Perhaps in homage to the films of his youth, the 2.4:1 Django displays warm tones, with interesting effects as when skies appear to be overexposed. There are also deliberate shifts in overall quality during the flashbacks, whereas the black areas of the image have a pleasing, organic look even though they are not particularly nuanced. My main gripe about the picture quality is the slight softness throughout, surely no accident by the director of photography, the great Robert Richardson, but it stops short of real HD splendor as a result.
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is big and cinematic: Quentin at his best. The subwoofer adds a menacing rumble to the approaching hoofbeats, and a definite boom to the gunshots. Birds chirp in the surrounds, while off-camera characters are discretely placed and cleverly phased about the 5.1-channel soundfield. The jingle of chains is high and clean, and the crisp crack of the whip fills the room, along with some subtle echoes. A big shootout late in the film could serve as a great go-to clip on some future DTS demo disc, were it not so unabashedly bloody.
The extras are lean, really just looks at the costumes, production design, and horse stunts. (The Best Buy version reportedly includes its own exclusive making-of.) A standard-definition DVD and a Digital Copy for both iTunes and UltraViolet are onboard, and I just know I’ll be taking advantage of those soon.
Studio: Anchor Bay, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Length: 165 mins. MPAA Rating: R
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio