Reservoir Dogs: The Black & White Edition
Money - Pink Floyd
-added 2 deleted scenes
-re-ordered the scenes to fit a more traditional narrative structure
-removed Mr. Blonde's meeting with Joe
-removed the Madonna part of the breakfast scene
-removed the drive and the dick-gluing story
-removed the immediate reveal of what/who is in Mr. Blonde’s trunk
-replaced Little Green Bag with Pink Floyd's Money over the opening credits per the original script
-added a very short, tongue in cheek clip from True Romance to expand on Mr. White’s back story
I've seen Reservoir Dogs once and it was a while back, but I remember liking it. Watching this edit certainly didn't change my mind - it's a great film. Does it replace the original? Certainly not, but neither is that the intention as far as I'm aware.
Audio editing was fine other than one rough transition I noticed. Song changes didn't bother me and I rather liked the use of "Money".
Visual editing was good for the most part. One cut seemed obvious to me and there were a couple of flash frames. One fade transition was noticeable, but I wasn't sure if it was in the original film. Deleted scenes were obvious due to the change in quality, but they were integrated well. Not sure how much they added to the narrative though.
Narrative worked, but obviously the chronological order makes the twist redundant. This is fine if you've seen the film before, but if you haven't - don't let this be your first experience.
Overall, a nice alternative and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The film looks good and, dare I say it, better in black and white. I couldn't tell where a lot of the cuts were, and the tension created is as good as ever. I watched this with a big Tarantino fan who was familiar with the original and, apart from the "Money" song trade (he hated that), he loved it.
- good selection(s) for the opening scenes prior to the opening credits
- Pink Floyd "Money" nice choice for opening song
- Alabama conversation and "flashbacks" from True Romance, it didn't work for me,
but a bold creative decision and reminded me of the interconnectedness of Tarantino's movie universe
- inclusion of deleted scenes, while a nice change and gave more background, had noticeably lower quality (although I'm assuming that's not the fault of Adabisi)
- there were a few rough audio transitions
- I noticed a flashframe around 33:48 when Buscemi is driving away from the cops
- I think Adabisi definitely accomplished what he set out to do - a more traditional chronological narrative for the most part
- A worthy alternative if you're sick of watching the theatrical version.
This was a fun watch. I love Tarantino movies and love watching Tarantino edits. This is a nice one to add to the collection and especially since the only other Reservoir Dogs edit is MIA.
I loved the Black and White treatment. Loved it.
A/V quality is fine. XVID AVI, 2.0 audio.
The only real editing issues I saw were: A flash frame between Pink driving away and Brown, White & Orange crashing. Rough audio transition during Pink's bathroom story to a flashback. There's an off chance they could have been intentional, but I doubt that.
I thought the sequence of events and pacing were off with so much exposition & set-up at the beginning. Maybe I'm just too used to Reservoir Dogs, but I felt a bit antsy to get to the action during the first 30 minutes or so. For example, the deleted scene of Mr. White's background felt like too much about White too soon. And once it gets started, since the actual heist isn't a part of the movie it feels like a weird jump in time to the end of the diner scene. That whole scene probably should have been cut. The narrative feels a bit more nontraditional now actually. Despite all this though I still enjoyed the movie.
The use of True Romance was inspired. Nicely done there, very Tarantino-esque.
I think fans of Reservoir Dogs or Tarantino may like this. If you're a hardcore Tarantino purist you may hate it. It's not superior to the theatrical version, but it wasn't trying to be. It's an interesting retelling of a popular story.