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Inglourious Basterds

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Cast: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, B.J. Novak

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Rated: R

Review By:
Tom Herrmann

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Release Date: December 15th, 2009
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Overall Grade: A+

Inglourious Basterds

Review By: Tom Herrmann

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Inglorious Basterds

Movie Grade: A+

DVD Features Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most unique modern directors in mainstream American cinema. For almost twenty years now, he has given the world an odd brand of film that is absolutely one in his own. With a formula that features non-linear storylines, unconventional dialog, and ultra-violence; Tarantino‘s movies are in a league of their own. His films aren’t only anomalous because of this formula; they are also extremely well executed in classical directing techniques, including all elements of mise en scène

Though his library of films is small, Tarantino has received a great deal of acclaim for his work: this trend will certainly continue with his latest work Inglorious Basterds. Taking place over several years during World War II in Germany occupied France, Inglorious Basterds tells two main stories: that of First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), who is the leader of a brutal group of Jewish-American soldiers who have set out to do nothing but kill German soldiers; and Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) who is a Jew running a cinema in France under a false name. Though the two people are completely unrelated, they both plan to kill a massive number of Germans, including Hitler, in Shosanna’s cinema during the premier of the German propaganda film Nation’s Pride.

It is difficult to put into words how excellent Inglorious Basterds really is. The film has an incredibly elegance to it which is contrasted by the barbaric, yet exceedingly enjoyable actions of The Basterds. It would do the film a disservice to ignore the tensions in the conversations throughout the film, but it is hard to stop talking about the child-like catharticism which takes place every moment The Bastards have a German at their almost nonexistent mercy.

One of the best moments of the entire films comes in Chapter Two when Aldo first introduces The Bear Jew (Eli Roth): a Basterd who “…bashes their [Nazi's] heads in with a baseball bat” While the German soldiers are captive by a dark tunnel, loud clunks of a bat grow louder and louder as he approaches. When he emerges from the tunnel he points the bat to the soldiers” medals on his chest and asks, “Did you get that for killing Jews?” The soldier merely replies, “Bravery.” The Bear Jew then raises his bat to the side of the soldier’s head, winds up, and swings with brute force at the soldier’s skull. There is no hesitation I the actions or in the filming: everything is seen. The camera remains on the beating as the soldiers head cracks to the side and his dead body is savagely beaten on the ground.

The special features are nearly as bountiful as the two and a half our feature presentation on this DVD. With things like deleted scenes, an interview

with Pitt and Tarantino, and a Making of, there will be more than enough to give all the Tarantino junkies their fix. One feature that stands out above the rest, while actually being much less substantial is The Original Inglorious Bastards. This features draws attention to the parcels of lack thereof to the original film titled The Inglorious Bastards. The though film is not technically a remake and has few constants between it and the original, there are several touches and cameos that add a certain homage to the original.

Tarantino is one of the greatest contemporary directors and has directed several films that are without a doubt classics in the making. Films like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs come to mind as some of his most prestigious works. Though Inglorious Basterds is a much more recent piece, it will undoubtedly work its way into the ranks with those films and become known as one of Tarantino’s best works of cinema.

Movie Grade: A+

DVD Features Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

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