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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
  • Producers: Bill Unger, Bob Weinstein, Don Edmonds, Gary Barber, Gregory Manson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 30 1997
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304602979
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,834 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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True Romance (Unrated Director`

It was directed with energetic skill by Top Gun Tony Scott, but this breathtaking 1993 thriller (think of it as an adolescent crime fantasy on steroids) has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. True Romance is really part of a loose trilogy that includes Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, with a crackling Tarantino screenplay that rides a fine line between raucous comedy and violent excess. Christian Slater plays Clarence, the comic-book lover who meets a beguiling prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), confronts her vicious pimp (Gary Oldman), and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favorite Tarantino climax--the "Mexican standoff"--in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. Brutal, profane, and totally outrageous, True Romance is not for everyone, but with a supporting cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, and Val Kilmer (as the ghost of Elvis!), you can be sure this movie will never be boring. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Annessa on June 28 2004
Format: DVD
I recently read Tarantino's original screenplay to "True Romance". Apart from the change in narrative structure (non-chronological), it hints to a bleaker, grittier urban drama, with a tragic ending. It would have been very interesting to see the final film in Tarantino's vision.
Tony Scott's sugar-coated adaptation works wonders though. It was made very clear in the script that the relationship between the two leads was very strong. Scott took this unison and gave the film a fairy-tale tone. The villains in the film are very colourful, contributing to the feel that Scott has established. Hans Zimmer's score does nothing better, than to enforce this vision.
The cast is one of the most impressive line-ups I've ever seen. Much of the film rests on the shoulders of Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, both characters come off very likable with clear, clean, simple motives. These are career performances. Dennis Hopper gives good in his limited screen-time as Christian's ex-cop, ex-alcoholic father. It is in his time shared with Christopher Walken (being a one-scene wonder, like in "Pulp Fiction"), that he comes off at his best. The Sicilian scene is Walken's most intense since "Deer Hunter". Gary Oldman also gives another deliciously evil and memorable performance, the man is a chameleon, he is yet to unimpress me.
But one of my favourite things about the cast is seeing then-relative-unknowns Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in small, but memorable roles. A real shame that Jackson's performance was cut down heavily from the script, some of the dialogue in his one scene was very amusing, if maybe a little offensive to some.
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By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Directed by Tony Scott
Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper
120 minutes

Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

This isn't a great Blu-ray presentation. Detail is murky in places and the image is overly scrubbed. Probably 3/5.

The reason I like it is the writing. Tarantino's dialogue has a distinct feel. You either like it or you don't. I find it very funny and I love it. He wasn't at his peak here, but was establishing his voice still. There are excellent moments and some not so good.

Slater does pretty well as Clarence. Arquette's Alabama is an essential character and their relationship works.

The best scene in the movie is where Christopher Walken's character interrogates Hopper's. Just brilliant writing.

It's full of star power with big name actors playing tiny roles. It's very violent in the way of a Tarantino movie. The basic plot is very simple and could be summarized in a single paragraph, but this is more about the journey.

Humour, a Mexican standoff, blood, bizarre dialogue, it's all there.

Not in the same league as Pulp Fiction, but it felt more like a Tarantino movie than a Scott movie.
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This is really a masterpiece. A violent masterpiece, yes, but a masterpiece nonetheless. Christian Slater must look back on this film with a sense of longing because he has not been given as good a project since (Churchill: The Hollywood Years, anyone?). Many people brand this movie as a narcissistic teenage boy's wet dream. Well it's not. This is supposed to be a "fairy tale" I mean he's a film geek and she's a hot girl. Well it turns out this hot girl likes movies and comics to so they get married. Tarantino didn't set out to make a fairy tale when he wrote it but the changes that Tony Scott made (as small as they were) really changed the theme of the movie and made it lighter and more like a fairy tale.

Patricia Arquette acted out really well in this film and the role perfectly fit her. Call me crazy, but she really seems to be enjoying playing the "hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold". In fact, everyone seems to be loving the hell out of that script. The scene between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken is one of cinemas greatest ever scenes! The famously egotistical Val Kilmer goes almost unseen as Elvis - sorry, The Mentor - and Brad Pitts Cleaning Products line was a brilliant ad-lib. Gary Oldman as the white-rasta Drexl is the epitome of nastiness. Even Samuel L Jackson gets a high billing in the credits, but is in the film for less than 5 minutes! Genius.

What more can I say, this is a collection of brilliantly written scenes, filled with memorable quotes and held together by a sweet, believable and totally mad storyline with a better-than-A-list-cast. Even the tragically underused Ed Lauter gets a look-in. Tom Sizemore and Chris Penn excel as the cops on the trail. The weakest point is Bronson Pinchot, but even he keeps pace well.

Scott did an EXCELLENT job, but I would like to see QT's version. If you like your movies fast, mean and outrageously raw you'll have a blast with this one.
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This is one of my favorite movies of all time!!!! I can watch certain scenes over and over. The chemistry between Patricia and Christian is some of the best chemistry between two actors I've seen on the big screen (as it always is when two stars actually date. Check out Christian and Samantha Mathis' chemistry in Pump up the Volume) All the other characters are insane as well. One of the best cast films of all time. The scene between Christopher Walken and Hopper is true genius, (although I was kind of wondering why Christian or Patricia during the commentary don't mention that fact that it is racist [i guess we are just supposed to assume that just because it is Quentin Tarantino, race comments shouldn't be taken seriously? Hmmmm I haven't read Quentin's commentary yet.]) And that brown spot on Michael Rapaport's shirt after Brad Pitt (Floyd) doesn't get him toilet paper is hysterical. Maybe there is a link between those scenes or maybe not, but Tony directs the crap out of these actors and I catch something new each time I watch it. This special rated version is dope. Christian and Patricia's commentary is funny as hell. It must be weird watching a sex scene with a former lover on screen ten years later!!! And there are A LOT of great other special features. We get to see Tony Scott's storyboards. He made about 900 drawn frames, shot to shot of the movie. I learned a lot about the movie and filmmaking in general. I just hope that Christian and Tarantino can work together again. Christian's career needs just a little more twang thang shabang, and I know he can do it. He's got his kids and wife to make it happen. Christian Slater is one of the sexiest men on the screen of all time. The man literally takes my breath away everytime he is on screen. That voice? Those mannerisms? That laugh that is only one "Heh", and that crotch? GOOD GOD. Much love in your direction man, life is hard what can I say? Oh, and Patricia is a kick ass little adorable thang too.
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