When Quentin Tarantino released Reservoir Dogs in 1992, it had a huge impact on Hollywood. The early 1990s were a time of change. A scrappy, almost risqué, period, when a DIY ethos and ‘pulp fiction’ were enjoying a renaissance. He would go on to have a profound influence on a generation of filmmakers. A voracious fan of cult films and popular culture, the American director cobbles together a number of influences to create something entirely original.
Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) and ‘Nice Guy Eddie’ (Chris Penn) have assembled a motley crew to pull-off a jewellery heist. There’s Mr Blonde (Michael Madsen), Orange (Tim Roth), Pink (Steve Buscemi), White (Harvey Keitel), Brown (Tarantino) and Blue (Edward Bunker). Brought together for their own talents and areas of expertise. When the job goes wrong, fingers are pointed and the survivors try to unpick the truth.
Reservoir Dogs became a cult hit and launched/re-launched the careers of a number of its stars. While it borrows generously from a number of other films, the way Tarantino structures his crime drama is a breath of fresh air. Don’t expect high art, his vision is down and dirty. Almost singlehandedly resurrected the popularity of the charismatic gangster. Reservoir Dogs remains a compelling slice of macho posturing which delivers a myriad of memorable moments. Set to a killer soundtrack.
- Deleted Scenes: Background Check; No Protection; Doing My Job; Cutting Off The Ear – Alternate Take A; Cutting Off The Ear – Alternate Take B
- Playing It Fast and Loose
- Profiling the Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs is released by Lionsgate UK on limited edition 4K UHD and Blu-ray SteelBook on 21 November.