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Kill Bill - Volume One (2003)

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Classic Tarantino

  • Jul 11, 2006
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This is a wonderful, postmodern plundering of kung-fu, rape-revenge, and cult action movies. In Kill Bill, Tarantino deferentially revisits the 70s(ish) genre film with his typical style and wit. It's every bit as good as Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown.

The major short-coming is the DVD itself. There is next to nothing in the way of extra features. This is inexcusable for a major studio release of a major studio film. The DVD includes a brief featurette that, as usual, spends most of its time showing clips from the movie. There are also some liner notes, but nothing amazing. It's a shame because there are some many places they could have gone with extras. I'd love to hear more about some of the specific references in the movie, I'd love to hear about the filming process during the black-and-white/color Crazy 88 sequence, I'd love to hear Tarantino talk about getting such an over the top violent picture through the ratings board. What would be better than anything would be a commentary track or two. Just look at Tarantino's buddy, Eli Roth. Cabin Fever wasn't a really great movie, but it includes no less than five commentary tracks(!) as does Hostel.

Regardless, it's a great film and it's totally worth owning on DVD. I just wish there was something substantial in the extra features.

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review by . December 17, 2005
I've been fascinated with this movie ever since it came out. This movie being a revenge plot is very pulpy. Plus the actors are all quite up to that task. They all go about chewing up the scenery, which fits quite nicely into the film as its set up. Thurma takes the lead as The Bride with much vigor and attitude because The Bride is pissed.   There are several film genres here and the best is the back story on Lucy Liu's character when the film switches to Japanese anime to set up the …
review by . January 20, 2005
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If you liked a movie like Pulp Fiction (I believe it was from Tarantino too) you will definately like this film. It is sliced into chapters that are each individual stories which do not happen in sequential order. Each chapter is excellent in itself (one chapter is done in animation) and the only reason I didn't rate the movie higher is the time sequencing sometimes gets confusing and by the end of the movie you still don't understand what happened to have Uma Thurman's wedding party attacked.   &nbs …
review by . September 03, 2004
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The opening shot of "Kill Bill" is one of the most memorable I can recall: in stark black and white, a woman's face -- almost unrecognizable as Uma Thurman's at first -- spattered with blood, coated in sweat, a bridal veil spread out beneath her. She gasps, clearly in pain, as a hand reaches in to wipe some of the blood and sweat from her face with a handkerchief. The handkerchief bears the name "Bill" on it. A voice (Bill's, we presume) speaks to her. The Bride's first words, just preceding the …
review by . April 13, 2004
After the first thirty minutes, of shock and gore, I found myself sinking in to the story! I have been waititng for it for months (...) since i found about it on the internet.  Uma Thurman plays Black Mamba who has a score to settle with her old friends who turned on her. She is great in it, in her yellow biker suit (...) literally flyig in the air and doing some of the most unbelievable figting sequences possible. I have never though of Uma as tha t kind of actress, but she does it so …
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Quentin Tarantino'sKill Bill, Vol. 1is 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'sVol. 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
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Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: Miramax
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