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Pulp Memories…

By Robert T. Trate     October 04, 2011


Welcome to October. It is the month where horror films rule. Sadly, this is not the DVD Shopping Bag I wanted to begin with. The Walking Dead: the Complete First Season 3-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray did not arrive in time. Instead a modern classic showed up instead to take its place.
Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction Blu-ray is packed with tons of special features, yet only two are different from the Pulp Fiction Two-Disc Collector's Edition DVD from 2002. The picture quality here is sharp. Pores ooze sweat and tiny beads of adrenaline drip in 1080p. Rest assured this is a Blu-ray upgrade you need.
I remember seeing this film at least twice in the theater when it came out. Once, I even took my Mom to see it. After a lengthy discussion of how bad the language was, she did admit she loved the story. In watching it again I had a huge flood memories about the film. Some were trivia, others questions and even of my few personal experiences with the film.
There are two strange moments in the film that always remind me of other movies: Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) drinking from Brett’s (Frank Whaley) soda. His eyes make him look like E.T. The other is when Mia is on her way home from Lance’s (Eric Stoltz). She sits in the car brooding like Winona Ryder from Beetlejuice.
The connection to Tarantino’s other films are definitely present, even early on. A brief example would be Vincent Vega (John Travolta) in Pulp Fiction and Vic Vega aka Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) in Reservoir Dogs. They were brothers, right?
Speaking of Reservoir Dogs, it was the hot movie at the video store I worked in. We had just one copy the week Pulp Fiction came out in the theaters. By the third week, we had six. They were always rented out, too.
The aftermath of Pulp Fiction must have been tough on Tarantino. Jackie Brown was “meh” for the fans and the critics. Several people I knew loved his movies. However, the more Tarantino become a public figure, the less they seemed to like him. Do you recall how his face was everywhere? Thankfully, Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds reminded us how great his work really is.
Did you ever wonder who played the Gimp? Stephen Hibbert.
“Zed’s dead, Baby. Zed’s dead” are the last words of the movie, chronologically.
Why was the Wolf (Harvey Keitel) at a cocktail party at 8:30 in the morning? I guess that is how the Wolf roles.
It was also an insane year at the Academy Awards 1994-1995. It was a cage match between Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. I’ll bet that most of us have either two or all three of these movies in our collection.
There are tons more moments and factoids as I could do this forever. One last thing I always wonder about is why Honey Bunny’s (Amanda Plummer) line from the end of the first segment to her line in the last segment doesn’t match up. Why did Tarantino use two different takes?
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. Pulp Fiction [Blu-ray]
2. The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (3-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
3. Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958)
4. Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray]
5. The Lion King (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
HORROR- Has it has been for the last 4 years, Horror films, in October, come first.
A Haunting in Salem [Blu-ray 3D] Starring Bill Oberst Jr., Courtney Abbiati, Jenna Stone
A Haunting in Salem
Amer [Blu-ray] Starring Cassandra Foret, Charlotte Eugene Guibeaud, Marie Bos
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958) Starring Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers
Before I Hang Starring Boris Karloff, Bruce Bennett and Ben Taggart
Black Room Starring John Buckler, Robert Allen and Thurston Hall
Black Zoo Starring Michael Gough, Jeanne Cooper, Rod Lauren and Virginia Grey
The Caller Starring Stephen Moyer and Luis Guzman
Caesar and Otto's Summer Camp Massacre Starring Dave Campfield, Paul Chomicki, Felissa Rose and Joe Estevez
The Couch Starring Grant Williams, Shirley Knight and Onslow Stevens
Dead Alive [Blu-ray] Starring Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody
Demon Seed Starring Julie Christie and Fritz Weaver
Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode Starring Jason Walford-Davies, Vaughan Prytherch
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Lady Frankenstein / Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
Elvira's Movie: Scared to Death / Tormented Starring Elvira
Elvira's Haunted Hills Starring Elvira and Richard O'Brien
From Beyond the Grave Starring Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Peter Cushing and Diana Dors
Fugue Starring Abigail Mittel, Richard Gunn and Erika Bruun-Andersen
The Giant Behemoth Starring Gene Evans, Andre Morell and John Turner
Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Dai Watanabe, Asami Mizukawa, Koji Yamamoto
Hysteria (1965) Starring Robert Webber and Maurice Denham
Isolation Starring Eva Amurri, David Harbour, Joshua Close and Greg Henry
Killer Party Starring Martin Hewitt and Ralph Seymour and Elaine Wilkes
Moon Zero Two Starring James Olson, Warren Mitchell and Adrienne Corri
Nightbreed Starring Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg
Night of the Lepus Starring Janet Leigh, Stuart Whitman and Rory Calhoun
The Pack Starring Hope Anderson-Willis, Joe Don Baker and Richard B. Shull
The Phantom of Hollywood Starring Skye Aubrey, Jack Cassidy, Jackie Coogan
Phase 7 Starring Daniel Hendler, Yayo Guridi and Jazmin Stuart
The Presence Starring Mira Sorvino, Shane West and Justin Kirk
Queen Of Outer Space Starring Zsa Zsa Gabor and Lisa Davis
Search for Dracula Starring Narrated by Eli Wallach
Scream 4 [Blu-ray] Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
Scream 4
Silent Night Zombie Night [Blu-ray] Starring Vernon Wells, Felissa Rose and Lew
Silent Night, Zombie Night Starring Vernon Wells, Felissa Rose and Lew Temple
Slashers Gone Wild Starring Robyn Griggs, Raz, Rob Avery and Heather Leigh Davis
The Snow Devils Starring Enzo Fiermonte
Stanley Starring Chris Robinson, Alex Rocco and Steve Alaimo
Sweet Hostage Starring Linda Blair, Martin Sheen and Jeanne Cooper
Trog Starring Joan Crawford, Michael Gough and Bernard Kay
Breakheart Pass / Valdez Is Coming Starring Charles Bronson and Burt Lancaster
Death Wish 2/Death Wish 3/Deathwish 4/Assassination Starring Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Jill Ireland and Kay Lenz
Deep Gold (Blu-ray) Starring Bebe Pham, Jaymee Ong, Laury Prudent and Kersten Hui
Fast Five Starring Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel
Fast Five (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy in Blu-ray Packaging)
Fast Five (Two-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Copy in DVD Packaging)
The Lone Ranger Starring Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore and John Hart
Lost Horizon Starring Peter Finch and Charles Boyer
Missouri Breaks/Doc Starring Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin, Jack Nicholson
Moby Dick [Blu-ray] Starring Ethan Hawke, Donald Sutherland, William Hurt
Once Upon a Time in China & America [Blu-ray] Starring Rosamund Kwan
Quigley Down Under Starring Alan Rickman, Tom Selleck and Chris Haywood
Glass Maiden Complete Collection
La Corda D'Oro Primo: Passo Complete Collection
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Ryuji Aigase, Satomi Ishihara
Negima!? The Complete Second Season S. A.V.E. Starring Greg Ayres, Luci Christian and Monica Rial
Beauty and the Beast (Five Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) Starring Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White and Jerry Orbach
Frosty the Snowman [Blu-ray]
Frosty's Winter Wonderland
The Lion King (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) Starring Matthew Broderick, Niketa Calame, Jim Cummings
The Lion King (Four-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
The Lion King Trilogy (Eight-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
Mighty Hercules
Mr. Magoos Christmas Carol
New Adventures of Zorro
Peanuts Holiday Collection [Blu-ray]
Pixar Short Films Collection 1
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town [Blu-ray]
Smurfs Holiday Celebration
Space Jam [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Jordan
Transformers Beast Wars: Seasons 2 & 3 Starring Scott McNeil and Garry Chalk
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Blu-ray] Starring Lionel Jeffries, Gert Frobe and Dick Van Dyke
Pride Of The Yankees Starring Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [Blu-ray] Starring Johnny Depp
Pee-wee's Big Adventure [Blu-ray] Starring Paul Reubens
Criterion Collection
Harakiri (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentaro Mikuni and Akira Ishihama
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Paolo Bonacelli, Aldo Valletti, Umberto P. Quintavalle
Almost Famous [Blu-ray] Starring Billy Crudup, Jason Lee and Patrick Fugit
Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray] Starring Antonella Attili and Enzo Cannavale
Jackie Brown [Blu-ray] Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
Platoon [Blu-ray] Starring Kevin Dillon, Francesco Quinn, Keith David
Pulp Fiction [Blu-ray] Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
The Cider House Rules [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Caine and Tobey Maguire
ALIEN OUTLAW: Double Feature - Alien Outlaw & Dark Power Starring Lash La Rue, Kari Anderson, Paul Holman and Gil Newsome
Descent (NC-17) Starring Rosario Dawson, Chad Faust and Marcus Patrick
Green Lantern: Extended Cut (plus Bonus Features!) (2011) Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard
Snow Beast Starring John Schneider, Jason London, Danielle Chuchran
The Snow Devils Starring Enzo Fiermonte
The Bionic Woman: Season 3 Starring Richard Anderson, Martin Brooks and Lindsay Wagner
Bored to Death: The Complete Second Season Starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson
Bored to Death: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
Boy Meets World: The Complete Seventh and Final Season Starring Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel and William Russ
Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series Starring Kyle Chandler, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford
Lie To Me: Season Three Starring Tim Roth, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund and Kelli Williams
Perry Mason: Season Six, Vol. 1 Starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (3-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (3-Disc Special Edition)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection
Friday the 13th: The Ultimate Collection (Parts I - VIII + Jason Mask) Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Jeannine Taylor
Westerns: Four MGM Films (Breakheart Pass / Valdez Is Coming / Doc! / The Missouri Breaks) Starring Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson, Faye Dunaway
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.


