Quentin Tarantino Explains Why He’ll Never Use Netflix
Most movie fans love Netflix because it allows them a rotating library of movies plus original shows to stream instantly for a fixed price. But the king of all the movie fans, Quentin Tarantino, says he’s never used Netflix and has no plans to. He’s still watching his movies on VHS and DVD thankyouverymuch.
For the new Tom Roston book “I Lost It At the Video Store” the author spoke to a number of directors who grew up in and around video stores in the 80s and 90s including Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and yes, Quentin Tarantino. The Pulp Fiction director has spoke in the past about how working in a video store allowed him both the time to expands his encyclopedic knowledge of movie history and to write Reservoir Dogs, but he’s not exactly adjusting well to a digital world. Tarantino is not excited about streaming at all, telling Ronson, “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. Probably close to eight thousand tapes and DVDs. 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.
He still records movies off TV onto VHS tapes. Quentin Tarantino is either an uber-hipster or your grandma.
In addition to his collection of tapes and DVDs, Tarantino also has a library of 35mm prints of films for his home theater. He’ll often invite some colleagues he’s friendly with, including David O. Russell, Edgar Wright and Paul Thomas Anderson, to his house for screenings of select movies.
It shouldn’t really surprise anyone that the guy who said he’s ready to retire from directing movies because he can’t stand the idea of digital replacing film (“I can’t stand all this digital stuff. This is not what I signed up for.”) isn’t down with watching movies on his laptop or via Apple TV. Netflix is slowly becoming a dominant force, now distributing their own movies (Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation), and eventually movie fans are going to have to adapt or die. There will come a time in the not-so-distant future where Netflix and other streaming services are the only places to see movies. Unless, of course, you want to go to Quentin Tarantino’s house and pop in a VHS tape.