Inglourious Basterds

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Alliance, 2009) D: Quentin Tarantino, w/.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Alliance, 2009) D: Quentin Tarantino, w/ Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz. Rating: NN DVD package: NNN Rating: NN

Time after time, Inglourious Basterds stops dead so writer/director Quentin Tarantino can milk his irrelevant dialogue trick, drag in pointless scenes and, in one case, an entirely unnecessary character. Eventually, everything congeals to a Grand Guignol climax that could have had a powerful emotional kick if there had been a half-decent buildup. Alas, there wasn’t.


The titular Basterds are a gang of Jewish-American soldiers dropped into occupied France to kill Nazis and spread terror. After a couple of scenes of the Basterds at work, the story shifts to a young Jewish woman passing as Aryan in Paris. Top-ranking Nazis are about to gather in her little cinema to see a film premiere.

The cast appears to be having fun, especially Christoph Waltz, who takes an unusually playful approach to his SS interrogator.

The extras are better than the movie. There’s a complete version of the film that the Nazis watch and a mockumentary making-of to go with it. Critic Elvis Mitchell provides a good film history lesson via a guided tour of the movie posters on display in Inglourious Basterds. Every one is there for a purpose, he assures us. But he never says what it is. I wish he had.

EXTRAS Disc one: Nazi film, extended scenes. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles. Disc two: Tarantino and Pitt interview, Nazi film making-of mockumentary, original Inglorious Bastards doc, two Rod Taylor interviews, film poster tour with commentary, on-set footage, more. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish subtitles.

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