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.
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