It’s been a long time since I last saw Reservoir Dogs.
It has become a bit of a cliche that uni students have Reservoir Dogs posters in their rooms, and so I wasn’t sure if my memory of the movie was potentially over inflating how good it actually was.
So with a 4K release, it was the perfect time to see if it was an example of best leaving some stuff in your memory, or if it was as excellent now as it was back then.
Spoiler, Reservoir Dogs is still excellent.
For those who haven’t seen it before, Reservoir Dogs was Quentin Tarantino’s first feature film, and it doesn’t take long to see some of the things that are iconic about his style that has carried through.
We start with a group of men enjoying breakfast at a diner. They are having weirdly obsessive discussions about Madonna, and the culture of tipping.
These interesting and odd discussions are an incredibly casual way to connect with the characters without a whole bunch of exposition.
We then jump to a car where Mr Orange is bleeding out and being driven by Mr White. It turns out the characters we met having breakfast were going to take part in a jewellery store heist but it went wrong. They meet at an old abandoned warehouse where they try to figure out what went wrong.
It seems like someone was a snitch as the cops were all over the jewellery store, and so the group is trying to figure out who the snitch is.
It’s violent, chaotic, funny, and everything else you have come to know from Tarantino’s work. Since it had been ages since I last saw it, I had forgotten enough about Reservoir Dogs so I was able to enjoy a lot of it for the first time again. Man this movie doesn’t just hold up, it absolutely excels in every way.
The 4K upgrade is really freaking nice.
The image and sound are all really damn good for a movie made in the early 90’s. It becomes even more clear when you watch the deleted scenes which are super old and grainy, that the upgrades are absolutely top notch. The Bluray disc has some special features like a video with some film critics talking about the impact of the movie which is a cool little addition.
If you haven’t seen Reservoir Dogs yet then this is a fantastic way to experience it for the first time.
If you have, then treat yourself with this 4K treatment. Reservoir Dogs is as excellent now as when it was released. Go watch it again, now!