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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grindhouse spectacular!
Okay, there is absolutely no need to tell any more about Vol. 1's plot unless you've just jumped down here without looking at the top reviews. Anyway, Tarantino's most recent BIG project was Kill Bill, a two-hour epic of blood and hate. From the opening credits to the final cliffhanger, this flick has Tarantino written all over Uma Thurman's triangularly shaped forehead...
Published on 12 Feb 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This is an ok film and that's about it. I don't mind slow films, but this felt like just the scene setting for "Kill Bill 2". I already have the second film, so will see if that gets better.
There are a couple of good fight scenes, but that's about it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grindhouse spectacular!, 12 Feb 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Okay, there is absolutely no need to tell any more about Vol. 1's plot unless you've just jumped down here without looking at the top reviews. Anyway, Tarantino's most recent BIG project was Kill Bill, a two-hour epic of blood and hate. From the opening credits to the final cliffhanger, this flick has Tarantino written all over Uma Thurman's triangularly shaped forehead. He's resurrected his trademarks like the jumpy time sequence, very deep morals found only between the lines, crime bosses, that kooky dialogue we've all come to know and love, and even some newer tricks have come out of his sleeve like the amazing anime sequence and homage to even more obscure film genres we've never heard of.
There is, of course the issue of violence and gore associated with this film. Anybody who can laugh at Monty Python's infamous Black Knight scene can cope with it but even still will be shaking their heads in a mix of emotions somewhere between sheer horror and pure hilarity. One scene within the climactic battle scene was even purposely put into black and white in order to keep an R rating. Overseas in countries used to that level of ferocious death, like Japan in particular, it was shown in full bloody color, while if seen over here by our children's minds the entire project would've had an NC-17. It's truly a shame when true art can't be expressed to the world in its full glory (or whatever you'd personally want to call it). Another problem about the film is the cutoff in the middle of the script. Howard Stern said that he would've loved to see it in its complete four-hour length, and even though salivating can be good I'm a little tired of waiting after this many months.
Still, despite the little concerns, this is a fantastic movie. And yet, there is a certain magic about it that's almost impossible to explain. From the deep benevolent yearning to pick up The Bride and cuddle her with her bloody teeth, to the way you can truly relate to those times when hate has surged through your body like a powder keg as it does hers, you can feel this movie. Not in a Braveheart sort of way with naught but bagpipes to carry the emotion, but in a true and real way. Uma Thurman's already been nominated for a Golden Globe in this. Hopefully she'll win and when the next installment (which will completely outdo the first, I already cheated and looked at the screenplay) comes around I'll be the first in the theater for the midnight showing. And oh yeah, buy the DVD.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill or be killed..., 31 Aug 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
So by now everyone knows the plot and storyline to Kill Bill. The Bride (a very sexy but deadly Uma Thurman) is beaten and shot beyond belief on her wedding day when she tries to leave a squad of assassins known as the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad. She survives but is comatose for 4 years. Then she wakes up...
From thereon, it's blood and limbs all the way. To those of you who don't like too much violence, I am sorry to say that Kill Bill is not the film for you. A shame as I would like to recommend this film to everyone. Tarantino has delivered another trump card in film making here and it would be a travesty to miss out on it.
You may have gathered that the film is good, but why? Well there is a whole list of plus points ranging from the well orchestrated bloody fight scenes to the equally bloody but informative Anime sequence half way through the film. The dialogue is as clever as it is witty and blunt. A high percentage of the films dialogue is spoken in Japanese with subtitles which doesn't distract you from the film as much as some people think it does. As always I find the Tarantino soundtracks to be a tad quirky but they do always work. The soundtrack here is no exception. Included are songs from Nancy Sinatra, the theme from the Green Hornet and the RZA tune from the trailer. You know the one. Knowing nods and winks to past samurai films, costumes and fight scenes make this an entertaining film all round.
