New on Blu-ray: True Romance

New on Blu-ray: True Romance

Quentin Tarantino made his second splash on the scene after Reservoir Dogs with a writer’s credit rather than a director’s with this romantic black comedy. Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) works at a comic book store, likes kung fu movies and has a special relationship with Elvis Presley’s ghost. He thought his life was pretty complete […]

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Quentin Tarantino made his second splash on the scene after Reservoir Dogs with a writer’s credit rather than a director’s with this romantic black comedy.

Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) works at a comic book store, likes kung fu movies and has a special relationship with Elvis Presley’s ghost. He thought his life was pretty complete until he met Alabama (Patricia Arquette). She was an escort hired by Clarence’s boss but they fell in love and got married a few days later. After an unplanned shootout, Clarence finds himself in possession of $500,000 worth of cocaine, which the Sicilian gangsters it originally belonged to want back. His attempt to cash in on his fortune in Hollywood sinks Clarence and Alabama into a river of blood via a Mexican standoff.

Not only is this movie an edge-of-your-seat bloody thriller, it’s packed with a lot of impressive names – Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gandolfini, Michael Rapaport, Brad Pitt, Chris Penn, Bronson Pinchot, Saul Rubinek and Val Kilmer. There are several very intense scenes of violence but they are all laid over Tarantino’s signature dark humour; thus, characters laugh and tell jokes as they endure brutal beatings. The infamous “Sicilian scene” is one of these occurrences and it is one of the best scenes ever put on film.

Even though Tarantino didn’t direct True Romance, his style of story and violence radiates through the whole movie. It’s fast-paced with memorable monologues rather than just the usual one-liners. Fans of Tarantino’s will not be disappointed and haters will welcome the direction of Tony Scott. Scott didn’t make any major alterations to the script, except for the ending (which even Tarantino agrees is better) and some musical choices, but his editing style is prominent. It is Scott’s influence that gives the film its fairy tale quality.

The special features match those of the previous two-disc DVD release. There are three feature commentaries that stand as examples for all others because for each major scene they provide different insider information. Commentators include: Slater and Arquette; Scott; and Tarantino. Additional commentary is provided by Hopper, Kilmer, Pitt and Rapaport on only the scenes in which they appear. A five-minute original featurette includes interviews with the cast about the evolution of their characters and a short behind-the-scenes featurette has an option to see footage from on-set during production. There are 11 deleted and extended scenes with optional director’s commentary that explains most scenes were eliminated due to time and momentum issues. One of the most significant extras is the original alternate ending with separate director and writer commentary.


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