standoff with cops, crooks, and the mob. Did I mention that Clarence also talks to the ghost of Elvis (Val Kilmer) whenever he goes to the bathroom? Tarantino's penchant for witty, pulpy dialog seems a bit underused here in comparison with his other projects (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown), but Scott's frantic bloody direction makes True Romance stand on it's own. The rest of the great cast includes Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Michael Rapaport, Bronson Pinchot (who steals many a scene), Samuel L. Jackson, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, and Tom Sizemore in supporting roles; most of which give memorable performances. Warner Bros. really put together a great DVD package here, and while the other special features are standard, the commentaries by Scott, Slater and Arquette, and especially Tarantino, are worth owning the film for alone.
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