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DVD Review: KILL BILL: VOL. 1

by David Blackwell

Uma Thurman will KILL BILL. That one idea of Uma Thurman playing a former assassin called The Bride is something Uma Thurman and Quentin Taratino. QT wrote some pages about the character and forgot about the project until Uma asked (one day) how was the project going along.

QT got writing again and handed the script to Uma on her 30th birthday. he even delayed started the filming due to Uma's sudden pregnancy. After all of the delays and a long schedule, KILL BILL was finally shot. KILL BILL came in as a very long movie and QT decided to split the movie into two volumes. This is the review of the KILL BILL: VOL. 1 DVD.

KILL BILL is QT's grand opus. It leaves the movies he made before in the dust.

The plot is simple. A former assassin known as the Bride gets left for dead. She lies in a coma for a few years before she wakes up and goes on to kill every assassin (the Deadly International Viper Assassination Squad) she once worked with (that also were trying to kill her on her wedding day) to get to the man behind it all, Bill.

VIDEO/AUDIO: The 2.35:1 transfer is vivid, sharp, and one of the best I have seen. Nice colors, nice blacks, and good flesh tones.

The audio is top notch. I love how The Bride's samurai sword sound when she uses it. It is almost like the sword is singing. That sound and many others come across quite well on the audio mix where you have the option of hearing it in 5.1 English Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS, and French 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround

SPECIAL FEATURES: There is a 22 minute "Making of Kill Bill" special, music performances by The 5,6,7, and 8's (they are the all-girl Japanese girl band playing in that club towards the end of vol. 1), and trailers for every movie QT directed. I love the Kill Bill Vol. 1 teaser trailer and the Vol.1 bootleg trailer. One of those trailers even shows stuff from Vol. 2. Also there is the teaser trailer for Kill Bill Vol. 2 which doesn't show much from Vol. 2. You have Uma talking as she driving to the next person she will kill to get to Bill.

FINAL VERDICT: KILL BILL: VOL. 1 is a great movie to rent, but you might want to wait for the upcoming Special Edition of Vol. 1 if multiple editions of a title drives you nuts. If you just want to see the movie over and over (regardless of extras), then buy this DVD now.

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