Fans of director Quentin Tarantino are in for a treat this November. Lionsgate (and what’s left of Miramax) set a street date of November 20th for an 8-film Blu-ray boxed set highlighting the bulk of Tarantino’s work to-date. Of course, this precedes (and is set up as fan-bait for) the December 25th release of Django Unchained, the “Southern” that stars Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz.
The Blu-ray release also shines a spotlight on the 2oth anniversary of Reservoir Dogs. It’s kind of hard to believe 20 years have flown by since that landmark films release on October 23, 1992, and boy do I feel old just writing that… Still, Reservoir Dogs put Tarantino on the filmmaking map as a director to watch and it’s a film that holds up remarkably well in terms of visceral excitement (the acting is uneven, probably due to the tyro director who was, let’s face it, a better screenwriter at the time, which makes the leap in QT’s directoral prowess all the more amazing once Pulp Fictionhit the screens two years later… quite the contrast).
The 10-Disc Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection (as it’s officially known) contains the following:
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Death Proof *
According to the Lionsgate press release, the set
“…also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema.”
The eight films were handpicked by Quentin Tarantino as a retrospective of his work, though it’s worth noting that, technically, True Romance is not a full-blown QT film. Tarantino wrote it back when he was a just starting out, (knocking it out along with Natural Born Killers and Reservoir Dogs), but it was Tony Scott’s directoral effort, and is easily one of the late director’s best films. Kind of a shame that NBK isn’t also included, but Oliver Stone’s vision seems to have so completely eclipsed Tarantino’s original intention for that particular film that QT probably thought it a better fit for Stone’s own collection. Oh, and just for the record, you won’t find From Dusk Till Dawn here either (as Tarantino’s buddy, Robert Rodriguez directed that one).
The press release does not mention any remastering of the films for Blu-ray presentation, though all are expected to be top-notch quality in terms of video and audio specifications, and for Kill Bill fans that have been patiently waiting for the day when the two films will be combined as the long-rumored Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair… well, it appears you’ll still be waiting for a day that may never come.
The boxed set, attractively prepared and featuring cover artwork by Mondo Tees favorite artist, Ken Taylor is expected to retail for $119.99 just in time for the holidays.
*Death Proof is from 2007’sGrindhouse, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror)