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Pulp Fiction
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10.24.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Quentin Tarantino

Actors:
John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Bruce Willis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Quentin Tarantino's mainstream opus about crime, drama, revenge, redemption, man-rape and a quest for the perfect Royal with Cheese leads a unique band of characters down string of seemingly unrelated paths that end up connecting in the most interesting of ways.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
One of the greatest things about Blu-ray is that because it's still a relatively new format, many of our favourite titles have yet to be converted. This in turn lets us reviewers have a little extra fun when we get iconic gems like PULP FICTION in our bundles. I will admit that the first time I sat down with this film was in the beginning hours of a party where my friends and I were already pretty loaded. For this reason I couldn't give this film the proper focus it deserved and as a result I grew bored with it fairly quickly and we turned it off. When I revisited it for a second time however, I had blast and it became one of my all time favourite flicks which I've revisited countless times since.

Much like George Lucas and his humble STAR WARS beginnings, Quentin Tarantino was an up and comer with something to prove here. As much as it pains me to say it, at this point in his career most people had no idea who he was and hadn't even heard of the masterpiece known as RESERVOIR DOGS. Sure, it (and he) had a small cult following but it was hardly enough to make him a household name. PULP FICTION changed all that, and not just for Tarantino but for many of the stars he aligned himself with for the project. It's rare to see one film reinvent so many stars all at once, but PULP FICTION did just that for Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames and Christopher Walken to name a few. And the ironic thing about this all star cast is that usually less is more, and with a bloated cast comes smaller more insignificant roles that are usually lost and forgotten. Not here. This film's backbone is it's long list of intricate, devious and unforgettable characters with memorable line after memorable line (Sammy's biblical intro, the restaurant robbery, everything that comes out of The Wolf's mouth, take your pick, this flick's overflowing with them) and a cool-ass story that connects all the dots in a smart and very fun way.

PULP FICTION is a landmark in movie history for a variety of reasons and a film that most people adore again, for many different reasons. There are so many great lines, great scenes and great surprises that no two people tend to have the same favourite bit. How many films can say the same? I don't know about you, but I sure can't name many. Tarantino's films as a whole have been hit or miss and his career (like most I guess) has had its fair share of ups and downs. There are those who would compare him to Kevin Smith, saying his earlier works are genius but he's since gotten a little too lazy and less hungry. I agree and disagree because there's more than one way to view this and it's far from simply a choice of black and white. I'm a Tarantino fan, have been since RESERVOIR DOGS and I'm looking forward to Django Unchained. That said, I loathed INGLORIOUS BASTARDS so I'm not opposed to calling it how I see it when it comes to his prowess as a filmmaker. Love him or hate him though, one thing I'm sure we can all agree upon is that PULP FICTION is a masterpiece that has and will continue to stand the test of time.
THE EXTRAS
Not the Usual Mindless Boring Getting to Know You Chit Chat: Some of the cast reminisce about how Tarantino approached them for their roles, among them is John Travolta who interestingly enough was originally not in PULP FICTION but was instead sought after for a role in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.

Here are some Facts on the Fiction: A group of five peeps discuss the iconic film and although the boys all loved it, the one chick chose to hate. Ah well, I guess they always need one hater in the group.

Pulp Fiction: The Facts-Documentary: Here we get the lowdown on Quentin Tarantino's humble beginnings and some of these facts were quite surprising.

Deleted Scenes: I love Tarantino's enthusiasm here and unlike with most films, he tells us exactly why these five clips were cut. I sure did love seeing more of the Wolf though.

Behind the Scenes Montages: Here we get down and dirty with a bit more insight into the scene at Jack Rabbit Slim's and fight between Butch and Marsellus which just happen to be two of my favourite parts of the film.

Production Design Featurette: We're told that Tarantino really wanted to let loose and have some fun with the marketing and designs in the film, not surprising here as everything about PULP FICTION had that laid back, cool vibe to it.

Siskel & Ebert "At the movies" The Tarantino Generation: I used to avidly watch these guys as a kid, mostly because they were some of the only dudes who reviewed movies, but nevertheless. Like most episodes of their show, I agreed with some things and not with others but all in all it was a good watch.

Independent Spirit Awards: Tarantino and Michael Moore go one on one, what more do you need to know? There's definitely a laugh or two to be had here.

Cannes Film Festival-Palme D'Or Acceptance Speech: Much like it sounds we get Tarantino's acceptance speech at Cannes. One of my favourite things about Tarantino is his distinct flare for dialogue, the man can give an awesome speech.

Charlie Rose Show: Again, as the title implies we get the episode of the Charlie Rose Show featuring a one on one interview with Tarantino. Don't care much for the show, but I love Tarantino interviews.

Marketing Gallery/Stills Gallery: There are all kinds of design, cast and set photos from the film for your viewing pleasure. Also, we have a trivia track as well as soundtrack chapters for anyone who digs the film's tunes and really, who doesn't?

Previews: There are a handful of trailers for Miramax and Tarantino films.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
PULP FICTION is also one of those movies that makes it easy to jump on the Tarantino bandwagon, but be that as it may, it's still a damn good time. I love this flick so much that I created a REQUIEM FOR NACHOS comic strip about it that was well received and can be found in our archives if you have yet to see it and are in need of a good laugh.
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11:28AM on 10/24/2011
My ass was in a theatre seat opening weekend for this film and have loved it ever since! I was the geek introducing my friend's to Tarantino...Reservior Dogs & True Romance at parties. I remember fondly how I had the VHS of True Romance out for 2 weeks because my friends kept inviting people over to see it...lol.
My ass was in a theatre seat opening weekend for this film and have loved it ever since! I was the geek introducing my friend's to Tarantino...Reservior Dogs & True Romance at parties. I remember fondly how I had the VHS of True Romance out for 2 weeks because my friends kept inviting people over to see it...lol.
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