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This is one of nicest blu-ray films that I have come across in a while. 'Nice' might be an odd choice of words when talking about Reservoir Dogs but the experience of revisiting, what is arguably , Quentin Tarantino's best film to date, is an absolute pleasure.
The blu-ray initialises with the menu screen as opposed to dropping you straight into the film. This menu is well polished and well thought out. It consists of snapshots of the great scenes which are replete throughout the film and done in such a way that if you have not seen the film in a while, you are instantly re-introduced to much of what you loved about it. It really is very well done.
The quality of the blu-ray release is good. It shows it's age but I am all for that in a picture. Unless a studio is going to go all out with a 4k master, or is it up to 8k these days!?! A sympathetic transfer to the source material is all that is needed and you get that and more here.
Low budget and simple yet very powerful and explosive. Amazing directing (Tarantino's finest in my opinion) great performances/acting all around with a very simple yet quite complex to follow (1st time you watch it) plot line make this a masterpiece. I don't want to ruin any of the plot for anyone who hasn't seen this yet so I will just say that you definitely MUST watch this movie.
*Blu Ray Review (UK Region 2 version). Having watched the normal 2 disc special edition version DVD several times, I bought a Blu Ray player & HD TV so also decided to upgrade my Reservoir Dogs DVD to 1080p Blu Ray as it's one of my favorite movies. Anyway, the picture on the Blu Ray is fine, crisp and clear. There is definitely a noticeable enough difference from DVD to Blu Ray so it's well worth the upgrade. The best part of the upgrade however has to be the audio which has a massive upgrade and the quality is superb. If you are a fan of the movie you should only buy the Blu Ray as it's the finest picture/audio quality currently available for this movie.
The 5 star rating is for the movie and everything necessary has been said about this by others. My beef is about this particular copy of it. Thoughout the film comments have been added to the screen which are intrusive and extremely irritating and detract from the pleasure of watching the movie because one is compelled to read them, Yes, the comments are interesting and relevant but the place for then is NOT the top left hand quarter of the screen. Not only are there words, but the person who took it upon him/herself to try and improve Tarantino's work has added a decorative blood red motive along with the words which further obliterates what lies beneath. This information should have been added to the supplementary disc, either under a heading "Trivia" or in a Director's Commentary or some other way. If I added a moustache to the Mona Lisa I would be labelled a vandal. Whoever did this to the movie deserves even worse because this philistine considers the movie to be far more entertaining than the painting.
Somewhere along the way, opinions on Quentin Tarantino have become divided - some still loving his work, others calling it bloated and unnecessarily inflated. However, those are two criticisms that cannot be levelled at his first (major) film, Reservoir Dogs. It's the very definition of `minimalist,' focusing on the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong and it's shot (in some places) in `real time.'
The story is simple: a gang of bank robbers thinks that one of their number is a `rat' and has tipped off the police. How do they deal with this? Watch the film and find out.
It's hard to choose a `stand-out' performance among so many great actors. Everyone from the stoic Harvey Keitel, to the psychotic Michael Madsen plays their roles to perfection (and let's not leave out Tim Roth and Steve Buscemi).
Basically, if you like gangster or crime films then you probably should have already seen it. However, even if you're not a fan of the genre and simply enjoy cinema then this one is worth a watch because it is very arty in its approach and the performances alone should make up for the fact that some may consider it to be a little over the top on the violence (not to mention explicit language).
Tarantino's next film, Pulp Fiction, may have been cleverer and more stylish, but Reservoir Dogs has all the raw appeal of a real cult classic that will definitely stand the test of time.
This was actually Quentin Tarantin's third movie. He'd already written the scripts for Natural Born Killers and True Romance, however, due to not getting the funding to go ahead and shoot the movies, he chose to go 'Guerilla' and shoot Reservoir Dogs. It proved to be instrumental in his breakthrough.
He was offered the chance afterwards to shoot the two movies he'd previously written, but declined and allowed them to move into the hands of Oliver Stone and Tony Scott respectively. The rest is history.
Reservoir Dogs is the story of a jewel heist gone terribly wrong. The beauty of the film is in its excellent camera shots, and it's rich, eclectic dialogue, which Tarantino has now become famous for.
Even though we don't get to see too much of the actual location that the film is shot in (it's mainly all shot in a warehouse), I get a weird, 'homely' feel, similar to what I get when I watch Pulp Fiction, that simply draws me in and allows me to really picture the location and get a good feel for it.
The cast is diverse and quite simply, brilliant. From Harvey Keitel to Tim Roth to Quentin himself, it's a brilliant film that defined a genre. The dialoge is fast paced, witty and chilling, and the film overall is a real pleasure to watch. Do be warned however, it's very graphic in places and is not for the weak stomached.
Afterwards, everytime you hear 'Stuck in the Middle with you'...you'll always remember the scene from the film, which I won't mention hear so as not to spoil it.
I decided to collect all covers of this edition. Its fun as it reminds you a little of the discussion in the movie to change the names because they didn't like them :-) If you are not into collecting buy the blu ray edition