Sukiyaki Western Django - Buy from Amazon: DVD, Steelbook Packaging, or Blu-ray
The English-language debut of Japanese
director, Takashi Miike. It is presented by Quentin Tarantino
, who also has a small role. The movie is a remake
, which was previously remade as A Fistfull of Dollars
, and latter as Django
and Last Man Standing
. I've seen at least one version of this story, but even so, I had a devil of a time keeping up.
The main problem I had with this movie was its style. Or more specifically, all it had was its style. Garish, overblown, overindulgent, and more. It is also too self-referential is a 'film geek' kind of way. If you are not intimately knowledgeable of Spaghetti Westerns, you will likely be lost here. ... Even if you are knowledgeable, you will likely be lost here. On a side note, as I mentioned above, this is Takashi Miike's first English-language film, and it shows. The actors say their lines like they don't actually know what they are saying, and their accents are so thick at times I had to put the subtitles on. Sadly, even though Quentin Tarantino speaks English, he still isn't able to stand out for his acting in this movie. He really should stick with directing.
Extras on the DVD include a nearly hour-long making of featurette that is in Japanese with English subtitles. There are also 6 minutes of deleted scenes, but there are no English subtitles here. Also, they play in one block and you can't choose to view just one.
The Steelbook Packaging just has cool packaging as an added draw.
Finally, the Blu-ray has the above extras, including 8 more minutes of deleted scenes, but neither is presented in high definition. The disc is also BD-Live enabled, but there's nothing online at the moment. There is also a second disc with a Digital Copy of the movie and it doesn't cost significantly more than either DVD version.
Critics were split on Sukiyaki Western Django with some amazed by its visual flair and excessive nature and others turned off by these same elements. I fall into the latter category. That said, if you are interested in buying this movie, the Blu-ray is the way to go, as it presented the best deal. However, I would instead recommend picking up Takashi Miike's Audition instead.