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4.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino fans won't be disappointed. Others be cautious., December 28, 2012
This review is from: Django Unchained (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
The latest Quentin Tarantino bloodfest combines Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" films with some of 1975's "Mandingo" then stirs it all up with goodly doses of Mel Brooks "Blazing Saddles." Somehow it all works.

Jamie Foxx stars in the Clint Eastwood-like role as Django. But unlike Clint, Django is a slave, 2 years before the Civil War. The film opens "somewhere in Texas." Django is freed by a bounty hunter and former dentist from Germany, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). They form a pact whereby Django will identify and help kill 3 brothers that will return a $7000 bounty. In return, Schultz will share the bounty, give him a horse and perhaps rescue Django's wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a rich plantation owner named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

The pair have a couple pit stops along the way including one at a plantation owned by a Col. Sanders double named "Big Daddy" played for all its worth by Don Johnson. During this segment, there is a hilarious bit (partially seen in trailers) where Big Daddy & his KKKlansmen set out to kill our duo. They spend more time trying to figure out how to see out of the eye slits on the hoods than having a good plan of attack. Tarantino, a known film buff even includes Italian actor Franco Nero as a Mandingo owner whose fighter is killed by Candie's man. Nero starred in a 1966 western called "Django" (look it up).

The real fun begins when Candie and Schultz play their verbal games. Candie is out of his league however. There is no one better than Waltz at delivering Tarantino's words and this film is no exception. He's really fun to watch and listen to. Django and Schultz almost pull off the purchase of a fighter, with the lovely Hildy being tossed in as a bonus. But Candie's old and ornery house slave (Samuel L. Jackson) smells something fishy and alerts him that he believes Hildy and Django are acquainted.

"Django Unchained" has a great soundtrack, is very funny, profane and very, very violent complete with exaggerated gore and blood splattering. Also there is enough use of the then common racial epithet to fill up a dozen rap albums. The only scene that really bothered me was when Candie turns vicious dogs loose on an escaped slave. That was maybe a little too real but provides an honest history of the time and place. If you're a Tarantino fan you won't be disappointed. For others, be cautious.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2012 7:16:23 PM PST
Georgedc says:
I love all of tarantino's films except "from dawn to dusk". Everyone is saying that this is his best film next to "pulp fiction". Is it true? Better than kill bill and inglorious basterds?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 8:45:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012 8:46:12 PM PST
M. Oleson says:
I've been a fan of all his movies also. However he didn't direct "From Dusk Till Dawn." He did write, star and produce however. Is "Django" better than the others you mention? Of course that is a matter of opinion. I would rate, the 2 "Kill Bills," Inglorious Basterds," and "Pulp Fiction" as better. I would put "Django" in the same category as "Jackie Brown," "Reservoir Dogs" and "Death Proof." But that's just my opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2013 3:19:14 PM PST
I personally think Django was much better than Jackie Brown and Death Proof.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 7:16:46 AM PST
Wander'n says:
I would like to visit the site you bought your Blu-ray version on. Thank you...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 7:51:27 AM PST
M. Oleson says:
Sorry I didn't buy it from a site.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 10:51:05 AM PST
ThePlayer says:
IMO the list would go like this;

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. Kill Bill
4. Django
5. Jackie Brown
6. Inglorious Bastards
7. Death Proof

Movies that were not both written AND directed by T;

8. True Romance
9. From Dusk till Dawn
10. Killing Zoe

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2013 11:43:31 AM PST
If you're going to include From Dusk Till Dawn (given that Tarantino only even wrote the first half of it) I think you better include Four Rooms and Natural Born Killers as well. Or, you could just leave the list to the seven that are clearly his films.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2013 11:59:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2013 12:01:15 PM PST
M. Oleson says:
There are actually 8 movies he directed. Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2 are separate movies.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 9:50:46 AM PDT
I was extremely disappointed in this film because it wasn't non-linear. When I see a Tarantino film, I expect to have the pleasure of putting all the elements together in my head as the film progresses. Nothing he does will ever match, let alone top, Pulp Fiction. It's his Citizen Kane.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 11:37:37 AM PDT
A bit more info on the quality of the transfer to blu ray. Contrast, color resolution, use of the audio within the surround theater, discreet directionality of foley fx. These are things I wish you had included in your review rather than just a summary of the plot.
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