Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) & Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

James / January 14th, 2011


  • Macphisto

    January 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Nice one.
    I like Tarantino´s work, Reservoir Dogs is my favorite, but there are somethings that i think he overdoes it. Like you mentioned, the editing. I understand that it´s a trademark, but the continuing jumps of the real sequence of the story it´s getting old.
    Tarantino didn’t invent the wheel, but he puts them on a V8 car and gets them to 200mph. Everything is over the top.

    I heard of a dvd version of Vol. 1 where the battle with the Crazy 88 is in full color. Is this true?

    • Gojiratron

      April 17, 2014 at 4:31 am

      Yes, I’ve seen the version with the Crazy 88 scene in color. It was a long time ago but IIRC it was the Japanese version but it still had English subtitles.

  • Faun

    January 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I’ve only ever seen half of the first one. I guess I’m going to have to buy them on DVD. 😛

  • tonystark91605

    January 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    The think the Matrix Re-Loaded desensitized me when it comes to full on out of control action films. Especially when there’s a fight scene between one good guy and a lot of bad guys, so when I saw the first Kill Bill I wasn’t impressed at all. Also the story seemed very predictable and I know that’s because of the tribute factor but still I could see the story unraveling from my house on my way to the theater. It would have been nice to see a twist of some kind.

    I honestly liked the second volume a lot more, it felt like I was watching a Tarantino film and it’s because of the dialog. That’s always been Quinton’s strong points.

  • Worcragen

    January 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Kill Bill, Vol. 1 was the very first Tarantino movie I saw, and I was amazed!
    I was hyped by the trailers, and went to see it on opening weekend. The next monday I went to my local video store and bought his 3 previous films on dvd. I’ve been a fan of his films ever since and can’t wait for his next masterpiece.

    btw, Jackie Brown is my favorite Tarantino movie.

  • Dead Planet

    January 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm


    I accept your challenge.

  • January 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I had pretty much the same opinion when watching these films, I gotta see them again, it’s been a while.

  • RoboKyMKIII

    January 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    My favorite film of all time, and yes, it was intended to be one film. Us hardcore fans are still waiting for The Whole Bloody Affair.

  • January 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Soundtracks to Kill Bill is something awesome…my favs are Battle Without Honor Or Humanity and epic Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
    Meiko Kaji tracks blew my mind as well. The 2nd vol soundtrack has considerably less appeal though

    I’ve been subjected to The Lonely Shepard for years before I’ve seen Kill Bill so it didn’t have the same effect on me as on most people, I guess

    This movie launched my interest in Ennio Morricone, opened anime for me etc

  • Otaku4Life

    January 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I happen to own the UNCUT Japanese version (which is far more superior to the US release).

  • Razgriz

    January 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    You should be a film critic, and get payed for it.

  • January 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    When I was a kid I was always into movies. Being a director of film always intrigued me and I decided early on that was what I wanted to do. By the end of middle school, for reasons to long to explain here, I went into a phase where I started to hate movies that weren’t mainstream. It mostly had to do with the fact that I was a follower without an opinion of my own. I later snapped out of this funk and began to appreciate film more than I ever had before. The two people that really influenced me and got me back into wanting to direct film were James Rolfe and Quentin Tarantino. Quentin is without a doubt my favorite director and to see James Rolfe share his opinion of him has just made my day. I would love to hear James talk about more of his movies because they were the movies that influenced me to become a film director.

    I would also like to mention that Kill Bill was briefly sold as one full movie and being entitled “Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair”. It was reedited into one movie and had a few significant changes from the theatrical release like the big action sequence being longer and in color, a longer anime sequence, and no cliffhanger at the end of the first part. You might be able to find it on Ebay or something, but it’s really rare and there has been some talk about it coming out on Blu-Ray. Of course, “The Whole Bloody Affair” won’t really apply after volume 3 is released in 2014.

  • redmonth123

    January 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I just saw this movie (movies?) a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. I wanted to see James review it really badly, so thanks! I wish you covered a little more, but you brought up some good arguements. And it seemed like you dissed the movie at the end of the review, like, film classes re-edit it and the learn how NOT to stucture a movie. But whatever, thanks again James, hope to see more reviews in the future! And maybe some YKWBS : (

  • Schloss Ritter

    January 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I still can’t get out of my head the redubbed ball-and-chain fight where all the sound effects are replaced with NES Mario sounds.

