He is right that it is different: the morality of loyalty and betrayal is dealt with far less superficially than in lesser action pictures (which have no trouble going straight to video).
Perhaps more importantly, the effects of violence are shown. Before he walked out, Mr de Lisle will have seen Mr Orange after he has been shot. Rather than the usual "bang-bang-you're-dead", he is shown to be in intense pain throughout the film - hardly an advertisement for violence or a life of crime.
The case of the two youths imprisoned for armed robbery after seeing the film is disturbing, but there is no reason to believe such cases would not take place without the influence of films; the chilling line that one of the boys is reported to have said ("Mum, you are dead, you bitch") has absolutely no parallel in Reservoir Dogs.
The on-screen violence may sometimes be "casual and callous"; its effects are anything but: the other characters are shocked by Mr Blonde's torturing of a policeman (although they are happy to knock him around a bit), and several of them entirely disown his actions even before the famous ear- slicing incident. Had Mr de Lisle stayed to see the film in its entirety, he would have seen the moral code which emerges by the end.
One paradox of the censorship debate is that films such as Reservoir Dogs become "cool" because of, not despite, the restrictions imposed upon them. If the film had been released to video straight away it would have no more playground credibility than any Scorcese film.
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