Reservoir Dogs 15th Anniversary—Lionsgate
Let’s do a little math. If a film comes out in 1992, and its 10th-anniversary Special Edition DVD arrives in 2002, what year should the 15th Anniversary Edition DVD be released? Granted, I was an English major, but even I can count to five—something Lionsgate apparently cannot do. How else do you explain the October 2006 release of this two-disc set? Perhaps the more relevant question is, do we need a 15th-anniversary DVD of Reservoir Dogs?
Don’t get me wrong. I love Quentin Tarantino’s debut film and appreciate any excuse to watch it again. The DVD’s packaging is certainly creative: The two discs are encased in a large matchbook, which itself is encased in a gas-can-shaped case. The 2.35:1 anamorphic video is clean and colorful, with better blacks than the 10th-anniversary transfer, but noticeable edge enhancement surrounds the thieves’ dark-suited frames. Audio is now available in Dolby EX or DTS ES, which means more surround channels to ignore through the majority of this dialogue-driven film. The commentary track and most of the bonus content were lifted from the previous special edition. They didn’t even add a tribute to Chris Penn, who passed away in early 2006, to the Tributes & Dedications section. The new pop-up trivia feature is a good idea that’s underutilized, and the other minor additions are unspectacular.
Remember NBC’s rerun marketing ploy, “If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you”? Well, if you don’t own Reservoir Dogs (and you should), this is the set to purchase. Hard-core fans may want to wait for a high-def disc; I suspect one is coming.