directed by Quentin Tarantino
USA 1994

Quentin Tarantino's second feature, Pulp Fiction, is at once immensely entertaining and remarkably weightless. The film's quintessential scene takes place outside the Jack Rabbit Slim's restaurant when Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) tells Vincent Vega (John Travolta) not to be a "square." Forget the irony (after a ten year acting rut that included three Look Who's Talking films, Pulp Fiction's success made Travolta reputable again), Mia's line could be the film's mantra. Samuel L. Jackson's Jules Winnfield is still Tarantino's most fascinating creation. More than a repository of disposable trivia and smart-alecky responses, Jules embodies the film's surface concern with righteousness and redemption. Tarantino giddily incorporates countless texts (Kiss Me Deadly, Saturday Night Fever and so on) into this farcical noir Frankenstein that, not unlike Shelly's legendary monster, turns on itself by film's end. More important than the film's elegant structure is what the creation represents. Jonathan Rosenbaum summed the film up quite nicely as "a couch potato's paradise." No one in the film can access reality unless they are engaging the many ghosts of noir's past. Godard and countless others did this kind of thing way before Tarantino but Pulp Fiction had such a profound effect on older Gen Xers because it spoke to a newer generation's shared consciousness. This consciousness embodied many things: a fear of penetration (if anything, the film's infamous rape sequence is a frightening reminder of just how subconsciously afraid Tarantino and his heterosexual male fanbase are of their inner-queer) but, more specifically, an infatuation with the movies. When the Wolf (Harvey Keitel) makes Vincent and Jules change clothes, Jimmie (Tarantino) calls them dorks for wearing lame sports t-shirts. By pointing out the articles belong to Jimmie, Tarantino acknowledges his own dorkdom. In turn, it makes him "cool" (not enough though to permit his liberal use of the word "nigger") and a hero to his media-savvy generation. In the end, it's not that Tarantino has no life, it's that his life is the movies. Much like his characters, the director can only live by engaging cinema.

Excerpt from Ed Gonzales review in Slant magazine located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 14, 1994

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Comparison:

Wild Side Video (France) 3-disc - Region 2 - PAL vs. UFA (Germany) - Region 2- PAL vs. Miramax (2-disc Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Alliance Atlantis (Canada) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. RCV (Netherlands) - Region 2 - PAL vs. TFI - Region 'B'-locked- Blu-ray vs. Panorama - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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(Wild Side Video (France) - Region 2- PAL LEFT vs. UFA (Germany) - Region 2- PAL MIDDLE vs. Miramax (Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT)

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Distribution

Wild Side Video

Region 2 - PAL

UFA

Region 2 - PAL

Miramax

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:28:00 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:27:50 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:34:13
Video

2.28:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.21 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.21:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.86 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.57 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Wild Side

    

Bitrate:

 

UFA

 

Bitrate:

Miramax (Collector's Edition) 

    

Audio
English DTS 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1, DUB: French Dolby Digital 5.1
 
English DD 5.1, DUB: German DD 5.1 English DTS & DD 5.1, DUB: French DD 2.0 Surround
Subtitles French (FORCED with English audio) Forced German with English audio, Turkish, none English (HoH), Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Wild Side Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.28:1

Edition Details:

DISC ONE
• The Film
• "Plus De Pulp" (Explanations & Anecdotes, Feature Film
long - in French only)
• DVD-ROM Features:
•  Weblinks
•  Jack Rabbit Slim's Trivia Twist
•  Screenplay Viewer
• Open Mic Commentary (in English only)
•  Reviews And Articles
DISC TWO
"Making-Of" (10mins) (in English with FORCED French
Subtitles)
Picture & Poster Galleries
5 Deleted Scenes: (20mins) (in English with FORCED
French Subtitles)
•  Quentin Tarantino Introduction (2mins)
•  "The Drug Deal Monologue" (3mins)
•  "Mia Interviewing Vincent" (5mins)
•  "The Esmerelda Cab Scene" (6mins)
•  "Monster Joe's Truck And Tow" (4mins)
Interviews with the Designer/Decorator (7mins) (in
English with FORCED French Subtitles)
4 Theatrical Trailers
Bonus Trailer:
•  "Kill Bill"
Cannes Film Festival - "Palm d'Or Acceptance Speech"
(5mins (in English and French)
"The Tarantino Connection" (Scenes of The Film with
Commentary - in French only)
Charlie Rose Show (55mins) (in English with FORCED
French Subtitles)
"Filming" documentary (31mins) (in English with FORCED
French Subtitles)
Cast And Crew Filmographies (in French only)
TV Spots (in English with FORCED French Subtitles)
DVD-ROM Features:
•  Screenplay
•  Screensavers
•  Wallpapers
•  Weblinks (in English only)
DISC THREE
Audio CD - 5 tracks:
•  Al Green
•  Kool & The Gang
•  Chuck Berry
•  Dusty Springfield
•  Brothers Johnson