  • WillWill

    January 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    They’re great films. They made a tonne of money, and are both critically acclaimed. I think your arguments about “imbalance” are wrong… They’re perfect just as they are.

  • January 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    One of my favourite movies of all time.

  • January 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm


    One of my favs

  • Bassbait

    January 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve always really hated Quentin Tarantino.

    I saw Kill Bill Vol 1, about 10 minutes into it. And I stopped it. It was boring and annoying.

    I saw Kill Bill Vol 2, all the way through, and it was boring and annoying, and furthermore, stupid.

    I saw Pulp Fiction, and it was stupid beyond belief, insultingly boring and annoying, and an incoherent mess.

    So far, Tarantino has made me cringe every time I think about one of his movies.

    If I want good action, I will see Terminator 2, Die Hard, or The Matrix. If I want good dialogue, I will see Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, or Goodfellas.

    Anything not to have to watch another Tarantino film. I just can’t take his utter lack of ability to create anything interesting in a movie.

    P.S., his constant references to other films is ironically a rip off of George Lucas. So if I want to see a tribute film, I would rather see Indiana Jones or Star Wars, both of which are in Rolfe’s favorite films list. Because those films have actual respect for the movies they pay tribute to. Tarantino seems to have less respect than the guys who wrote Disaster movie. He completely misses the point of the movies he makes fun of (and I say makes fun of, because he can’t do an homage for the life of him).

    Man, such dreadful crap. Please, Rolfe, review something like 2001: A Space Odyssey next.

  • January 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    HOW can you talk about Kill Bill movies without mentioning the coffin scene in volume 2. The most epic scene EVER!

  • GoldRoger

    January 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    One of my all-time favorite movies

  • Jenslyn87

    January 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    It’s actually a really good idea to try to re-edit the movie as he suggests

  • Ty Hope

    January 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Is it true that a large portion of the huge action scene in part 1 was made into black and white because it was “too violent?” I’m American, but live and saw both movies in Japan, and part 1 was in full color throughout the whole thing. Ratings and censors tend to either be more or less lenient here though.

    Also, it was funny as hell when Lucy Liu tried to speak Japanese. There were a few serious scenes, but her pronunciation and accent was SO bad that the audience was cracking up.

  • Snafu

    January 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I stay away from films made by a guy with a foot fetish.*shudder*

  • Bick Benedict

    January 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I just got a PS3 and was informed it’s a blu ray player. i’ve never seen a blue ray movie. would you recommend my watching this flim in high definition?

  • Bick Benedict

    January 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Just because it make a lot of money doesn’t indicate that it’s structurally balanced. all that guy’s movies make a lot of money. james had a good point. i think the only flaw in james’s thinking is that you have to have action second like as in a climax. in literature, you have a climax at the end; so james is right in that respect if you want to call this movie a literary art form. but tarentino’s movies are all non linear so those rules aren’t hard and fast for him

  • jenotte85

    January 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    My only complaint is that the final battle with Bill should have been more epic like her amazing fight with O-Ren. I think Kill Bill vol I and II is QT’s masterpiece and (this is going to hurt me to say it) its even better than Pulp Fiction. What I like about James though is his honesty. I don’t always agree with him and I sometimes think his nitpicking goes a little too far, but at least hes honest and doesn’t parrot what the popular opinion is.

  • Bueller_007

    January 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Volume 2 is questionable. A few epic scenes, but way too slow-paced.

    I wouldn’t do the re-edit though. Volume 1 should stay just as it is. Incidentally, the Japanese version of Kill Bill Vol. 1 is better than the American one; no black-and-white for the big fight scene.

  • Ronin

    January 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Great review James, now I’m gonna have to go out and rent both of these and watch them again!

  • chimeradave

    January 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    My wife and I both disagree with you. We love the movie/ or movies just the way they are. In fact we watched Kill Bill on our first date.

  • January 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Video isn’t loading…… just says in the corner loading video and just stays there. While in the bottom left has done as in finished loading the page :P.
    Any1 else getting this…. oh using firefox as well

  • veil

    January 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    It’s a nice review but I think it could have gotten much more into detail.

