[Test Blu-ray 4K UHD] Pulp Fiction – ParamountPictures

4K picture: 4.5/5



Palme d’Or 1994 and cult film, pulp Fiction has been restored. The film was shot on 35MM film (Arriflex 35-III, Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Panaflex Lightweight and Panavision Panaflex Platinum) and the 4K Blu-ray, in the respected 2.39:1 format, is therefore from a 4K master with HEVC compression and Dolby Vision (or HDR10) presentation. Regarding the definition, it is almost flawless. First, all film defects have been erased (hair, cracks, etc.). The grain of the film is present while remaining light, very fine, homogeneous and not fixed. No presence of DNR. Compared to Blu-ray, we clearly gain in sharpness and details on the faces (the actors’ makeup), sets (the dinner scene) and costumes. Is it a rediscovery? No, but it’s a nice update to the movie. Image depth is very good.

No new calibration found. The film is rather consistent with our memories and old editions on that side. . The film being in a fairly realistic style, it’s not an explosion of colors that we have here. We will still remember the dinner scene, whose colors stand out well. In any case, concerning the colors in general, these are saturated as it should be. Blacks are not clogged, even in the darkest scenes or at night. We will remember the costumes of Jules and Vincent, which go beautifully with Dolby Vision. The contrasts are excellent. The whites have been slightly enhanced (Mia’s clothes). The tints of the faces are also more realistic. A beautiful restoration. Some small compression problems, with some very slight jerks, were detected during viewing, but nothing serious. A very good master, which we warmly recommend to fans of the film.

Sound: 2.5/5

Paramount Pictures France offers us an English track in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Same as Blu-ray. Very powerful, well distributed, precise and ample, it also has some good effects that surprised us. For the latter, even if we have few action scenes, the shots or the scene where Butch overthrows Marsellus are well mixed and pass very well. But where we were stunned is that some dialogue also comes through the rear channels. We could take for example the scene where Vincent arrives to look for Mia and that she speaks to him through the speakers. The dialogues are clear, the music and songs used do the job on all channels. The subwoofer is also little but well used, always at the right times. An effective mix, which is more than enough for the film.

The French track is in Dolby Digital 2.0. This is the only big downside. The French dubbing blends in well with the original mix. The effects and the music are also well mixed, but it is still very limited. Too bad we don’t have better than the track we already had on the DVD dating back to 2001…

Bonuses: 3/5

  • Not the usual boring chatter to get to know each other (43′)
  • Here are some facts about fiction (20′)
  • Behind the scenes of filming with Tarantino (10′)
  • Banner with anecdotes, during the film

We start the bonuses with Not the usual boring chatter to get to know each other in which John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Plummer and Eric Stoltz recount their meeting with Quentin Tarantino, the reading of the script, the casting process, the rehearsals, the filming, the consecration at Cannes, the success of the film, and the legacy of pulp Fiction. A really interesting module dating from 2011, with a lot of anecdotes from the actors. In Here are some facts about the fiction, American critics discuss the film and what they thought of it the first time they saw it. Friendly. Finally, Behind the scenes of filming with Tarantino is the making-of, featuring raw footage from the filming of the diner scenes and the scene where Butch knocks down Marsellus Wallace.

Test conditions

  • LG 49UH60 4K UHD TV
  • Samsung UBD-M8500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player
  • Yamaha 4K UHD YHT-1840 amplifier

Synopsis

The bloody and burlesque odyssey of petty thugs in the Hollywood jungle through three intertwining stories.

The film

Palme d’Or 1994, pulp Fiction is a small nugget. A scenario playing on different temporalities depicting us thugs with a scathing humor and chiseled dialogues like the famous Ezekiel.25 verse 10 recited by Samuel L Jackson, extraordinary, or the famous monologue by Christopher Walken. The cast is not to be outdone, with real stars confirmed or in the making at the time. A puzzle work that will offer us cult scenes such as the dance of Uma Thurman and John Travolta to the music of Chuck Berry. The songs used are all perfectly appropriate for the scenes where they appear and explain why the soundtrack has become cult. The direction is good, but sometimes still a little shaky, which did not prevent the film from becoming cult.

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[Test Blu-ray 4K UHD] Pulp Fiction – ParamountPictures