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Wiseguy 10/4/2011 7:59:03 AM

I love Jackie Brown. It's one of those films that whenever I run into it while channel surfing I end up watching it. The only two films I didn't really love but still liked quite a bit by Tarantino were Inglorious Basterds and Death Proof

Hobbs 10/4/2011 11:16:17 AM

I ordered this the other day, I heard the blu-ray quality was top notch.  This movie is a true classic but I can't help but name the kill bill movies as my fav QT films.  Inglorious Basterds was good but I have to sit down and watch it because of all the sub titles, I can't just have it on in the background while I'm doing other things. 

Haven't seen Death Proof yet. 

I know the blu-ray Kill bill movies have been out for a while but you want a great blu-ray, get those movies.  They are selling for under 10 bucks on amazon.  Eventually QT is going to release the ultimate edition of KB but that could be another 3 or 4 years.

goldeneyez 10/4/2011 12:06:14 PM

I think I agree with Hobbs as far as the Kill Bill movies being my favorit QT films, but they're probably tied with Pulp Fiction.

Wiseguy, I'm one of those that's meh about Jackie Brown.  I may have to give it another chance, I just remember going to the movies to see it.  It felt like it went on forwever, and I don't think I was as engaged with the story as Pulp Fiction.  Maybe it's gotten better with age.



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