Reservoir Dogs (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 203470035
UPC 012236191544
UPC 14 00012236191544
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Crime
Deception
Detectives
Disturbing
Essential Cinema
Independent
Jewels
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
Thieves
Editors Note
Note Former video store clerk Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut, RESERVOIR DOGS, is a brutally funny, supercharged introduction to his supremely distinct cinematic vision, which was later to become one of the most mimicked styles of the 1990s. Mastermind Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) assembles a crew of top-notch criminals to pull off a jewelry store heist. As the film opens it becomes immediately clear that the plan backfired, forcing the survivors, who have gathered at an abandoned warehouse, to figure out if one of them is, in fact, a police informer. The crew--Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), an aged veteran; Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), a wounded newcomer; Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), a psychopathic parolee; Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), a bickering weasel; and Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), Joe's son--begin to unravel as the pressure becomes too much for them to handle. When Joe arrives, the truth becomes clear in a vicious Mexican standoff.^Tarantino takes liberally from Hong Kong action flicks, most notably Ringo Lam's CITY ON FIRE, but his ultra-hip ?70s soundtrack and hysterical pop culture dialogue make the film seem wholly original and new. Taking a cue from the French New Wave--most notably Jean-Luc Godard--RESERVOIR DOGS remains one of the decade's most influential motion pictures.
Plot Summary
Summary In this unforgettable debut film from Quentin Tarantino, a group of perfect strangers have been assembled to pull off the perfect heist. Meticulously planned, nothing can go wrong. But it turns into a bloody ambush when one of them turns out to be a police informer. As the group begins to question each other's guilt, the simmering tensions threaten to explode the situation before the police have a chance to step in. Boldly blending graphic violence with comedic references to popular culture, RESERVOIR DOGS ushered in an often-mimicked style of filmmaking in the 1990s.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Someone's trying to stick a red-hot poker up our ass, and I'm trying to see whose name's on the handle!"--Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) to fellow set-up thieves Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen)
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...A savagely comic burst of mayhem....Quentin Tarantino is a genuine find..." 10/29/1992 p.77
Sight and Sound "...An astute mix of wit and cynicism....This is a film of considerable acuity and power..." 01/01/1993 p.51-2
New York Times "...Sometimes dazzling cinematic pyrotechnics and over-the-top dramatic energy....RESERVOIR DOGS features a cast of splendid actors, all of whom contribute equally to the final effect..." 10/30/1992 p.C5
Los Angeles Times "...An audacious high-wire act....[Tarantino] has a gift for writing great bursts of caustic, quirky dialogue..." 10/30/1992 p.F4
Chicago Sun-Times "...Tarantino has a confident, kinetic way of shooting action....[Madsen] here emerges with the kind of really menacing screen presence only a few actors achieve..." 10/30/1992 p.30
Uncut "Nothing less than genius." 07/01/2004 p.138
Directors
Quentin Tarantino
Actors
Tim Roth
Steve Buscemi
Chris Penn
Harvey Keitel
Cast & Crew
Andrzej Sekula - Cinematographer
Chris Penn - Actor
Harvey Keitel - Actor
Lawrence Bender - Producer
Lawrence Tierney - Actor
Michael Madsen - Actor
Quentin Tarantino - Director
Quentin Tarantino - Writer
Quentin Tarantino - Actor
Richard N. Gladstein - Executive Producer
Roger Avary - Writer
Sally Menke - Editor
Steve Buscemi - Actor
Steven Wright - Voice Of
Tim Roth - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 19154
UPC 00012236191544
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Winner (1993) Independent Spirit, Steve Buscemi, Best Supporting Male
Nominee (1993) Independent Spirit, Quentin Tarantino, Best Director,Independent Spirit, Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender, Best First Feature
Nominee (1992) Sundance Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Reservoir Dogs grabs you by the throat and digs its claws in deep. From the moment that the unwitting viewer tumbles into the realm of Lawrence Tierney's gang of eight, they are hopelessly trapped there until the final credits roll. As the first outing for actor/director/ writer Quentin Tarantino, this is a triumph, displaying all the marks of a longtime virtuoso of the genre...Highly recommended with one caveat: those who are squeamish about blood should be wary. While the gore in this film isn't gratuitous, there's a great deal of it, and one particular torture scene is chillingly and vividly depicted. Gripping and gut-wrenching, Reservoir Dogs is likely to stay with you for a long time.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This film, the first from an obviously talented writer-director, is like an exercise in style. He sets up his characters during a funny scene in a coffee shop, and then puts them through a stickup that goes disastrously wrong...The movie has one of the best casts you could imagine, led by the legendary old tough guy Lawrence Tierney, who has been in and out of jail both on the screen and in real life. He is incapable of uttering a syllable that sounds inauthentic...I liked what I saw, but I wanted more. I know the story behind the movie - Tarantino promoted the project from scratch, on talent and nerve - and I think it's quite an achievement for a first-timer.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Roth,Tim
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Hal Hinson, Washington Post It's brutal, it's funny and you won't forget it. Guaranteed.
Norman Short, DVD Verdict ...[Madsen] puts in perhaps his greatest performance as the deviant Mr. Blond...
Rolling Stone A savagely comic burst of mayhem...Tarantino is a genuine find...

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