Quentin Tarantino refuses to use Netflix, still records films from TV to VHS cassette

'I still tape movies off of television on video so I can keep my collection going'

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While the majority of people believe streaming services like Netflix are the future, Quentin Tarantino really doesn’t.

His films - including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained - may be some of the most watched on the service, but that hasn’t stopped the director going out of his way to avoid it. 

In an excert from the upcoming book I Lost It At The Video Store, published by Indie Wire, Tarantino says: “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.”

This may not seem remarkable – some people just prefer the real deal, like wanting to own CD’s instead of streaming on Spotify – but what it’s the next statement that’s quite fascinating. 

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“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.”

Yes, that is Tarantino saying he still tapes movies from the TV onto old video cassettes. 

Tarantino has often spoken out against digital technology, saying in 2014, before a screening of Pulp Fiction at Canne, that cinema "is dead" due to digital projections.

He said: “The fact that most films now are not presented in 35 mm means that the war is lost. Digital projections, that's just television in public.