    I would have expected some more background informations about Tarantino’s inspirations. Watching your reviews of Indiana Jones and Star Wars, you seem to have lots of fun figuring out, where a director gets his ideas and I always find that very interesting to watch.

    In this one on the other hand, you focus mainly on the imbalance between action and exposition. IMHO that fact could have been adressed much more briefly, leaving more time i.e. to talk about the ingenious score. (Especially the western themes by Ennio Morricone).

    It’s good but definitely not one of your best.

  • scronan

    January 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Nice review as always. Oddly enough, I’ve never watched either of the two films. Having spent almost half of my life studying martial arts…I usually love to watch cheezy MA flicks. But sometimes the “it’s too fake!” critic in my head prevents me from watching certain films. Kill Bill is definitely one of them. I’m probably the only person I know who didn’t like CTHD…I even had Chinese friends try to tell me how great they thought it was (but they weren’t Martial Artists like myself and didn’t seem to understand my viewpoint). I mean I know most martial arts films are very loosely (if at all) based on reality…but I guess when some really go over the top like this one I tend to act like a bit of a snob.

    I know I sound like a hypocrite and I won’t deny it…I mean how could I watch crappy Van Damme and Dolph Lungren movies but turn my nose up at others? However…your review has caused me to re-examine my bias about this film…especially when I recognized elements of other films I’ve watched. I think I’ll finally have to give these a watch in the near future. 😉

  • January 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    *update also in explorer and google chromo both don’t work…. Does any1 kno why i can’t watch this review as well as anything else by cinemassacre on spike 😛

  • Chables

    January 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I think he has all the dialogue in the second film because most of the important dialogue is with Bill, and he doesn’t actually SHOW Bill’s face in the first film. So in a way it builds a bit of suspense.

  • January 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    It was a good review because you kept a neutrality stance about both films and I completely agree that it is unbalanced. Well I guess it would be fair to tell you that originally Gogo was supposed to have a sister, played by Kou Shibasaki (Mitsuko from Battle Royale), fight The Bride in the fashion of the first movie. Instead they explained more of the Massacre. No complaint for me because I loved that scene but it’s too bad she declined.

    To be honest, I thought Vol. 2 was better because it was more trademark Tarantino than Vol. 1. Nowadays though it seems that extreme violence has now become a trademark.

    I dislike it when people think that Vol. 2 doesn’t exist in their minds because there was no action. I cry bullshit on that because people want to put character development out of the way for a better action scene.

    I’m surprised not to hear your stance on Kill Bill Vol. 3. IMO I think it shouldn’t be made because the story is concluded already.

  • nammm3

    January 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Re-edit Kill Bill 1 & 2?! That’d be quite an effort. Great review James!

  • January 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I REALLY wanna re-edit Kill Bill when I go to college!

  • January 15, 2011 at 12:53 am

    How do you catch all of those referenced but blatantly leave out BATTLE ROYALE?

    They literally have characters from that movie in the crazy 88’s battle, which is itself a reference to the movie!

  • sidewinder572

    January 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Great review James, been a fan for a while. But we must get to a few things regarding ‘Kill Bill’ This is not two movies, but one. It’s a 4 hour (3 hrs and 56 min if you’re watching the uncut version) epic with an intermission between the two volumes. This version has played a few times over the past few years, but has not been officially released yet. It works much better as one film and especially uncut. More on that later. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the first half is not a balls to the wall action movie, it just ends with a balls to the wall action sequence.

    There is a ton of dialogue in it too. For instance the Hattori Hanzo scene and The Bride and Vernita Green spend time talking before The Bride quickly gets rid of her. You’ll also find subtle little details between to two halves. For instance Chapter 3 “The Origin Of O-Ren” is a flashback happening while The Bride is laying vertically. In Chapter 8 “The Cruel Tutelage Of Pai Mei” Again the Bride laying vertically and a flashback. Both are the 3rd chapter of their respected halves, both have the bride lying vertically and both are a tribute to different forms of Asian cinema. One being Anime and the other being Shaw Bros. Kung Fu films. Pretty cool huh?

