Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen


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Quentin Tarantino's striking debut film, Reservoir Dogs, gets the deluxe two-disc treatment from Artisan with this release. The DVD contains a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby DigitalSee more details below


Quentin Tarantino's striking debut film, Reservoir Dogs, gets the deluxe two-disc treatment from Artisan with this release. The DVD contains a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, and DTS Surround. Supplemental materials include never-before-released deleted scenes, new interviews with the director and the cast, and newly produced documentaries and featurettes. This is a superb set. Collector's note: this same two-disc set was packaged with six different covers. This particular edition features Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) on the front.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut is an audacious, low-budget, neo-noir thriller that immediately established the former video-store clerk as the '90s filmmaker to watch. Armed with a terrific script that employs jarring, temporal shifts and mesmerizing, pop-culture-obsessed dialogue, the budding auteur assembled a letter-perfect cast of seasoned veterans and talented newcomers. Perennial screen heavy Lawrence Tierney plays the career criminal who recruits a team of supposedly top-notch triggermen -- Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Penn -- to pull off a big diamond heist. The desperadoes bungle the job, however, instigating a massive shoot-out that sends them scrambling for the deserted warehouse they've chosen for a rendezvous. Tarantino makes his characters colorful, violent, desperate men who are generally garrulous and often comically profane. What's more, they don't flinch from the sight of blood, something in which Resevoir Dogs is awash. Violent and nihilistic, this stylish picture boosted Tarantino's stock and influenced a slew of Gen-X filmmakers to crank out similarly gritty but less effective imitations.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A study in violence and pop hoodlum cool, Quentin Tarantino's debut film adrenalized the gangster film and put Tarantino on the auteur map. Adapting the novelistic structure of Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956) and using observational long takes, Tarantino shifts between the preparations for an ill-fated heist and its extraordinarily bloody aftermath, increasing tension through the gradual revelation of each color-coded character's true nature as they figure out what went wrong. As in Howard Hawks's and Sam Peckinpah's films, the driving concern is honor among men, but, as in the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Tarantino's crooks also define themselves through a plethora of pop culture references, from Lee Marvin to the "Stuck in the Middle With You" ear-slicing and the opening exegesis of Madonna songs. Drawing praise and fire on the film festival circuit for juxtaposing humor and brutal violence, and attacked for being too indebted to the Hong Kong action film City on Fire (1987), Reservoir Dogs opened to critical acclaim, jump-starting former video clerk Tarantino's career. Although its extreme bloodshed hampered its box office, Reservoir Dogs's postmodern generic self-awareness went on to be almost as influential on 1990s gangster movies as Tarantino's next film, Pulp Fiction (1994).

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Newly remastered 2.35:1 widescreen and 4:3 full screen versions; DTS Digital Surround Sound/5.1 Dolby Digital Audio/2.0 Dolby Digital Audio; Spanish subtitles / English closed captionng; Digitally mastered / Interactive menus / Scene Index; Deleted Scenes (Including two never-before-seen alternate angles of the infamous "EAR" scene.); All new interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Madsen, Eddie Bunker, Kirk Baltz and others!; A Tribute to Lawrence Tierney; Reservoir Dogs Director Tribute: A focus on the filmmakers who influenced Quentin Tarantino's indie masterpiece.; The class of '92: A retrospective look at the indie films and filmmakers at the '92 Sundance Film Festival where Reservoir Dogs was introduced.; Small Dogs: Action figure development documentary; Film noir web: The writers and directors behind the legacy of this classic genre.; Select scene audio commentary featuring the cast, the crew, and the critics; K-BILLY Interactive Radio, push the buttons to listen to some Super Sounds! Featuring surprise guests!; Reservior Dogs style guide; Securing the shot: Location scouting with Billy Fox; Original theatrical trailer; Poster gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harvey Keitel Mr. White/Larry
Tim Roth Mr. Orange/Freddy
Michael Madsen Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
Chris Penn Nice Guy Eddie
Steve Buscemi Mr. Pink
Lawrence Tierney Joe Cabot
Quentin Tarantino Mr. Brown
Kirk Baltz Marvin Nash
Randy Brooks Holdaway
Edward Bunker Mr. Blue
Rich Turner 1st Sheriff
David Steen 2nd Sheriff
Tony Cosmo 3rd Sheriff
Stevo Poliy 4th Sheriff
Michael Sottile Teddy
Robert Ruth Shot Cop
Lawrence Bender Young Cop / Background Radio Play
Linda Kaye Shocked Woman
Suzanne Celeste Shot Woman
Laurie Latham Background Radio Play
Maria Strova Background Radio Play
Burr Steers Background Radio Play
Craig Hamann Background Radio Play
Steven Wright K-Billy DJ

Technical Credits
Quentin Tarantino Director,Screenwriter
Jamie Beardsley Asst. Director
Lawrence Bender Producer
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Richard N. Gladstein Executive Producer
Betsy Faith Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hellerman Production Manager
Monte Hellman Executive Producer
Marcia Holley Stunts
Harvey Keitel Co-producer
Pat McGroarty Stunts
Sally Menke Editor
Karyn Rachtman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Set Decoration/Design
Ken Segal Sound Mixer
Andrzej Sekula Cinematographer
Ronna Wallace Executive Producer
David Wasco Production Designer
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Madonna/No Tipping [7:27]
2. Main Title [2:10]
3. "Are You a Doctor?" [1:30]
4. Waiting for Joe [4:00]
5. "We Got Set up!" [3:45]
6. Who Did What and When [2:35]
7. Working With Rats and Psychos [4:56]
8. Mr. White/The Job [1:45]
9. Mr. White Feels Guilty [4:44]
10. "Trigger-Happy Madman" [4:45]
11. Mr. Blonde/Getting Around Parole [7:46]
12. Eddie Has Some Questions [7:02]
13. In a Cop's Ear [7:42]
14. Dead Men Talking [3:30]
15. Mr. Orange/Making Friends [2:45]
16. The Commode Story [7:49]
17. Eddie and Lady E [1:53]
18. Color Coordination [3:28]
19. The Layout [3:08]
20. An Orange-White Getaway [1:45]
21. Showdown Among Pros [2:23]
22. End Credits [8:14]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Opening Credits
2. The Heist
3. Mr. White
4. Mr. Blonde
5. Nice Guy Eddie
6. Mr. Orange
7. Joe Cabot's Reservoir Dogs
8. End Credits


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