A pair of low-rent hit men, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), are sent out to collect a stolen briefcase for their mob boss employer, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Having proven himself worthy, Wallace then entrusts Vincent to entertain his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), while he is out of town. Meanwhile, Wallace has paid off aging boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to throw his next fight. The lives of these wildly entertaining characters intertwine with unexpected and violent consequences.
Has any film contributed more to the cultural lexicon than Pulp Fiction? If hearing phrases such as "a Royale with cheese", "Zed's dead, baby", "This is a tasty burger!", or listening to Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" doesn't instantly transport you to the world of low-rent hitmen Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), then I can only assume you haven't ever sampled Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece. If that's the case, then I'd advise that you remedy that omission immediately, because you're missing out on one of the most entertaining, original and generation-defining pieces of cinema of the last 20 years.
It's not just the sharp script, with its snappy back-and-forth banter and glorious use of obscenity and violence, that makes the movie so much fun to watch. However, on a surface level, it's hard to deny that Tarantino's distinctive voice as a writer is one of the things that first grabs you about the movie.
As paradoxical as it may seem, Pulp Fiction feels new and old at the same time: Tarantino seems to have populated the movie with handfuls of classic gangster tropes and clichéd characters (the Boss's seductive wife; the corrupt boxer whose career has hit the skids; the contract killers), picking and choosing his favourite elements like a magpie, before putting them all together in a way that somehow makes everything feel fresh and new.
Characters who feel like they sprung from the 1940s drive cars made in the 1980s, wear 1990s fashions, and go out to dinner in restaurants themed around the 1950s and 1960s. It's a glorious mixture of influences that could have seemed indulgent or incoherent under a less confident director, but which feels completely cohesive when aligned as part of Tarantino's singular vision.
Perhaps it's the charming banality of some of the more mundane conversations or the gradual onslaught of a thousand casual pop-culture references that endears us to the film, grounding these decidedly unreal characters - rendered here as bold, larger-than-life comic-book archetypes - in a reality that we can understand and relate to.
Undoubtedly, the many great acting performances also win over our affections, whether it's the career-resurrecting turn by Travolta; the career-defining performance by Jackson; the iconic appearance of Uma Thurman as the beguiling yet untouchable Mia Wallace; or the scene-stealing cameos by the likes of Harvey Keitel and Christopher Walken, who elevate what could be minor secondary characters to something altogether more special.
Finally, there's just so much pleasure to be had from rewatching the film and figuring out how its disjointed chronology all fits together. It's fair to say that after watching it for the first time, you'll immediately want to see it again - and the more you watch it, the more you appreciate all of the subtle connections and interplay between the three vignettes that comprise the film's central narrative.
On Blu-Ray, the movie seems to have found a format that can match its iconic status. It isn't just a case of being able to see everything just that little bit more sharply - although the high-definition format and the brand new Tarantino-approved transfer certainly allows you to more fully appreciate meticulous set design like the retro chic of the Jack Rabbit Slim diner, or the grubby clutter of the drug-dealer's den in which one of the film's most nerve-shredding sequences takes place.
It's also the wealth of extra material contained on this single disc that should make fans of the movie happy that it has been given a package that does it justice. Along with a host of deleted scenes (with commentary from Tarantino), there's also a critical roundtable discussion of the movie; a US TV special explaining the film's special place in recent cinema history; retrospective cast interviews; two montages of behind-the-scenes footage; a feature on the movie's breakout success at the Cannes film festival; a gallery of production and promotional images; and a pop-up trivia feature that runs alongside the movie.
It's a fittingly comprehensive treatment for one of the most distinctive, original and downright quotable films of the last 20 years, and I can't recommend it more highly to both fans and newcomers alike.
What more can be said about Quentin Tarantino's now classic Pulp Fiction that hasn't been said a million times already? The effortlessly cool and iconic dialogue, the distinctive characters, the astonishingly diverse soundtrack - all this (and much, much more) adds up to a bona fide modern classic.
The weird thing is how little the film has aged after 17 years (yes it really has been that long). That's perhaps down to the fact that it's a hodgepodge of references to times and films past, with music from a vast array of eras allowing the film to stay firmly in its own time period and thus making it timeless for the audience.
Chances are if you're a fan of the film you will own it already (possibly in multiple formats). However, a Blu-ray release has been a long time coming and now it's finally here. And I am very thankful to say that it's worth the wait, delivering the top quality picture and sound you hope for from a Blu-ray alongside a great new selection of special features.
As the back cover proudly says, we have here a stunning new 1080P transfer of the movie "approved by Quentin Tarantino," and that description is well earned. The picture is crisp and clear with no noticeable dark patches or loss of colour, and the sound is fabulous (it sports new "5.1 Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio"), bringing a whole new life to those classic scenes of Mia and Vincent to "You Never Can Tell" at Jack Rabbit Slim's or Jules bellowing "Ezekiel 25:17" in the apartment, to use just two examples. There are none of the issues you disappointingly find a lot with Blu-ray releases which have been rushed out for the sake of it. This has clearly been lovingly and painstakingly transferred to provide the best experience possible.
When it comes to special features the Blu-ray is well worth buying. This isn't just a case of the studio double dipping as we have a more than an hour of new material. This consists of two fascinating featurettes: the first is 45 minutes of brand new interviews with cast members including John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz and Tim Roth. They talk about everything from how they initially got involved with the film to what it means in their overall careers. The only disappointment there is the lack of the likes of Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames but those that do appear provide for interesting and entertaining insights. The second featurette is roughly 20 minutes long and features a group of film critics -ranging from those who consider it an all-time favourite to those who find it overrated - talking about its place in film history. It's a fascinating watch because it allows us to see the critical perspective over a decade and a half on.
The rest of the special features are the same as the previous 2-disc DVD edition including behind the scenes, a production design featurette, the original Siskel & Ebert review of the movie when it came out and the footage of when the film won the Palm d'Or. Overall an absolutely fantastic must-have Blu-ray release of what may very well be THE film of the 90s.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this Oscar-Winning instant classic with a superb cast including John Travolta Samuel L Jackson and Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction is the skilfully interwoven tale of how the lives of two mob hit men a boxer a gangster’s wife and two small-time thieves connect through vengeance violence and redemption Packed with dark humour witty fast-talk and intense violence Pulp Fiction is widely considered one of the best movies ever made and still remains one of the most original movies to date
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino's hugely successful follow-up to 'Reservoir Dogs' melds three dime-store stories set in lowlife LA into one cohesive thriller. Butch (Bruce Willis) is an over-the-hill boxer paid to take a fall, who instead does a runner with mobster Merselius's (Ving Rhames) money. Meanwhile, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are two hitmen who aren't having the easiest of mornings, and Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) are two would-be bank robbers who are planning a heist in a restaurant. Winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes and an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.