    So I could go on and on and on about this film. It was my pick for the best movie of the decade and I think it stands as Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece. The real crime is that the full version has yet to be officially released. I do find it sad that we have to resort to splitting films in half if they’re a certain length. No more intermission like in 2001 or Lawrence of Arabia. So anyway I’m going to get into a how to for the complete version. If you have the Japanese region 2 DVDs the uncut version can be experienced. I ask that fans of the film try this if you haven’t done so already. You will see how much better it is and that the two halves no longer feel uneven. Spoilers ahead

    The Bride has Sofie Fatale in the trunk. She utters the line “and I want you all to know they’ll all soon be as dead as O-Ren. The screen goes black for a couple seconds. Stop the disc here. This is the point of the intermission. What follows is merely a sneak peek at volume 2. Now you may take a short break if you like. After that simply pop in the second volume and skip ahead to the second chapter. This will skip the opening intro and continue the movie where it left off. Try it, enjoy it. Great review James. I could go longer, but I hate to rant.

  • handsome pete

    January 15, 2011 at 1:07 am

    You are a boss reviewer James. But Kill Bill is nowhere near as good as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. I’d give Part One a 1/3, and Part Two a 2/3.

  • January 15, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Thanks for sharing James. I think the whole bloody affair is his best movie next to Reservoir Dogs, but you made some interesting critiques.

  • sidewinder572

    January 15, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Back in 2004 the complete version played at Cannes. Empire was one of the few magazines to review it. They gave it 5 stars having previously gave the separate volumes 4 stars. I found the review

  • zardes

    January 15, 2011 at 2:44 am

    James, really?, or you are too busy with your many projects or simply lost your touch to do reviews. This review compared with past works such as TMNT 3, star wars, Ricky 1 and other , lack for details, coments and humor.

  • SamLazer

    January 15, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I would wanna hear your opininion about Pulp Fiction as a review.

  • CaptnHowdy

    January 15, 2011 at 3:46 am

    The only thing i didn’t get about both of them was her name, they bleep it out threw all the first and some of the second. Then you find out her name and… thats it. It didn’t seem important on any level when having to do with the story. So why bleep it? Yeah Bill would call her kiddo before we knew, but… who cares… of course he knows her name. What did her name mean to us when we found out? Nothing as far as i can tell.

  • DirkDiggler

    January 15, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Kill bill is a great film Kill Bill Volume 2 is not

  • January 15, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I hadn’t thought about how different the two are. I actually watched volume II first, because a friend who was a fan wanted to see it at the theater, and I saw the DVD of volume I later. Now that you’ve pointed out the fact that the backstory is in the 2nd, it makes sense that reversing them doesn’t really kill the storyline.

  • January 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I actually liked the second movie more than the first. I remember walking out of the theater with a few friends and having one of them comment that he didn’t like the second one as much bcz it didn’t have as much action as the first. Part of the reason I was on the fence so much with liking the first movie was that it lacked a lot of the story elements that we’ve come to expect with Tarantino film; and the second one really delivered on that part; making up what the first film lacked. Sure, you could recut the films, but I really like the way they are cute already. Although, I’d like to see someone prove me wrong on that. (*shudders* Godfather in chronological order)

    If I was to criticize the films in any way, it would be that there’s entirely too much dialogue at times. Granted, not as much as Death Proof but still a whole lot.(cut out most of that shit where they were haggling with the guy who owned the car, and you’ve got a pretty damn good action movie –short, but damn good.)

  • WickedWorld1986

    January 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I see a lot of people prefer Kill Bill Vol1
    I on the other hand definitely prefer Vol2, and I don’t feel it needs a huge, bigger, better fight scene at all!

  • Albylion

    January 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I agree with James here.

    Once again, I learn more from him than I did in film school. Ironically, it was Quentin Tarantino who said, “I didn’t go to film school. I went to films.”

  • January 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    It’s rockabilly music, not surf music!

