Blu-ray Release: Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection

Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 20, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $119.99
Studio: Lionsgate

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

It has been 20 years since Reservoir Dogs hit theaters and created a new sub-genre of talky crime movies, and the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection gathers all Quentin Tarantino’s  films in one high-definition collection.

The 10-disc set boasts films Tarantino wrote as well as wrote and directed, with the exception of the crime-vampire hybrid From Dusk Till Dawn, which he wrote with Robert Rodriguez (Machete) directing.

The Tarantino XX set (get it? XX, 20 years) contains these Tarantino masterpieces:

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

True Romance (1993)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Death Proof (2007, part of another Robert Rodriguez partnership, Grindhouse)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Tarantino wrote and directed all eight films, except True Romance, which was written by Tarantino with the late Tony Scott in the director’s seat.

Like many good filmmakers, Tarantino sticks with an actor when he likes one, and these movies showcase repeat performances by Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Brad Pitt (True Romance, Inglourious Basterds).

The Blu-ray set also contains two discs with special features, as well as the extras on the movie discs themselves, which have been on disc already. The new bonuses are:

“Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino,” with critics discussing the impact of Tarantino’s movies on today’s writers and directors

“20 Years of Filmmaking,” with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers, as well as a tribute to Tarantino’s greatest collaborator, Sally Menke, who edited all of Tarantino’s movies before she died in 2010.

Here are the rest of the special features in the collection, along with movie descriptions:

Reservoir Dogs
Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (1992) and awarded the International Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (1992), features four perfect strangers who are assembled to pull off the perfect crime, but when a botched robbery reveals a police informant among them, their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Pulp Factoids Viewer
  • Playing It Fast and Loose
  • Profiling the Reservoir Dogs

True Romance Director’s Cut
Runaway lovers Clarence (Christian Slater, Playback) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette, TV’s Medium) play a dangerous game with a stolen suitcase containing $5 million worth of cocaine. They head for Los Angeles, where they’ll sell the goods and begin a new life, but both sides of the law have other ideas.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Audio commentary by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette
  • Audio commentary by Tony Scott
  • Audio commentary by Quentin Tarantino
  • Scene selective commentaries by Val Kilmer (Tombstone), Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet), Brad Pitt and Michael Rapaport (The 6th Day)
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Director and Writer Commentary
  • Original 1993 Mini-feature
  • Behind-the-Scenes Interactive Feature
  • Animated Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Pulp Fiction
A burger-loving hit man (John Travolta, From Paris With Love), his philosophical partner (Samuel L. Jackson), a drug-addled gangster’s moll (Uma Thurman) and a washed-up boxer (Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom) converge in four tales of violence and redemption. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and earned seven total nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Interviews with Cast
  • Critics’ Retrospective on the Movie’s Place in Film History
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Pulp Fiction: The Facts
  • Production Design Feature
  • Siskel & Ebert At the Movies – The Tarantino Generation
  • Independent Spirit Awards Footage
  • Cannes Film Festival Footage
  • Charlie Rose – Tarantino Interview
  • Stills Galleries
  • Trivia Track
  • Deleted Scenes

Jackie Brown
Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch follows a cash-smuggling flight attendant (Pam Grier, Just Wright) who is busted by an ATF agent (Michael Keaton, The Other Guys) and a cop (Michael Bowen, TV’s Scoundrels). When pressured to help with their investigation, she agrees to do one last run for a ruthless arms dealer (Samuel L. Jackson). Mistrust and suspicions arise when Jackie plays the opposing forces against each other in an effort to walk away with the dough. Robert Forster (The Decendants) earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Max Cherry, a bail bondsman who falls for Jackie and becomes embroiled in the scheme.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Breaking Down Jackie Brown
  • Jackie Brown: How It Went Down – Retrospective Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • A Look Back at Jackie Brown – Interview with Quentin Tarantino
  • Chicks with Guns Video
  • Siskel & Ebert At the MoviesJackie Brown Review
  • Jackie Brown on MTV
  • Marketing Gallery
  • Stills Galleries
  • Trivia Track
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes

Kill Bill Vol. 1
In the first volume of this gritty revenge saga, an assassin (Uma Thurman) is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill (David Carradine, The Long Riders), and other members of his Deadly Vipers Assassination Squad. The Bride sets out to bring justice to all those who wronged her, including a reformed suburban mother (Vivica A. Fox, Miss Nobody) and the Japanese Yakuza crime-lord (Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels).

Blu-ray Special Features

  • The Making of Kill Bill Vol. 1
  • The’s Bonus Musical Performances
  • Tarantino Trailers

Kill Bill Vol. 2
The murderous Bride continues her vengeance quest against her ex-boss, Bill and his two remaining associates: Bill’s degenerate younger brother (Michael Madsen, The Brazen Bull) and a vicious one-eyed swordswoman (Daryl Hannah, Blade Runner).

Blu-ray Special Features

  • The Making of Kill Bill Vol. 2
  • Damoe Deleted Scene
  • Chingon Musical Performance

Death Proof
Kurt Russell (Soldier) stars as a tough-talking, psychotic serial murderer who transforms his stunt car into an indestructible killing machine, then climbs behind the wheel to stalk and terrorize a group of women on the road.  What he doesn’t realize is that he’s picked the wrong babes to mess with.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof
  • Introducing Zoe Bell
  • Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
  • The Uncut Version of “Baby, It’s You” performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • The Guys of Death Proof
  • Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke
  • Double Dare Trailer
  • International Trailer
  • An International Poster Gallery
  • BD Live

Inglourious Basterds
A Jewish cinema owner in Nazi-occupied Paris is forced to host a movie premiere for the Third Reich, where a radical group of American soldiers, The Basterds, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), plan to roll out a score-settling scheme.  The film won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (2009, Christoph Waltz, Carnage) and earned six other nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Extended and Alternate Scenes
  • Roundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis Mitchell
  • The Making of Nation’s Pride
  • A Conversation with Rod Taylor
  • Nation’s Pride – the film within the film* The Original Inglorious Bastards
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Camera Angel
  • Film Poster Gallery Tour
  • Rod Taylor on Victoria Bitter
  • Hi Sallys
  • Killin’ Nazis Trivia Challenge
  • Trailers

All these films have been on Blu-ray before.

The package includes fabulous artwork from Mondo artist Ken Taylor. Mondo creates limited edition posters for classic and contemporary films. Here’s what Taylor did for Tarantino. Nice!

Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray box

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.