There will be some of you who just don't get the whole idea of the film. From the cheesy opening feature presentation, through the Anime and the spouting bloody limbs everywhere. It's homage to films gone by, mainly Japanese and it's brilliant.
Overall, yes it is bloody and yes there is foul language and yes there are disturbing scenes. But yes it is one of Tarantino's best films and brings something a little different to the screen. Buy it, rent it, whatever...just watch it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 7 Jun 2005
This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Kill Bill is a favourite of mine because of the clever way in which it has been made. The opening scene shows 'The Bride' (Uma Thurman) being shot in a Texas chapel by her former boss, Bill. The movie then jumps from past to present to show how she goes about getting her revenge from the five who massacred her family and tried to kill her.
What is really amazing about this film is that Tarantino plays with different types of imagery. Overall the film is very violent and to almost censor the blood and gore he employs black and white imagery and cartoons. The cartoons are strong in conveying what is happening very well and at the same time prevent the need for actual people, stabbing and lots of blood. The same is done with the black and white imagery where the focus is more on what is happening than the blood being shed.
All in all this is an absolutely FANTASTIC film, cleverly done and with a brilliant soundtrack. Uma Thurman gives a cracking performance. Definitely one to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Roaring Rampage of Revenge!, 7 April 2005
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LJG Carson (Belfast, Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
It's been a while since Jakie Browne, but Tarantino is back with his first of two revenge flicks "Kill Bill" and let me tell you something, they are HOT!
When a female assassin (Uma Thurman) decides its time to leave her profession, marry some guy and concieve her child outside a world of blood and massacre, her ex-lover and boss, Bill (David Carradine) takes the news badly and sets out, along with his band of assassins (Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Foxx and Micheal Madsen) to put an end to the wedding and take care of The Bride once and for all. Refusing to die, The Bride rouses from a four year coma and begins to write up a death list for those who betrayed her.
This is pure Tarantino. Only he could blend genres of Spagetti Western, kung-fu, anime and japanese samuri flicks together to produce one of the best films released in 2003. There is never a dull moment in this movie. You will be gasping in all the rite places as Uma slices her way through "The Crazy 88", you will find yourself literally on the edge of your seat as you watch the tense showdown with O-Ren Ishii in eerie silence and you will be gagging to see the concluding chapter of the story. The cast deliver strong performances, wicked dialouge dripping in dark humour and many impressive stunts. The fast pace of the film is accompanied with a killer soundtrack that you will never forget. The only problem with the film, which is quite disappointing, is that is really all you get on the DVD, apart from a "making-of", trailers and two music videos of the
5,6,7,8s. Deleted scenes? Director's Cut? Hello?

A fantastic and thrilling movie which is definitely up there alongside the other Tarantino classics. A word of advice: Never deprive yourself of movies like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent, cool, sick, stupid, fun., 1 May 2004
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This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
After six years after the boring Jackie Brown (in my opinion, sorry if you love it) Quentin Tarantino has resurrected something else. He resurrected John Travolta, now he has resurrected the 70s kung fu type of movies.
The action sequences in this film are really fun, but some of the sword fighting can be a bit stupid, you see arms and heads chopped off and showers of blood fires out from them. The sword battles are enjoyable to watch though.
I think this has quite a good cast, we have Quentin's favourite leading ladie Uma Thurman. We have Lucy Lui, who is an interesting character, and the film tells you about her childhood history. Sonny Chiba, Quentin's favourite martial artist has a short appearence, and we hear the voice of David Carradine, who plays Bill.
