Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino is refusing to join the online revolution in the entertainment industry and still watches all his movies on DVD or video.
Despite the rising popularity of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and VOD services, the director expanded his library with video tapes when he bought the contents of California-based video rental store Video Archives.
Quentin Tarantino has revealed that he is “not excited about streaming at all” and owns “close to eight thousand tapes and DVDs”. That’s understandable, because watching a movie on your phone is really silly.
Tom Roston’s new book “I Lost it at The Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era” has filmmakers talking on video stores, streaming and going-to-the-movies. Also, to push this whole thing from “old-school film nerd” to “obsessed”, Tarantino adds that he even tapes movies off of TV-with a VCR and tapes, not a DVR-so he can keep making the collection bigger.
Meanwhile, Tarantino recently announced that his forthcoming western The Hateful Eight will be shown in 70mm format, offering the widest, high-resolution image.
When Aronofsky said that most people would watch his films on an iPhone or an iPad, Tarantino responded, “That’s the most depressing thing I’ve ever heard in my life”.
However, not every filmmaker is down on streaming.
I’m a newcomer to Netflix. “And I streamed it”, he said. The experience was very similar to how I would stumble on a film on videotape. Digging for Fire director Joe Swanberg noted that video on demand has made independent film more accessible.
“Back in my day, you at least needed 16mm to make something, and that was a Mount Everest most of us couldn’t climb”, Tarantino concluded. That’s exciting. The access is getting better.