40-Page Collector's Booklet (in French)

 

Easter eggs:

*DVD Credits: On DISC TWO, select "Autour Du Film",
then press [Up], then [Enter].
*Scene Parody: On DISC TWO, go to the second page of
the filmographies section, then all the way down until
you select the gun and press [Enter].


DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2004
Digipak

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: UFA

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.21:1

Edition Details:
• Featurette
• Drück den Burger
• Trailer
• Cast & Crew
• Triviales
• Marsellus Wallace's Koffer: Die Theorie
• Goofs
• Deleted Scenes

 

DVD Release Date: July 17th, 2000
(Keep) Case

Chapters 27

Release Information:
Studio: Miramax

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Soundtrack Chapters
• Enhanced Trivia Track
• Sneak Peaks of Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction soundtrack
• DVD-ROM Features
• Pulp Fiction: The Facts
• Deleted scenes introduced by Quentin Tarantino
• Behind-The-Scenes Montages
• Production Design Featurette
• Siskel & Ebert 'At The Movies' - 'The Tarantino Generation'
• Independent Spirit Awards
• Cannes Film Festival - Palm d'Or Acceptance Speech
• Charlie Rose Show
• Theatrical trailers from US, Japan, France, UK and Germany
• TV Spots
• Some more stuff...

DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
2-Disc Digi-Pack

Chapters 26

 

(Alliance Atlantis (Canada) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. RCV (Netherlands) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND vs. TFI - Region 'B'-locked - Blu-ray - 3rd vs. Panorama - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

 

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Distribution Alliance Atlantis
Region 1 - NTSC
RCV
Region 2 - PAL
TFI
Region 'B'-locked -
Blu-ray
Panorama
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 2:34:14 2:28:03 (4% PAL speedup) 2:34:24.088 2:34:24.088
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.30 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.74 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,749,470,384 bytes

Feature: 38,332,047,360 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,687,833,738 bytes

Feature: 36,288,460,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate:

 

Alliance Atlantis (Canada)

Bitrate:

RCV (Netherlands)

Bitrate:

TFI

Blu-ray

Bitrate:

Panorama

Blu-ray

Audio

English DD 5.1, DUB: French DD 2.0 Surround

English DTS & DD 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1985 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1985 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit) - forces French subtitles
DTS-HD Master Audio French 2169 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2169 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1985 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1985 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles

English (HoH), None Dutch, None French (mandatory for English dialogue), None English, Traditional Chinese, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alliance Atlantis

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Deleted scenes introduced by Quentin Tarantino
• Theatrical trailers from US, Japan, France, UK and Germany

 

DVD Release Date: July 1, 2001
Amaray (Keep) Case

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: RCV

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Promotional trailers of Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown and Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead

 

DVD Release Date: October 16, 2002
Amaray (Keep) Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: TF1

k

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,749,470,384 bytes

Feature: 38,332,047,360 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Charlie Rose Interview (55:25)

• Pulp Fiction: The Facts (30:29)

• Siskel and Ebert (15:59)
 

DVD Release Date: March 19th, 2009
Custom Tin
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio:
Panorama

k

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,687,833,738 bytes

Feature: 36,288,460,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• None

 

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2010
Standard
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard box

Chapters 12

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Panorama Region FREE Blu-ray March 10': Region 'A' again seems to be dragging it's heels on this title in HD. This Hong Kong disc seems to be, a direct port of the French Blu-ray BUT it is region FREE and does not have forced subtitles. It has the exact same video bitrate and exact same kilo bits per second on the DTS-HD track. This can hardly be a coincidence. The feature size differs slightly probably due to the different subtitle options. There are no extras on this Hong Kong Blu-ray but IS region FREE, progressive and looks quite strong. I suggest fans of the film pick this up before it is, potentially, removed from sales distribution.

