He still uses VHS tapes to record films from the television
Quentin Tarantino has revealed that he is “not excited about streaming at all” and owns “close to eight thousand tapes and DVDs.”
According to an excerpt from Tom Roston’s book ‘I Lost it at The Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era,’ the director bought them from a rental store that was going out of business.
Speaking to Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky about Amazon Instant, Hulu and Netflix in a chapter entitled ‘Wake Up Streaming’, Tarantino said, “I am not excited about streaming at all. I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can’t watch a movie on a laptop. I don’t use Netflix at all. I don’t have any sort of delivery system. I have the videos from Video Archives. They went out of business, and I bought their inventory.”
In the excerpt published by Indiewire, he went on, “I have a bunch of DVDs and a bunch of videos, and I still tape movies off of television on video so I can keep my collection going.”
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.”
The ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Django Unchained’ director, whose new film ‘The Hateful Eight’ is due for release next year, recently took over management of the historic New Beverly cinema in Los Angeles.
In line with his traditional cinematic standards, he has removed the cinema’s digital projector in favour of screening prints of 35mm films.
The director said: “The big thing about what’s going to change now that I’m taking the theatre over is, from here on in the New Beverly is only showing film. That’s it. No digital. If something’s playing at the New Beverly, if we’re showing it, it’s on film.”
Before he made it in Hollywood, Tarantino was a regular patron of one of California’s oldest movie houses. When he found success as a filmmaker he began to subsidise its owners before eventually buying the building outright to save it from closure.
An advocate for the continued use of film, Tarantino has previously declared digital film projection represents “the death of cinema”. His supporters include Martin Scorsese and Judd Apatow.
Renovations to the former pornography theatre are underway. The 228-seater single screen cinema will re-open in October with added six-track stereo sound and 16mm projection. Tarantino will also act as curator and screen films from his own collection.
Meanwhile, Tarantino recently announced that his forthcoming western The Hateful Eight will be shown in 70mm format, offering the widest, high-resolution image. He revealed this decision was partially made because cinemas are unable to screen 70mm footage digitally – they must do so on film. “I thought if they shoot it in 70, then they’ll have to screen it in 70,” he said.