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Reservoir Dogs

Harvey Keitel , Tim Roth , Quentin Tarantino    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (ie, 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 colour-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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Nov. 8 2013
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I choose this rating because i love Quentin Taratino and his films are awesome, the music is great and the plot storyline was pretty good.
No changes from the last time i saw it 10 yrs ago, its in blue ray so the quality is pretty good
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Being a die-hard Quentin Tarantino fan I was very happy to have received this in the mail in just three days, in good condition (case was a little bent to the side, but nothing major or noticeable right away).
Reservoir Dogs was Quentin Tarantino's first official movie, the start of his legendary Hollywood career as a director. And what a movie it is! It's the first heist movie to not show the heist and still do a good job explaining all the details without being boring. We've got a handful of criminals that plan a heist, and then we see them after a supposedly catastrophic heist at a diamond retailer's shop due to the fact that there is a police informant suspected to be among them.
Good condition, good movie, fast delivery. In my opinion, this is Tarantino's second-best film, behind Pulp Fiction.
**** out of *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars That was it. Feb. 18 2013
By Eric
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That was the product that I was expecting. I'm quite satisfied whit my purchase. thanks a lot for you services.
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By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Director Quentin Tarantino is one of the most passionate filmmakers I have ever seen. If you listen to him talk about his films, he can barely contain his enthusiasm. He reportedly dropped out of high school despite having an IQ of 160 because he wanted to pursue his passion. I can certainly identify with that.

Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino's first full-length feature and it contains most of the elements we have come to expect. Although his style is all over it, it feels a little rough around the edges. That doesn't stop it from being a superb film, but it's interesting to see how he perfected his craft in later efforts.

If you have ever seen a Tarantino film, you'll know that his dialogue is distinctive. In fact, I don't think anyone writes better dialogue. The story opens with a restaurant scene in which a gang of thieves, led by Joe Cabot (Tierney), discusses the meaning of Madonna's Like a Virgin. The scene develops with Mr. Pink (Buscemi) explaining why he rarely tips. It's clever, funny and logical, and it says a lot about the character.

This approach is present in all of Tarantino's films and it's so refreshing. Why would thieves, police or German colonels only talk about their job? It just doesn't ring true. Tarantino's characters become more real because they talk about anything that comes to mind.

Reservoir Dogs is essentially a heist movie, but we never actually see the robbery take place. We see some of the planning and surveillance as the gang plans the robbery, and we see some of them fleeing the scene after it takes place. The bulk of the story takes place in a warehouse where the surviving gang members agree to meet, and it could be happening in real time.

Mr. White (Keitel) arrives first with Mr. Orange (Roth) and Mr. Pink.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tarentino's directorial/writer debut April 12 2010
By falcon
i was pleasantly surprised by this feature film debut of Quentin Tarantino as writer/director.i had heard all the hype of how great it was over the years and was sure i would be disappointed.as it turns out,it was a pretty good film.great dialogue.memorable characters.smooth transitions from one scenes to another.the story was interesting.there's some violence,but bot at all at the level i was expecting.in fact,i had seen a lot worse before than and even directly after,while watching True Romance,coincidentally also written by Tarantino.True romance is much more blood soaked than Reservoir Dogs.however,there is some some very strong language.in conclusion,while i certainly wasn't disappointed in Reservoir Dogs,i wouldn't say it's a great movie.for me,Reservoir Dogs is a 3/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Isn't holding up as well as I'd like... April 20 2004
RESERVOIR DOGS is a classic movie. It is responsible, almost single-handedly (along with SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE) for ushering in the current era of "indie films." Right around the same time that every home in America seemed to have a VCR, these "little" movies came out, tacking daring subjects in a daring manner. And while they got little attention in traditional movie-houses, everyone heard the buzz on them and rented them and turned them into cult classics.
I watched the movie again the other day. It shows clearly the Tarentino hallmarks that would make him huge with PULP FICTION, KILL BILL, etc. Snappy, clever, filthy dialogue. Elaborate violence...unrealistic amounts of blood pouring from one person's body. Cool camera moves and great use of music. (After all, can anyone really hear STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU in quite the same way again?).
But the film is showing its rough edges. What seemed edgy and new now sometimes looks a little lazy. Long shots through doorways, where the camera sits still and the actors move in and out of the shot. Kinda cool, but...kinda boring. Cool male actors encouraged to yell and overact. Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth and Steve Buscemi are all great actors, and they're pretty darn memorable in this film. BUT, they are also occasionally prone to rage and scream above what seems believable. Many of the "tricks" of this film have been used so often since, that unfortunately, they feel trite now. It's not fair to blame this film for what came later. Therefore, I still say it's a classic, BUT, not always a classic that thrills with repeated viewings. PULP FICTION, all these years later, still tickles me and excites me. But there were long stretches of RESERVOIR DOGS where I felt like dozing.
However, if you HAVEN'T seen it, I still recommend that you do!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie
Ok movie, I prefer Tarantino's later stuff, everyone is so young in this movie the acting bugs me a little and there is the awkward silence once in a while but good action.
Published on April 24 2010 by G. Lachance
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing robbery Movie!
This movie is about six bank robbers. It shows how they got involved in the robbery of a diamond wholesaler, and how they deal with finding out what went wrong when the heist was a... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2004 by "dtrain2"
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylized, intelligent--but someone tell Quentin he can't act
To a degree amateurish, but to an equal degree compelling and original, Reservoir Dogs is a stylistic, gritty look at the gangsters of Quentin Tarantino's imagination. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Maine Writer
4.0 out of 5 stars Bold enough to be a new genre
Quentin Tarantino has done an amazing job at taking a very low budget, and using a unique method of story telling and raw dialogue to turn it around. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie. Awesome DVD. Definitely one of the Best!
First and foremost, this is indisputably Quentin Tarentino's best film ever. After having seen it some dozen-plus times, it still captivates and intrigues me with every watching. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by L. Berk
3.0 out of 5 stars bad transfer
from the comparrison that ign.com made between the picture quality of the no extras release and the release with good extras, the picture was horrible on the release with good... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by "thmnshw4"
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILMMAKING
Qeuntin Tarantino's crime classic Reservoir Dogs is eqaully has
good and entertaining as Pulp Fiction. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by kyle sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best movies.
Reservoir dogs is the best directed/acting movie ever made. Many of the scenes are infomous mostly because, of it's acting. I personnely love it.
Published on June 29 2004
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