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Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2006
'Kill Bill Vol. 1' is a kind of return-to-roots for Tarantino, echoing back to 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction', and certainly moving away from his more mature 'Jackie Brown'. The beauty of it is, putting aside its closeness in style and violence to his earlier films, it manages to set out in a completely different direction at the same time.

With genre nods to 'femme fatale', spaghetti Westerns and of course, Japanese martial arts, KB1 is a wonderful blend of a variety of different styles. If had been anyone except Tarantino, it would have never been pulled off.

The highlight of the film is difficult to choose, what with there being so many fine moments to choose from ('wiggle your big toe!') has got to be the stunning piece of anime depicting the murder of Oren-Ishii's parents. It is simply breathtaking.

Of course, special mention has to go to the Bride's butchering of the Crazy 88 (so violent it's shown in black and white) and her final showdown with Oren in the Japanese garden.

The ending is wonderful, and actually leaves you eagerly awaiting the conclusion. Tarantino's return to what he does best means that it probably won't appeal to mainstream viewers, but that doesn't matter. It's already a cult classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2008
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2009
I loved this film when I first saw it as a teenager, and couldn't quite put into words just why I found it so empowering. With retrospect, the reason is this: it was one of the first action films (if not the first film) I'd seen with so many strong, powerful female characters.

A female assassin, referred to as The Bride (Uma Thurman), is attacked and left for dead on her wedding day by the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad, led by the mysterious Bill (David Carradine). Four years later, she wakes up from a coma looking for revenge. Throughout the course of the film, she relentlessly takes out the minions who ruined her life - Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). The film ends with The Bride moving towards the assassination of her ultimate target, Bill.

An obvious positive aspect of this film is the abundance of women in strong, pivotal roles in this film. As well as the Bride, the assassin squad is comprised of three women and only one man. Ex-DiVAS assassin O-Ren Ishi-i's bodyguard, Gogo, is female, as is her lawyer and best friend, Sofie Fatale. All of them are forces to be reckoned with. The utter dominance of women in, of all things, an action movie is a very rare thing and should be welcomed with open arms.

As well as being physically strong, the Bride is also mentally strong, embodying typically male characteristics such as decisiveness, resourcefulness, determination, good judgment and tolerance of pain, as opposed to sexual submission, ineptness, and an act-now-think-later aggression so often seen in female action heroines.

Another positive aspect of this film is that the women involved are not over-sexualised. They wore long, loose-fitting kimonos, androgynous gangster suits, hospital gowns, black jumpsuits, jeans, yellow tracksuits and school uniforms, but nothing which would reduce them to sex-symbol status.

Those of you who are particularly squeamish may want to give this film a miss, as certain scenes make for rather uncomfortable viewing. However, if you can see past the gore, this film a definite must-see - it buzzes with energy and visual exuberance, with impressive fight sequences. I highly recommend this film, particularly if you need an antidote to the mind-numbing awfulness of other "girl-power" films such as Charlie's Angels.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2009
I was already a fan of the film. Some friends were not convinced this was worth the upgrade from DVD. The Blu-ray blows it away. I actually did an upscaled 1080p DVD side-by-side with Blu-ray test. The difference was astonishing. The desert scenes were washed out on DVD whereas they came across sharp and colourful on Blu-ray. Any scenes where Uma was in the middle-ground on DVD her face was a jumble of pixels whereas on Blu-ray you can see her face in fine detail. I'd also heard complaints about the animated sections being lower quality. To my eyes they still looked far better on Blu-ray!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tarantino is the master of story telling and he does not do it better than Kill Bill, this is one of the best revenge themed movies ever made, great story that goes into so much detail and fantastic dialogue to support every character in the movie, all the characters have something cool to add to the film, great support cast including so many great names, Uma Thurman is amazing as the lead character the bride, her best ever role, she is incredibly fit and looks stunning, this is certainly a modern classic martial arts movie using parts from several old movies including lady snowblood especially, a must see at any cost, great cinema this!! The bluray is pretty good quality and you do get a few extra features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2004
First off, let me state that while I have enjoyed all of his movies, I have not, until now considered myelf a "Quentin Taratino fan." Second, I must elaborate on what one other reviewer wrote; the ladies of KILL BILL's Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (aka. DiVAS) would eat Charlie's Angels for breakfast with a side of wheat toast and a glass of orange juice. If you want an action movie with REAL women, see KILL BILL. The ladies of Quentin Tarantino's latest picture are beautiful without ridiculously tight or revealing costumes. They are sexy without laughable, double ententre dialogue. These women smart, strong, and dangerous.
At it's heart KILL BILL is a simple revenge-action picture (albeit a excellent one). However, the film centers around the best-written female characters that Hollywood has seen in the last 25 years. And not one or two, but many.
KILL BILL is a glorious synthesis of the Spaghetti Western, the Hong Kong Action Flick, Japanese Anime, the Samurai films of Kurosawa, the Mob Movie, and even a touch of the Errol Flynn Swashbuckler, from across the entire history of cinema. It is not a complex, emotional film, but a relentlessly enjoyable homage to every "popcorn movie" made before it. Plus Tarantino manages to add an unprecendented layer to these genres: women. Go see KILL BILL. You won't be sorry.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2009
I loved this film when I first saw it as a teenager, and couldn't quite put into words just why I found it so empowering. With retrospect, the reason is this: it was one of the first action films (if not the first film) I'd seen with so many strong, powerful female characters.

