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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 161 minutes, deleted scenes, featurettes, digital copy, DVD, bonus magazine
VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English 5.1 Audio Description, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO: Sony/ Columbia pictures/ Heyday Films/ Bona Film Group
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 7-26-2019
Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE: 12-10-2019
Washed up Western actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) has ended up being a heavy guest star/ day player on several TV shows in the 1960s after his TV show BOUNTY LAW and his movie career has dried up. A casting agent (Al Pacino) wants him to go to Italy to make Westerns. Rick is suffering from ongoing alcoholism and confidence issues which his friend/ stunt double/ driver Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) is trying boost Rick's confidence. Meanwhile, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and her husband Roman Polanski the director move in next door to Rick. While Rick is playing the bad guy in the pilot for the Western show Lancer, Clive has an encounter with Pussycat (Margaret Qualley) that leads Clive to meet several members of the Charles Manson cult (aka the Manson Family) who are staying at the Spahn Ranch where BOUNTY LAW used to shoot years ago. Cliff becomes suspicious of the squatting hippies/ cult members and he wants to talk with the now blind George Spahn (Bruce Dern). Meanwhile, Sharon Tate goes to buy a book and watch her performance in her latest movie THE WRECKING CREW.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is more about the 1969 setting of Los Angeles/ Hollywood and the various characters (real and fictional) than having an actual central plot to follow. Writer/ director Quentin Tarantino has crafted his ninth movie as a fairy tale love letter to the old days of Hollywood. Brad Pitt and some of the female actors are the real stand outs in the movie while Leonardo DiCaprio isn't as good as he was as a white plantation owner in DJANGO UNCHAINED. It is an enjoyable movie that is fun to be sucked in by the production design and attention to detail while the movie does go on a little long, but it doesn';t feel as long as the overlong THE HATEFUL EIGHT (which ran on for 30 minutes too long and its inspiration THE GREAT SILENCE is a better film). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD does continue Tarantino's love affair with old time Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s as the movie shifts between clips of fictional show BOUNTY LAW (which Tarantino even wrote five episodes of as research while writing the movie script and wants to do a short eight episode series of), TANNER (one of Dalton's Westerns), and LANCER being played partly as an actual Western/ filming the pilot; and Cliff Booth being a Western type hero having his encounter with the Manson family (who are like Western bad guys).

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD isn't Tarantino’s worst, but it isn't classic Tarantino either when the movie decides to play loose with history in the third act like INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS did to better effect with World War 2. I am wondering what Tarantino will do with what may or may not be his tenth and final movie (with a possible sidetrack journey to direct an R rated STAR TREK movie is another discussion waiting and just not in this review). 1969 Hollywood feels like another character in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD where the setting makes you feel like you're living that time. It is a welcome alternative to a year dominated by sequels and remakes.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
25 minutes of 7 additional scenes which include two fake TV commercials, extended segments of BOUNTY LAW, a scene from the show that Rick Dalton was currently filming, and a scene with Charles Manson

Featurettes:
QUENTIN TARANTINO'S LOVE LETTER TO HOLLYWOOD-
BOB RICHARDSON: FOR THE LOVE OF FILM-
SHOP TALK- THE CARS OF 1969-
RESTORING HOLLYWOOD- THE PRODUCTION DESIGN OF ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD-
THE FASHION OF 1969-

The movie in standard definition on DVD and a code to stream/ download a digital copy of the movie too

Target exclusive edition includes a fake movie magazine with pictures, interviews, and ads from the time period of the movie (created for the universe of this movie)

FINAL ANALYSIS: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is an interesting look at the changing times of Hollywood in 1969 while providing a tale of two Hollywood has-beens in one of the bets movies of 2019. The additional material is one of the best things among the extras even though I wish there was an extensive making-of documentary on ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

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