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Blu-ray Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

December 17, 2019

By John Corrado

Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a magnificent love letter to Los Angeles in 1969, following faded TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), and actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), reimagining real life events to reclaim the mythos of that crucial year. The film was released on Blu-ray last week.

Beautifully shot on 35mm film by Bob Richardson, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one of the most gorgeously crafted movies of the year, a film that is both incredibly entertaining and wistfully nostalgic. It’s Tarantino’s most purely moving work, and one of his best as well, elevated by brilliant performances from the sterling cast. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray comes with an excellent selection of bonus material, starting with seven additional scenes (Old Chattanooga Beer Commercial, Circa 1969; Red Apple Commercial, Circa 1969; Hullabaloo – Rick Dalton Sings “Green Door”; Bounty Law; Lancer – The Meeting of Two Brothers; Charlie Talks to Paul Barabuta and Waves to Cliff; and Rick Dalton and Sam Wanamaker Talk On Set), a fun mix of vintage ads, fuller clips from the fake shows that were created for the film, as well as a few traditional deleted scenes, totalling 25 minutes in all.

Next up are the five featurettes Quentin Tarantino’s Love Letter to Hollywood, Bob Richardson – For the Love of Film, Shop Talk – The Cars of 1969, Restoring Hollywood – The Production Design of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and The Fashion of 1969, which together offer a compelling and also highly enjoyable look at the incredible amount of work that went into recreating the Hollywood of 1969, down to the smallest of details. The Blu-ray and DVD discs included in the case are also printed to look like old film canisters, which is a nice little touch, and the cardboard o-sleeve features different artwork on the front and back.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 161 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: December 10th, 2019

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