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Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood (UHD Blu-ray) review

Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood (UHD Blu-ray) review
« on: December 16, 2019, 09:38:59 AM »


Studio: Sony
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Rating: R
Film: 3.5/5

Plot
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer/director and features an all-star cast with Margo Robbie, Julia Butters, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern and Al Pacino—and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

My Thoughts
I’ve not been a fan of all of Tarantino’s films because I generally find them a bit too violent for my tastes. In that regard, this film is tame by comparison to his other offerings. Much like Inglorious Basterds, this is a retrospective film with an alternate view on a tragic historical event. Namely, the Manson murders in Hollywood in August of ’69.

I was on the fence about liking the film most of the movie because I think the screenplay is a bit bloated and with a runtime of 162 minutes it drags in too many places. That being said, the acting is phenomenal, and the final act is executed amazingly well and had me laughing out loud on many occasions. While not my favorite Tarantino film, it does have its moments.

Video 9/10

Audio 9/10 (DTS HD-MA 7.1)

Special Features:

  • Additional Scenes
  • Five behind-the-scenes featurettes (Blu-ray)
  • Blu-ray + Digital Copy



Conclusion
My son absolutely hated this movie, but being only 21, I don’t think he understood the historical significance of the time period depicted. I found the film to be better than average, but like most Tarantino films, most people either love it or hate it based upon what I’ve seen. Regardless, I found it to be a tad long but ultimately entertaining and the acting is top shelf. Recommended. 



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Re: Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2019, 10:32:32 AM »
This is on my list to pick up. That is a bit too long is par for the course - look at Kill Bill! :-X
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2019, 11:38:45 AM »
This is on my list to pick up. That is a bit too long is par for the course - look at Kill Bill! :-X
All of his movies are long...some go by quicker than others though. For example, Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction both fly by, even though they are quite long. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2019, 12:17:13 PM »
All of his movies are long...some go by quicker than others though. For example, Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction both fly by, even though they are quite long.
If Kill Bill had been one movie like it was supposed to be, it would have been really long! I'm sure the studio said " cut it down " and then - voila - it became 2 movies instead of one !
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2020, 11:27:23 AM »
Watching this tonight, with a packed house full of movie guests ! 
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2020, 12:52:31 PM »
Watching this tonight, with a packed house full of movie guests !
Be prepared to laugh your ass off in the third act. If you find the movie a chore to watch due to pacing, just know that the ending is totally worth it. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2020, 02:30:51 PM »
I know how Tarantino works, so I'm in for the duration ! 
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2020, 08:14:39 AM »
I loved how Tarantino ended this movie ! Great ending. Another " fractured fairytale " ! Everyone liked it - one guest wants to come back and watch it again. Seeing as I moved to Southern CA in 1969 at age 13, this was a hoot ! 
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2020, 08:38:12 AM »
I loved how Tarantino ended this movie ! Great ending. Another " fractured fairytale " ! Everyone liked it - one guest wants to come back and watch it again. Seeing as I moved to Southern CA in 1969 at age 13, this was a hoot !
Wasn't the Leo scene at the end in his robe just classic..."Effing hippies..."

We couldn't stop laughing during that scene and I loved how he put that old movie prop "that got too hot" to great use. LOL
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2020, 09:49:30 AM »
Wasn't the Leo scene at the end in his robe just classic..."Effing hippies..."

We couldn't stop laughing during that scene and I loved how he put that old movie prop "that got too hot" to great use. LOL
That dog might have outdone the dogs in John Wick 3 ! Damien Lewis looked damn close to Steve McQueen ( some of those "re-imagined classic movie clips were a hoot ). And the Bruce Lee scene was hysterical ! I don't get the controversy - it's a " fractured fairy tale " - not a documentary !  
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Re: Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2020, 06:42:10 AM »
I've watched the film twice. The second time was with my parents who were teenagers during the time period of the film. I'm 30. So while I have a good understanding of Charles Manson and what happened, my dad told me that there were a lot of little easter eggs of nostalgia throughout the film that only people who lived through it would fully understand. Despite this, I still really enjoyed the film. 
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