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Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2008

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"Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2" (Blu-ray)

movie-september-2008-kill-bill-1-2.jpgSynopsis

A young woman, known only as the bride at first, is the victim of an assassination attempt at her wedding rehearsal in El Paso, Texas. Everyone else in the wedding party is killed, except for her.

She awakens from a coma four years later, and sets out for revenge against The Deadly Viper Assassination Gang, of which she was a member. Her code name at the time was Black Mamba, which is a deadly snake. The problem was that the gang's leader, "Bill" (Carradine), was in love with her and was jealous that she was marrying someone. So, he had the gang murder them all, except that the bride survived.

So, one by one, she finds the gang members, and does some very unpleasant things to each of them, especially when she obtains her very own Hattori Hanzo sword.

At the end of Volume 2, she confronts Bill, and has the final showdown.

 

Specifications

  • Miramax
  • 2004, Rated R, 1 Hr 51 min, 2 Hr 17 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Uncompressed PCM
  • Directed by Quentin Tarantino
  • Starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah
    Rating
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Tarantino is a brilliant young director, and these two films (they started out as one, but the total was too long, so they broke it into two movies), truly illustrate his genius. It took me four viewings before I could understand what the bride was saying just as Bill shot her in the head at the wedding rehearsal. That is a major clue as to Bill's relationship with her and why he did it.

Technical

A lot of care has gone into the Blu-ray mastering of these films because the image quality is exquisite. The sound is harsh, but it was meant to be that way.

Extras

These include the making of, bonus musical performances, and other things. I wish there were much more. These films deserve at least one extra disc with bonus material.