I am going to be the first one to admit publicly, when I heard of a film by Tarantino, which thrived on the fascination of martial arts movies, exaggerated mannerisms, and epic plots, I refused to watch Kill Bill Volume 1. It was probably because a close friend of mine told me "it sucked". Well, don't ever EVER let your friend or best friend be the final word on something like this — especially if it's created and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Because a person needs to have some idea of film history or be a movie aficionado to appreciate some of things Tarantino does. In the Kill Bill duology, this is certainly a must, and Quentin pulls out all the stops here, leaving something for just about anyone who had an affliction for a B movie during the 70's.
|Kill Bill Volume 1|
Features: Uncompressed (LPCM) English 5.1 audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, a modest featurette, performances by the 5,6,7,8's, and several Tarantino movie trailers.
Distributor: Miramax Films
Movie Release: October 10, 2003
This Release: September 9, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hr 51 mins
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For those who are not aware, Kill Bill is split into two full-length motion pictures. Someday many of us hope The Whole Bloody Affair is released which will combine both films into one large epic, but until then, we have the US theatrical releases of both pictures. Yes, this means the infamous (at least to some, anyway) Black & White scenes
When the Kill Bill Blu-ray two-pack bundle was announced around the end of September containing both films, I was immediately interested because this offered a pretty good savings over purchasing both films separately. Various online merchants such as Amazon offer even greater savings from time to time.
Kill Bill centers around the eventual confrontation with a man named Bill (David Caradine). He's the head of a squad of assassins, and one of these assassins, now turned bride (Uma Thurman), is giving up this adventurous job to marry a guy who's in charge of something much more eccentric and important. A music store. Unfortunately, Bill isn't too pleased with her decision to run off with the music store manager...and kills her, her husband, and everyone who was at the wedding rehearsal.
When the cops arrive at the scene, the bride is barely hanging on to life, and is the only one who has a heartbeat. Indeed, the bride survives and is now out for revenge of all those who helped with the massacre. But it isn't going to be easy. She's up against some rather tough assassins.
Of course, this simple plot is misleading, because as we begin to watch Kill Bill develop, it expands into an epic adventure. Which is why Kill Bill eventually had to be a duology. There was way too much material for a single feature film length. I suspect if Kill Bill was cut to half its size, it wouldn't have been as popular as it is today.