Kill Bill, Volume 2 [DVD] 
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Having dispensed with former colleagues O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green in the first volume, The Bride (Uma Thurman) resumes her quest for justice in this second installment of Tarantino's jaw-droppingly violent homage to action films from both East and West. The Bride now has two remaining foes on her 'Death List', Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) - before she moves on to her ultimate goal - to kill Bill (David Carradine).
"The Bride" (Uma Thurman) gets her satisfaction--and so do we--in Quentin Tarantino's "roaring rampage of revenge", Kill Bill, Vol. 2. Where Vol. 1 was a hyper-kinetic tribute to the Asian chop-socky grindhouse flicks that have been thoroughly cross-referenced in Tarantino's film-loving brain, Vol. 2--not a sequel, but Part Two of a breathtakingly cinematic epic--is Tarantino's contemporary martial-arts Western, fuelled by iconic images, music and themes lifted from any source that Tarantino holds dear, from the action-packed cheapies of William Witney (one of several filmmakers Tarantino gratefully honours in the closing credits) to the spaghetti epics of Sergio Leone. Tarantino doesn't copy so much as elevate the genres he loves, and the entirety of Kill Bill is clearly the product of a singular artistic vision, even as it careens from one influence to another. Violence erupts with dynamic impact, but unlike Vol. 1, this slower grand finale revels in Tarantino's trademark dialogue and loopy longueurs, reviving the career of David Carradine (who plays Bill for what he is: a snake charmer), and giving Thurman's Bride an outlet for maternal love and well-earned happiness. Has any actress endured so much for the sake of a unique collaboration? As the credits remind us, "The Bride" was jointly created by "Q&U", and she's become an unforgettable heroine in a pair of delirious movie-movies (Vol. 3 awaits, some 15 years hence) that Tarantino fans will study and love for decades to come. --Jeff Shannon
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Second, for everybody who thinks that on the basis of "Kill Bill, Volume 1" that they know what is going to happen in "Kill Bill, Volume 2," be ready to be surprised. I made a point of watching the Bride (Uma Thurman) check Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) off of her people to kill list before I headed out to theater to see how the saga ended, so I thought I was perfectly in the narrative flow. However, Quentin Tarantino has set up his audience just to play with their minds, which, of course, is what he was doing from the start and at the climax of this film I was not at all sure who, if anyone, was going to come out alive (especially since I was suddenly thinking about the tragic end of "Lone Wolf and Cub").
The caveat when Mirimax decided to split this four-hour revenge film into two volumes was that those who sensed a lack of character development and motivation in Volume 1 would be appeased by what was put forth in Volume 2, and this is indeed the case. We finally get to go back and see a couple of pivotal scenes set before the "beginning" of the film's opening, with not only the massacre at the Two Pines wedding chapel but a training sequence in which the Bride studies with the great Pai Mei (Chia Hui Liu), who will inspire many men to grow long flowing white beards that they can whip around dramatically as a punctuation to everything they say.Read more ›
A lot of noise was made at the level of violence portrayed in Vol.1 (my personal opinion was that it was very well put together, and totally warranted as it gave the film a spine to work around.) Vol.2 although retaining the brutality of the first film loses the relentlessness in favor of more expertly written dialogue which fleshes out the story without losing the sense of mysteriousness the first film had.
Tarantinos supreme grip on the art of cinematography is as abundant as ever. Special mention has to go to the fantastic master 'Pai Mei' and Tarantinos hilarious direction of the camera on him throughout his scene, Tarantino effortlessly parodies old samurai films to great comedy effect without diminishing any scenes feel of importance.
Daryl Hannah also gives a gives great performances as the truly treacherous 'Elle Driver'. The action although scaled back is no less brilliant with several awesome one on ones. All in all when both the films are put together it is a truly brilliant look at human emotions especially courage and above all the need for revenge through retribution, and when written and directed by a true cinema great like Tarantino its like turning everything up to 11. Simply Awesome.
The second instalment of the phenomenal Kill Bill, is not better than part 1, but just as good. The two films are totally differente from one another, volume 1 is more oriental, japanese samurai style, with lots of colour and style, whereas vol.2 is more weastern and the picture is darker and less stylised. This also has much more spectacular dialogue and much more story, telling you more so you understand her motives for revenge. And if you were not a great fan of vol.1 (Which is basically impossible!) watch vol.2 and you will find yourself appreciating vol.1 much more than you think.
This film is not perfect, neither was vol.1, because yes the dialogue is great, but when bill and the bride are face to face, his lines do tend to drag on quite a bit, making the veiwers a tiny bit bored, but watching David Carradine from Kung-fu fame years ago he keeps you interested, that is if you grew up watching his t.v. series.
The acting is startingly good. Uma Thurman does an amazing job as the rampaging Bride, and Daryl Hannah makes an unbelievable come back (That Quentin also did for John Travolta in Pulp Fiction) as the vile, spiteful, evil ex-rival Elle Driver. Bud (Micheal Madson, Mr. Blonde in Resevoir Dogs) is just as good as the trailer trash brother of Bill, and David Carradine is equally as good as the rest of the cast. Oh, and see if you can spot Samuel L. Jackson's (Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction)cameo as the Orchestra player at the wedding chapel. This is a tremendous film, both are for a fact.Read more ›
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What can I say? It's a cult classic. If you haven't already, make sure you watch it in bluray!Published 1 month ago by Daniel A
I didn't think I would like the Kill Bill DVDs but no, it was excellent. Both cheesy and slick with a great sound track.Published 4 months ago by TeeBee