Are New Blu-rays of Tarantino Films, 'Harold & Kumar' and 'Watchmen' Worth the Double Dip?

Are New Blu-rays of Tarantino Films, 'Harold & Kumar' and 'Watchmen' Worth the Double Dip?

Nov 29, 2012

Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection

All eight films written and/or directed by Quentin Tarantino included in this set—Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds—are already available in standalone editions.

What's New?: Aside from the cool new graphic novel-inspired artwork of the box and the discs themselves, most of the individual movies have the same playback menus, video and audio encodes, and bonus features of their standalone counterparts. The exceptions are Pulp Fiction, which now includes both a critics' retrospective and another with Tarantino and the crew; Jackie Brown, which has a roundtable discussion with critics; and Inglourious Basterds, which now includes the "Killin' Nazi Trivia Challenge."

There are, however, two extra discs included that are exclusive to Tarantino XX. One is a 290-minute feature called "Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino" in which film critics Elvis Mitchell, Scott Foundas, Stephanie Zacharek, Tim Lucas and Andy Klein have a sit-down conversation as they dissect Tarantino's work. The second disc has the 133-minute eight-part feature "Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking," a recent post-screening Jackie Brown Q&A, plus several teasers for Django Unchained.

Skip or Double Dip?: If you already own several of your favorite Tarantino films independent of this set, you probably have all the supplements you need and can skip it. This collection goes for $69.99 on Amazon, so you'll have to price the standalone versions that you want and figure out if $70 is worth it to have all of these movies packaged together with a few more bonus features.


Harold & Kumar Ultimate Collector's Edition

All three Harold & Kumar films—Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas—are included in this collectible tin.

What's New?: All of the Harold & Kumar movies are available individually, and the discs included in this tin are identical to the standalone versions in terms of bonus features and video/audio quality. This Collector's Edition does not include the 3D version of A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, however, which is sold separately in a Blu-ray 3D combo pack. Packaged in the tin are White Castle-scented air fresheners and drink coasters.

Skip or Double Dip?:  This set currently sells for only $36.83 on Amazon, so if you don't already own the movies—and don't care about 3D—you should put this in your pipe and smoke it. If you already have all the Harold & Kumar movies, you'd have to be high (and not on life) to double dip for some air fresheners and drink coasters.


Watchmen Collector's Edition

Warner Bros. has previously released the Director's Cut and Ultimate Cut of director Zack Snyder's ambitious and underappreciated interpretation of the one of the best graphic novels of all time, which involves retired superheroes living in an alternate-reality America on the brink of nuclear war who are coaxed out of retirement when one of their own is murdered.

What's New?: This Collector's Edition is for the Watchmen fan that wants it all. For most people, the 186-minute Director's Cut (not included) is long enough. The Ultimate Cut included here (and available individually) incorporates the entire Tales of the Black Freighter animated story into the movie, which makes the movie 215 minutes and is the most complete version of Watchmen to date. The Ultimate Cut is packaged with a disc of special features, the theatrical cut on DVD, collectible lenticular packaging and, most impressively, the first DC Comics hardcover edition of the graphic novel.

Skip or Double Dip?: Even though this Collector's Edition is for hard-core Watchmen fans who want the version of the movie with Tales of the Black Freighter woven in, we can't imagine that anyone who already owns the Ultimate Cut Blu-ray would plunk down $50 to buy it again in this package with a book—even if this set is currently the only way to get a hardcover edition of the graphic novel. Unless you waited this long or know someone who waited this long to buy the Ultimate Cut, skip it.

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