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November 20, 2012

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On DVD/Blu-ray – “Tarantino XX” Box Set

by HELEN GEIB

The X’s are Roman numerals signifying the 20th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s explosion onto the world film scene. Some will observe that the release of the only-on-Blu eight-film box set is perfectly timed for the start of the holiday gift buying season.

The earliest title in the set is, naturally enough, Tarantino’s 1992 directorial debut Reservoir Dogs (1992). All the movies are “written and directed by” except True Romance (1993), which was directed by Tony Scott. Rounding out the ’90s are Pulp Fiction (1994) and Jackie Brown (1997), his best films- at least to date.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) follow the original theatrical release in being packaged separately, one of the ways the set does not cater to die-hard Tarantino fans (hoping for the “Kill Bill” master). The other is that Death Proof (2007) is in there by itself instead of, and in this instance not like the original release, as one part of Grindhouse. Inglorious Basterds (2009) completes the set.

“Over five hours of never-before-seen special features” are included to entice those who already own the movies on DVD: a critics retrospective exploring Tarantino’s films and their cultural impact; a short feature overview of Tarantino’s career; a Q&A panel discussion on Jackie Brown filmed at the LA County Museum of Art with Tarantino and stars Pam Grier and Robert Forster; and trailers for Tarantino’s upcoming movie Django Unchained.

Nir’s review of Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Reviews of Inglourious Basterds by Nir and Rishi
James’ review of Grindhouse

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 20 2012

    Tarantino also came up with the story for Natural Born Killers but its amazing screenplay was written by Oliver Stone. :O)

  2. Michelle
    Nov 21 2012

    I’m one of the fans of Kill Bill who is waiting for a master. I’ve got hope (probably in vain) that one could appear next year in honor of the decade mark.

  3. Nov 21 2012

    @Michelle: I don’t know, I think your hope is well-founded. If there’s one thing we can count on it’s the studios’ penchant for wringing every last penny out of fans by releasing lots of different versions, so you have to buy the “same” movie multiple times.

    To your point, and notwithstanding the extras, this really doesn’t strike me as a box set designed for serious Tarantino admirers. For one thing, it’s not complete (where are the other films written but not directed by?); for another, why is KILL BILL still in two parts only (the “master” could easily have been an extra, or vice versa); and for a third, why is only one part of GRINDHOUSE included?

    If I had to identify the real target audience for this set, I’d say it was people who 1) recognize Tarantino as a big name in movies today and 2) are looking for a present for the film fan in their lives. After them come fans who have been waiting to upgrade to Blu-ray for whatever reason and can now do so with one convenient purchase.

  4. Nov 21 2012

    It’s designed for people that love all of Tarantino’s films and want them all in one boxset, regardless of the special features.

    And re Kill Bill, there is a 4.5 hour version of the film that’s been edited as one film and that showcases the black and white scenes in KB1 fully in colour. But it’s a boxset that’s exclusive to Japan and will never come to North America. I’ve been patiently awaiting its arrival but it was made clear, a few years ago, that we’re never going to get it. However, one could always purchase it online and also purchase a region free DVD player…

    And Helen, Death Proof is a Tarantino film, Planet Terror is a Rodriguez film. I’m guessing that the producers are very adamant about people knowing that fact. lol

  5. Nov 21 2012

    Not being a grindhouse aficionado or a Tarantino fan it doesn’t matter either way to me, but I distinctly recall both groups screaming bloody murder when DEATH PROOF and PLANET TERROR were originally released separately on DVD because they wanted the “double bill” they’d seen in the theater.

  6. Michelle
    Nov 21 2012

    I have held out on buying Kill Bill from the beginning, thinking that the minute I gave in, a master or at least a cool box set with both volumes and lots of extras would come out. *shakes fists at studios* Just days ago, I saw a cheap box with both movies, but zippity-doo-dah features. I noted the 2003 date on volume one and said to myself, “Walk on by.”

  7. Nov 22 2012

    I couldn’t wait for the Grindhouse because it has both films on it and also because it has the fake trailers that I saw in the theatres. And, it also has the extended versions of each of the fake trailers. Werewolf Women of the SS is actually 5 minutes long and Nic Cage’s role in it is extended, as well! :OD

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