The film acts the same as "Pulp fiction" a bit, when it gets to a new bit it tells you the chapter on the screen, there is tons of fun dialogue, a lot in chinese too. Quentin also tries to make this film look like the 70s, he uses the classic music and films the scenes like them. He puts some scenes in b&w aswell. He uses a lot of interesting characters like The bride, Bill, woman with eye-patch, and the Texas sheriff, who was quite cool. This one isn't as violent as everyone says it is, it's gory, but not violent, and it comes to a brilliant climax that all of you should have seen on a trailer or something. Be warned: If you don't like annimation scenes, you might wanna watch out, there is a scene whioch tells you about the history of Lucy Lui's character, and it's an annimation sequence. Quentin has made a brillaint comeback after the failure of Jackie Brown. Can't wait for part 2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LUCY LIU REIGNS SUPREME, 30 Oct 2004
This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
i never liked lucy liu much before this movie, especially with her alleged treatment of bill murray (im a huge fan) in Charlies Angels
..but for me this movie is all about her, and i really think she steals the show. from the DVD menu upwards
all the best parts and lines in this movie involve lucy liu. from the hilarious 'Scharlie Brown' sequence, the fabulous cartoon story showing her history and progress as one of the worlds top female assassins (great rooftop sniper sequence), and of course the extra extra bloody gangland head splicing scene with eurovision contest style accompaniment
she plays the character tremendously well with poise and humour. and in my opinion she is the cornerstone of this movies greatness
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very violent, but very entertaining., 7 Jun 2004
This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I'm happy to say that this film works just as well on DVD as it did at the cinema, perhaps more so as one can pause it occasionally during the foreign language sections rather than blinking and missing some dialogue.
The DVD transfer is superb and both sound and vision are crisp and clear (ie What you'd expect, but sadly not always what you get).
As with LOTR, it is difficult to assess this as a completed work. It clearly isn't and won't be until Vol2 has been released. However, as a first instalment it is a joy.
There are some typical Tarantino elements (the non-linear storytelling, the effective use of music) but Tarantino also stretches himself by taking on new challenges (the stunt and wire work and the anime sequence). The old stuff is as good as ever and the new stuff proves Tarantino is more than a one-trick pony.
Only the dialogue is below par. I suspect that Tarantino has altered the style of his dialogue to more closely resemble the Spaghetti westerns and Asian action/revenge movies that this film was inspired by, and they generally had lousy dialogue. Tarantinos is certainly better than that, but none the less a little stilted.
The action sequences, particularly the huge set piece in the House of the Blue Leaves, are really well choreographed and done more in the style of the 'Babycart' series of Lone Wolf and Cub movies than John Woo. There is little gun-play, but plenty of hand to hand and sword fighting with suitably bloody results.
It is a blessing then that a five minute sequence in the HoBL fight is in black and white as it makes the graphic and brutal details of the slaughter a little more cinematic/fantastical.
It is certainly a lot easier to watch than Ichi the Killer (say).
As a single film, Kill Bill Vol 1 probably isn't as good as Pulp Fiction, but is good enough as a first chapter to make you reserve judgement until after Vol 2 .
The DVD extras are nothing to write home about. The documentary is interesting enough but I doubt I'll ever look at it again. The trailers are kind of pointless given that one has the movies although it's obvious from at least one of them that the decision to split the film in two happened after the trailer was completed. There are no deleted or extended scenes and no commentary. Given that they're the extras I personally enjoy most, I was a little disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You and I have unfinished business, 23 April 2004
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This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
