Inglourious Basterds – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Inglourious Basterds

Seeing the history of the world through the eyes of Quentin Tarantino is a refreshing and satisfying experience. This time we don’t see the Nazis commit atrocities to people. Instead, we see the good guys give the Nazis a taste of their own medicine, or in this case, a taste of the Basterd medicine. This kind of brutal violence in Inglourious Basterds would deter most audiences. However, since this is against Nazis, we tend to overlook such things and revel in the slaughter.

Not to mention, his continual emphasis on dialogue instead of action shows that he understands the complex pleasures of vengeance, and Inglourious Basterds is probably his most crowd-pleasing film. That’s not to say that Kill Bill isn’t crowd-pleasing. However, Tarantino understands the appeal of cinema’s ability to rewrite history to our liking. In other words, who doesn’t love seeing the Third Reich, Goebbels, and Hitler brought down with a hail of bullets.

Luckily, Inglourious Basterds is much more than a splatterfest. Everything that Tarantino puts into Basterds serves a specific purpose. There are no wasted moments, and every piece of dialogue reinforces the emotional parts of the film. Not to mention, the film moves at a brisk pace, which allows you to forget that the movie is over two and a half hours.

Overall, Inglourious Basterds is a film that has so much audacious fun that you can’t help but feel invigorated once the credits roll. As we found out in his movies after Basterds, Tarantino is not interested in referencing real history but rather his revisionist history. Facts mean so little to him that he casually rewrites history if it’s able to entertain audiences. So you have to take Basterds for what it is and appreciate it for what it is. Thankfully, what that is is so thoroughly entertaining.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Inglourious Basterds - Eli Roth and Brad Pitt

Video

Inglourious Basterds hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The HDR makes the whites very bright, especially in the beginning scene with Hans and LaPadite. There’s a good point of bloom in the natural lighting that enters the LaPadite house. The blacks are a lighter shade, but nevertheless, the black levels look great. The colors themselves are very bold—especially red. The HDR accentuates the red, such as Shoshanna’s red dress, the Nazi flags, and of course, all of the blood. Even though the video transfer is upscaled to Ultra HD, the details are still super sharp. It’s able to showcase the fine details of the military uniforms and French and Parisian landscapes. The picture also has a light-medium film grain which adds a filmic texture to it. Overall, it’s a nice-looking picture.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Inglourious Basterds - Mélanie Laurent

Audio

Inglourious Basterds hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Although this 5.1 mix is recycled from the previous Blu-ray release, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The audio track still packs a wallop and has a staggering amount of depth and clarity. The mix uses many effects to seamlessly pan across the soundstage. At the same time, the sound effects are precisely placed with an equally precise spatial awareness. The atmospheric effects, such as the crowd and restaurant noise, come through naturally. Tarantino’s use of music comes through clearly throughout. Also, because this is a Tarantino flick, there is a lot of lines spoken in Inglourious Basterds. Thankfully, the dialogue comes through clearly without getting muddied by the other audio elements. Overall, this is (still) a stellar audio mix.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Inglourious Basterds - Christoph Waltz

Special Features

Inglourious Basterds‘ Ultra HD Blu-ray disc has the following special features on it:

  • Extended & Alternate Scenes
    • Lunch with Goebbels Extended Version
    • La Louisiane Card Game Extended Version
    • Nation’s Pride Begins Alternate Version
  • Roundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell
  • The New York Times Talks
  • Nation’s Pride – Full Feature
  • The Making of Nation’s Pride
  • The Original Inglorious Bastards
  • A Conversation with Rod Taylor
  • Rod Taylor on Victoria Bitter
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Camera Angel
  • Hi Sallys
  • Film Poster Gallery Tour with Elvis Mitchell
  • Inglourious Basterds Poster Gallery
  • Trailers

The bonus features in this release carry over from the previous Blu-ray release. The three scenes listed are very much similar to the version you see in the theatrical cut. As you can imagine, the New York Times Talks and Roundtable Discussion are both Q&A conversations where you’ll discover a lot of insight and information about the film. Nation’s Pride is the “full feature,” as seen in Inglourious Basterds. It’s directed by Eli Roth, so you can expect the kind of camp that you tend to find in his flicks. The Making of Nation’s Pride is a similarly campy behind-the-scenes featurette that takes itself too seriously.

The Original Inglorious Bastards is a short feature highlighting the original film that inspired Quentin Tarantino to reimagine in 2009. It also showcases the director and actors of Bastards who appear in Basterds. It’s hard to follow, I know. Conversation with Rod Taylor and Victoria Bitter is surprisingly fascinating discussions with The Birds actor, who appears as Winston Churchill in BasterdsTarantino’s Camera Angel is a hilarious feature presenting Tarantino’s foul-mouthed clapboard girl. Hi Sallys is a cute but skippable gag reel where the cast says hi to Tarantino’s longtime editor, Sally Menke. Finally, the Film Poster Gallery Tour has Elvis Mitchell take us on a tour of the posters seen in the film—both the ones based on real movies and the ones created by Tarantino and his cohorts.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Overall, Inglourious Basterds is high on the list of Tarantino’s best flicks. It’s such a fun and fine piece of entertainment. With the video transfer, it’s a clear improvement over the previous Blu-ray release. Not to mention, the audio mix still slaps despite being a carry over from the previous releases. Unfortunately, this Ultra HD release doesn’t come with any new features, but the ones we get are still fine. 

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Inglourious Basterds hits stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 12th.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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