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4K Resolution Goes Fighting To The Inglorious Basterds


There Are War Movies and Then There Are War Movies

By definition all movies are make-believe. Sure there are some are “based” on a true story or built around situations that occur or have occurred in real life, but really there’s no difference between a drama being based in New York City and a monster attacking Tokyo — they’re all made up. So the real issue becomes what to make up and why: the what is easy in that a director who likes directing Rom-coms does that, while a director interested in outer space goes for Sci-Fi. The often exception are the war stories, because while they might deviate in the details of what happens, they rarely deviate in what the historical reality of the times was. So to change that narrative you have to go to an alternative reality,

Which is perfect appetizer and lunch for Quentin Tarantino. He decided to take one of the most asked alternate realities of World War II — and no this isn’t about whether the Hulk is stronger than Superman — it’s about what it would look like if a bunch of American soldiers went behind enemy lines and confronted the leaders of the Third Reich by killing them in the most offensive and disgusting and violent manners possible. Remember we’re not talking about the common German solider or the common Nazi lowerlevel bureaucrat — we’re talking about the head honchos who deserved to have their heads crushed like grapefruit and their eyes popped out. And also remember that we’re talking Tarantino here who doesn’t believe that a drop of blood around a bullet hole is the end all of things. Now if all this descriptive text doesn’t explain it so well, or put you in the mood for the viewing, then the name of this disc should help to take care of that: Inglorious Basterds 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital.


Is Too Much Violence Too Much?

Brad Pitt heads an American squad of crack violent soldiers who are revenge seekers and know that just putting the enemy down for the count is not right — unless the count goes on and on and is as much violent as possible. Because giving away too much would ruin the “fun” of this film, let’s sort of end the violence train by saying that scalping — the removal of hair and a large section of the skin from the top of someone’s head — is just another part of this movie. And for those baseball fans, a baseball bat vies for attention also.

Now a gentle reader might say that the above paragraphs seem to make light of the violence and the way that the most horrible people you could have ever imagined are being violated and killed. But there’s a sort of black/gallows humor to make this film that keeps it from being nothing more than a fantasy killing spree set in World War II. Our father served in WWI in the Army and he could have appreciated the blending of the fantasy and violence being perpetrated on the Nazis. He also would have pointed out that the reality of violence during warfare does have moments of levity, but when things get serious it’s beyond discussion with those who have never experienced it.


It’s The Resolution That Counts

That same gentler reader might say why do a review of a movie that originally came out in 2009. Because it’s now on disc and in 4K resolution. First the obvious, 4K means that details are super obvious and super strong to look at. The less obvious is that by being on disc it’s not being heavily compressed which affects resolution and artifact creation that occur regularly when 4K is put forth on streaming service (or cable/satellite receivers as well). It’s not only a more stable signal, but offers extras that otherwise couldn’t be seen: there are extended and alternate scenes; there is a New York Times talk as well as a roundtable discussion with Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell; there’s an original short (Natton’s Pride) and a making of it and more. Plus a digital code for downloading or streaming (not 4K but HD).

Inglorious Basterds is definitely not for everyone — being rated R — but certainly is not a film that can be ignored when viewing. Which now includes viewing at home as well. For more details on this Universal Pictures Home Entertainment movie, go to

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