Pulp Fiction
Miramax / 1994 / 170 Mins / Rated R18+


MOVIE
Pulp Fiction is a movie that will still be considered a classic in 20 years time, that's how much I like it!!! It's not the kind of movie that is made that often in Hollywood, especially in the 90's. 

Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino, it's a movie with 3 intermixing stories that make for 3 hours of great viewing. It centers around a group of hoods, a boxer, yokel scum and the bosses wife not to put too fine a point on it. Although some scenes are graphic, I will admit to that, it only makes the movie more compelling. 

It stars John Travolta in his comeback role along with Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Kietel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plumber, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Christopher Walken & Bruce Willis. 

To go into the plot and it's twists would take up way too much room, besides I don't want to spoil it, but it is great how they have made a movie like this from 3 separate non-sequential stories, Oh and also look out for one of my faves, Steve Bucemi as Buddy Holly the waiter in the Jackrabbit Slims Cafe.

VIDEO
Now while the picture transfer on this disc seems okay, after all it is framed a 2:35:1 and is supposedly 16x9 enhanced. I did see a few glaring errors and MPEG artifacts in the transfer, especially in some dark scenes and when things like Venetian blinds are in the scene. On the whole it's not bad, but just not overly good either. I still prefer the Laserdisc edition when it comes the video transfer.

Pulp Fiction is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual-layer disc.

AUDIO

Okay the disc itself is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and MPEG Multichannel 5.1, the default is DD 5.1 and this is what I listened to. The movie's soundstage sounds very centralized towards the front of the soundstage, but there is still a minimal surround presence, and if you listen very carefully you can hear some background noise in really quiet scenes. 

I believe the sound may have been sourced from a remastered version of the movie from the U.S. as you could also hear the same background noise in the remastered versions released there. They were mastered from a Dolby SR master and converted to DD5.1 then remixed to create a larger soundstage. If anyone has anymore info please let me know.

EXTRAS
Not a bad set of extra's here, scene selections, sound driven partly animated menus, Featurette and extra footage feature presented by Quentin Himself. The only thing that annoyed me was the menu, it's so slow.
FINAL THOUGHTS
About time a disc like this was released, granted it has a few flaws, but these aren't enough to put you off. A worthy addition to anyone's DVD collection

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 21:13:08 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating R18+
Running Time: 170 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 5/10/1999
Catalog Number: 1011619
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Village Roadshow
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 26
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVM
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: MPEG 5.1
Languages: English
Subtitles: None
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: Yes
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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