Quentin Tarantino has gone to his vault and released, for the first time, two of the films that defined him: Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. The first went down as one of the best, if not the best, film of the 1990s and influenced an entire generation. So, how do both Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown hold up on their long awaited Blu-Ray release?
Both films went through a remastering directly under the supervision of Tarantino. Each offers bonus materials that have never before been seen.
Pulp Fiction: The arrival of Pulp Fiction on Blu-Ray is reason to cheer. For many, it is a film that stands above all others in the spectrum of a genre-defining movie. The film gave John Travolta a career boost and made Samuel L. Jackson a superstar. Pulp Fiction quotes permeate the landscape, even over a decade after the film’s release.
The Pulp Fiction Blu-Ray includes some extras that will be mind-blowing for the film’s rabid fan base. Some of the incredible features on the Blu-Ray include Tarantino’s Palm d’Or Best Picture speech at the Cannes Film Festival. The entire cast has gathered for a new set of interviews on the film that each paint clearly had a huge impact on their career. Also of note is a new “Critic’s Retrospective” that takes viewers inside the world of Pulp Fiction and why it is the important film it has been established to be.
Other don’t-misses on the Blu-Ray are the enhanced trivia track -- sure to be a highlight for those who think they know everything about the Pulp Fiction world -- the entire Charlie Rose interview with Tarantino from when the film was released, behind-the-scenes looks as well as deleted scenes, which all sizzle with the power that should be afforded a Blu-Ray release of this magnitude.
Movie Fanatic is proud to present a behind the scenes video showing Tarantino doing a little dancing of his own while filming Pulp Fiction's iconic Travolta-Uma Thurman dance scene.
Jackie Brown: Jackie Brown showed a softer, although still violent side of Quentin Tarantino. He again sought to reinvigorate a career as he did with Travolta in Pulp with his casting of Pam Grier and Robert Forster -- both huge stars of 1970s cinema. It too featured an all-star cast that added an icon to the fray in Robert De Niro.
Jackie Brown doesn’t carry the weight of Pulp Fiction, but it is still a fantastic film. The soundtrack continued Tarantino’s use of music as a metaphor for what is happening onscreen. The film also marked a departure for him, as it was not original material. Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard’s classic novel.
The extras on Jackie Brown bring the heat. Like Pulp Fiction’s Blu-Ray extras, there’s a never before seen “Critic’s Retrospective” that puts the film in historical perspective. There are the usual deleted and alternate scenes, but why these are so special on a Tarantino Blu-Ray is it almost serves as a filmmaking master class in how to create fantastic scenes -- yet Tarantino still had the presence of mind as a filmmaker to cut them from the final product.
And now as a bonus from the Jackie Brown Blu-Ray, we present a video from the home video showing Tarantino talking about the addition of De Niro to the Tarantino universe.