Tarantino XX Blu Ray|
Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics' retrospective on Tarantino's groundbreaking catalogue of films and 20 Years of Filmmaking that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema. Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection showcases one of the most innovative filmmakers of our time and is a must-have for serious film fans. Honouring the 20th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs - the cultural milestone that brought Tarantino to the forefront as a cinematic legend. Tarantino XX on Blu-ray also features striking, original artwork designed and illustrated by Mondo. In collectible packaging, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection is a must have for any Tarantino or film fan! Special Features: Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino 20 Years of Filmmaking - Take a look at Tarantino's career from the beginning Reservior Dogs Special Features: Commentary with Quentin Tarantino, Producer Lawrence Bender and Selected Cast and Crew Pulp Factoid Viewer The Critics' Commentaries Playing It Fast and Loose Profiling the Reservoir Dogs Tipping Guide Deleted Scenes The Class of '92: Sundance Interviews Tarantino's Sundance Institute Film-Makers Lab An Introduction to Film Noir: Writers and Film-Makers Feature Dedications - Tarantino On His Influences Securing the Shot: Location Scouting with Billy Fox Feature Original Interviews with Tarantino and Cast Reservoir Dolls K-Billy Super Sounds of the 70's Reservoir Dogs Style Guide True Romance Special Features: Audio Commentary by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette Audio Commentary by Tony Scott Audio Commentary by Quentin Tarantino Scene Selective Commentaries by Val Kilmer, Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt and Michael Rapaport Deleted / Extended Scenes with Optional Director Commentary Alternate Ending with Optional Director and Writer Commentary Original 1993 Mini-feature Behind-the-Scenes Interactive Feature Animated Photo Gallery Theatrical Trailer Pulp Fiction Special Features: Interviews with Cast Critics' Retrospective on the Movie's Place in Film History Behind-the-Scenes Footage Pulp Fiction: The Facts Production Design Feature Siskel and Ebert at the Movies – The Tarantino Generation Independent Spirit Awards Footage Cannes Film Festival Footage Charlie Rose - Tarantino Interview Stills Galleries Trivia Track Deleted Scenes Jackie Brown Special Features: Breaking Down Jackie Brown Jackie Brown: How It Went Down - Retrospective Interviews with Cast and Crew A Look Back at Jackie Brown – Interview with Quentin Tarantino Chicks with Guns Video Siskel and Ebert at the Movies - Jackie Brown Review Jackie Brown on MTV Marketing Gallery Stills Galleries Trivia Track Deleted and Alternate Scenes Kill Bill Vol. 1 Special Features: The Making of Kill Bill Vol. 1 The 18.104.22.168's Bonus Music Performances Tarantino Trailers Kill Bill Vol. 2 Special Features: The Making of Kill Bill Vol. 2 Damoe Deleted Scene Chingon Musical Performance Death Proof Special Features: Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof Introducing Zoe Bell Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike The Uncut Version of Baby, It's You performed by Mary Elizabeth WinsteadThe Guys of Death Proof Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke Double Dare Trailer Death Proof International Trailer An International Poster Gallery Inglorious Basterds Special Features: Extended and Alternate Scenes Roundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell The Making of Nation's Pride A Conversation with Rod Taylor Nation’s Pride – The Film within the Film The Original Inglorious Bastards Quentin Tarantino's Camera Angel Film Poster Gallery Tour Rod Taylor on Victoria BitterHi Sallys Killin' Nazis Trivia Challenge Trailersfrom£71.95 | RRP:
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A collection of eight films celebrating the first 20 years in the career of director Quentin Tarantino. 'Reservoir Dogs' (1992), Tarantino's first film, is a shocking and sometimes funny look at the aftermath of a jewellery robbery which has gone violently wrong. In 'True Romance' (1993), kung-fu loving Clarence (Christian Slater) meets and falls in love with hooker, Alabama (Patricia Arquette). After promptly marrying, however, Alabama's violent pimp, Drexl (Gary Oldman) stands in their way, and so Clarence takes it on himself to wipe him out. In 'Pulp Fiction' (1994), Butch (Bruce Willis) is an over-the-hill boxer paid to take a fall, who instead does a runner with mobster Merselius (Ving Rhames)'s money. Meanwhile, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are two hitmen who aren't having the easiest of mornings. In 'Jackie Brown' (1997), air stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) smuggles money on the side for gunrunner Ordell Robbie (Jackson). When she is caught with $50,000 and a consignment of cocaine, she makes a deal with Ordell: if convicted, she will not shop him as long as he pays her $100,000. Meanwhile, Jackie also makes a deal with the cops, promising to help convict Ordell... In 'Kill Bill: Vol 1' (2003), Tarantino's jaw-droppingly violent homage to action films from both East and West, Uma Thurman stars as The Bride, one-fifth of a team of assassins called DiVAS. When she decides to get married and leave the outfit her boss, Bill (David Carradine), is not a happy man and gets her former colleagues to show up at the wedding... In 'Kill Bill: Vol 2' (2004), The Bride resumes her quest for justice, with just two remaining foes on her 'Death List', Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) - before she moves on to her ultimate goal - to kill Bill. In 'Death Proof' (2007), a psychotic stuntman attempts to stalk hot babes in his supercharged, 'death proof' Chevy... Finally, in the WWII drama 'Inglourious Basterds' (2009), a group of Jewish American soldiers known as 'The Basterds', led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), embark on a mission in occupied France to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Along the way, they cross paths with Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent), a young Jewish cinema owner, out to avenge the death of her parents by the Nazis.
