on 24 October 2003
This DVD exxceeded all my expectations!! I had never seen the film before and brought it under the conception that anything by tarantino is worth watching and is it ever!! Gary oldman as drexl the drug pedelling pimp of alabama (who's been a call girl for "exactly 3 days") is a classic bit of casting, brad pitt as floyd the druggie roomate and christopher walken as the scilian mafiosa are fantastic. The special features are well worth a look and anyone who enjoyed the film shouldn't miss out. But the ultimate addiction for me is the love and chemistry on set of clarence (christian slater) and alabama (patricia arquette) its stunning and outshines films such as natural born killers where violence takes the spotlight although there is plenty of it too say the least. Their love story takes twists and turns so unbelivable that you'd never belive that they'd survive which just leaves you praying that they will. this is definately one of my favorite films and i don't regret buying it for 1 moment. it will remain a classic, obviously not restrained by the stereotype, for a long time.
on 29 August 2009
Fantastic film, but I'm sure that if you're bothering to read this review, you'll already be well aware of that. The script is certainly one of Tarantino's finest, and the direction is superb. As for the quality of the transfer, it's everything you'd expect from a transfer of a film that's over 15 years old. In terms of visual quality, it's not on a par with some of the more recent films, such as Kill Bill, but that's the case universally and I wouldn't expect anything more. It looks better than ever and sounds better than ever. The special features are nice, I particularly enjoyed Tarantino's audio commentary. If you like the film and have taken to Blu-Ray as a format, this certainly deserves a place in your collection.
This is an awesome film about ''Love conquers all''. It always has been, and always will be one of my favourite films. If you haven't seen it, really, you must.
It features amazing performances by some of the best actors around (Walken, Pitt, Oldman,Hopper) and is written, if not directed by Tarantino. In my opinion it's his best story. Call me sentimental or a romantic but the film theme of love, wins my heart every time (which is why I'm such a fan of another little known Tarantino Gem - Killing Zoe: Killing Zoe [DVD] ). I hope one day I'm lucky enough to meet a girl as sweet, loyal and simple as Alabama.
But don't let the 'love' put you off - there's plenty of drugs and guns for everyone. I think, if your girlfriend's pestering you and wants to watch some soppy rom-com on your anniversary or something, stick this on. It'll keep you both happy.
This is Tarantino's first film - and I find it quite interesting to watch with that in mind too. You can really see what he had in mind with it, with certain lines and a style of writing which makes much more sense now we know who Tarantino is: all the talk of the Sonny Cheeba films at the start for instance... Anyway, a great film which everyone must see, and having owned 3 or 4 copies of this on various formats over the years, I can say that this Blu Ray is the perfect format for you to see it on.
Full marks - 10/10. Using a slightly modified turn of phrase from the film might be best here: It's so cool, it's so cool, it's so cool.
on 4 January 2005
I recently read Tarantino's original screenplay to "True Romance". Apart from the change in narrative structure (non-chronological), it hints to a bleaker, grittier urban drama, with a tragic ending. It would have been very interesting to see the final film in Tarantino's vision.
Tony Scott's sugar-coated adaptation works wonders though. It was made very clear in the script that the relationship between the two leads was very strong. Scott took this unison and gave the film a fairy-tale tone. The villains in the film are very colourful, contributing to the feel that Scott has established. Hans Zimmer's score does nothing better, than to enforce this vision.
The cast is one of the most impressive line-ups I've ever seen. Much of the film rests on the shoulders of Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, both characters come off very likable with clear, clean, simple motives. These are career performances. Dennis Hopper gives good in his limited screen-time as Christian's ex-cop, ex-alcoholic father. It is in his time shared with Christopher Walken (being a one-scene wonder, like in "Pulp Fiction"), that he comes off at his best. The Sicilian scene is Walken's most intense since "Deer Hunter". Gary Oldman also gives another deliciously evil and memorable performance, the man is a chameleon, he is yet to unimpress me.
But one of my favourite things about the cast is seeing then-relative-unknowns Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in small, but memorable roles. A real shame that Jackson's performance was cut down heavily from the script, some of the dialogue in his one scene was very amusing, if maybe a little offensive to some.
"True Romance" is a brilliant crime drama, and a perfect (if phased) introduction to Tarantino's work, it is probably the most accessible film he's penned. People will always ponder over whether or not Tarantino's directorial version would have been better, but they can always rest-assure that Scott has given a wonderful adaptation, supported by a very strong cast. It could have been much, much worse.
on 16 June 2001
What can one say about True Romance? The film is absolute class. It has action, humour, a little depth and an unbelievable all star cast (there's Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Dennis Hopper, even the guy who played Balki in that eighties comedy show Perfect Strangers). What probably adds to the greatness of the movie is the fact that it is Tony Scott directing, not Tarantino, who never really seems to get the best out of his own material when he is directing it himself, as he likes to fragment the narrative a little too much at times. True Romance, in the original script, kept on flashing back and forward a la Reservoir Dogs, but Tony Scott decided to make it linear and the movie is probably a lot tighter and better for it. I could not recommend this movie highly enough and the best thing about the DVD version is when it says it's uncut, that's exactly what it is, whereas the VHS version says it's uncut, when, in actuality, it has been cut pretty heavily.
