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"Inglourious Basterds" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Inglourious Basterds

Synopsis

It's early WW-II, and Germany is occupying a defeated France. Nazis are executing members of the resistance, while Jews are being murdered in concentration camps.

American Lt. Aldo Raine (Pitt) assembles a group of French Jews as a team to give the Nazis a taste of their own medicine. They plow their way through France, capturing Nazis, beating them to death, and scalping them. Of course, Hitler is outraged, but he wants to keep their exploits quiet. Their nickname becomes the "Basterds". He wants them captured.

Major Hans Landa (Waltz) is a specialist in finding people. Currently, he is finding Jews who are in hiding, and having them put to death by his squads of goose stepping swine. At a dairy farm, a young girl, Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent), escapes death by running away while the rest of her family are being shot.

A few years pass, and the Basterds continue their exploits.

Now, Hans is assigned the task of finding Lt. Raine.

A German movie star, Bridget von Hammersmark (Kruger), is collaborating with the resistance, and she sets up a meeting with the Basterds, who will help Shosanna, who now owns a movie theater in Berlin and has changed her name to Emmanuelle Mimieux, kill Hitler, Goring, Goebbels, and Borman, who will be attending the premier of a movie called Nation's Pride, which is about one particular German hero who killed more than 300 Allied soldiers with his sniping skills.

Their plan is to set the theater on fire using stored films placed in a pile behind the screen. In those days, movie film was made of cellulose nitrate, which was extremely flammable.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Malanie Laurent, Diane Kruger
  • Directed by Quentin Tarantino
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Tarantino's films vary in plot, but never in style or quality. Basterds is certainly not your garden variety of WW-II stories, and there really is not all that much violence, although the violence that is shown, is horrific. Christoph Waltz's portrayal of the SS officer Hans Landa is brilliant, with a likely Oscar nomination in the wings. He absolutely oozes slime, but is a coward underneath, like all the Nazis who brutalized the helpless Jews that had no weapons to defend themselves.

Technical

The image quality is superb, and the DTS-HD MA goes a long way to make the film as enjoyable to the ears as it is a feast for the eyes.

Extras

These include Extended and Alternate Scenes, The Making of Nation's Pride, A Conversation with Rod Taylor (he plays Winston Churchill), Quentin Tarantino's Camera Angel, Pocket BLU, and BD-Live.

Here is my own extra for certain very special people:

Für alle von Ihnen Neo-Nazis dadraußen der Traum von wiederzubeleben den 1000 jährigen Reich von Hitler, werden Ihre Träume nie erkannt werden, weil sie in den Gruben des tiefsten Faulraums auf dem Planeten vergraben sind. Bitte Sprung in und Versuch, sie zu finden. Alle von Ihren Freunden sind schon dort, erdrosselnd auf Hundscheiße. Der einzige Ort, den der Nazistische Salut je wieder gegeben werden wird, ist in Hölle.