By Jack Rico
It’s the weekend and you have no clue of what DVD to watch at home. What if Quentin Tarantino himself recommended you what to see? That’s exactly what I am bringing to you. When it comes to film connoisseurs, director/screenwriter Quentin Tarantino is one of the best. His wealth of knowledge of movies has influenced his craft of filmmaking. Already nominated for 5 Oscars and winner of 2 of them, Tarantino is one of the most talented living directors today.
Here are Quentin Tarantino’s 3 DVD picks you should give a try tonight:
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Genre: Thriller, War
Starring: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter and Akim Tamiroff
Plot: During World War 2, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in 5 excavations across Egypt.
Noteworthy: Was nominated for 3 Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White and Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White
* Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) (The R rated bluray version)
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Starring: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson and Halina Zalewska
Plot: In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
Noteworthy: This is the only film from the original Planet of the Apes series of 5, that was not rated G, and the only entry released without a pre-title sequence. Reason: the opening was deemed too violent, and the producers wanted to avoid an R rating. The opening showed police on night patrol shooting an escaped ape and discovering his body covered with welts and bruises that are evidence of severe abuse. (Governor Breck and MacDonald refer to this incident in a scene that survived the final cut.) That and many other bloody images were deleted after a pre-release print was shown to a preview audience. The opening scene appears in the novelization and the comic book adaptation of the movie. On November, 2008, the Blu-Ray unrated version restored many of those graphic scenes, but not the pre-credit opening.
Navajo Joe (1966)
Directed by: Sergio Corbucci
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli
Plot: The sole survivor of a bloody massacre vows revenge on his attackers and on the men who killed his wife.
Noteworthy: This spaghetti western was filmed entirely in Spain and the music score from this movie’s soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone was re-used in the later movies Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and Election. Burt Reynolds has said that this movie was the worst professional experience he has ever had in working in the film and television industry. Reynolds has publicized his aversion of the production process of making this movie in numerous interviews. Quentin LOVES it.