A female assassin, referred to as The Bride (Uma Thurman), is attacked and left for dead on her wedding day by the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad, led by the mysterious Bill (David Carradine). Four years later, she wakes up from a coma looking for revenge. Throughout the course of the film, she relentlessly takes out the minions who ruined her life - Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). The film ends with The Bride moving towards the assassination of her ultimate target, Bill.

One positive aspect of this film for me is the abundance of women in strong, pivotal roles in this film. As well as the Bride, the assassin squad is comprised of three women and only one man. Ex-DiVAS assassin O-Ren Ishi-i's bodyguard, Gogo, is female, as is her lawyer and best friend, Sofie Fatale. All of them are forces to be reckoned with. The utter dominance of women in, of all things, an action movie is a very rare thing and should be welcomed with open arms.
As well as being physically strong, the Bride is also mentally strong, embodying typically male characteristics such as decisiveness, resourcefulness, determination, good judgment and tolerance of pain, as opposed to sexual submission, ineptness, and an act-now-think-later aggression so often seen in female action heroines.
Another positive aspect of this film is that the women involved are not over-sexualised. They wore long, loose-fitting kimonos, androgynous gangster suits, hospital gowns, black jumpsuits, jeans, yellow tracksuits and school uniforms, but nothing which would reduce them to sex-symbol status.
Those of you who are particularly squeamish may want to give this film a miss, as certain scenes make for rather uncomfortable viewing. However, if you can see past the gore, this film a definite must-see - it buzzes with energy and visual exuberance, with impressive fight sequences. I highly recommend this film, particularly if you need an antidote to the mind-numbing awfulness of other "girl-power" films such as Charlie's Angels.

In Blu Ray the quality filmmaking is best showcased - everything is crystal clear, and has a much greater impact than the regular DVD version. I highly recommend watching this film in Blu Ray.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2004
Yup - I just felt I had to do it - as if there aren't enough reviews already right? I remember now how I felt a couple of months back when, with very little money in my account, I stumbled upon Kill Bill, and saw all the reviews back then. The thought "Hey, I STILL haven't seen this?" crossed my mind and I spent the remainder of my balance on my now most prized possession, not including my stuffed piggie - the latest QT film to be released on DVD.
Make no mistake - this film is not for those who are even the slightest bit squeamish. The blood and gore are, as expected from Tarantino, all there, no barriers between you and the reality of a samurai sword.
I'm not going to go into details about the plot as most people have already, but what I will say is that QT was looking for a challenge in this movie - he wanted to stretch himself. Now by looking at the action scenes (which Q has kept rather limited in his previous films, but now they contain, at most, over fifty people!) and the anime scene, which is my favourite of the whole film, you can see the big differences in this film and his previous works.
If you're looking for a film rich in history, not bound by the blockbuster rule of "to Hell with it, let's shove any old characters in a room and let em battle it out with not thought as to why", then this film is for you.
If you're a fan of Samurai/Spaghetti Western/Revenge films, then this film is for you.
If you're a fan of Uma Thurman/Lucy Liu/Daryl Hannah/Vivicia A. Fox (practically unseen since "Independence Day")/Sonny Chiba, then this film is for you.
And lastly, if you see yourself as a movie buff who just HAS to know what's new, fresh and exciting in the world of filmmaking, you could do much worse than Tarantino - he is, after all, a movie buff himself!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2004
I have one word...Phenomenal! This Quentin Tarantino picture is extrodinarily made. With sensational score, outstanding acting and sharp dialogue. This film may lack dialogue and story, but it keeps you glued to the screen, as you watch the Bride wreak havoc as she sets out on a 'roaring rampage of revenge.'
The film centres around the character 'The Bride' (Uma Thurman) as she is left for dead, pregnant at a wedding chapel in El Paso, after being shot in the head by former boss 'Bill' (David Carradine) four years later she awakens from a coma, and sets out on a violent, bloody revenge, on the people who betrayed her on her wedding: Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Oren Ishii (Lucy Liu), Bud (Micheal Madsen), Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) and of course, Bill.
Volume 1 tells the tale of her and Vernita's ugly meeting and her trip to Okinawa to collect a Hatori Hanzo sword (the best swords to be made)and travel to 'The house of Blue leaves' where the Queen of the Japanese criminal underworld Oren Ishii, and her army the crazy '88's' are staying.
The film is very stylised, and very colourfull, with an outstanding cast. I found it very clever that he used Chiaki Kuryama (from Battle Royale fame as Chigusa) to play Oren's 17 year old bodyguard 'Go Go Yubari', Pei Mei as The Brides master and Gordon liu as Oren's head army leader. Along with Julie Dreyfuss (Sofie Fatal) as Oren's best friend and David Carradine as bill. This film may be very differente from his other classics but it is still...Sensational!
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