Average Rating for Tarantino XX [Blu-ray] - 5 out of 5
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Tarantino XX [Blu-ray]Dave Wallace
How many directors can you think of that boast a style so distinctive that their name itself has become an adjective?
Stanley Kubrick became famous for his cold, clinical and technically-precise approach to filmmaking, leading the term "Kubrickian" to be used to describe movies with similar qualities. "Spielbergian" films tend to include Steven Spielberg's classic mix of high adventure, a sense of youthful wonder, and warm fuzzy nostalgia. And Alfred Hitchcock spawned the adjective "Hitchcockian" to describe taut thrillers with elegant, arresting camerawork and killer twist-endings.
Well, Quentin Tarantino can happily stand alongside those giants of cinema as one of the handful of directors to have made such an impact that his name describes an entire style of movie-making.
Over the past twenty years (yes, it really has been that long since 'Reservoir Dogs'), the phrase "Tarantino-esque" has become a calling-card for films with a certain list of attributes. For most viewers, the word that probably springs to mind first is 'violent' - but I'd also argue that the words 'cool', 'clever', 'cartoonish' and 'culturally-literate' shouldn't be too far behind. And this commemorative 'XX' blu-ray boxset - named to reflect the two decades that have passed since Tarantino's directorial debut - shows off all of these qualities in spades.
Along with 'Reservoir Dogs', this 8-disc blu-ray boxset also includes the Tarantino-scripted 'True Romance', as well as his breakout movie as director, 'Pulp Fiction'. Following those gems is the underrated 'Jackie Brown', as well as the slightly overrated 'Kill Bill vol. 1' and 'Kill Bill vol.2' - and the frankly overcooked 'Death Proof'. Rounding things out with Tarantino's most recent film to hit home media, the hugely enjoyable WWII historical romp 'Inglourious Basterds', the set is a comprehensive collection of the director's work - even if it misses out minor curiosities, like his contributions to the 'Four Rooms' and 'Sin City' movies, of which he only directed small parts.
Whilst I don't have the space to review all of these films individually, it's interesting to note that they all highlight different qualities that have made Tarantino's movies so successful. Reservoir Dogs is a masterclass in cool, mixing a slick aesthetic (the black suit-white shirt-black tie combo became an instant uniform for the would-be gangster crowd back in 1992) with hip pop-culture references and a tight, almost theatrical story that builds tension and suspense masterfully. True Romance delivers on the teenage wish-fulfilment fantasies and outrageous caricatures that have made Tarantino's films such outlandish pleasures, whilst Pulp Fiction demonstrates his canny control of narrative structure through its fractured chronology and interconnected vignettes.
Jackie Brown is a showcase for Tarantino's affection for 1970s crime fiction and the blaxploitation genre, whilst the two Kill Bill movies function as a love-letter to every kung-fu movie and action-based revenge-thriller ever made. Even the runt of Tarantino's litter, Death Proof, has its redeeming features - including a schlocky high-concept and a winning performance from Kurt Russell - whilst Inglourious Basterds revels in its anarchic, cheeky approach to history as it weaves its tall tale of a group of Jewish Nazi-hunters on the prowl in 1940s France.
But all eight of these movies have been available on DVD and Blu-Ray for a little while now - so what makes this set worth a purchase?
Well, for one thing, it's the satisfaction of having a director's entire oeuvre contained within one single set, allowing you to explore the work of a single filmmaker over a series of nights (if you so choose), and see how his entire career stacks up. I think you're far more likely to do this if you have a single boxset to work through, and the fact that the movies are presented chronologically encourages you to take a tour of Tarantino's body of work from the very beginning, all the way through to his most recent offering (you could even finish it off with a trip to the cinema to see his latest movie, 'Django Unchained'!!).
Plus, there's the price: this boxset can be bought for around £50 or so at the time of writing this review, equating to just over six quid per movie - which is very reasonable, given the high level of quality and the fact that all of these blu-ray discs are each as packed with extras as the separate individual releases.
And talking of extras, the more observant among you may have noticed that a 10-disc set for just eight movies leaves two whole blu-ray discs available for a host of exclusive bonus features, including hours of critical discussion and analysis of Tarantino's movies. Some of this focuses on the individual movies separately, whilst some of it gives a more general overview of his approach to filmmaking and his influences. It's all interesting stuff that's bound to be pored over in detail by fans of the director's output, and given that you're getting it for free on top of a great price for the individual movies themselves, it really does make this boxset seem like a steal. And finally, the amazing collage-style box artwork (by designers Mondo) makes this set a beautiful object in its own right, and the kind of thing that you'll be proud to show off to fellow cineastes.
Given my previous experience with these kinds of boxsets, I think I'll end this review with a piece of advice: if you think you're going to want to buy the 'Tarantino XX' collection, now's the time. These kinds of boxsets can sell out quickly (this one has only been available for a couple of months so far, so is still pretty new), and the last thing you want is to be having to scour ebay to pick up a copy of the set for three-times its RRP in a year or two's time.
For those with a squeamish disposition, an aversion to bad language or an ignorance of popular culture, I'd probably advise you to stay away from this set. But for anyone who yearns to see thrilling, bloody stories of heists-gone-wrong; or who wants to witness bewitching tapestries of crime and punishment; or who wants to enter a world in which a wounded bride can travel the globe in a yellow jumpsuit exacting revenge with a Katana sword; or who simply wants to see just how much fun a singular, highly-gifted and utterly original director can have with a whole range of styles and subject matter; this is the boxset for you.
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