Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Inglourious Basterds Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 44.5 GB
Film Size: 34.8 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: Free

Video
Inglourious Basterds comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The transfer on this release is quite impressive, with many scenes featuring demo-worthy detail and clarity.

The facial details in particular stand out among some of the best we have come to see on Blu-ray. Textures can also be quite impressive, but at times they don't shine through as much as I would have liked. The overall clarity and improvement from DVD is clear in any shot, everything is much sharper and pleasing.

Colors are quite rich, feeling very natural and never exaggerated. Black levels were also quite strong, although at times I wish they were a bit inkier. On the technical side there really was nothing that upset me, the transfer was given a healthy encode with no artifact issues or tampering from what I could see. There is much to be loved about the high-def presentation aside from a few minor nitpicks. 9/10.

Audio
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for the Blu-ray release. Like the film, the track is quite marvelous. The mix always fits what is on-screen, meaning it can be both quiet and discreet and loud and aggressive.

Dialogue is crisp and clear, always easy to understand. The film's effects also have such a beautiful clarity to them, whether it be gunshots or a baseball bat. The movie also has a wonderful score which comes through the surround area beautifully.

I definitely appreciate the attention to detail in the mix, everything felt in place and added to the experience on Blu-ray. While I feel there are stronger demo tracks on Blu-ray, I was still very impressed by the mix and can't imagine it being much better. 10/10.

Extras

Extended & Alternate Scenes (11:27) (HD)
Two extended scenes and one alternate scene are included, presented in high-definition.

Nation's Pride - Full Feature (6:11) (SD)
See the propaganda film featured in the movie in whole.

Roundtable Discussion (30:45) (HD)
With Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell.

The Making Of Nation's Pride (4:01) (HD)
An in-character making of feature.

The Original Inglorious Bastards (7:39) (SD)
All about the Director of the original Inglrious Bastards Director Enzo G. Castellari, as well as what it took to allow Tarantino to use the name for his film despite them being completely different.

A Conversation With Rod Taylor (6:44) (HD)
The fantastic Rod Taylor talks about how he ended up being cast in Inglourious Basterds.

Rod Taylor On Victoria Bitter (3:19) (HD)
Rod Taylor talks about a beer called 'Victoria Bitter'.

Quentin Tarantino's Camera Angel (2:42) (SD)
The lady who handles the different takes in the film always has something random and funny to begin a new take after each cut.

Hi Sallys (2:10) (SD)
Hi Sallys are greetings to Sally Menke, the woman who has edited all his films. Tarantino likes to send greetings from the set to Sally in the editing room, see them all in this short extra.

Film Poster Gallery Tour (11:01) (SD)
With Elvis Mitchell

Killin' Nazis Trivia Challenge (BD-Live Enabled)
An interactive trivia game where you answer questions pertaining to the film.

Inglourious Basterds Poster Gallery
Using your remote control, go through the many posters for the film.

Trailers (7:30) (HD)
The teaser, domestic, international and Japanese trailers are included.

My Scenes (BD-Live Enabled)
Save your favorite scenes or share them with your friends via BD-Live.

D-Box Motion Code
For those that have a home theater which supports D-Box, this will likely be impressive.

BD-Live
Access the latest trailers from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Digital Copy
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

The extras on this release are all very fun, there's so much to see and it's actually quite enjoyable. 8/10.

Blu-news Summary
Inglourious Basterds is just another film to be added to your favorite Tarantino films. The film is graphic like almost any Tarantino movie, but it's also quite amazing.

The film is basically about the Nazis versus American soldiers also known as "The Basterds." The theme alone sounds intriguing, but when Tarantino puts his touch on something you know it's going to be insane! The entire movie is filled with some amazing suspense and of course the hilarious yet genius dialogue we come to experience with every Tarantino film.

Basterds will be one of the most fun times you have watching a film this year, it's even more fun than Zombieland, which was miles better than I anticipated. What I like about Basterds, is that no matter how extreme or wacky it gets, we are never thrown out of the experience, it all becomes easily believable and exciting.

It isn't Tarantino alone that makes this film so terrific, it's also the amazing cast, which includes the always likable Brad Pitt. Like the majority of his films, he always performs 150%, we never associate him with characters from previous work. He's no Michael Cera, which I think is something we can all appreciate and be happy about.

Inglourious Basterds is a must-see, whether you are a fan of the director, actors, theme, there's something to be enjoyed by every mature viewer. The film is graphic, so it's clearly not intended for children, but I'm sure Tarantino would not mind. Personally I loved this film, it easily surpassed all of my expectations and left me wanting to watch it again already. 10/10.

The Blu-ray release is almost as impressive as the film, with terrific video and audio presentations. We also get quite a few features, all very enjoyable and mostly fun. The Blu-ray release is a 'Must Own' for any fan and 'Highly Recommended' to all others.

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