[quote]When Frank Whaley and his crew, are taken out in the opening scene. Ã‚Â The screen flashes the same color that is shining out of the briefcase.[/quote]
I watched the second disc of the special edition DVD and this is brought up a lot. Roger Ebert mentions this at least twice like he knows everything about everything.
the combo on the breifcase is 666 - the mark of the devil. Since the case belongs to Marsellus Wallace, he is personified as Satan, while Jules and Vince are his minions. The same gold color that flashes when Vince opens the case is seen during the shooting spree, showin that the two hitmen are doing the devil’s work.
Another thing relating to religon has to do with redemption - the main theme in this film. The Wolf saves Vince and Jules, Vince and Lance save Mia, Butch saves Marsellus, etc.
Jules, at the final restauant scene, says he has been enlightened and decides to stop doing the “dirty work” (essentially turning away from the devil). Vince does not reconcile, so he is punished by death (if the movie had linear progression, the restaurant scene would have come before the scene in Butch’s apartment.)
I didn’t really figure this out though, it’s all on the second disc of the special edition dvd. Watch the Siskel and Ebert review and (if you have the time) read Ebert’s news column for more of this kind of stuff.