Bonus Disc One
Critics' Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino (HD; 4:50:44). It's a little odd that Lionsgate included these as a bonus, since large swaths of at least some of these discussions have been included as supplementary features on standalone prior releases (and in fact are contained here on the individual film discs included in this set). These discussions offer critical analyses of all the films in this set. Elvis Mitchell moderates, with other participants including Scott Foundus, Stephanie Zacharek, Tim Lucas and Andy Klein. They start with Reservoir Dogs, talking about whan an unexpected experience it was at the time, including its use of non sequiturs and pop culture refernce. Some of the film's more gruesome elements are also mentioned. Pulp Fiction is lauded as a master filmmaker, even if Zacharek still doesn't like it very much. She feels its success is due to marketing and that the film is too self-conscious for its own good. Jackie Brown turns out to be one of the favorites of the bunch, including Mithcell. Lucas was especially impressed by the film's use of older actors who really hadn't been given many opportunities to really shine in their later careers, like Pam Grier and Robert Forster. Kill Bill turns out to be Andy Klein's favorite Tarantino movie, and he talks about how it's cobbled together from elements from a hugely disparate assortment of other films but which never seems blandly derivative. Klein continues to talk about the strong female at the center of Death Proof. Zacharek is kind of funny talking about not being able to assess whether Tarantino's violence turns off women since she loves violent films so much. Lucas avers that Inglourious Basterds is a film about language, mentioning how ironic it is therefore that the title is misspelled. Foundas discusses the film's odd "once upon a time" set up, contrasting it with the typical World War II "based upon a true story" approach. True Romance is covered as Tarantino's first produced screenplay. Lucas mentions the film's emphasis on comic books. While this is an okay assemblage of these round tables, it's also full of useless blather like "yeah, that was a really great moment" or "what a fantastic character!" There is some salient analysis here, but it tends to be on the chatty, pop culture side of things, which is perhaps a propos considering it's Tarantino, after all.
Bonus Disc Two
Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking (HD; 2:13:21) is a fantastic career retrospective that starts with Tarantino's early screenwriting attempts (there's a funny anecdote told by Lawrence Bender where he met Quentin and didn't believe that he had written True Romance, which Lawrence had read and loved). The early if controversial success of Reservoir Dogs gave Quentin something approaching carte blanche, though Robert Rodriguez imparts that Tarantino was actually kind of insecure about how Pulp Fiction would be received. Stacey Sher compares Tarantino to Roger Corman, at least in his desire to keep things on a tight budget. If Reservoir Dogs raised awareness of Tarantino (if also simultaneously raising a few hackles), Pulp Fiction completely opened the floodgates, and there is some really good content about the whole "wave" of independent film that seemed to follow in the wake of Tarantino's success. Pam Grier and Robert Forster on hand in very vocal appreciation for the opportunity Tarantino provided both of them when their careers weren't exactly totally on fire. What probably won't surprise some who love the director's eclectic approach in his films is the overwhelming knowledge Tarantino possesses about world cinema. Several talking heads here discuss Tarantino's seemingly inexhaustible love of all sorts of films, from chop socky to Golden Age Hollywood classics. One person jokes that Tarantino bought a screening room with a house attached. There's also a fantastic tribute to Sally Menke, Tarantino's longtime editor. Tarantino tells a great anecdote at an award ceremony about Menke's work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Jackie Brown Q&A: A Film Independent at LACMA Event (1080i; 32:15). Elvis Mitchell hosts Pam Grier, Robert Forster and Quentin Tarantino himself. There's nothing really earth shattering shared here, but there's a very obvious and visceral camaraderie between these three that just as obviously translated into the film experience. Tarantino is very charming and quite funny, if also a bit manic, throughout this.
Django Unchained桟oming Soon (HD; 10:43) is a collection of trailers for Tarantino's next project, including:
International Teaser Trailer
North American Teaser Trailer
North American Trailer
Red Band Trailer