Quentin Tarantino Is Seeing His Iconic Movie Finally Get A Deserved Upgrade

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Reservoir Dogs is being released in 4K on Blu-Ray for the first time.

By Matthew Creith
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In 1992, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs became a festival darling at the Sundance Film Festival and launched Tarantino’s career as a bonafide director with skills and a good eye for talent. Since then, his films have become the subject of many university lectures and box office surprises, as well as featuring incredible performances from the likes of Uma Thurman, Jamie Foxx, Tim Roth, Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Christoph Waltz. According to a report by Collider, Quentin Tarantino’s seminal work, Reservoir Dogs, is celebrating its 30th anniversary by releasing the movie in 4K on Blu-Ray.

This will be a first for the film that helped propel Tarantino into the world-class director he is today, the unique 4K edition of the movie is set for a release to the general public on November 14, 2022. This rerelease looks to be a milestone for Tarantino since Reservoir Dogs was the first feature film of his directing career, coming off of writing films for other directors like the 1991 thriller Past Midnight. The success of the film launched a directing career that is still going strong to this day.

Reservoir Dogs

When Quentin Tarantino made Reservoir Dogs, he employed the tactic of filming the movie in black-and-white as the independent feature had a low budget, and Tarantino knew he would end up having to enter the project in film festivals in order to secure distribution to a wider audience. Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax swooped in and bought the distribution rights to the film, adding to the mystique of the cult classic since Miramax was not a known commercial production house until later in the 1990s. Roughly around the same time, Miramax was interested in financing projects for up-and-coming directors that had an independent film angle, and they ended up investing in Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and others in the early 1990s.

But for Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs’s success meant a turning point in his directing life, as the movie about a jewelry heist gone wrong featuring several characters named after colors became a hallmark for themes that Tarantino would carry for the rest of his filmmaking career. Tarantino would go on to write and direct Pulp Fiction, which became a classic that earned the filmmaker his first Academy Award. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction is regarded as one of the best films ever made and has created a reputation for Tarantino that has followed him to the present day.

Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs stars an all-male cast in the early parts of their acting resumes, including Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, and Harvey Keitel, who ended up co-producing the effort. The movie ended up grossing roughly $3 million at the box office against a budget of $1.2 million, viewed as a success at the time for independent features. The movie lifted Tarantino’s profile enough that it helped him make other films like Jackie BrownInglorious Basterds, and the well-received Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.