Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman
Release Date: December 6, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
Critics and audiences worldwide hailed PULP FICTION as the star-studded movie that redefined cinema in the 20th century. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino delivers an unforgettable cast of characters— including a pair of low-rent hit men (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson), a gangster’s wife (Uma Thurman), and a desperate prizefighter (Bruce Willis)—in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating adventure of violence and redemption.
Please Note: Paramount Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed masterpiece ‘Pulp Fiction’ tells the interconnecting stories of various underground individuals whose lives become intertwined amid an explosive chain of events that will change every one of them. The colorful characters within include everyone from two low-rent hitman, their boss’s wife, as well as a struggling boxer on his last leg who ends up in a deadly predicament, along with two low-end thieves, a calm and composed criminal fixer and more who each find their world challenged for better or worse in this expertly crafted cinematic gem from one of the best filmmakers of our time.
‘Pulp Fiction’ was first unleashed at Cannes in 1994, followed later in the year by a wide theatrical release and was largely met with critical acclaim and multiple awards and nominations. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (from stories by Roger Avary and Tarantino) and marking his sophomore directorial effort and follow-up to ‘Reservoir Dogs’, his careful guidance and style is beautifully complemented by a powerhouse cast that includes John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken and Bruce Willis along with more and nearly all delivering notable if not at the very least capable performances in each of their respective roles and doing their part to help make this one into such a remarkable film.
‘Pulp Fiction’ certainly hasn’t lost any of its charm or appeal over the two and a half plus decades since its initial release. The film still holds up remarkably well and effortlessly delivers all of the masterful dialogue, excitement and wild fun that it first did so many years previously. If anything the fandom and love for Tarantino’s second directorial offering has only expanded a great deal in the years since its debut and rightfully so. I’ve always been a massive fan of this one since first having the pleasure of experiencing it as a teenager in the 1990’s and it remains one of my personal favorites to this day; still serving as a great example of a perfect film across the board and making a worthy amount of noise for filmmaker Quentin Tarantino who continues to deliver some of the best and most unique films around. Some folks who aren’t fond of more aggressive and offensive material may not appreciate this masterpiece as much as the rest of us, but if you’ve somehow never had the pleasure of this iconic film and enjoy any of Tarantino’s work or that of the key cast, then I can’t urge you strongly enough to find the time to finally give this one a shot.
Now, more than twenty-five years later ‘Pulp Fiction’ arrives home on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment which offers a fairly impressive and well detailed new Ultra High Definition video presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 which should have fans quite satisfied. The new 4K video presentation is capably complemented by a 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack and an impressive collection of previously released bonus content to top it all off which altogether makes for a pretty solid 4K UHD debut of this iconic cinematic masterpiece. If you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s work as a whole or even just of ‘Pulp Fiction’ alone that’s fully 4K capable and already considering a purchase, this one is recommended. Fans also have the choice of purchasing the release in standard 4K packaging or in a Limited Edition Steelbook edition.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Pulp Fiction’ features a full 2160p Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, presented in a 2.35:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole and while it may not be the most revolutionary upgrade to hit the format, it certainly offers a notable improvement over the Blu-ray release and offers a clean, sharp and well detailed presentation from start to finish that’s absent of any unexpected troubles to be uncovered along the way. Everything from backgrounds to vehicles and interiors down to character specifics and facial details look noticeably clean and impressive and the presentation holds rather faithfully to the source material itself. The Dolby Vision addition only improves upon it all and provides a quite solid collection of colors balanced with some rewardingly deep, rich blacks. Overall, this is a very nice new Ultra High Definition video presentation that may not be a night and day difference, but should offer a notable enough improvement to make the upgrade well worthwhile for diehard fans of the film and Tarantino’s work as a whole.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack appears to be identical to that which was included in the Lionsgate Blu-ray release (which is itself identical to the included Blu-ray disc in this Paramount release down to the Lionsgate intro and all) but that doesn’t mean it disappoints in the slightest. This multichannel soundtrack offers a clean, sharp and at times fairly aggressive audio presentation throughout. It regularly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send the wonderful soundtrack, along with some bullets and other action effects, plus crowd chatter and more throughout the various speakers along the way and never allows any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become problematic or negatively affected in the process. Overall, this is a fully capable 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that may not be new like the video presentation, but still does its job well and should not disappoint.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Pulp Fiction’ includes a nice wealth of previously released extras, all of which can be found on the release’s included Blu-ray disc. The 4K UHD disc itself features a collection of cast interviews in ‘Not the Usual Mindless Boring Getting to Know You Chit Chat’ (running approximately 43 minutes in length), along with the roundtable retrospective ‘Here Are Some Facts on the Fiction’ (running approximately 20 minutes) and an ‘Enhanced Trivia Track’ for the film. The Blu-ray disc includes each of the extras included on the 4K UHD disc listed above, in addition to many more Featurettes, interviews and other videos including some ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie with Introductions by Tarantino (running approximately 25 minutes in length altogether), ‘2 Behind the Scenes Montages’ (approximately 11 minutes combined), plus ‘Pulp Fiction: The Facts Documentary’ (approximately 30 minutes), a ‘Production Design Featurette’ (6 minutes), ‘Siskel and Ebert At the Movies – The Tarantino Generation’ (16 minutes), ‘Independent Spirit Awards’ (11 minutes), ‘Cannes Film Festival – Palme D’Or Acceptance Speech’ (5 minutes), and the ‘Charlie Rose Show’ (55 minutes). Also included on the release is a ‘Marketing Gallery’ which includes multiple Trailers, TV Spots and Posters, plus Academy Award Campaign and Trade Ads for the movie, in addition to ‘6 Still Galleries’ and ‘Soundtrack Chapters’ for the film.
‘Pulp Fiction’ is available to own on 4K Ultra HD in both a standard edition 4K release as well as a Limited Edition Steelbook. The Limited Edition Steelbook release of ‘Pulp Fiction (which is the edition Paramount sent over for review) features collectible Steelbook packaging with a glossy image featuring exclusive artwork and both discs along with the Digital Code packed inside. The interior also features some additional artwork behind the discs. You can view a beauty shot of the Steelbook artwork courtesy of the studio at the bottom of this review for a better idea of what to expect.
*Please note that the above images are taken from the included Blu-Ray disc and resized. They do not represent the quality of the 4K Ultra HD disc itself and will additionally suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on the 4K UHD & Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.
Disc Rating: 9/10
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ is Now Available to Own on 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Steelbook & 4K Ultra HD from Paramount Home Entertainment
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