Actors' Flubs on DVD Bother Mr. Blonde.(LIFE - SCIENCE &Amp; TECHNOLOGY)(TECH MAGIC)

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Actors' Flubs on DVD Bother Mr. Blonde.(LIFE - SCIENCE &Amp; TECHNOLOGY)(TECH MAGIC)


Byline: Joseph Szadkowski, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," Artisan Entertainment has released a two-disc DVD presenting the film in widescreen and full-screen formats, packed with new interviews and plenty of extras. Actor Michael Madsen, who plays Vic Vega, aka Mr. Blonde, in the 1992 effort, took a few minutes to discuss digital-video-disc technology and its effect on his industry.

Q: How do you feel about the explosion of technology in the world, especially with what is happening with DVDs?

A: I am kind of stuck in the 1950s and a bit of a malcontent when it comes to all this technology, which is not an excuse for lack of advancement. However, my sons have computers, but I don't know how to work one.

Q: Have you watched the "Reservoir Dogs" DVD yet?

A: Yes, I watched the "Dogs" DVD and was very impressed by it. They put together something very entertaining, and it was great to look back and think about the memories of making the film.

Q: What added feature in the DVD did you least enjoy?

A: Well, you know, when making a movie as an actor, if you do a take and it does not come out right, you subconsciously know you can do it over and that you have takes two or three to work on it. Those takes that didn't work out used to end up on the cutting-room floor.

Outtakes on DVDs changes the past premise that an actor's world, on the set, is protected and sanctified. Face it; everyone screws up from time to time, but now when an actor screws up, [it is] available for eternity on DVD, which could cause the actor to be more conscious.

Q: How will this change the process for the actor?

A: This means that actors are going to have to have a bit more of a sense of humor about their mistakes; however, it is a bit of invasion of the actors' privacy and the process the actor undergoes during the construction of a character. …

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