Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers. Their mission successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt the South’s most-wanted criminals. Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where Django’s long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.
Tarantino has always shown a huge interest in Spaghetti Western’s and here is his chance to do one his way with obvious influences from the classics of the genre. With the controversial subject of slavery at the helm, the film is both violent, horrific and funny at the same time. Christoph Waltz is brilliant as the bounty hunter who befriends the slave and helps rescue his wife while making some good money along the way.
Tarantino’s superb writing is given breathing space and some of the set pieces are superbly staged. All of the cast give outstanding performances but I do wish Tarantino would not make cameo’s in his own films, he is great behind the camera and that’s where he should stay! The film is a bit too overlong, the final act really was not necessary but overall this is again a class film from one of the best director’s working today.
The Blu ray released by Sony is extremely pleasing to look at. The 1080p transfer is solid, the colours are bold and landscapes are crystal clear, very impressive. The sound is again top notch, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is loud with plenty of surround activity, Bass is strong also.
Extra’s are disappointing. Remembering J. Michael Riva: The Production Design of Django Unchained, The Costume Designs of Sharen Davis and Re-imagining the Spaghetti Western: The Horses and Stunts of Django Unchained are all short (12 minutes) HD features which are interesting but it would have been nice to get more info on the film’s production etc. One nice touch is if you go to scene selection there is an audio option which lets you go to a section of the film that track is playing, it also tells you what film that music was originally from.
FILM: 9 PICTURE: 8.5 SOUND: 8.5 EXTRAS: 4