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Tarantino XX Blu-ray Featurette – Robert Rodriguez talks Kill Bill

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Tarantino-XX-Collection-CoverQuentino Tarantino recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of his immense directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs. Tying in nicely with that anniversary is Tarantino XX, a new eight-film Blu-ray collection that hits shelves in the UK today.

The box set includes all seven of the films Tarantino has directed to date (not counting the upcoming and highly anticipated Django Unchained, of course), with a brilliant addition in True Romance, which Tarantino wrote and the late Tony Scott directed.

With the box set coming out on Blu-ray today, we’ve got a great new featurette with Robert Rodriguez, with whom Tarantino has worked with many times over the years.

Included in the collection, Tarantino XX, in chronological order, are:

Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vols. I and II, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds.

“Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection 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.”

Django Unchained will be hitting theatres in the US on Christmas Day, followed by an 18th January release here in the UK. The film sees Tarantino return to work with Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson once more, alongside newcomers to Tarantino’s collaborators, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tarantino XX is released in the UK on Blu-ray today, 26th November, and was released in the US last week, in time for Christmas on both shores. For now, here’s the new featurette featuring frequent Tarantino collaborator, Robert Rodriguez. And below you can find a full run-down of the special features contained in the collection.

 

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES – 2 Discs*

* Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino – In-depth critics’ discussion piece exploring Tarantino’s films that redefined cinema and the impact of one of the most influential writers/directors of our time.

* 20 Years of Filmmaking – Take a look at Tarantino’s career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, Sally Menke.

 

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), is raw, violent and unforgettable. Four perfect strangers 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*

* Commentary With Quentin Tarantino, Producer Lawrence Bender And Selected Cast And Crew

* Pulp Factoid Viewer

* The Critics’ Commentaries

* Playing It Fast And Loose

* Profiling The Reservoir Dogs

* Tipping Guide

* Deleted Scenes

* The Class Of ’92: Sundance Interviews

* Tarantino’s Sundance Institute Film-Makers Lab

* An Introduction To Film Noir: Writers And Film-Makers Feature

* Dedications – Tarantino On His Influences

* Securing The Shot: Location Scouting With Billy Fox Feature

* Original Interviews With Tarantino And Cast

* Reservoir Dolls

* K-Billy Super Sounds Of The 70′s

* Reservoir Dogs Style Guide

 

TRUE ROMANCE – DIRECTOR’S CUT

Runaway lovers Clarence and Alabama (Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette) 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. This dark comic web of crime, murder and mayhem from writer Quentin Tarantino and director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man on Fire), features an ensemble cast including Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini and Christopher Walken.

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, Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt and Michael Rapaport

* 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

Pulp Fiction has been hailed by critics and audiences worldwide as a film that redefined cinema. A burger-loving hit man (John Travolta), his philosophical partner (Samuel L. Jackson), a drug-addled gangster’s moll (Uma Thurman) and a washed-up boxer (Bruce Willis) converge in four tales of violence and redemption. The film was honoured with an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay (1994) and earned seven total nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It has also been listed as one of the best films of all-time by Empire and Total Film.

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 Rum Punch follows a cash-smuggling flight attendant (Pam Grier) who is busted by an ATF agent (Michael Keaton) and a cop (Michael Bowen). 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 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 Movies – Jackie 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), and other members of his Deadly Vipers Assassination Squad. In this epic tale of survival The Bride sets out to bring justice to all those who wronged her, including a reformed suburban mother (Vivica A. Fox) and the Japanese Yakuza crime-lord (Lucy Liu).

Blu-ray Special Features*

* The Making of Kill Bill Vol. 1

* The 5.6.7.8’s Bonus Musical Performances

* Tarantino Trailers

 

KILL BILL VOL. 2

The murderous Bride (Uma Thurman) mercilessly continues her vengeance quest against her ex-boss, Bill (David Carradine), and his two remaining associates: Bill’s degenerate younger brother (Michael Madsen) and a vicious one-eyed swordswoman (Daryl Hannah).

Blu-ray Special Features*

* The Making of Kill Bill Vol. 2

* Damoe Deleted Scene

* Chingon Musical Performance

 

DEATH PROOF

Kurt Russell 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 terrorise a group of women on the road. What he doesn’t realise 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

* Death Proof International Trailer

* An International Poster Gallery

 

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 was honoured with an Academy Award® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (2009, Christoph Waltz) and earned seven total nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year for Lawrence Bender and Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino.

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