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Kill Bill: Volume 1 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. --Jeff Shannon Kill Bill: Volume 2 "The Bride" (Uma Thurman) gets her satisfaction--and so do we--in Quentin Tarantino's "roaring rampage of revenge," Kill Bill: Volume 2. Where Vol. 1 was a hyper-kinetic tribute to the Asian chop-socky grindhouse flicks that have been thoroughly cross-referenced in Tarantino's film-loving brain, Vol. 2--not a sequel, but Part Two of a breathtakingly cinematic epic--is Tarantino's contemporary martial-arts Western, fueled by iconic images, music, and themes lifted from any source that Tarantino holds dear, from the action-packed cheapies of William Witney (one of several filmmakers Tarantino gratefully honors in the closing credits) to the spaghetti epics of Sergio Leone. Tarantino doesn't copy so much as elevate the genres he loves, and the entirety of Kill Bill is clearly the product of a singular artistic vision, even as it careens from one influence to another. Violence erupts with dynamic impact, but unlike Vol. 1, this slower grand finale revels in Tarantino's trademark dialogue and loopy longueurs, reviving the career of David Carradine (who plays Bill for what he is: a snake charmer), and giving Thurman's Bride an outlet for maternal love and well-earned happiness. Has any actress endured so much for the sake of a unique collaboration? As the credits remind us, "The Bride" was jointly created by "Q&U," and she's become an unforgettable heroine in a pair of delirious movie-movies (Vol. 3 awaits, some 15 years hence) that Tarantino fans will study and love for decades to come. --Jeff Shannon
The Blu-ray discs of Kill Bill, Vols. 1 and 2 look and sound great. The colors--from the geysers of blood to Vivica Fox's candy-hued suburbia--are exceptionally vivid, as is the 48 kHz/24-bit uncompressed sound. The special features, however, are nothing special: they're in 480i standard definition and just the same ones that appeared on the regular DVDs. "The Making of Kill Bill" is a 22-minute documentary from 2003 in which Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman explain the creation of the Bride character, influences on the movie, working with The RZA, and discovering the 5,6,7,8s. Other interviewees include Vivica Fox, Lucy Liu, Julie Dreyfus, and producer Lawrence Bender. There are also two bonus performances by the 5,6,7,8s ("I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield" and "I'm Blue") and six Tarantino trailers. Vol. 2 has "The Making of Kill Bill" (26 minutes), one deleted scene of Bill fighting Chinese assassins while Uma Thurman's character watches admiringly, and a performance at the Vol. 2 movie premiere of the song "Malaguena Salarosa" by Chingon, the band started by Quentin Tarantino's friend and fellow director Robert Rodriguez. --David Horiuchi
Was finally able to get my hands on this double-feature, great movie and can finally enjoy it in BDPublished 10 days ago by Roland Antonio O. Guia, Jr.
This was my first exposure to Quentin Tarantino. I would have found it more entertaining if the foul language had been cleaned up. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ken J. Fairchild
Great transfer to Blu-ray. Solid quality. Both movies are must watches and will keep you on the edge of your seat.Published 1 month ago by Securus
I already had the DVDs but wanted them on blue ray. Got them at a great price.Published 1 month ago by Obie B. Nevels
Amazing Amazon,product arrived early, you guys are great, haven't watched the DVDs yet but I'm sure their finePublished 1 month ago by William George
I love this movie the first time I saw it and there's no problem if I repeat watching it couple more times.Published 1 month ago by james morton
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|whats the difference between this and the individual blu-rays?||
It's the exact same editions, wrapped together in plastic (or maybe with a cover like national Treasure that packs the two cases).
The discs and cases are identical to the standalone releases, the only difference is you get a slight discount for buying both at the same time.
I'm still holding... Read More
Aug 21, 2008 by Arturo Lugo Gonzalez | See all 2 posts
|amazon pack NC-17||
I have the Japanese DVD version where the slaughter scene at the night club is in colour (the US version had this whole segment in B&W) . The Bluray version is the US R rated version I presume ?
May 10, 2009 by Kamil Othman | See all 3 posts
|Embittered little non-reviewers are liars||
I think the "malicious little toad" has a point, but he could have expressed it better.
Like most people visiting this page, I already have KB on DVD. I don't need a review that tells me what I've already experienced for myself--I need a review that tells me that this transfer to a HD... Read More
Jul 8, 2008 by Desired FX | See all 4 posts
|Who do I have to contact to have Pulp Fiction on Blu-ray?||
It is in the works for Blu-ray release as per the Miramax promo trailer I saw on a recent movie. Pulp Fiction scenes were shown a few times during the trailer and at the end, it was included on a list of films "coming soon to Blu-ray". I would guess around Christmas, or early in 2009.... Read More
Aug 15, 2008 by Michael S. Gilbert | See all 6 posts
|$10 off each for current DVD owners?||
No, this 2-pack does not have the $10 rebates
Sep 13, 2008 by Judas | See all 2 posts
|What's the cheapest has anyone seen this set for??||Be the first to reply|