DVD Review: Inglourious Basterds
I sat down this weekend to watch Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds again, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time around, I have to say the second time made me love it on a whole new level. Maybe it's because in between chapters I could pause to get a snack, check my email, or shout at the people loitering outside my window. Whatever it was, the film was ultimately more enjoyable. It's even perfectly structured for these kind of A.D.D. breaks. You can watch a self-contained segment, do your thing, and then return to the movie with a full stomach and/or an empty bladder.
You can read the original review of the film here, and check out my review of the Inglourious Basterds Special Edition 2-Disc DVD after the jump.
There are several bonus features on the 2-Disc DVD that are worth your time perusing. Skip right on past the Extended & Alternate Scenes, which feel like they were just tacked on to have to the option on the DVD, and check out the Roundtable Discussion with Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Elvis Mitchell. Sure, it's full of the obligatory mutual ass kissing, but you also get some fun and interesting insight in to the making of the film, and why Pitt gave Aldo such an awkwardly hanging jaw.
Nation's Pride, the film within the film in Basterds, can also be seen in its entirety. The six minute Nazi propaganda short feels like a Tarantino version of a scene from Saving Private Ryan. It's absurd, hilarious, and the exaggerated body count makes you feel like you're being fed cinematic Socialist bull crap, and you're buying it.
The other two quick features worth checking out were the always entertaining Hi Sally greetings from the cast and crew, and Quentin Tarantino's Camera Angle. They both make a Tarantino set seem like the ideal work environment, but who knows, maybe he hoses everyone down with fake blood when the camera's aren't rolling. If that's the case, it's DEFINITELY the ideal work environment.
Both the DVD and Blu-Ray Inglourious Basterds 2-Disc Special Editions hit stores tomorrow. Give them to Grandma this holiday season.