I don’t know what the worst way to see Django Unchained is, but I’d bet a fist full of bloody dollars the best way is at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. The theater—which is owned by Quentin Tarantino—is showing a cartoon and hand-selected previews by the acclaimed director before each screening of DU that can’t be seen anywhere else. If you don’t have the balmy luxury of living in the greater LA area, I’m going to give you the closest thing to a Viewmaster experience of this screening as you can get.
The lights dim. In order of appearance …
The first goody is Merry Melodies cartoon, Dog Gone South. Thematically, this is a perfect funhouse mirror reflection of the film. http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/82940403/
Next, The Arena. The preview seen at the screening identifies the film as Gladiator Women. The reason for the discrepancy, I don’t know. “The arena was an orgy factory.” I don’t know what that’s all about … but put me down for two. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huC_frc8zPs
Mandingo. Maybe never in all of moviedom has one trailer been so quotable. “You thinkin’ I don’t know a virgin when I sleeps with one n’ pleasures?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1priqpSfjvY
Boot Hill. “Death comes in two colors.”
Tick…Tick…Tick. “This is what happens in a southern town when law and order is in the hands of a black man.”
Take A Hard Ride. If you ever have to take $86,000 across nine hundred miles of danger, see below.
… and you’re welcome.