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Scene: Oh, you know it already, and it involves a hypodermic
needle full of adrenaline.
now, the Quentin Tarantino story has achieved near legendary
status. His ascendancy from video store clerk to wunderkind
writer/director (not actor, by the way) proved the American
dream in many ways.
as you watch Tarantino bounce around through the many extras
on the collector's edition of Pulp Fiction, you realize
that only fame keeps him from being just like an annoying
video store clerk. If his movies weren't so darned good,
he'd be insufferable. Okay, a lot of people still consider
celebrate Pulp Fiction, Miramax has gathered together
just about everything there is on the subject, and thrown
it onto this great two-disc set. The one extra missing is
commentary over the film, but there are so many segments
of other people talking about the movie that you won't miss
it. Besides, as Tarantino points out in introducing the
deleted scenes, he made exactly the movie he wanted to make
up to you to analyze it. And in an open-mic DVD-ROM feature,
you get that chance. If you really must watch it and have
somebody telling you little production tidbits, there is
a subtitle option that's a bit like "Pop-Up Video," which
does have some amusing anecdotes. Reading about Christopher
Walken alone is worth turning on the option.
of the film, Miramax has included several commentaries.
One is a faux behind-the-scenes documentary, cobbled
together from various interviews with cast and crew from
over the years.
real gems do the talking, though. First, a special done
by Siskel & Ebert covering the hullabaloo over Tarantino's
career, at a time when he had only directed two films. For
fans now, agonizing over how long it has taken him to get
going on Kill Bill, it's amazing to realize that
there was a two or three year period where we actually got
five films written by him. More importantly as a slice of
history, we catch Siskel & Ebert on the cusp before they
themselves became clichés.
Rose conducts an in-depth interview with Tarantino, and
that, too, is well worth watching. One of the nation's best
interviewers takes on one of the nation's best talkers.
of the extras are hold-overs from the Criterion Collection
laser disc edition; Tarantino's introduction to the deleted
scenes keeps referring to how this differs from other laser
discs. But why redo it? They pretty much got it right the
has also included the set in a really nice package. Slipped
into a sturdy case that allows Uma Thurman to smolder in
the owner's direction, the package contains a souvenir booklet
that actually has some volume to it. For those without the
patience to read reviews on their television screen, a few
choice ones are reprinted in the booklet. Also included
is a must-have for fans of the movie: a menu for Jack Rabbit
Slim's. It's one of those stupid, useless items that exist
just to be cool.
a good package released at a reasonable price. Miramax has
also paired it with Tarantino's follow-up, Jackie Brown,
also chock full of extras. We'll be getting to that one
a little later.
Pulp Fiction - Miramax Collector's Edition at Amazon.com
Jackie Brown - Miramax Collector's Edition