Pulp Fiction is the epitome of cinema and gave the world Quentin Tarantino as a household name. It resurrected the careers of tons of actors and has inspired countless filmmakers for the past thirty years. The film itself is perfect. The new 4K image with Dolby Vision looks great, but not quite demo-worthy. It's still a wonderful upgrade from its previous release. The DTS-HD 5.1 audio track is the same one from a decade ago and there is no new bonus features this time around. There is, however, brand new, glorious steelbook packaging that looks amazing. Highly Recommended!
Quentin Tarantino became a household name back in 1994 when he changed cinema with his film Pulp Fiction. This film single-handedly inspired countless filmmakers and other films in telling original stories and delivering characters and storylines in an unorthodox way, which is now the new norm. After Pulp Fiction, every actor wanted to be a part of Tarantino's cinematic world and they continue to do so today.
But back with Pulp Fiction, this violent, poignant, darkly funny web of stories about a group of organized crime employees, their boss and his wife, and a boxer are all connected over the course of a day or two with a killer soundtrack and iconic performances that have made people's careers. Everything about this film is perfect from its unique camera shots, memorable dialogue, performances by everyone including a leather-bound gimp, and music cues - Pulp Fiction is still one of the grand gestures of a cinematic experience almost 30 years later.
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Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Pulp Fiction twists its way to 4K + Blu-ray + Digital Code via Paramount in a wonderful-looking steelbook. The discs are housed inside a steel case with new artwork. there is an insert for a digital code. The new artwork features an animated Vince and Mia twisting on the dance floor. The back side has the meal they had at Jack Rabbit Slims. Inside the case, the artwork reveals facial portraits of both Vince and Mia dancing.
Pulp Fiction comes with a wonderful 2160p UHD 4K image with Dolby Vision that upgrades the picture quality from the previously released Blu-ray. This is one of the best films ever made and so should the video presentation that comes with it. While it has a great uptick in color output and detail, this isn't exactly a demo-worthy 4K release that would be used to show newcomers the format or to show off a new system.
Clarity and depth have big improvements this time around with this new transfer. The detail is vivid and sharp even in the warmer-tinted lighting conditions such as the diner and inside the club where Marcellus hangs out. Textures in those famous black suits now reveal their stitching and patterns that weren't quite noticeable before. The individual facial hairs and beads of sweat come through better as well. Metallic guns, vehicles, and other background items look amazing with the right amount of detail for each object. At Jack Rabbit Slims, the detail in the food and bubbles in the five-dollar milkshake are excellent. The new clarity brings a more complex palette to the screen.
The colors are bolder and richer whereas the opening scene at the diner gives way to those more neutral and warmer colors between Pumpkin and Honey Bunny. This contrasts perfectly later in the film when Vincent and Jules are wearing bright neon shorts and shirts. Jack Rabbit Slims showcases all of the primary and neon colors that bring a rainbow of boldness to the screen. Those amber-tinted sequences bring forth some great detail and other warmer colors to light that had been missing before. Black levels are inky and rich that never bleed or look murky. Again, the black suits look amazing here against the bright white walls of the apartment. Skin tones are natural as well. The film grain is intact and never looks heavy or swarms. This is a great looking new 4K transfer, but it never goes over that hill into perfection like the movie itself. There are no problems with banding, aliasing, or heavy noise.
This release comes with the previous lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track that sounds excellent. Unfortunately, there is no new Dolby Atmos or DTS:X mix here.
From our 2011 Blu-ray review:
Now here's where you'll get an upgrade from the Danish import version. Frankly, Lionsgate's new 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is every bit as demo-worthy as any of the modern action and adventure movies that have come out on Blu-ray in the past few months. This is a very fun, very energetic mix that uses every channel with purpose.
The rears are alive much of the time, especially during the dance scene and the scenes in the diner. Dialogue is perfectly intelligible, even during Bruce Willis' whispered lines. Gunshots sound a bit tinny, but they've always sounded that way. Actually, the gunshots in 'Pulp Fiction' sound much more realistic than they do in other movies. When Jules lays into his Biblical verses the entire soundstage quakes. The crescendo of his prophetic voice fills the room. LFE has its moments, and when called upon offers a resonate force of bass.
I loved every minute of this engrossing audio mix. It reminded me of the movie's theatrical presentation. Audiophiles and fans alike will find this one a pure treat.
There are no new bonus features included here, but most of the previous bonus features have been imported over. There are three extras on the 4K Disc while the rest of the pack is included on the Blu-ray Disc.
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Pulp Fiction is unarguably one of the best films to have ever been released. It's been almost thirty years since its release and it still holds up just as great as it did back in 1994. The magic is still there and it shows with every frame. The new 4K image with Dolby Vision looks very good, but it doesn't quite hit that perfection or demo-worthy factor. The DTS-HD 5.1 audio track sounds wonderful just like it did on the last release. All of the old extras have been imported over, but there are no new ones. The Steelbook packaging is dynamite. Highly Recommended In 4K!