By Chris Nashawaty
Updated December 09, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST
Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt
Credit: Francois Duhamel

From its spaghetti-flavored Sergio Leone opening to its bullet-riddled Sam Peckinpah coda, Quentin Tarantino’s riff on WWII (and WWII movies) is easily his best film since Pulp Fiction. Inglourious Basterds may be as reckless with history as it is with spelling, but who cares when the actors (and the audience) are having this much fun? Brad Pitt hams it up as a Southern-fried lieutenant leading a pack of Jewish GI avengers into occupied Paris to whack the Nazi high command during a glitzy movie premiere. Meanwhile, Christoph Waltz’s deliciously evil Gestapo gumshoe crosses paths with a French resistance fighter (Mélanie Laurent). EXTRAS on the two-disc special edition include a longer version of the film-within-a-film, Nation’s Pride; a look at Joseph Goebbels’ film industry; and a giddy Q&A with Pitt and Tarantino. A

Inglourious Basterds

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  • Quentin Tarantino