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DJANGO UNCHAINED Blu-ray/ DVD/ Digital copy combo

review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  166 minutes, three featurettes, bluray promo, soundtrack spot, DVD, digital copy, Comic Con panel

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS H- MA, French 5.1 DTS HD-MA, Spanish 5.1 DTS HD-MA

Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish


STUDIO: The Weinstein Company/ Columbia Pictures/ Anchor Bay Entertainment

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  12-25-2012

Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE:  4-16-2013

Django is a slave freed by Dr. Schultz, a German bounty hunter/ ex-dentist, to track down three wanted men that Django knows what they look like.   They form a partnership beyond that and Schultz promises to help Django get his wife Hildie (short for Broomhilde) back from brutal slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).


DJANGO UNCHAINED isn’t a masterpiece by any means.   It is an overlong and over indulgent homage to Spaghetti Westerns directed by Quentin Tarantino.  The movie is inspired by the Django films and Tarantino has re-imagined the character as a black bounty hunter played by Jamie Fox.  Fox isn’t a bad actor, but he is overshadowed by better actors in this film like Samuel L. Jackson (as an evil black house slave) and Christoph Waltz (Dr. Schultz) who is easily the best character of the whole movie (and in THE INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS).  I liked the way the movie comes alive when Django and Schultz interact.   DJANGO UNCHAINED does have one of the bloodiest shoot outs since THE WILD BUNCH. 


However, Tarantino thinks the movie is perfect at this length and he is even considering putting together a longer cut (and the Weinstein Company wanted him to release DJANGO UNCHAINED as two movies).   I do think there is a better movie hidden in this overlong mess if Tarantino took the time to edit the film down by thirty minutes.   Since he didn’t trim the movie down, we get a movie that has a personality crisis.   It is trying to be a Spaghetti Western at times, and then it either tries to be a Spaghetti western music montage or seems to come off as a docudrama of plantation life and the life of black slaves.   Due to Tarantino deciding not wanting to trim the fat, the movie starts to drag after an hour of setting up the partnership between Shultz and Django before digging down into the overlong quest to rescue Django’s wife from Candieland.  


The two Tarantino films I consider to be his best work are RESEVOIR DOGS and THE INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.   DJANGO UNCHAINED is an OK film, but it isn’t one of Tarantino’s best films due to it being overlong and QT not giving the film more of a clear identity instead of trying so hard to have it come off as a homage.  The last thirty minutes do run a little smoother even I still see some padding that Tarantino could remove from the movie.



REMEMBERING J. MICHAEL RIVA: THE PRODUCTION DESIGN OF DJANGO UNCHAINED- a look at the production design of Michael Riva while also acting as tribute to him (because he passed away during the filming of the movie)

REIMAGINING THE SPAGHETTI WESTERN: THE HORSES AND STUNTS OF DJANGO UNCHAINED- the stunt team, the cast, and the director talk about the stunts and horse riding in DJANGO UNCHAINED with some behind-the-scenes footage.  Learn some facts like multiple family members worked on the horse team and Jamie Foxx even used his horse during some scenes in the movie.

THE COSTUME DESIGNS OF SHAREN DAVIS- Cast and the costume designer talk about the costumes of the film as the cast give high praise for the costumes


20 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE TARANTINO XX Blu-ray Collection promo

DJANGO UNCHAINED Soundtrack spot


Also included in the combo set is the movie on DVD and a code for a digital Ultraviolet copy of the movie.


The Target release comes in a Steelbook case that includes a bonus disc that has a 53 minute San Diego Comic-Con 2012 panel of the stars and director talk about the movie and take audience questions (in THE STARS OF DJANGO UNCHAINED UNLEASHED AT COMIC-CON 2012).


FINAL ANALYSIS:  DJANGO UNCHAINED is a flawed and yet enjoyable homage to the Spaghetti Western which is a little long.  The featurettes give a good behind-the-scenes look and the Comic-Con panel gives additional insights into the making of the film.


This review is (c)4-22-2012 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com