Inglourious Basterds 2009

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Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shoshanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.

Starring:
Brad Pitt,Diane Kruger
Runtime:
2 hours, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Quentin Tarantino
Starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger
Supporting actors Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel BrüHl, Eli Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Julie Dreyfus
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 28 April 2015
Format: Blu-ray
I’ve never really been a fan of Quentin Tarantino as a director. Yes, I know he doesn’t hold back with the bold violence, ensemble casts, quirky story-telling and surreal pop culture references and that works for many people, but doesn’t for me. I’ve got one more of his films to watch from word-of-mouth and that is ‘Django Unchained’, and already from that I am looking forward to just one thing in that, evident here in ‘Inglorious Basterds’, and that is Christoph Waltz.

While Brad Pitt in ‘Fury’ got me into watching this war film, here Pitt gives another enjoyable portrayal of an American WW soldier, albeit slightly more unhinged and sadistic, but sporting a wonderful moustache and a brilliant accent. The rest of the cast are also great in their roles; from the tormented Melanie Laurent, to the fearless Michael Fassbender and even a surreal turn by Mike “Austin Powers” Myers as a tough-talking British General, this film and its usual Tarantino disjointed narrative is saved by Waltz’s SS Colonel.

From the electrifyingly simple opening sequence (something Tarantino does so well admittedly, long takes of 1:1 conversation with characters to really build tension and see under their skin), to his eerie presence around Nazi occupied France where you really see him like a hawk; breathing down the necks of those undercover agents and waiting to strike. Waltz plays Landa perfectly and I can only see him doing it so well – he isn’t over the top, nor overly dramatic; he is contained, cunning and quite unpredictable as you never know if and when he is going to snap against the enemy. When he does, it’s shocking but so perfect; it makes Landa a very likeable and respected “villain”.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ja McLaughlin on 20 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
This is the kind of movie only Quentin Tarantino seems able to get away with. A typically irreverent, cunning and scatological piece of flotsam that does everything against the accepted movie-making conventions but mostly works nonetheless.

Watching it, I kept thinking about all those `how to write a screenplay' courses and instruction books and reflecting on how the writing for `Inglorious Basterds' would probably fail all the standard academic criteria for success. Here is a 153 minute long movie that largely consists of lengthy conversations between two or more characters, usually sitting statically at tables and ranging around all sorts of commonplace chit-chat before getting to the point. The point, when eventually reached, then usually climaxes in a short, brutal moment of extreme violence. The film also pays scant attention to its titular characters, who are mostly just there to supply the key moments of violence. Tarantino prefers to turn conventions around and promote nominal supporting roles into the predominant leads. Finally, there's the intriguing awareness that this screenplay could probably be adapted as a theatre play with minimal change and a pretty modest budget. In fact, if somebody told you the whole thing was a filmed stage play you'd probably believe it.

Tarantino's usual indulgences are as much to the fore as ever - pastiche, self-awareness, smugness, overlength and endless movie references. The whole thing starts with a lengthy tribute to the opening of Once Upon a Time in the West and another long scene, involving the French heroine played by Melanie Laurent, looks like something lifted straight from a late-50s New Wave classic by Goddard or Truffaut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Onyx on 23 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If a film is subtitled then they should include audio description or an english track when a film is this mainstream, it's not an indie film with a tiny budget, they could have easily afforded it. At the very least the item description should say it's inaccessible to those of us who have less vision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Do you know what, the film is so 'way-out' ....it's actually pretty good.
Maybe the best thing 'Quentin Tarantino' has done so far ?
The film itself contains glimpses of a warped reality from 'World War '2' along with a measure of 'graphic' violence, and of course much 'tongue -in -cheek' humour.
The story ? ....a novel and of course fictional early end to the war, prior to which 'a hit-squad' are placed in occupied 'France' around the time of the 'Normandy' landings, task.....to kill as many 'German's' as they possibly can.
As i say the film is pretty entertaining to watch, and is no question 'worth a spin'
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Format: DVD
We are now mid-way through 2015 so I think its finally OK to admit that liking Quentin Tarantino films ain't trendy now. Its OK people, its fine. Those of you who bought the "Pulp Fiction" CD back in 6th Form just so you could be seen as "cool" or "edgy" (even though you never even listened to it), its OK...

This offering from possibly the most overrated filmmaker of all time should finally convince those who enjoyed his previous work he has shot his bolt creatively.

His signature trademarks are still prevalent here: long - and I mean LONG - dialogue scenes leading to the inevitable ultra-violent pay off, gratuitous carnage passed off as stylised set pieces, rambling monologues and pseudo-clever dialogue; all present and correct.

Oh for an editor with the balls to say "Hang on Mr. Tarantino, sir, don't you think this scene is maybe a bit too long? Maybe we should trim it a little?"

What we get is a 2.5+ hour juvenile revenge fantasy. I'm sure there is some attempt at clumsy observation of "fight fire with fire" or "violence begets violence", but done without the skill or gravitas of a truly great director, and the only message I got from this was that it's fine to butcher people as long as a) It's Nazis and are therefore obviously clearly defined "bad guys" and b) you have cool people doing it

If you struggled to get through the scene in "True Romance" where Patricia Arquette gets a hiding, some of the stuff in this will give you sleepless nights... And yes, Quentin's seemlingly subconcious misogyny is in evidence here as well.

We have heroes who are so sadistic, they almost start making you root for the Nazis, which I'm sure is not the point.
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