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And while words such as “reserved,” “high-brow,” and “refined” have always failed to find purchase amidst the wit of Tarantino’s gritty ditties, like one man sawing another’s ear off while spouting obscenities, it’s almost impossible to turn a blind eye when Quentin is at work. Gratuitous violence, greasy characters, ludicrous scenarios, and a hero that is always ten degrees below the coolest cool, Tarantino infuses Django with all of these hallmarks, exposing the horrors of the slave-owning closed-minded mentalities of the 1850’s and contrasting it nicely against the hardened steel of Django’s six-shooter draw. Foxx, Waltz, and DiCaprio kick up cloud after cloud of violence, dirt and racial slurs as they dance their derogatory dances, lashing out with dark-humored blows and pausing only when a properly polished word exchange is needed. And while Django could easily inhabit the specific genres of both Spaghetti and dramatic Westerns respectively, the Tarantino-combo decisively adds another level of thrilling entertainment. For such a powerhouse title, the extras menu is surprisingly small, with two promotional panders – both for Tarantino’s recently released XX Blu-ray Collection and the Django Unchained soundtrack – taking up two usually coveted menu slots. And while the “Reimagining the Spaghetti Western” and the 10+ minute exploration of “The Costume Designs of Sharen Davis” are both fine features, displaying nicely the conception and craftsmanship of Davis’ costume design and peering briefly into the production’s stunts and animal protection, as much as Tarantino loves to yammer on and on it’s entirely out of character for a title under his banner to forego a commentary. A respectful feature about the untimely death of production designer J. Michael Riva is also included, with a collection of brief interviews featuring Riva. Riva’s Oscar nominated work is displayed in countless films, most recently in the Iron Man franchise and in ‘The Amazing Spiderman,’ as well as ‘The Color Purple,’ the film for which he was nominated. So leaving a trail of blood-soaked corpses dead on their feet, and drawing fast on action that will clear a street, “Django Unchained” screams free-at-last with every shotgun blast. –Geek Exchange



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