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Story

Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (i.e., a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them color-coded aliases (Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco--and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal. As many critics have observed, it is a movie about "honor among thieves" (just as Pulp Fiction is about redemption, and Jackie Brown is about survival). Along with everything else, the movie provides a showcase for a terrific ensemble of actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Christopher Penn, and Tarantino himself, offering a fervent dissection of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" over breakfast. Reservoir Dogs is violent (though the violence is implied rather than explicit), clever, gabby, harrowing, funny, suspenseful, and even--in the end--unexpectedly moving. (Don't forget that "Super Sounds of the Seventies" soundtrack, either.) Reservoir Dogs deserves just as much acclaim and attention as its follow-up, Pulp Fiction, would receive two years later. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Deleted Scenes (Includes two never-before-seen alternate angles of the infamous "EAR" scene.)
  • All New Interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender, Tim Roth Chris Penn, Michael Madsen, Eddie Bunker, Kirk Baltz and others!
  • A Tribute to Lawrence Tierney
  • Small Dogs: Action Figure development Documentary
  • Select Scene Audio Commentary featuring the Cast, the Crew and the Critics.
  • Poster Gallery

Cast

Harvey KeitelMr. White
Tim RothMr. Orange
Michael MadsenMr. Blonde
Chris PennNice Guy Eddie Cabot
Steve BuscemiMr. Pink
Lawrence TierneyJoe Cabot
Edward BunkerMr. Blue
Quentin TarantinoMr. Brown
Randy BrooksHoldaway
Kirk BaltzOfcr. Marvin Nash

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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 100 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 23, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 20, 2001
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