By: Maniac E
Date: December 27, 2012
You can see Quentin Tarantino as the loudmouth of the Hollywood world, with his over the top violence and weird way of letting genres flow into each other. His film making career is all but normal and with that also comes a big love it or hate it fan base. With is new movie Django Unchained coming up the timing for this box set couldn't be better. Tarantino is hotter than ever and Entertainment One brings out the XX Collection of 10 discs!
The Tarantino XX Collectie includes: RESERVOIR DOGS (1992), TRUE ROMANCE (Tony Scott, 1993), PULP FICTION (1994), JACKIE BROWN (1997) KILL BILL Vol. 1 (2003), KILL BILL Vol. 2 (2004), DEATH PROOF (2007) and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009). 'Tarantino XX' is the kind of release I didn't see ever happening, for a number of reasons. First, the potential devaluation of the films, second, the rights issues due to the films belonging to different studios. Apparently, all that changed when Miramax sold its film library and Lionsgate snatched up the rights to four successive films to go alongside the one they already owned rights for. This eight film collection, which covers almost the entirety of Tarantino's catalog, includes discs from Lionsgate, Warner Bros., Universal, and The Weinstein Company/Dimension, and is not limited to titles directed by Tarantino, as 'True Romance' is a Tony Scott film based on a Tarantino screenplay.
The two bonus discs here include two main features: a near 5-hour long critical look at Tarantino's fans and an over 2-hour long retrospect of the writer/director's 20 year career. "Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino" includes a number of behind-the-scenes discussions which have been included on individual releases but have never before been combined until now. This nearly 5 hour experience features engaging discussion between a number of film critics and film experts who provide insight and information on the various films included here, what makes them unique, and their importance to the film industry in general. Moderated by Elvis Mitchell (host of “The Treatment” radio show), those conversing here include Scott Foundas, Stephanie Zacharek, Tim Lucas and Andy Klein.
"20 Years of Filmmaking" follows Tarantino’s rise from Hollywood oddity to Hollywood royalty and genius. Topics include everything from Tarantino's directing style and dedication to his craft to his personal relationships with various actors, directors and producers (especially those whose careers he helped reignite). Exciting and entertaining, this documentary follows Tarantino's development from amateur writer and first-time director on Reservoir Dogs to current mentor and friend to up-and-coming writers and directors. Other special features include the 32-minute "Jackie Brown Q&A: A Film Independent at LACMA Event" with host Elvis Mitchell. Featuring Pam Grier, Robert Forster and Quentin Tarantino as the trio discuss their relationship and their movie-making experiences. Additional special features here include five trailers for Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained (due in theaters this Christmas).
We won't go into details of the movies since many of you already know what they are about and probably have seen them more than once. Some of them could have really used a new transfer like True Romance but all in all you get great value for your money right here. And with the 2 discs of extras your set with a very solid Tarantino box, maybe not the ultimate Tarantino box but surely the best that is out there at the moment. You could ask yourself if you will really look at all the special feature stuff since well mosly Tarantino himself isn't on the discs and in the end you want to know more or hear everything from himself instead of hearing actors and other people talk about his intenstions to make film.
The box set looks great the artwork is fantastic and the menu's are well done, there are some critical notes here old RCV logos have not been replaced and some of the movies are in 1080i format. It would have been nioe to see some new transfers for some of them. Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds do have the same extras as earlier releases and the 2 disc of bonus material really is great to have. It is a shame that movies as Four Rooms, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City, and Natural Born Killers weren't included to make this the ultimate Tarantino collection. True Romance is in the box so why shouldn't the other be. But the box is looking great and for me it a reason to get rid of my old releases. If you don't own any Tarantino movies on bluray go for it!
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