on 3 September 2006
Give it ten minutes, thats what I did and was not dissapointed. The first ten minutes is a cheesy love story and i nearly turned it off, but once the premise for the plot is founded all hell breaks loose. When a lonely comic book store clerk bumps into the girl of his dreams while watching a kung-fu film in the cinema it seems too good to be true. They fall in love and he saves her from a life as a call girl, only to end up with a suitcase containing a million dollars worth of cocaine and some verry angry mobsters on his back. The film is one of those easily absorbed and understood plots that humbly give way to the action and drama of the idea and allow the film to run smoothly without having to pause to figure out what the hell is going on. The dialouge is masterfull and the conversation between Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper about the formers heritege is unforgettable. The Charachters are well realised and fit well to the plot and the epic shootout is probably the best film gunfight that has ever been shot save for the final moments of Heat.
on 6 October 2005
I love this film. Pure and simple.
It's easily the best film Christian Slater has ever been in. The choice of casting Gary Oldman as Drexyl, a white man trying to be a black pimp is pure genius. Patricia Arquette is well suited to the role of Alabama. The supporting cast of Brad Pitt as the stoner, Dennis Hopper as Chrisitian Slater's father, James Gandolphini as the Mafia heavy & Christopher Walken as the Mafia boss are amazing. Tom Sizemore as a cop is a welcome addition as well (seems to be exactly the same character as Jack Skagnetty from Natural Born Killers).
It's a film that relies on the on-screen chemistry between Slater & Arquette throughout the film, and it works perfectly. The dialogue is fantastic, especially the scene with Hopper & Walken. Violence seem to take a back seat in this film, except for the scene where Arquette beats the crap out of Ganolphini.
All in all, it's easily up there with Tarantino's best work, Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. It's a shame it didn't do well at the box office because it is breathtaking.
on 25 July 2005
one of the best movies i have ever seen! The Tony Scott film written by Quintin Tarantino follows Clarence(christian slater)and Alabama(patricia Arquette)as they set off to L.A. trying to offload $500,000 of stolen mafia cocaine. True Romance boasts one of the best casts ever in a film co-starring Dennis Hopper,Gary Oldman,Brad Pitt,Christopher Walken,Tom Sizemore and Val Kilmer . Excellent performances from everyone throughout the film is definitely the main reason i love this film so much and the screenplay is truly Tarantino. A true classic and must have!
on 20 May 2007
this is a film that has gripped me like no other, in the space of just over an hour i cried, laughed, dreamed and fell in love! i first watched it about 5 years ago and since then is at the top of my dvd pile and have watched it probably over 200 times! i love this film so much so that i am using wounded bird a song in this film as one that i wish to play at my wedding...not very romantic song but god it related to me so much! i have lent this film out to dozens of friends and not one has come back with dislike! but hands off...hes myn!
True Romance is one of those great films that was rather unfairly and bizarrely largely ignored on it's original theatrical release but it's really hard to know why. It's not because of the script/screenplay, that was written by the great Quentin Tarantino, with all the trademark flourishes you'd expect, with witty dialogue and great set-pieces that leave you quoting them for weeks. It's not because it's got a poor cast or poor acting. Apart from the leads, Christian Slater and the wonderful Patricia Arquette (in undoubtedly their greatest screen performances), this movie has a cast list like a whose who of great screen actors; Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman and Christopher Walken. It also boasts a great cameo performance from Brad Pitt and a superb supporting performance from (the then not so famous) James Gandolfino. Val Kilmer and Samuel L. Jackson even turn up too in blink and you'll miss it performances.
This is a great movie, a cool movie, a funny movie and an action movie. Directed by Tony Scott, one of the best (if not the best) action movie directors around, True Romance is the story of Alabama (Arquette) and Clarence (Slater) young newlywed lovers on the run with a stolen suitcase full of $5m worth of the mafia's coke, which they intend to sell. But as the old saying goes, the path to true love never runs smooth and a battle of wits ensues between Clarence, the police and the mob leading to a classic finale in this action packed film. As a whole, this movie works beautifully but on DVD it's even better because you can access all your favourite classic scenes that unmistakeably bare Tarantino's hallmark again and again. Such as the opening scene where the heterosexual Clarence (Slater) states that he'd sleep with Elvis if he were still alive, or the showdown between Clarence and dreadlocked gangster (Oldman). Or the showdown between the mob boss (Walken) and Clarence's Dad (Hopper). Classic scenes indeed, particularly the one with Walken and Hopper. It's hard to believe this movie was made back in 1993 because it's still as fresh, still as cool and still looks as enjoyable as it was back then. I just love this movie and if you haven't seen it yet I hope you will too.