Quentin Tarantino Refuses to Use Netflix, Still Prefers Video Tapes

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"I am not excited about streaming at all. I like something hard and tangible in my hand," the 'Hateful Eight' director says in a new oral history about neighborhood video stores.

Quentin Tarantino fans may be able to watch many of his movies (including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained) on Netflix, but the director isn't watching his movies — or anyone else's films — on the streaming service.

"I am not excited about streaming at all," Tarantino says in an excerpt from I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era, published on Indiewire. "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."

Indeed, the filmmaker prefers DVDs and video tapes, saying, "I like something hard and tangible in my hand." The Hateful Eight director adds that he bought the inventory of the now-defunct video store where he used to work: roughly 8,000 tapes and DVDs.

In fact, Tarantino is such a fan of home entertainment hardware, he says in the book, "I still tape movies off of television on video so I can keep my collection going."

Tarantino is just one of the directors author Tom Roston spoke to for his book, in which filmmakers recall their connections to the neighborhood video store. The oral history also includes first-hand accounts from Kevin Smith, David O. Russell, J.C. Chandor, Alex Ross Perry, Doug Liman, Joe Swanberg and Darren Aronofsky.

Ironically, Tarantino's longtime distributor The Weinstein Company has embraced streaming, inking deals with Netflix and Amazon, including partnering with the former on a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and recently announcing that its Radius division would make the upcoming Michael Fassbender-starring version of Macbeth available exclusively to Amazon's Prime Instant Video subscribers two to three months after the film hits theaters.

Netflix declined to comment on Tarantino's remarks.

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