One of the best films of the 1990s and an all-time classic, True Romance, is finally getting a 4K treatment from Arrow Video. The Quentin Tarantino-written and Tony Scott-directed film is set to arrive on 4K UltraHD and Blu-ray on July 19. Unfortunately, the True Romance limited edition will be available in the U.K. only. Fans of the film in the U.S. will have to wait a little longer. But the discs are region-free, and with a little trouble, fans in the States could still watch the film. The set can be pre-ordered from Arrowfilms’ website. A trailer was released recently.
Arrow Video has also released the following plot synopsis for True Romance. “Elvis-worshipping comic book store employee Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is minding his own business at a Sonny Chiba triple bill when Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) walks into his life – and from then on, the two are inseparable. Within 24 hours, they’re married and on the run after Clarence is forced to kill Alabama’s possessive, psychopathic pimp. Driving a Cadillac across the country from Detroit to Hollywood, the newlyweds plan to sell off a suitcase full of stolen drugs to fund a new life for themselves… but little do they suspect that the cops and the Mafia are closing in on them. Will they escape and make their dream of a happy ending come true?”
Alongside Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in the lead, True Romance features a stellar star cast comprising the likes of Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Val Kilmer, and Brad Pitt. Oldman has received particular praise for his short yet terrific performance as an abusive pimp. True Romance is also known for Hopper and Walken’s now-iconic “Sicilian Heritage” scene and a mesmerizing soundtrack courtesy of legendary composer Hans Zimmer.
True Romance, was set to be Tarantino’s next project after Reservoir Dogs, but for some reason, he “lost interest” in the film and decided to make Pulp Fiction instead. He sold the screenplay of True Romance to Warner Bros., who brought in Top Gun director Tony Scott to helm it. After making a few adjustments of his own, Scott delivered a brilliant romance thriller that perfectly captured the spirit of Tarantino’s script. Featuring the Kill Bill director’s trademark witty monologues and sudden bursts of violence, True Romance was more a Tarantino movie than it was a Tony Scott movie. But taking nothing away from Scott, he delivered an amazing film that managed to impress both viewers and Quentin Tarantino himself.
And now a long overdue 4K version looks to wow the fans again. Judging by the trailer, the 4K transfer is stunning, and Arrow has used the film’s original camera negatives to restore the film. Along with the 4K UHD restoration of both theatrical and the Director’s Cut of True Romance, the disc also features a ton of bonus materials.
A U.S release date will soon be finalized. Till then, all the Tarantino fans can check out the novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, published by Harper Collins on June 29.
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