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"Reservoir Dogs (15th Anniversary Edition)
||Lion's Gate Home
|| Select Scene Audio Commentary
,Pulp Factoids Viewer , Playing it Fast and Loose: A Documentary
, Profiling Reservoir Dogs - Featurette Tipping Guide, Deleted
Scenes , Classic Interviews with Quentin Tarantino and others,
K-Billy Sounds of the '70s, English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX),
English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
When is double dipping OK? Should it be done every year
or should studios wait until they have new technology to
showcase the feature film? Seems to me we need to add a
protocol to this since it's being done so often by studios.
The latest edition of "Reservoir Dogs" begs that question
as less than five years after the last edition we see the
film trotted out yet again in collectible packaging. Admittedly
the packaging is pretty cool but like everything in life
it's the content not the form that ultimately determines
the worth of something. ***
I'm going to skip the plot summary that I usually do
here and focus on the important stuff; is this upgrade worthwhile?
Image & Sound:
The image quality is improved on this new edition of
the film. Colors aren't as flat looking and the blacks are
solid throughout with little of the crushed look that marred
the 15th Anniversary edition of the film on DVD. Audio is
also upgraded with nice 6.1 and 5.1 EX transfers that give
the film a warmer sound with significantly better detail.
Part of this is due to improved mastering techniques and
a higher bit rate.
This is where new edition and old part company; the
10th Anniversary Edition had more extras included as part
of the set. Gone is the documentary on the film that was
a big part of the 10th Anniversary 2 disc set. Some of the
extras are carried over onto this double disc double dip
edition such as deleted scenes and interviews but on the
whole this single disc set misses the comprehensive approach
on the previous set. Missing are the interviews with the
cast and Tarantino that were a highlight of the previous
set. The "Small Dogs" featurette and the post gallery are
also missing. ***
Retained are the commentary track from the previous
edition featuring the cast, producer Lawrence Bender, Monte
Hellman, cinematographer Andrezj Sekula and Tarantino. Rounding
out the special features on disc one is the "Pulp Factoid"
viewer which, essentially, provides pop up bits of trivia
throughout the film. ***
Disc two kicks off with a new featurette on the making
of the film "Playing It Fast and Loose. "Profiling The Reservoir
Dogs" features "biographies" for each of the characters
and "Tripping Guide" shows what the various primary color
lead characters would tip. We also get dolls reenacting
the scene where the police officer has his ears sliced off
(similar to the Legoland version of "Monty Python" in that
it's toys doing things that toys probably shouldn't be doing).
We also get an add for the "Reservoir Dogs" video game.
The deleted scenes that appear on the second two disc set
is included here as well as "K-Billy Sounds of the 70's"
interactive radio. There's also the tribute to Lawrence
Tierney and Eddie Bunker included as well as tributes to
other actors involved in the film. "Securing the Shot: Location
Shooting with Bily A. Fox" and the original theatrical trailer
are included. ---
|So how does the film fare in
this latest reissue? It looks and sounds better. The special
features aren't as good missing key extras that were essential
to the previous set and would be here too replaced by lame
extras. The one extra here worthwhile that wasn't included
before is the cool packaging of the DVDs in a faux gas can
which when opened reveals a book of matches with each disc
housed in the to bottom respectively of the book of matches.
Overall I can't suggest this to replace your previous set
because despite improved sound and picture you're still getting
less than the previous edition and new features that are weak