Django Unchained [Blu-Ray]
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
‘Django Unchained’ is one of those rare films so completely unlike anything else around that it’s hard to compare it with any other films in recent memory. Only someone as remarkably talented as Quentin Tarantino could do a true Spaghetti Western, keep it true to form, and somehow at the same time have it turn out to be one of the most amazing and well done films that has hit mainstream cinemas in quite some time.
The violence is comedic, over the top and messy, the humor is off beat and sometimes just horribly wrong, while at the same time the dialogue is amazingly smart and witty, just as we have come to expect from a Tarantino film. The action is fun, silly and impressive all at the same time. On top of everything else, this is also a very well done love story that manages to bring some impressive emotions out in the viewer one moment, and have them laughing the next.
Jamie Foxx does a wonderful job in the role of slave turned bounty hunter Django, though his performance is trampled over a bit by the unbelievably amazing performances by Christoph Waltz (who deservingly won an Oscar for his role) Leonardo Dicarprio and Samuel L. Jackson who are all on the very top of their games, and that is saying something in regard to actors of such caliber. As is usually the case with his films, Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed the film and he subsequently won an Oscar for best original screenplay, and may I just say that it’s about damn time. There are very few people in the film industry (if any) more deserving than he.
Whether you are a fan of these types of films, or Quentin Tarantino, don’t let it affect your decision to watch this film. I highly recommend everyone check this out if you haven’t already. You almost certainly will not regret doing so.
The Video on the Blu-Ray disc is a full 1080p High Definition presentation representing the film’s original Cinemascope Aspect Ratio of 2.40:1. The video is detailed, crisp and impressive. The colors are dull when they need to be, while remaining bright in other aspects of the film where intended. As far as video transfers go, most should be quite pleased with this release.
The Blu-Ray disc features 3 audio tracks. The most notable of course is the lossless English 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. As far as lossless soundtracks go, this is about as good as it gets. The dialogue in the center channel is always audible, even with the barrage of bullets and music whirling around the other 4 channels at times. The over the top bloody action is also complemented by the lossless soundtrack, so much at times that the blood spraying from a body after a gunshot will be audibly splashing throughout all five speakers. It really helps make for an even more enjoyable experience when watching a film such as this. The Blu-Ray disc also features a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack in both French and Spanish. English and Spanish subtitles are included as well.
The Blu-Ray disc features a nice little collection of special features. While no audio commentary is featured, it still features a pretty impressive little collection of extras that really give some tremendous insight on what went into this film’s production. It’s quite amazing the level of detail and the numerable aspects involved in making a film such as this truly appear unique and true to the Storys intended timeframe. The list of special features include: ‘Reimagining the Spaghetti Western: The Horses & Stunts of Django Unchained’ ‘Remembering J. Michael Riva: The Production Design of Django Unchained’ ‘The Costume Designs of Sharen Davis’ ‘Django Unchained Soundtrack Spot’ & ’20 Years in the Making: The Tarantino XX Blu-Ray Collection.’
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
‘Django Unchained’ is now available on Blu-Ray Combo pack (which includes Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy + Ultraviolet) and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment & The Weinstein Company