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True Romance (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Director's Cut) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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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Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper
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.
Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are the couple at the film's center. He's an Elvis fan and comic book freak who loves martial arts films. She's been working as a call girl for only four days and is sent by his boss to show the boy a good time. However, they fall in love, get married and then he goes gunning for her pimp. All of a sudden they're in possession of a suitcase full of cocaine. Then they drive to Los Angeles where they hope to sell it and live happily every after.
Not so fast. The mob is on their trail. Christopher Walken plays the gangster who tries to get information as to the couple's whereabouts from Dennis Hopper, who is cast as Slater's father. James Gandolfini is a hit man and has a bloody scene with Patricia Arquette later. Brad Pitt has a small role as a stoned out friend of Michael Rappaport who is helping the couple sell the drugs. And Tom Sizemore is a cop. Naturally things get complicated. People get bloody and battered. But "true romance" constantly prevails between the couple.
Once I started watching this film, I literally didn't move from my seat as I was entirely focused on the screen that was exploding with action. The dialog was terrific. And so was the acting. O.K. - maybe it wasn't realistic or plausible. But who had time to stop and think about it? Certainly not me. I just relaxed and enjoyed. And isn't that what the experience of a good film is all about.Read more ›
Clarence Worley (Christain Slater) a commic book clerk obsessed with Kung-Fu and John Woo films, meets a call girl Alabama (Patricia Arquete) at a movie theater, they fall in love and get married and confronts her pimp Drexl ( Gary Oldman)kills him and stills a suitecase full of cocain that belongs to the Italian mob lead by ( Christopher Walken) who shares a auwsome sceen with ( Dennis Hooper) who plays clarence's dad.
Clarence and Alabama go on a road trip to Los Angles and are relentlessly being followed by the mafia trying to reclaim their property and the cops who all get caught in the middle of a thousand smoking barrels of bullets.
There's plenty of fammiliar faces of actors in short roles, Samuel L. Jackson as a big time pimp, Bradd Pitt as a big time stoner James Gandolfini (before is stardom on the The Sopranos) as a sadistic hitman who gets into a fight with Alabama.
This has to be one of the most Tarrantino production ever made even thogh It came out a year before Pulp Fiction and a year after Resevoir Dogs.True Romance has more Hype to it and is enjoyable for beginging to end we will never see anything like this anymore.
1# Reservoir Dogs
2# True Romance
3# Pulp Fiction
Director Tony Scott deserves a big round of applause because here, as in The Last Boy Scout, he is able to adapt his cinematic style to a very different kind of script. True Romance the film stays very true to the tone of the script, right down to the excessive corniness, brutal violence, and hyperkinetic energy.
The story really aims to be a love story. But I think it only succeeds half way. Tarantino has never been good at crafting female characters -- fortunately, Alabama is one of his best attempts, and she is definitely better than the whiny Fabienne and Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction. Her relationship with Clarence (Christian Slater, in one of his best roles) is a little shallow because their initial attraction is a little too brief and riddled with Tarantino's favourite male-female device, baby talk. Sorry, I have a weak stomach for this device. But Patricia Arquette gives her all here in a fierce, brave performance that she's never quite topped; whatever problems I have with Alabama stems from the writing, not the acting.Read more ›
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Wasn't letterboxed but wasn't a personal issue. Dubbing was a little off on a few scenes but barely noticed.Published 6 months ago by J. S
Luv this movie! This was ordered as a replacement to one that got left behind during a move.Published 8 months ago by Dennis Rothenburger
One of the best movies ever! buy this movie! dont wait for the dust to settle!Published 9 months ago by BLANKO
sometimes when i order a blu ray it has a small mark or two [but still seem to work fine], but this was in perfect condition and is a fantastic movie.Published 15 months ago by Thomas
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