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Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection(1992-2009)
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For more about Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection and the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray release, see the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray Review
Starring: Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth
Narrators: Samuel L. Jackson, Steven Wright (I)
Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Tony Scott
This Blu-ray release includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:
Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by Jeffrey Kauffman, November 17, 2012
Note: This box set contains previously issued standalone releases coupled with two new discs of bonus content. See below for links to our already existing reviews of the films. The bulk of this review will deal with the exclusive supplementary content.
Can it really have been twenty years since Quentin Tarantino first burst upon the mainstream film consciousness with Reservoir Dogs? Tarantino's oeuvre remains one of the most fascinating (perhaps the most fascinating) of any auteur of his generation, and he certainly seems poised to join the ranks of the most distinctive writer-directors of all time, if he hasn't already. This nicely packaged new box set collects eight of Tarantino's films (mostly but not exclusively directed by him) along with a couple of discs of new and semi-new content. Those who haven't been rabid completists of the standalone releases may well want to check this new collection out, as it offers a relatively inexpensive way to attain an instant collection of some of the most memorable films of –well, the past two decades.
This new box sets provides eight previously released titles along with two discs of bonus features (see below). I personally did not have all of the films in this set in my personal collection, but I can confirm that the ones I do have are identical to the releases in this set, although it should be noted that some bonus content, like the digital copy of Inglourious Basterds that was included in that film's two disc release, is not included here. For Blu-ray.com's reviews of these individual films, go to the following links:
Reservoir Dogs Blu-ray review
Pulp Fiction Blu-ray review
Jackie Brown Blu-ray review
Kill Bill: Volume 1 Blu-ray review
Kill Bill: Volume 2 Blu-ray review
Death Proof Blu-ray review
Inglourious Basterds Blu-ray review
True Romance Blu-ray review
Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray, Video Quality
For assessments of the video quality of the individual films, along with screenshots from each of the films, please go to the review links provided above.
The bonus content is all encoded via AVC with either 1080p or 1080i transfers (see specs in the Supplements section for details), mostly in 1.78:1 (some archival footage is in 1.33:1, while the Django Unchained Trailers are in 2.35:1. Video quality here is about what you would expect. Those of you who have seen the Critics' Roundtable supplements on standalone releases like Jackie Brown will know exactly what the unedited version on the first bonus disc looks like. Colors are very nicely saturated and clarity is decent, as is fine object detail. The documentary on the second bonus disc has some variable quality due to its use of archival footage, but the contemporary interview segments look just fine. The Jackie Brown Q&A is pretty soft looking by comparison, while the Django Unchained trailers look very sharp and well detailed.
Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray, Audio Quality
For assessments of the audio quality on the individual films, please see the review links above for further information.
All of the supplementary material features only lossy Dolby tracks (most 2.0, with the trailers in 5.1), which are fine for low scale talking head outings like the bulk of these are. Fidelity is fine and dynamic range is minimal, except in the trailers, which have some decent range.
Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
For the supplementary material contained on the individual films, please see the review links above for further information. This box set does include two bonus discs of exclusive content, including:
Bonus Disc One
Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
There are quite a few people who can't stand Tarantino for one reason or another: he's too self-conscious, he's too arch, he's too derivative, he's too original, he's just too. And in a certain way, all of those epithets are true, but they don't really address the central issue that Tarantino is one of the protean creative forces in film, one with a completely unique and distinctive voice. In a world of cookie cutter entertainments and prefab moviemaking, I'll take Tarantino's particular brand of genius happily, despite its excesses. This set has a number of superb films along with some excellent bonus content. Highly recommended.
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