Django Unchained [DVD] [2012]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1575 out of 1614)

Special Features


  • Remembering J. Michael Riva: the production design of Django Unchained
  • 20 years in the making: the Tarantino XX blu-ray collection
  • Django Unchained soundtrack spot

Synopsis


Django Unchained
A former slave and a German bounty hunter become unlikely allies in the battle against a tyrannical plantation owner in this western from visionary director Quentin Tarantino. Two years before the Civil War pits brother-against-brother, German-born fugitive hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz) arrives in America determined to capture the outlaw Brittle brothers dead or alive. In the midst of his search, Dr. Schultz crosses paths with Django (Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx), a freed slave and skilled tracker who seeks to rescue his beloved wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie (Academy Award-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio). Once Django has aided Dr. Schultz in coralling the Brittle brothers, the two team up to capture some of the most wanted men in the South. Meanwhile, Django never loses sight of his mission to free Broomhilda from the treacherous slave trade before it's too late. Upon arriving at Candie's nefarious plantation, dubbed Candyland, Django and Dr. Schultz discover that slaves are being groomed for gladiator-like competitions by Candie's malevolent right-hand man Billy Crash (Walton Goggins), and together they skillfully work their way onto the compound for a closer look. But just as Django and his partner locate Broomhilda and plot a daring escape, Candie's house slave Stephen (Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson) catches wind of their plan, and informs his master of the betrayal. Now, as a clandestine organization attempts to back them into a corner, Django and Dr. Schultz will have to come out with pistols blazing if they ever hope to free Broomhilda from Candyland and the clutches of its vile proprietor. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jamie Foxx
    Jamie Foxx - Django
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio - Calvin Candie
  • Christoph Waltz
    Christoph Waltz - Dr. King Schultz
  • Samuel L. Jackson
    Samuel L. Jackson - Stephen
  • Walton Goggins
    Walton Goggins - Billy Crash



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple But Fun Plot — Like a Western Kill Bill

    Posted
    R4z3r

    Django Unchained (the 'D' is silent), is a fun action film. THe film is a bit slowly paced, yet made sure to ensure that the film was still engaging and kept the action moving. I felt it was a bit long winded (2 hours 45 minutes) for my taste, and I felt it could have been sped up a bit without losing anything. The overall plot is simple, Django get's separated from his wife, and this is the story of him trying to rescue her (that's all I can say without ruining anything). While the film focuses heavily on the main characters, Tarentino does a fantastic job of making the story interesting by using secondary characters to his advantage. This adds a lot to the film and makes the film come to life. The movie though isn't as violence focused as some others by him such as Kill Bill (don't worry, there is still plenty of violence), but really takes advantage of humor to make this a bit more light hearted at times. It's important to remember though that this is a fictional movie. There are historical inaccuracies, etc. and this is fine as long as you can look past that. Parents, this is not for kids. There is a little nudity, some innuendos, lots of violence, blood, and gore, use of the "N" word, concepts such as slavery, alcohol consumption etc. For this reason I'd peg it at 15-18 years old. This obviously will vary depending on the family. Overall, the audio itself is not the best I've heard with it's DTS HD-MA 5.1 soundtrack. The film's vocals are slightly low on the volume end. The dynamics aren't there and it's a bit of a flat soundtrack. The highs and lows don't occur often. It does have a few dynamic peaks, the surrounds are used pretty well to create a nice, encompassing environment. The video was good, a bit cold considering the desert and warm environments the characters were in. The blood and shadows were detailed and the shadows had a fantastic detail level with the grime and textures. The film is a bit soft, not as sharp as I would have liked at times but still well detailed. I believe this is an artistic choice, but one that bothered me at times. Overall I'd recommend it, but it was a bit longer than I would have liked. The characters were well developed and had some good humor at times. If you have the time, go for it, but if you can't stand a long and often violent movie, I would recommend passing on this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another win for Tarantino!

    Posted
    ZeroApostle
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    Goofy, violent, but tons of fun, Django Unchained has a bit of everything for everyone. Showcasing some of the best performances from Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained also is one of the few films that takes a dark period in America's history and doesn't pull back the punches when it comes to highlighting the more brutal and ugly aspects of the time.. Ultimately, the movie is an over-exaggerated, fantastical portrait of America, which makes it as enjoyable as it is. Granted, a scene here or there may feel a bit disjointed and out of place, and there are a few awkward musical cues. But beyond that, it has everything it needs to please an audience. I was working at a movie theater when this came out, and I was amazed that EVERYONE on staff loved this movie. Not liked. LOVED! It's not for the faint of heart, as the action scenes are gleefully bloody, but if you're in the mood for a well-written, well-acted, well-shot, and overall exhilarating revenge fantasy and you've got three hours to spare, BUY THIS MOVIE! Being a Tarantino film, the extras are sure to be satisfying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Excellent Genre Film from Tarantino.

