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Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2 (Box Set) (2003)

Uma Thurman , David Carradine , Quentin Tarantino  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, David Carradine
  • Directors: Quentin Tarantino
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Run Time: 248 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00068ULLY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol. 1 is trash for connoisseurs. From his opening gambit (including a "Shaw-Scope" logo and gaudy '70s-vintage "Our Feature Presentation" title card) to his cliffhanger finale (a teasing lead-in to 2004's Vol. 2), Tarantino pays loving tribute to grindhouse cinema, specifically the Hong Kong action flicks and spaghetti Westerns that fill his fervent brain--and this frequently breathtaking movie--with enough cinematic references and cleverly pilfered soundtrack cues to send cinephiles running for their reference books. Everything old is new again in Tarantino's humor-laced vision: he steals from the best while injecting his own oft-copied, never-duplicated style into what is, quite simply, a revenge flick, beginning with the near-murder of the Bride (Uma Thurman), pregnant on her wedding day and left for dead by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (or DiVAS)--including Lucy Liu and the unseen David Carradine (as Bill)--who become targets for the Bride's lethal vengeance. Culminating in an ultraviolent, ultra-stylized tour-de-force showdown, Tarantino's fourth film is either brilliantly (and brutally) innovative or one of the most blatant acts of plagiarism ever conceived. Either way, it's hyperkinetic eye-candy from a passionate film-lover who clearly knows what he's doing.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie-Box Set is ok February 4, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Quentin Tarantino is arguably the best film-maker of his generation. His ability and passion to tell stories through film is second to none. "Kill Bill" bears witness to Tarantino's love of film by referencing a variety of genres such as blacksploitation, marital arts, anime, spaghetti westerns, and superhero movies. Some might find it easy to dismiss him as merely a movie fan who makes movies about other movies. I argue that he's far more creative than that. He draws upon these genres for inspiration and creates stories that are fresh, intelligently written, and compelling to watch. For example, in the third act of volume 2, Bill, played by the late David Carradine, shoots [Uma Thurman's character] with a dart filled with truth serum forcing her to answer his many questions. While waiting for the serum to take effect, Bill monologues about his fascination with comic books and, in particular, superhero mythology. "The point emerges" as Bill compares [Uma Thurman's character's] alter-ego, Arlene Plympton, with Superman's alter-ego, Clark Kent. No one but Tarantino could reference comic books in a film and make the dialogue sound so interesting.

In the realm of cinematography, he "pulls out all the stops" using a variety of camera techniques like split-screens, long-shots, and fast close-ups on the eyes. Some of these techniques can be traced backed to Martin Scorsese, one of his biggest influences. Of course, do I even need to mention the music? I believe I can best describe the selection as cooler than Dante's ninth level of hell. "Kill Bill", while packed with dozens of exciting ideas, can be enjoyed simply as fun movie viewing which, in my opinion, is a trademark of an excellent director.

The Box Set isn't anything extraordinary.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie & Blu-ray discs September 11, 2008
By asksamk
An excellent blu-ray transfer for an awesome movie. The picture quality is one of the best video transfers on blu-ray and the audio is equally pleasing. Its a must own in the collection of best blu-ray titles. Not much on the extras side, but the Movie itself is worth it.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Version: U.S.A / Miramax / Region A, B, C

Kill Bill Vol. 1
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1
Running time: 1:50:43 (U.S Cut)
Movie size: 31,48 GB
Disc size: 36,01 GB
Average video bit rate: 30.06 Mbps

LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 4608kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps

Subtitles: English SDH / Chinese / Japanese / French / Korean / Spanish
Number of chapters: 20

* The Making of KILL BILL Volume 1
* THE "5, 6, 7, 8'S" Musical Performances
* Tarantino Trailers: "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown," "Kill Bill: Volume 1" bootleg trailer, Kill Bill" Volume 2 teaser.


Kill Bill Vol. 2
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1
Running time: 2:16:57
Movie size: 38,50 GB
Disc size: 42,94 GB
Average video bit rate: 27.26 Mbps

LPCM Audio English 6912 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 6912kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps

Subtitles: English SDH / Chinese / Japanese / French / Korean / Spanish
Number of chapters: 20

* The Making of KILL BILL Volume 2
* Damoe Deleted Scene
* Chingon Musical Performance
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Once upon a time in El Paso, Texas a wedding party is slaughtered execution style. However, it turns out that the Bride (Uma Thurman), who is pregnant, is not dead but in a coma. Four years later she wakes up, no longer pregnant, in time to save herself from insult being added to her injury. Then the Bride puts together her list of people to kill: (1) Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), (2) O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), (3) Budd (Michael Madsen), (4) Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), and (5) Bill (David Carradine). In "Kill Bill, Volume 1," the Bride only gets to the first two names on her list, albeit not in that order the way the film is cut, and then proceeds to the rest in Volume 2. This does not constitute a spoiler because you cannot have a film called "Kill Bill" that does at least get to the title character, regardless of the results. But then this was a do-it-yourself "Box Set" (I bought the two DVDs and they gave me a box to put together).

There is more happening in the each film besides the kill list, such as an anime telling us how O-Ren Ishii became the Queen of the Tokyo underworld and the training sequence in which the Bride studies with the great Pai Mei. But in the first film the primary emphasis is on how the Bride takes out her first two victims and the triumph of style as substance, especially when style means fountains of blood gushing from human beings that would make Akira Kurosawa proud. With "Pulp Fiction" Tarantino made his impression upon our ears with scene after scene of great dialogue. No wonder the soundtrack for that film had clips of some of what came rolling off the tongues of the actors (usually Samuel L. Jackson, who only plays a corpse in these films). But with "Kill Bill, Volume 1" Tarantino's blood feast is mostly for the eyes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Is not compatible with my dvd player or computer.
Published 2 days ago by Florence
5.0 out of 5 stars action packed.
ordered for someone else.
Published 3 days ago by Vern
5.0 out of 5 stars just to be clear
great combo! some details were actually false but in a positive way. here's why:
this is a bluray dvd combo. you will receive 4 discs! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Carlos Quismundo
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, both for the price of one
great movie,both for the price of one.your can't buy this in any store now!no one wants to stock dvd all BLU RAY?
Published 8 days ago by becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one for your library
I only buy a few DVD''S. You can see my review of the Princess Bride. This is another that is worth owning. Kill Bill One is the best but Two isn't bad. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Samuel Edward Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars Just buy them seperately.
I would have given five stars, but the packaging is terrible. I opened it up to find the disks stacked atop of one another. There are four disks cramped into one slim bluray case. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill Dollar Bill
Awesome movie(s)...Incredible price. Who could ask for more??
Published 17 days ago by Richard N. Capps
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 21 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, the only way to buy it is ...
Excellent movie, the only way to buy it is with both parts, or wait until Kill Bill:The Whole Damn Affair is released
Published 22 days ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 23 days ago by phil dejohn
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Reissue of this boxed set
It's not really a box set. it's the two dvd's inside a cardboard sleeve and that's all. I got mine at Best Buy for free when I picked up volume 2 the day it was released. Calling this a box set is very deceiving. A cardboard box to fit both Kill Bill dvd's is all it is.
Jun 29, 2007 by Dave A. |  See all 2 posts
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