Love him or hate him, director Quentin Tarantino is easily one of the most popular and influential movie makers ever. A lot of his films are pretty amazing and are among some of the best out there, though there are a few that don’t quite hit the mark and go all over the place. His latest, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood take a little bit of everything from his films and puts them together for a crazy spin of the 1960s as only he could give us.
Christian Stirling was able to view this during its theatrical run, and you can check out all of the plot details and more in his review. While I definitely understand where he was coming from in his review, I actually quite enjoyed the movie and all of its quirks, as it is a slow burn, but the great cast of actors make sitting through this long ride a lot of fun.
You can clearly tell that Tarantino has a knack for getting actors together and making them come alive and play off of each other perfectly, and once again he’s nailed it here. I was always smiling to myself whenever Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were on the screen together as the two of them have rock solid chemistry that’s a joy to watch. Toss in Al Pacino who is also great here along with the rest of the cast, and this near three hour film seems to breeze by at a good pace.
I was sent the standard Blu-ray for review and the picture and sound are great as to be expected. Every colorful detail from 1969 shows up nicely as you can tell Tarantino really captured the look and feel of the era perfectly from the cars and locales, to the costumes. The Dolby HD audio is also amazing as all of the catchy soundtrack and intense action sounds that flare up now and then rumble through nicely.
There’s not a lot of special features, but the few presented here are pretty good. First off as stated on the front cover of the Blu-ray case, there’s 20-some minutes of additional footage that was cut from the film such as extended scenes from the western TV show, promotional stuff and more. “Restoring Hollywood: The Production Design” is a fun look into how the film goes for pure authenticity of 1969 and nails it, “The Fashion of 1969” is basically the same feature for the costumes there were made, and “Shop Talk: The Cars of 1969” is, you guessed it, more of the same kind of extra but for the cars used in the movie.
“Quentin Tarantino’s Love Letter to Hollywood” has some of the cast and crew going over the famed director’s talent and his love of 1960’s Hollywood, and there’s a few others to check out as well. If you’re a Quentin Tarantino fan or just like great, time period pieces, you’ll want to pick up Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. A great cast set in a perfect recreation of 1969 Hollywood that’s filled with all sorts of strange but awesome surprises that only Tarantino could pull off makes for one of the year’s best films and is sure to become a modern classic.