    Posted
    BigA
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    As far as the film itself goes, I think I will categorically state, that if you like Tarantino's other recent films, you will like Django:Unchained. Tarantino again takes a 60s, 70s genre, like the martial arts move in "Kill Bill", only this time focusing on the spaghetti western. More specifically Sergio Corbucci's "Django" released in '66. He takes the archetype of that genre, infuses it with his brand of rapid fire dialogue, humor, and bouts of graphic violence to deliver something that feels both vintage and fresh. That balancing act is made possible by excellent performances from Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Christoph Waltz, and even a solid turn from Samuel L. Jackson. The Blu-ray transfer here is excellent in both video quality and audio. The dialogue is clear and the front soundstage dances nimbly between the channels, the LFE channel provides the needed bass weight to the gunshots. The one real weakness, if one is to be found, is the lack of strong extra material. Solid commentary tracks or something, anything, would have been nice. But sadly, all we get is a rather generic documentary. For Tarantino fans, and fans of the gene in general, buy without hesitation. Those on the squeamish side should probably look elsewhere, as the movie does deliver the blood, guts and profanity we've come to expect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tarantino's Best!

    Posted
    Quicksilver00
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    As an avid fan of Quentin Tarantino, there's a level of quality that I expect from each film that he makes. I expect to connect with his characters, but not necessarily like any of them. I expect to see a film that satisfies the film geek in me. More than anything, I expect to see a film that entertains throughout the prerequisite bloated running time. "Django Unchained" is nearly three hours long. But it never feels that long, it entertains and surprises every step along the way. When I first checked my watch, we were already two hours into the film. All of Tarantino's films are usually about this long. Tarantino has been having fun with fictionalizing historical periods lately. This started with 2009's "Inglorious", which was easily one of the best films of that year. My eighty-something year old grandmother, who lived through the time that the film depicted - World War II - said that if events actually happened as they did in that film, that we would be living in a better world today. I think that's a pretty high compliment, especially since my grandmother is not Tarantino's target audience. He was able to design a great story - not an idealistic view of that time period, but still a pretty fascinating one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tarantino does it again!!

    Posted
    JoshuaT_BBYStaff24
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    Out of all the exclusive releases that different stores had, feature wise, Best Buy's exclusive release of "Django Unchained" had the best extra features (from the exclusive disc in the Blu-ray/DVD combo). Only thing I didn't like was that steelboarder thing around the packaging... That wasn't good looking at all. I was thinking about getting the Target Exclusive since it was a Steelbook, but the exclusive disc was a comic con panel, I could just watch that same panel on YouTube, so the only reason why I would have purchased this set was so I could get it on steelbook (I did like the cover more then the photoshop poster they used for the regular DVD & Blu-Ray release of the film.) Wal-Mart had an exclusive disc that was apparently talking about the spaghetti western genre, but it only talked about this film, which is still awesome, but I would of enjoyed that disc more if it was about that whole genre, including this film. Overall, out of all the releases for this film, the Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD combo had the best features, and in my opinion was the best set to get for this film (with getting pass the steelboarder packaging).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tarantino Magnifico

    Posted
    spaceghostly
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    This is an amazing film and listening to Jamie Foxx describe the process of how he ended up getting yelled at on his first day's work with Quentin on the Howard Stern Show was fascinating. Apparently Foxx, envisioned a much calm cooler, Django at the beginning of the movie. Quetin had to remind him, his character grows into that later...the subtle comment implied stop taking yourself so seriously. Foxx, dropped any entourage type of people who were accompanying him to set, stopped driving his fancy car to set and just would get dropped off by a town car. And let the character embody a level of humbleness that was necessary to give his character a journey and arc to complete. Quentin is a master storyteller, Foxx, Waltz, Jackson, DiCaprio, and Kerry Washington headline the cast but every small part is carefully and perfectly cast as well. Don't miss the late, great Michael Parks' performance towards the end of the film, as well as countless other actors you'll recognize from their work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another hit by Tarantino

    Posted
    TheDorkKnight815
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    i love tarantino but forced myself to wait for the blu ray to see this. i managed to avoid all spoilers and plot points and went into it blind, and was so happy i did. the story was great and full of twists and turns. the acting was amazing, the violence disturbing, and yet it was also hilarious. my only issue is the packaging. i bought the special edition best buy exclusive set and was very disappointed to find the case it was in was the size of a DVD case, not a blu ray case. i like my collections to be uniform, so this would not work. luckily, i have some movies organized by director and i have both a DVD taraninto collection and blu ray collection. So I simply bought an empty blu ray case, printed a new cover and put that in my blu ray section. and the dvd and its case in with my DVDs. The only issue there is the outside spine is blank, so its actually on my shelf backwards. yes, tiny nitpicky issues, but i know this really bothers some serious collectors. as for recommending to a friend.... movie yes, but i would recommend getting the regular blu ray, not the BB exclusive.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Tarantino romp

    Posted
    Tolerant2Pizza
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    Django Unchained is a all-around well-acted fantasy about an African slave forcibly freed by a bounty hunter who needs his help to identify and catch someone he is looking for. The transformation during the course of the movie of the main character is by turns interesting, invigorating and empowering for the viewer. This film would be a real treat if only for the unusual if unlikely story, which won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Tarantino, who also directed. A bonus is the parade of fine performances from most of the actors, from Jamie Fox as the main character to Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as the bounty hunter. Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent as the plantation owner and is by turns vicious and charming. Kerry Washington is stunning as the wife of the main character. As always, Samuel L Jackson is superb, even in the uncomfortable-to-watch portrayal of an Uncle Tom type character. This film is entertaining in many ways and definitely worth your time.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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