Pulp Fiction

Special Collector's Edition


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Details At A Glance

Category Drama Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - 1.78:1 16x9 enh, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 3 - Dolby Digital Train, True Romance, Jackie Brown
Year Released 1994 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 148:12 minutes Other Extras Menu Audio & Animation
Unseen Footage (20 mins)
Featurette (5:15)
Cast & Crew Interviews
Cast Biographies
Pulp Trivia
RSDL/Flipper RSDL (104:44)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 4 Director Quentin Tarantino 

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Uma Thurman
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Amanda Plummer
Maria de Medeiros
Ving Rhames
Eric Stoltz
Rozanna Arquette
Christopher Walken
Bruce Willis
RRP $34.95 Music Karyn Rachtman

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG 2.0 silent
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448Kb/s)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 384Kb/s)
Isolated Music & Effects Score (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 384Kb/s)
English (MPEG 2.0 silent, 64Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    Pulp Fiction has become a modern classic of the cinema. Darkly humorous, complex, violent, and very in-your-face, this is a movie that you will not forget in a long time. It interweaves several seemingly unrelated stories which all come together by the end of the movie.

    The movie opens in a diner with Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) deciding to rob the place. We come back to this later.

    We then cut to Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), a pair of two bit hoods who are required to kill some small-time drug dealers who have been cheating on their boss, Marsellus Wallace. They reclaim a briefcase which contains something very special. We learn that Vincent is required to escort Marsellus' wife whilst Marsellus is out of town.

    We then cut to Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis), a boxer, and Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Butch is being paid off to lose his next fight.

    Vincent buys some heroin from Lance (Eric Stoltz) in preparation for his date with Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman). They go to Jackrabbit Slim's, which is a very retro cafe. On their return, Mia accidentally snorts some of Vincent's heroin and stops breathing which leads to an outrageous scene back at Lance's where she is revived.

    Next, we return to Butch, but as a child, where we learn about a very precious wristwatch that Captain Koons (Christopher Walken) delivers to him after keeping it in 'safe storage' for two years. Back in the present, Butch cannot bring himself to lose the fight, and hence falls out of favour with Marsellus. Through a series of errors, Butch ends up killing Vincent, and running into Marsellus. Two good ol' boys prevent the two of them killing each other, but as you will find out, perhaps they would have been better off dead. Nonetheless, all debts are paid and Butch is free to go.

    We then jump back to the briefcase scene where amazingly, neither Vincent nor Jules are killed. This leads to a very messy car ride, but Winston Wolf (Harvey Keitel) steps in and saves the day.

    Finally, it is time to return to the diner, where all outstanding loose ends are tied up.

Transfer Quality


    There have been various attempts at transferring Pulp Fiction to DVD in various Regions, most of them very poor efforts. The original source material is not the best and is very hard to transfer. This particular attempt by Roadshow Home Entertainment is the best transfer of this film that I have seen to date. This is somewhat faint praise, however, as it is still not a great looking DVD, but I believe that this can be put down to the source material rather than being blamed on any deficiencies with the transfer, and I doubt that we will ever see a transfer that is any better looking than this one of this movie.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is very contrasty - whites are very white and blacks are very black with very little detail in between. I believe that this is how the original movie was shot, but the nett effect of this is that there is a considerable lack of detail in the picture at times. Whiter areas of the picture bloom and blacker areas of the picture lack shadow detail. Thankfully, low level noise was absent.

    The colours were variably saturated, ranging from washed-out looking (in the diner) to oversaturated (in the bar).

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Compared with previous transfers, there is much less aliasing (shimmer) to be seen in this transfer, particularly noticeable in the venetian blinds of the diner at the start and end of the movie. There is still quite considerable aliasing, but it is now reduced to an acceptable level rather than being severe and distracting as it has been in previous transfers. Film artefacts were kept at an acceptable level.

    This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change occurring at 104.44, between Chapters 18 and 19. The layer change is very well placed in the middle of a fade-to-black transition, and causes a barely noticeable pause in the audio with virtually no disruption to the flow of the movie.


    There are four audio tracks on this DVD. The default is English Dolby Digital 5.1. This is the track that I listened to. The other tracks present are English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, an Isolated Music & Sound Effects Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded and a silent MPEG 2.0 track.

    Dialogue was all up-front-and-centre, and hard to understand at times.

    Audio sync was fine on a Noriko DVD-390K, but significantly out on a Pioneer DV-505, which is a common problem with Roadshow Home Entertainment discs and older Pioneer players.

    The music adds enormously to the experience of the movie, and is mainly presented in stereo, with some mix into the rear at times.

     The surround channels were rarely used except occasionally for ambience and for some music. It sounded like the same signal was being fed to both rear channels whenever there was anything in the rear. This soundtrack is very much up-front-and-centre with very little additional help from the rear channels.

    The .1 channel was hardly used at all.


    There is a reasonable selection of extras on this disc. The Dolby Digital Train trailer is on this disc. All the extras are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced and with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound.


    The menu is 16x9 enhanced and features animation and Dolby Digital audio throughout. There is some delay between making a selection and the player acting upon it, but this is much less of a problem than it was on the original version of this disc.

Deleted Scenes

    This is a very well presented extra, with the deleted scenes being introduced by Quentin Tarantino. The original version of this DVD crashed at the end of this extra - this fault has been corrected in this version of this disc.

Theatrical Trailer


Cast & Crew Interviews

Cast Biographies

R4 vs R1

    There are two versions of this disc available in R1. The Buena Vista R1 version is not 16x9 enhanced and featureless, but a better specified version has been released by Alliance in R1 Canada.

    The Region 1 Canadian version misses out on;

    With the improvement in video quality on offer with this version of the disc and the 16x9 enhancement, our version of this disc is the clear hands-down winner in this case.


    Pulp Fiction is a movie you will either love or hate. I hated this movie the first time I saw it, but I like it more and more every time I see it, and now consider it a classic of early 1990s filmmaking.

    The video quality, whilst not being great, is certainly by far the best it has ever been for this title.

    The audio quality is as good as it ever was, which isn't particularly good.

    The extras are quite good, particularly the deleted scenes.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
4th November 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Noriko DVD-390K, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer