When “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” hit theaters next week for one-night only showings, don’t expect to see them in Fairbanks.
In celebration of Quentin Tarantino’s 20th anniversary of filmmaking, Miramax and two entertainment-based production companies, NCM Fathom and IGN, are re-releasing the two hits — “Reservoir Dog” on Dec. 4 and “Pulp Fiction” on Dec. 6. Both movies include trailers of films that inspired Tarantino as well as interviews with Tarantino and a short feature on the Oscar-winning director.
But for some reason, the movies that put Tarantino on the filmmaking map aren’t being shown in Fairbanks. And it’s not the first time a re-release has failed to show up on the big screen here. In October, the slasher classic “Halloween” hit theaters from Oct. 25 to 31 but showings bypassed Fairbanks. “Halloween,” the mother of all slasher flicks that inspired a legion of horror film buffs, had multiple showings in Anchorage and Juneau ... but we were left out.
Now, to be fair, Regal Goldstream Stadium 16 & IMAX, 1855 Airport Way, did show the one-week re-release of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” when it came out Sept. 7. Other than that, about the only re-release we get in Fairbanks is if an animated Disney flick is being reformated in 3D.
I called Regal Goldstream Stadium to ask why re-releases often bypass Fairbanks, but the theater manager could not comment and gave me the media phone number for Regal Cinemas’ corporate response, to which I am still waiting a reply. I suspect this might be more of a corporate decision rather than a local decision about what re-releases to bring to Interior Alaska. If so, Regal Cinemas is doing Fairbanks a big disservice. Surely, Regal could put “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” on hold for one night to introduce a new generation of fans to the proper way to describe what Marsellus Wallace looks like.
If you happen to be in Anchorage on Dec. 4 or 6, say hello to Mr. Pink for me and be sure to order a $5 shake.
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