Tarantino is a filmmaker you either love or hate. I am in the love camp full throttle. Unlike many Tarantino fans though, I am a firm believer that he is getting better with each film he makes. Many fans still like to cling to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction as his best works but personally I don’t find they have the expertise of craftsmanship or maturity in dialogue skills that films that came after have. In fact, I would have to rank his films in a very strange order. I place Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds and the entire Kill Bill as tied for first place, followed by Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof and Reservoir Dogs. Now keep in mind the Tarantino film on the bottom of the list is still better than a huge number of films by other directors, by no means did I not like anything he has done so far. But the timeline does bring us to the release of Django Unchained on Blu-ray.
Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who wants nothing more than to find his wife after they were separated by a former owner. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a travelling bounty hunter and former dentist who frees Django to help him find some wayward criminals. Schultz promises to help Django find his wife, and then free them both if Django assists him. Their travels take them to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the slave owner who now possesses Django’s wife, where it becomes a battle of the wills to prevail.
Django Unchained is a perfect cocktail of entertainment. The pace is brisk, the story engaging and fascinating, the performances, especially by Waltz, Foxx and DiCaprio, are astounding, the action furious, and the look of the film is lush and beautiful. There is literally nothing working against Django Unchained. With elements of multiple genres including western, action, romance, exploitation and comedy, Tarantino is a mad but brilliant scientist when it comes to writing his films. And Django is full to the brim with some of the best dialogue he has ever written. One of the best films of the last year and one of Tarantino’s best films ever.
The Blu-ray from Alliance is destined to become one of the top rated discs this year, and that is with 8 months to go. Crisp clean picture with amazing detail and clarity, bold lush colors and a bombastic and perfectly balances sound field make Django Unchained one of my favorite Blu-rays ever. And it is loaded with some pretty cool special features as well. Tarantino is a must buy in my book regardless of the film, but Django should be a must buy for any movie fan out there regardless.
Available April 16, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.