Under the Radar

Tarantino's One-Two Punch


Quentin Tarantino will get a lot of attention this fall, first with the November 20th release of the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection Blu-ray collection and followed by the Christmas Day release of his new western Django Unchained.

Tarantino XX is a 20-year retrospective that features the seven features he's directed (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds) plus True Romance, the Tony Scott-directed movie made from Tarantino's most celebrated screenplay (QT screenwriting fans will be disappointed that From Dusk Till Dawn and Natural Born Killers are MIA in this box).


Everything here has been previously released on Blu-ray, so the real attraction is the artwork and two bonus disks with five hours of all-new bonus material. Those disks include "Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino – In-depth critics’ discussion piece exploring Tarantino’s films that redefined cinema and the impact of one of the most influential writers/directors of our time" and "20 Years of Filmmaking – Take a look at Tarantino’s career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, Sally Menke." Each movie's disk seems to have all the previously-released bonus material as well.

Django Unchained (obviously not included in the box set) is set just before the Civil War and stars Jamie Foxx as Django a slave acquired by bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, played by Inglourious Basterd's Christoph Waltz. Schultz promises to free Django if he helps him track down the notorious Brittle Brothers. Instead of parting ways after the capture, Django and Schultz team up to hunt the South's most notorious criminals and rescue Django's wife (played by Kerry Washington) from the slave trade.

That quest brings them into conflict with plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his trusted house slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson). Tarantino's disregard for historical accuracy, used to such great effect in Basterds, seem to be on full display here as well.

Watch the new trailer below and check ou the full artwork for Tarantino XX.


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