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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Harvey Keitel , Tim Roth , Quentin Tarantino  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (852 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi
  • Directors: Quentin Tarantino
  • Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
  • Producers: Harvey Keitel, Lawrence Bender, Monte Hellman, Richard N. Gladstein, Ronna B. Wallace
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate/Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (852 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304490100
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,582 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reservoir Dogs" on IMDb

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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

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They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one? Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, it's a brilliant new American gangster movie classic from writer-director Quentin Tarantino!

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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER TRANSFER THAN THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION October 25, 2006
By Magpie
Format:DVD
Just wanted to leave a helpful review for those that are trying to decide whether they should buy the new 15th edition if they already own the 10th. Well, the transfer is much much better than the abysmal one that was put on the 10th. The 10th anniversary edition transfer was a very dull one at best, a step down from the bare bones dvd that was first released by Live when they were still around. The blacks in the Dogs' suits were more dark grey and the overall look was faded. I was never sure if this was a creative choice or that it was simply screwed up. There was plenty of online debate when the disc came out as to the worth of it. This new transfer remedies all of that, the picture is anamorphic, with rich colors, making the film look exactly like what I saw when I used to watch it in the 90s. The 10th also, for some inexplicable reason, dropped a line of Mr. White's dialogue ("I think he's just passed out") but it is thankfully restored here. So if you want the most solid transfer of Reservoir Dogs ever on DVD, this is your buy.

The extras, unfortunately, pale in comparison to the 10th, and this is why you'll probably want to keep the 10th around if you're a filmmaking fan. The 10th edition has a documentary interviewing most of the key players in the film as well as some priceless footage from Tarantino's filmmaking lab workshops at Sundance where he (poorly) played Mr. White(!) These are all missing on the new 15th disc, but the new 15th disc carries over "Reservoir Dolls," the torture scene played out by Reservoir Dogs action figures. The 15th also has retrospective commentaries by some of the cast and crew, 2 movie critics, and a film historian all on separate tracks while watching the movie. Rather interesting too.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're happy with the 10th, keep it. October 28, 2006
Format:DVD
This is the third version of Reservoir Dogs that I've owned, so I was hesitant to buy it. I loved the 10th anniversary edition so when I saw this one I wasn't sure if it was a trade up or not. The packaging is really cool and the actual movie itself seems to have been improved upon from both previous versions. Those are the positive aspects of the disc. The negative are the new special features. If seeing Harry Knowles heap praise on "Res Dogs", or having a tipping scale to see how much the characters would tip a server, or seeing an interview with a game designer are your ideas of great special features then this disc is for you. However, if you would actually like to see the cast and crew talk about the making of the movie then go with the 10th anniversary. The new specials on this one suck. All in all if you're a big fan of the movie, having both versions is probably the best bet because of the new transfer. If you simply want a copy of Reservoir Dogs with some cool special features, go with the 10th anniversary.
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81 of 95 people found the following review helpful
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Acting that will blow you away and characters that disgust you even though you're drawn to liking what little likeable part of them remains.
Depraved criminals that are racist, sadistic and keenly intelligent are somehow very human and compassionate on one hand and disturbingly evil on the other.
This movie is not for those with weak stomachs. Although the psychological element of fear is much stronger than anything you actually see in this film, there are a couple of gory scenes that will scar your memory forever once you see them... the type of deliberate, up close & personal cruelty to another human being that surpasses the desensitizing we've been through by watching other violent scenes on tv and movies. The isolation of the movie taking place almost entirely in one room makes even the most tame scenes un-nerving and uncomfortably intense.
Tim Roth's performance is definitely the most piercing. Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn and the rest of the ensemble cast are also riveting.
You will never listen to the song "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel the same way again. A song I once really liked still gives me the willies each time I hear it.
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92 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Hell of a Movie! The New DVD is Amazing!!!! September 8, 2002
Format:DVD
"Reservoir Dogs" is another one of my favorite movies. Despite what critics think, this is a Tarantino masterpiece with unforgettable characters, smooth and cool dialogue, and a shocking finale.

I had the older version of this movie on DVD, and it was all right. The picture wasn't too bad, sound was so-so, and there were virtually no special features. So when I found out that a new remastered and fully-loaded version of the movie was coming out, I knew I had to have it. And I am very glad that I did purchase it.

Since this is a crime flick, the plot and storyline isn't that complex or deep, and there is no reason for it to be. It's pretty simple. Perfect strangers plan the perfect crime, but end up in a bloody set-up. With only four of them left alive, they must uncover the rat in the house. But which one is it? That is something they must find out before the cops get a hold of them in this unforgiving and spectacular crime/noir movie.

The writing is off the hook. Tarantino is a master when it comes to dialogue. Why? Because the characters talk like real people. In ordinary movies, all the characters ever talk about it the plot or scheme. In THIS movie, they talk about everyday normal things that we would talk about, which makes them seem more realistic and convincing. His writing reminds me a lot of Raymond Carver, except with more humor.

The cast is terrific. Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, and Steve Buscemi all did their roles justice. Michael Madsen is awesome and cool as Mr. Blonde, who will always be remembered for that very particular role. Buscemi is hillarious, and your eyes never leave his sight when he's on screen. But really, everyone is outstanding in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reservoir Dogs
I bought this for $5 and I've watched it multiple times! Great purchase!
Published 4 hours ago by Zach
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Best
Published 1 day ago by paul turchan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, taught crime drama
Good , taught crime drama. Adult language throughout. Riveting up until the last minute . And then it is spoiled by an undercover cop acting totally stupid just for a dramatic... Read more
Published 6 days ago by BRODY
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Violent. Quentin Tarantino loves gore.
Too Violent. Quentin Tarantino loves gore.
Published 9 days ago by C. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tarantino
Loved it...
However, seriously bad language and a gruesome torture scene, so not for the kids!
Published 10 days ago by Cassandra Pierson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another great movie
Yeah, it's me again. Another one for your library. Great movie. When I am feeling mad, I put this in. Let god sort them out.
Published 12 days ago by Samuel Edward Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great
Published 15 days ago by Caleb Longenecker
1.0 out of 5 stars Volume Level Too Low?
I have a problem with the volume level of this 15th Anniversary Ed. which has not been noted by anyone. The volume level is too low as compared to all my other BD. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Josey Wales
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Yet another awesome Quentin Tarantino movie!
Published 16 days ago by John Greth
5.0 out of 5 stars Clasic Tough Guys
This is a classic gangster movie with several twists and turns.
Published 21 days ago by Dennis E. Pillow
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Same crappy interviews from the 10th?
To answer your question, those "crappy" interviews would make this 15th anniversary edition MUCH better. The special features on the 15th are TERRIBLE. There is absolutely no involvement from the cast and barely any from Quentin Tarantino himself (There is one 28 minute long... Read More
Apr 1, 2011 by Hudson |  See all 2 posts
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mainly packaging and maybe a few little things extra. I don't think there is a reason t buy it if you have the old one. Although, the 10th Anniversary American DVD (i.e. the Region 1) has inferior picture quality to all the releases that came after it (in the UK, Australia and Germany). So if... Read More
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