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on 23 January 2005
Before I commence to review these movies, may I first clarify that I would not particularly suggest purchasing this box set. On the site, it is actually cheaper to buy the two films separately, this set is simply the first two bundled in a cardboard box. Simply, I found this to be the most appropriate outlet to express my views of both volumes.
The first volume of Kill Bill is an exhilerating rush. Set through five chapters, we follow the Bride as she pursues the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad whose attempts to eliminate her at her wedding five years previously failed. This film is a mix, with two chapters of action, two of more subdued thrills and another of Japanese 'anime' animation. This combination works well making this a pleasurable movie going experience. Uma Thurman is a wonderful actress and Lucy Liu's O-Ren Ishii is a very interesting character. On its own, this film stands well, although there is a feeling of emptiness towards the end; something is missing. Of course, that something is the second volume. As a separate film, I would give this three and a half stars.
The second volume is a whole different experience. In the final five chapters (6-10) The action of the first is dropped (to a certain extent) and the film concentrates more on Tarantino's signature dialogue which although humorous and intelligent does not wholly redeem this film which is not a success on its own. Those who have not seen the original will most likely be confused. However, the ending is worth waiting for, even if the 'apocalyptic' final battle lasts little longer than five seconds. Daryll Hannah's exceptional performance may be the strongest reason to watch it by itself. Two and a half stars.
HOWEVER, when put together as a four-and-a-bit hours marathon this film is beautiful. The action of the first volume compliments the calm second perfectly, with an appropriate combination of spaghetti western and kung-fu movies in the whole shebang. I would suggest watching both in one go, without breaks, in order to fully appreciate this exceptional duo.
Buy the movies separately, and wait for the extras-packed boxset Tarantino has promised us all.
And to think, Tarantino originally said that the whole thing could be done in ninety minutes...
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on 10 January 2005
Folks, if you're looking for the extra special features, different edits, etc. then this is NOT the box set for you. This is just the two single DVDs bundled in lousy cardboard package and priced HIGHER that the two single DVDs together.
This is not a comment on the films, which I think are brilliant.
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on 9 August 2005
Buy the films, but don't buy this boxed set!
Kill Bill Vol.1 and Kill Bill Vol.2 are both great films, sure, but if you want them buy them separately for £7.97 each - don't spend £35 on the box. Because that's all you get - a poxy cardboard box containing the exact same DVDs you can buy for £7.97 each!
When I read 'Boxed Set' I think Robocop or Hellraiser or Godfather. I want bonus disks or a clever fold-out box or something extra. Quentin says that all this is coming. I don't know when, but this is not it!
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on 13 February 2009
Both Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 come in a high quality of picture and sound, so it's a real treat to watch the movies.
The Blu-ray's extras aren't very special but it's nice to have the making-of, some teasers and trailers, two songs by the 5,6,7,8s, the Kill Bill Vol. 2 Premiere Chingon Performance and one single deleted scene. Unfortunately the slipcase seems to me like a cheap cardboard box.
However, I'm very much satisfied with the purchase. If nothing else, it's because both movies feature German audio track as well as Englisch, Spanish and Italian.
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on 11 December 2009
Kill Bill 1:

Dolby Digital 5.1: English/German/Spanish/Italian
DTS 5.1: Italian/German/Spanish
PCM 5.1: English

Subtitles: English/Italian/German/Spanish

Kill Bill 2:

Dolby Digital 5.1: English/German/Spanish/Italian
DTS 5.1: Italian/German/Spanish
PCM 5.1: English

