Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood remains one of the best films of the year, even with some of the criticism that goes with it. Reflective, elegiac, and most certainly nostalgic about bygone days once a life begins reaching the other side of the hill, it is one of Quentin Tarantinio’s most thoughtful movies… It also contains a string of bizarrely hilarious scenarios in which modern movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie are thrown into the grinder of what was expected in 1960s pop culture.
Among those prerequisites was the flexibility to do a musical numbers, whether you could sing or not. Thus enters the surreal image of DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton doing the twist on a ‘60s variety hour TV show called Hullabaloo. Complete with cheesy background singers, Dalton got his groove on in the Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood trailer that left many excited about seeing the full sequence. There was just one catch: it’s not in the finished film. Hell, neither is the twist he grooves to in the trailer.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood only includes a few seconds of the Hullabaloo sequence hosted by Rick Dalton, and some fans were left to stew until the Blu-ray for the full scene. Well, the wait is over. With the home media release of Tarantino’s ninth movie imminent, Sony Pictures has released the full extended sequence, which you can now view below.
Whelp… it’s certainly safe to say that DiCaprio will never appear in a full-fledged musical, but it’s enjoyable to see him be game to try a few bars here. It is again an accurate representation of B-level celebrity of that era, as are many of the other influences and easter eggs in Once Upon a Time. If you care to dive deeper into it, we wrote this exhaustive list of every one of them we could spot while watching the movie twice in theaters.
But we’ll soon enough have a chance to dive deeper still, as Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood becomes available on digital download, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on Dec. 10.