One of the most accomplished filmmakers of the last 20 years has come upwith the goods once again. It's Kill Bill Vol. 1, in which Uma Thurman isat her sexiest and most deadly as The Bride, intent on revenge against herformer boss Bill and his gang of world-class assassins for killing herwould-be husband and everyone at her wedding. Kill Bill Vol. 1 is but halfof Quentin Tarantino's opus, and were I to sum it up with a long-winded,cliched summary... in fact, I think I will: it's a slashfest KungFu-obsessed revenge epic with more than a smattering of blood and adeceptively simple story. I'm sure there are better summaries than that,but it's certainly how I see this remarkable picture. The negative reviewsI've read of this film, by and large, lack insight and are lazily quick tocondemn the homage style, amongst other things. You get the impressionthat these people just don't like him because everyone else does, andthey're attempting to find some lame, "intelligent" excuse to hide thisarrogance from everyone. If you're not keen on the excessive violence Icompletely understand, but every other reason I've seen seems pathetic andshallow. There are those who've said it's completely un-Tarantino which ismindbogglingly ignorant, as not only does it contain all the stylistic andstructural features associated with the man (non-linear narrative -sublimely eclectic soundtrack - memorably black comic dialogue - andviolence ;-) ), but it's essential to consider a film in its own context,as a stand-alone piece of filmmaking, as opposed to other pics by the sameauteur. I was never obsessed with this being able to "measure up to PulpFiction", unlike the rest of the world; I wanted to see how GOOD a FILM itwas! Saying it's the work of a movie geek gone overboard on comic bookexcess is hypocritical and misses the entire point of filmmaking. Allgreat filmmakers pay homage to their heroes and influences in at least asubliminal way. Most film viewers love to spot obscure references (andless obscure ones) and Tarantino includes them at least partly for thatsense of audience gratification. As the purpose of films should be forentertainment, and as long as the film doesn't directly plagiariseanother, there is no excuse for saying this. It's no different to GeorgeLucas paying homage to Kurosawa in Star Wars! QT's masterfultongue-in-cheek approach to a genre he loves is in no way derivative ordisrespectful and he genuinely wants us to enjoy this nostalgic adventure.At the base of it all, a master storyteller has put together an incrediblemovie with breathtaking action sequences that easily equal those of Neoand Agent Smith(s) in The Matrix. He has proved incontrovertibly that hecan cross boundaries and genres and has stumped up a lavishly wonderfuland extravagant masterpiece that is very different, and no different atall, to the rest of his impressive canon. And I haven't even compared itwith its triumphant second half... Magnificent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A near-perfect epic, 10 Feb 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
"Kill Bill" is an anomaly in today's Hollywood culture. Here is a movie that neither makes you think too hard nor tears at you heartstrings--and it is a truly excellent flick. Under the shrewd (and possibly insane) hands of Quentin Tarantino, "Kill Bill" details an ultrally brutal and even more emotionally statisfying quest for revenge.
Beat to a bloody pulp and shot in the head and left for dead at her wedding day, The Bride (Uma Thurman, whose name is never revealed) is carted away in a four-year-long coma. She wakes up and vows revenge. And, oh, does Thurman play revenge well. It seems that the supporting cast (Lucy Lui, Vivica A. Fox, among others) truly beat Thurman to the edge of death. Her eyes convey her emotion--the limited and brief dialogue isn't even necessary. She is surpremely convincing in every aspect of her performance, even throughout the amazingly stylish fight sequences (which put "The Matrix" to shame). She fights like a pro with samurai swords, lethal daggers, butcher knives, and frying pans.
One of the main draws to this redefining adventure is the hilarious subject matter. Tarantino goes overboard. Blood flies about like fruit punch, gushing out of wounds like a torrential downpour (sometimes, in fact, you will even wonder if the human body has that much blood), and in any other movie, that gore would force you to leave--but here, it doesn't. Why? Because Tarantino never takes himself too seriously. Fight scenes are punctuated with effective and sometimes laughable dialogue. But beneath the hokey action scenes and the cute quips, there is a real movie at work here. Tarantino dances about the timeline, bouncing the story back and forth to a dizzying point, which forces your full attention on the gradually unfolding general story. The cliffhanger ending merely seals the deal.
"Kill Bill" deserves all of the accolades it gets. Although it may seem to be a hackfest on the surface, there is true talent at work here. Uma Thurman and Lucy Lui give inspiring performances; the story, however linear it may be, it instantly grabbing; and Tarantino's masterful direction is as inspiringly as it is slightly distubring. A true masterpiece. One of the films to beat for 2003.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, 16 April 2008
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If you already own this on one disc there is no point in buying this copy unnless you want the stell case because it has exactly the same features just spread over two disc instead of one but either way the steel case is awesome the price is good and the film is also awesome wherth buying if you havent done already.
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