This rock'n'roll adventure story tells of two unlikely lovers who accidentally double-cross the Detroit mob by stealing valuable contraband. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, flee to Los Angeles where they are sought by both gangsters and cops.
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