NOTE: There is an Australian Blu-ray available but it is interlaced.

NOTE: Any slight color variance in the two Blu-ray captures is probably due to us using a more accurate method than we were a year ago.   

****

ADDITION: TF1 Blu-ray June 09': I'll be brief - great image, great audio, great case - but mandatory French subtitles when English language is chosen. It rules this Blu-ray out for anyone but French people who can't, or don't want to, follow the original English track without the impediment of subtitles.

NOTE: Those with some form of macro-blocking device or those who use HTPC may very well be able to avoid the forced French subs.

There are some good English extras though with a lot on Tarantino - including an hour of Charlie Rose, a featurette: Pulp Fiction - The Facts and Siskel and Ebert spending 15 minutes on the director and his achievements. I love this case - it's tin that opens like a book but is the same size as a standard Blu-ray case.

When my Momitsu couldn't play this when set to region A (meaning it is not region FREE) - I got some hope that it, possibly, wouldn't have forced French subtitles. Unfortunately, not only is it region 'B'-locked - it's also English-unfriendly. There are some other European editions but at present I don't know there language or region code status. Let's just hope that the AV-transfer (dual-layered with the feature taking up almost 40 Gig) is this strong when it finally arrived in Region 'A' (what's the delay?)

Gary W. Tooze       

****



 

ON THE DVDs (written in 2004): A quick glance will assure you that the French Wild Side Video release has the best image, but like The Piano, the pristine French release has non-removable French subtitles. It is the sharpest and has strong color balance but has been cropped on both sides... a shade. What a shame! It is in a 3-disc (2 DVDs, 1 CD) Boxset as well - overflowing with extras (some in English). In fact the Wild Side Video edition wins in every category. Audio - the optional French DUB is in 5.1 (as well as DTS and 5.1 English tracks), the menus are inspired and the Extras complete! Of the other releases:

The German edition has contrast boosting but has still managed to remain quite sharp, but the manipulation has messed the colors badly... and I notice some edge enhancement.

The Alliance Atlantis is an old release with inferior video and audio, and is also censored according to dvdcompare.net.

The image of the RCV looks sharper than the Region 1 CE. This is even more noticeable if you look at the screenshots in their native resolution. Also, the Region 1 CE seems to be vertically stretched a little and has some minor cropping.

The Region 1 CE obviously has a lot more extra features than the RCV, but there is also a 2 disc release from RCV, with an identical first disc and a second disc containing:
- Deleted Scenes
- Trailers
- Behind the Scenes
- Interviews
- Documentary
- Pulp Fiction Receives the Palm d'Or

Still, not as many features as the Region 1 CE.

It truly is a shame about the non-removable subs on the Wild Side Video DVD edition, but it has the most effort and expense put into it. For DVD I would get the Dutch edition and 3rd - the Miramax (CE).

 - Geert Jan Alsem + Gary W. Tooze

 

 


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4) Alliance Atlantis (Canada) - Region 1 - NTSC - 4th

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4) Alliance Atlantis (Canada) - Region 1 - NTSC - 4th

5) RCV (Netherlands) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th

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7) Panorama - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Wild Side Video (France) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) UFA (Germany) - Region 2- PAL 2nd

3) Miramax (Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 3rd

4) Alliance Atlantis (Canada) - Region 1 - NTSC - 4th

5) RCV (Netherlands) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th

6) TFI - Region 'B'-locked - Blu-ray - 6th

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1) Wild Side Video (France) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) UFA (Germany) - Region 2- PAL 2nd

3) Miramax (Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 3rd

4) Alliance Atlantis (Canada) - Region 1 - NTSC - 4th

5) RCV (Netherlands) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th

6) TFI - Region 'B'-locked - Blu-ray - 6th

7) Panorama - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Wild Side Video (France) - Region 2- PAL TOP

2) UFA (Germany) - Region 2- PAL 2nd

3) Miramax (Collector's Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - 3rd

4) Alliance Atlantis (Canada) - Region 1 - NTSC - 4th

5) RCV (Netherlands) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th

6) TFI - Region 'B'-locked - Blu-ray - 6th

7) Panorama - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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