How Harvey Keitel Saved ‘Reservoir Dogs’ – Exclusive ‘Tarantino XX’ Blu-ray Clip

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With Django Unchained releasing this holiday season, there’s no better time to reflect back on the motion picture entertainment writer-director Quentin Tarantino has crafted over the last two decades as we also celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first released film, Reservoir Dogs. For this special occasion, Lionsgate and Miramax have put together the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds.

There’s an interesting story behind the film that started it all and we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip featuring producer Lawrence Bender telling the story of how Harvey Keitel joined Reservoir Dogs and got the project greenlit, and in turn, launched Tarantino’s film career.

During early development of Reservoir Dogs, Keitel was Tarantino and Bender’s dream actor for the role of Mr. White and through a friend of a friend, Bender got the script into his hands. Later, Bender received a life-changing message on his answering machine from the actor himself who complimented Tarantino’s talent and offered his help. The rest is history.

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The ultimate Blu-ray home video package for Tarantino fans includes all of his films to date with two additional discs loaded with new special features. Official details below:

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.

Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection showcases one of the most innovative filmmakers of our time and is a must-have for serious film fans, as Tarantino’s highly-anticipated new film, Django Unchained, prepares to hit theaters. Honoring the 20th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs – the cultural milestone that brought Tarantino to the forefront as a cinematic legend – the collection is highlighted by recurring appearances from celebrated actors including 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 also includes starring performances from iconic actors such as Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown).

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Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection ships in collectible packaging featuring original artwork by Mondo’s Ken Taylor and is available on Blu-ray November 20, 2012 for the suggested retail price of $119.99.


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  1. I hated Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction was a lot better, but still not great, but his newer films look pretty good such as Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained. I might eventually check them out.

    I know a lot of people love his films and im not knocking them, im just saying that i didnt really care for his earlier ones but his newer ones look more entertaining.

  2. Watched ‘Reservoir Dogs’ again just the other day. It’s kind of interesting timing for this 20 year release seeing that rumors abound that Tarantino may retire soon. Looking back through the years and comparing ‘Reservoir’ with more current Tarantino films you can definitely see the improvement over his earlier works…

    • You know, I’m the opposite.

      His more recent movies have been good movie making examples but overall, have been overlong and not as good as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.

      Those two are his only movies so far that I could truly watch more than once.

  3. i’m gonna hafta rewatch jackie brown again. i only saw it once, and it was after it came out on home video. it may have been vhs when i saw it. but i remember not liking it much. it’s on netflix right now and i may have to give it another look

  4. I love inglorious bastards and like his other films. but I hate kill bill

  5. Jackie Brown is his only true classic. But of course, it tanked at the box office, he panicked and went back to pretending to be a Director (as opposed to a ‘homager’… not a word, but I might try patent it).

    I get why people like him. There are still flashes of brilliance (the opening scene in ‘Inglorious…’ was one of the best in his career), but, meh… meh… meh.

  6. Are you guys serious? I know opinions are opinions but c’mon. These are classic films.

  7. Inglorious Bastards was incredible from start to finish. This guy not only makes great films, but he creates and re-establishes careers for actors. That’s my humble opinion

  8. I don’t know how anyone can seriously claim that Pulp Fiction is not a modern masterpiece. I’m not even a Tarantino fan, but that ‘difficult second movie’ was perfectly judged. I’ve no idea how much was Tarantino, and how much was Avary, but I reckon the brilliant cast were on board and totally committed to ensure that it changed film history.

  9. Why dosnt this collection include Four Roooms? It’s great tha they squeezed in True Romance, but if it was added at the cost of Four Rooms it was a very bad idea.
    And BTW. if True Romance is there then so should From Dusk Till Dawn.

    • and wut about desperado?

      • oh yeah & natural born killers..and four rooms and from dusk till dawn!