Are you excited about Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming WWII flick Inglourious Basterds? I know I am, more than pretty much any other film that’s still to come out (it came second in my Most Anticipated Movies of 2009 list, just behind Watchmen). I’ve been anticipating the film ever since Tarantino gave word that he was thinking about doing it (which took an annoying amount of time to actually become a reality), and the eventually released posters and trailer have me absolutely chomping at the bit to see this thing.

Well, to whet the appetite of any avid fans like myself, Tarantino appeared on American Idol (I’m being serious here…) to present some new footage from the film. I know what you’re thinking… why choose the American Idol audience to show this brand spanking new footage to? I’m not quite sure… perhaps it’s Brad Pitt starring in it that may perk the interest of the female audience, I don’t know…

Anyway, needless to say, the footage is awesome, as you’d expect. Check it out below:


Was that really Mike Myers in there just before half way into the video?! It was odd hearing he was even going to be in the film, but actually seeing him in there, in the WWII garb, is even stranger.

This footage reveals a little bit more of the mentality Tarantino has running through the film. Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine mentions at one point that, “We ain’t in the prisoner taking business, we in the killing Nazi business… and business is a boomin’.” So it appears that Tarantino is going to showcase less of the Basterds being cautious and causing as much damage as they can within the structure of the Nazi regime, but rather just showing as much violence and bloodshed towards the Nazis as is possible to fit into one movie.

I like it!…

I can’t stress enough how much of a fan I am of Quentin Tarantino – all of his movies so far have entered my top 100 movies of all time… easily, and so I welcome anything he makes with open arms. I love the fact that he is trying something different than he’s done before with this – undoubtedly it will still concentrate on his trademark hip dialogue, but this may mark the first time we see actually full-on bloody violence filtered through his vision (if you actually watch his movies carefully, there isn’t all that much on-screen violence that takes place – it’s mainly just implied).

What do you make of this new footage of Inglourious Basterds? Are you liking the look of what Tarantino has in store for us?

Inglourious Basterds is set to premiere next month at Cannes, and will go into wide release on August 21, 2009.