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True Romance - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Special Edition, Director's Cut
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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
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The film is quite notable for two integral scenes, the first being known as the 'Sicilian Scene', where Christopher Walken's character confronts Clarence's estranged Dad (Dennis Hopper) over the couple's whereabouts; and the hotel scene where hit-man, Gandolfini, encounters a not-so-meek Alabama. Other endearing quirks in this film include Clarence's random conversations with Elvis (Val Kilmer); and Brad Pitt's performance as a stoned out roommate.
While not an Oscar winner, this film has gained a bit of a cult status and is also notable for furthering the careers of many of the cast members. Watching Gandolfini's character in this, it is easy to spot the beginnings of what would become his Tony Soprano character in HBO's 'The Sopranos' Gary Oldman's rendition of the wild drug dealing pimp, Drexel, is also remarkable. Christopher Walken is always a joy to watch, and he delivers a menacing performance here as a restrained, but ill tempered mob enforcer. All-in-all, 'True Romance' is not your average love film, nor is it your average crime drama, but it manages to mix both of those with just the right amount of levity to make this worth watching if you want something other than the standard Hollywood fare.
The Special Edition includes a second disc with many extras, including deleted scenes and an alternate ending - all worth checking out if you enjoyed the movie.
This DVD seems like a decent BOOTLEG. The movie was okay in quality...not movie quality.
Also, none of the special features work on any of our players or computers. They visuall appear on the menu but none of it is highlightable or clickable.
That said, those who have never seen it should be warned that the film is what a friend of mine calls "HARD R-rated". In other words, it is explicit in every sense of an R-rated movie.
The director's cut has few changes that I noticed from the VHS edition I had, with one very noticeable and effective change in the final shootout scene. It is a decided improvement,
The best thing about the two-disk set is all the special features. Those who do not enjoy commentary won't have a lot to cheer about but those who do will be ecstatic. After watching the movie straight through the night the package came in the mail, I went back and watched the individual commentaries on specific scenes by some of the stars-in-smaller-roles such as Val Kilmer and Brad Pitt. Then I watched the deleted or altered scenes with commentary by director Tony Scott. That was terrific. I loved hearing him say things such as, "I wish I'd left that in." A couple of times I wished he had, too.
Then I went back and picked scenes to re-watch with commentary by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Every minute of sleep lost to this marathon was worth it.
Once again, this is not a film for anyone who is offended by four-letters words, graphic violence or blatant sex. I wish that it were less in-your-face R so that I could recommend it to a wider audience. Nevertheless, the acting is flawless, direction on target and some scenes are absolutely brilliant. The sheer number of talented actors whose screen time is minimal is enough to make it worth the running time for serious aficianados of film.
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