Subtitles: English/Italian/German/Spanish
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on 28 August 2015
Tarantino has rarely turned down expectations. I personally think that Django is his only bad movie because it lacks of what Quentin can really do well: telling a story that is not just unpredictable, but you can enjoy while waiting to see what will happen next. And so you end up stuck on the screen watching and listening to brilliant and dense dialogues that reveals characters personalities, original scenes, great acting and direction of actors, a certain focus on people's faces and expressions, that sometimes compensate silences, and a great knowledge of classic moviemaking: words, picture, editing and long scenes with no need to show off, unless you really want to play with viewers. So you have great film like Inglorious Bastards and Deathproof with long dialogues and a quite steady camera, few edit cuts, because when a guy is good at making films, he does not have to "shoot" everywhere just to prove it.
All that to say that KillBill, presented in a fantastic blu ray edition and quality, is the perfect mix of Quentin's need to have fun and his will to become more and more a great narrator. Here he defintely puts all he knows and loves and feels about his favorite music and cinema and comics and tv, and create a 2 chapters film where you speed up and slow down switching from a situation to another without the feeling it is just a justapposition or collection of "best scenes" of single moments. It is a long quest and trip to justice and vengeance, constantly swinging between joke and tragedy, parody and drama, true feelings and wonderfully constructed dialogues or situations.
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on 13 August 2005
Before I give my brief review please take this advice: DON'T BUY THIS BOXSET!
The Kill Bill Collection Boxset offers nothing special. It is merely both the films in their original one disc forms in their original cases. Nothing has been added, except a cardboard box! You can buy both films on this site for £14 and you can even buy both films in high street shops for this price too. Don't waste your money splashing out on this boxset because at the end of the day that is all it is, both the normal a cardboard box. You pay around £20 extra for a cardboard box! Don't bother.
(It's not even a nice fold-out boxset and doesn't even have an attractive front cover. It's just a BOX!)
Now, the review. Basically Kill Bill one is a very original well shot classic Tarantino film with an absolutely excellent ending when Uma Thurman (and her Samurai sword) take on loads of japenese gangsters (also with swords). It is brilliant, no other words can describe it. Great scripting, soundtrack, cinematography and awesome action make this film one of my all time favourites.
On the contrary Kill Bill 2 is completely scripted with only a few short action scenes which don't even compare to Volume 1. The whole thing is talking!!! Yes there are some damn funny bits and still a great soundtrack but Volume One is easily a lot better.
Still these are the best Tarantino films around and the action in Volume One truly is awesome. But...DON'T BUY THE BOXSET!
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"Kill Bill" was either a disaster-in-the-making or a one of a kind hit -- a sprawling revenge flick that had to be cut in two and released separately. But director Quentin Tarantino finally gets to show the world his epic salute to homages -- both halves together.

Tragedy strikes the Bride (Uma Thurman) on her wedding day: The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS) attacks and slaughters the guests, the groom, and wounds the very pregnant Bride herself. Her former boss/lover Bill (David Carradine) finishes the bloodbath by shooting the Bride in the head. But despite his efforts, she isn't dead.

A few years later, the Bride wakes to find that she has been in a coma for a few years, and has been being used as a sex toy for rent. After recovering enough to move, the Bride gets a sword sharp enough to "cut God," and goes on a revenge spree against the people who wrecked her life and killed her baby, including Cottonmouth (Vivica A. Fox) and the deadly O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu).

In part one of "Kill Bill," the Bride continues working her way up the list until she gets to Bill himself, with the intent of getting revenge. But a monkey wrench is thrown into the Bride's revenge plans when she learns the truth about her baby and whether it died, and her conflict with Bill...

Don't expect cinematic posturing. "Kill Bill" is cinematic pop art, a loving tribute to cheesy martial-arts flicks and westerns. It's pure homage, untainted by typical directing methods and immensely entertaining if you switch off your critical faculties, refrain from asking "How the heck could that happen?"

It also isn't for the weak of stomach; over 450 gallons of fake blood are used in both movies. But the blood usage is more "Monty Python" than "Braveheart"; it's so over-the-top that it's gloriously sick rather than disturbing. So is the violence -- hacking dozens of people down without getting so much as a scrape is impossible, but it's sure fun to watch.

But though the first half is a stylized revengefest, it's not all gore, gouged eyes and severed limbs. The second half of the full movie is more character and dialogue-driven, in between gory killings, and explores the pasts of the DIVAS. Additionally, Tarantino throws some brilliant one-liners like "Those of you lucky enough to have your lives take them with you. However, leave the limbs you've lost. They belong to me now."

Uma Thurman, with her yellow tracksuit and katana, rules the screen as the Bride (name revealed in the second half, but she'll ALWAYS be the Bride). She cuts down people by the dozen, but it's impossible not to appreciate her. And the best supporting performances come from Liu as the ruthless O-Ren, the underrated Chiaki Kuriyama as an evil schoolgirl, and most importantly, Carradine as the quiet, ruthless Bill -- a primo performance.

It's weird, it's creepy, it's brilliant, and somehow it's vastly entertaining. Tarantino's special triumph in "Kill Bill" is to somehow rope his vast store of movie homages into a gory, action-packed storyline, and one that is one big bloody thrill.
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on 13 June 2013
Great HD collection. Missing some additional extras but the movies are very good, specially if you're into comics, Japanese anime, and classic Asian movies you'll understand all the gags of the two movies and love the pace that is always present in Tarantino's movies!

A must have.
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on 30 May 2013
Bought this a few weeks ago and quite happy with the purchase. Unfortunately soon after buying the Steelbook boxset arrived at only a few pounds more which i would rather have had but a good item none the less.
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