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Tarantino's take on western genre turns heads

By Christopher Totten

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained was released on DVD and Blu-Ray April 16.

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Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained
was released on DVD and Blu-Ray April 16.

If you love bullets, revenge and bloodshed then Django is the man for you. Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western, Django Unchained, hit shelves April 16 with a vengeance. This is Quentin's first release since his 2009 WWII film Inglorious Basterds— starring Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz—and is much to the tune of Inglorious Basterds. Django Unchained is a gory, brutal, ultra-violent and entertaining film that every action movie lover would kill to see.

Django Unchained tells the story of a slave named Django —played by Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx, whose help is enlisted by Dr. King Schultz—Academy Award winning actor Christoph Waltz—to track down a nefarious gang of outlaws that Django has previously had a run in with. In return for Django's help, Schultz promises to assist Django in locating and rescuing his wife Broomhilda. On this spaghetti western journey, bodies pile up and bullets fall as Dr. King Schultz and Django work together tracking down various outlaws. After amassing a nice collection of corpses, Django seeks out Broomhilda and locates her under the ownership of Calvin Candie, played by acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Django's reunion with Broomhilda is when the movie really starts to take off, diving into the world of slave blood sport. Django Unchained, like any great western, ends with a climatic shootout and this is one puts Rambo to shame.

The story of Django Unchained did not come without some harsh criticism. Spike Lee, director of such movies as Inside Man and the upcoming Old Boy, spoke out against the film on Twitter in regards to the film's depiction of slavery and the revenge elements. Spike Lee also had taken aim at Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown for its depiction of the black community and its elements of blacksploitation.

Despite its criticism, Django Unchained is a cleverly-written, excellently acted and wholly entertaining film. Never once during the movie will you find yourself questioning the story, as you would with other action releases that have hit theaters this year such as GI Joe RetaliationJ, or A Good Day to Die Hard. Instead you will enjoy every minute of the onscreen carnage. So fight your way to your local DVD retailer and purchase Django Unchained, but just always remember, the D is silent.

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