  • January 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    tarantino include more chat on volume 2 and decresed the action on porpouse.
    nice review though, as always. 😀

  • January 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Worth mentioning is of course that David Carradine played Kwai Chang Caine in the 70’s cult Kung Fu-series, and that Samuel L Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction (1994) at the end of the movie tells Vincent Vega (John Travolta) “I’ll just walk the earth /…/You know, walk the earth, meet people… get into adventures. Like Caine from ‘Kung Fu.’ ”

    One of my favourite parts of KB2 is by the way when Carradine (Bill) holds his little speech about Superman and why he’s superior to any other super hero. Amen!

  • Butto22

    January 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Wow, that’s crazy how you’re reviewing these movies because I’ve had them on my mind lately for some reason. You did a great job with your reviews as always!

  • January 16, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Hi James,

    I really enjoy your work and I’ve a fan of it for quite some time now.

    I strongly disagree with this review, specifically with the treatment that Vol. 2 received. To me, both movies are different kinds of ‘rides’. The first volume is meant to be gory as hell and the second volume is meant to be a more intrinsic, engaging dialogue type of movie. In both styles Quentin succeeds tremendously (as seen in all of his work).

    My favorite volume is the second. I’ve found myself looking at it and being in a dream like kind of state where only some special movies can take you. This is not my case with Vol. 1.

    To reedit the movies? Hell no. Different kinds of ‘rides’, and that’s what matters here.


  • Rockymyowen

    January 16, 2011 at 2:39 am

    If you like the second one more than the first you are a moron!

  • shgadlic

    January 16, 2011 at 3:03 am

    james there is some remix fan edit versions of kill bill that combine the two part and even edit them in chronological order.
    i bet you can find them in or something.

  • slash_archangel

    January 16, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Cant watch it, vid isn’t loading for me .. Might try another time..

  • poobumbutt

    January 16, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Hey reviewEager,

    totally agree with you. Vol. 2’s also my favourite, and anyway who makes fun of someone for liking a genuinely good movie over another genuinely good movie is a fool (lookin’ at you, Rockymyowen). I agree that both movies are both very different and in that respect, very well done in their own styles. Watching one right after another might be a little jarring, however, but I don’t think it would effect the whole experience at all.

    Also, as long as everyone else is mentioning odd trivia, Gogo Yubari’s character in this movie (O-ren’s bodyguard) played by Chiaki Kuriyama, is a reference to another Chiaki character, Takako Chigusa from Battle Royale (awesome movie by the way). Beatrix is even wearing the same jogging outfit during the Japan assassination portion that Chigusa wears in Battle Royale. Awesome.

  • January 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    wonderful review as always james ,thumbs Up

  • Rockymyowen

    January 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    haha poobumbutt just says he likes the second one more because he wants to be “different”


  • January 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I normally leave relevant pertinent and extrememly well thought out comments but in the case of Kill Bill I shall leave a review in keeping with what the stupid film companies did to Tarrentino and his film concept for 1 long epic film:

    “Hehe Kill Bill, Its Kill Bill Mary Kill Bill. Fosters Ice Mary, Foster Ice”

    enough siad you get my point. BOOM!

  • Semudara

    January 17, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I think you summed up this movie perfectly! I can’t say I noticed that much of a polarity between the two, myself, but I think I see what you’re talking about.

    You have to wonder, though: If Quentin Tarantino made a sequel, would it be called Kill Bill Vol. 3, or Kill Bill 2? I guess probably Kill Bill 2– he’s not the kind of guy to be afraid of confusing people.

  • January 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I totally agree with Speedy88

    they are a pile of steaming boom

    as in mommy I did a boom boom!

  • DarthNicky

    January 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

    It’s a paying job ass-hole, and they’re awesome reviews.

  • January 17, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Hey Jackass, the man is busy doing so much things to please the fans. He could stop AVGN if he wanted to but he won’t. How about you make a better review or another AVGN and if you’re more popular than him, I’ll bow down to you.

  • January 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    After watching this review I would really like you to give your full opinion on Kick-Ass. I would really like to know what you thought of the action and the performance of Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in full detail

  • shgadlic

    January 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    well accentually Tarantino said there will be a third film in 2014.
    and will want to do two anim films as well.

  • January 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    i think both movies are going to be mashed together a be retitled “The Whole Bloody Affair.” when its going to be released, i have no idea

  • leon

    January 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hello James. This is one of my favourite movies of all time. I’ve been hoping that you would make a review of this one, and when I saw you did it, I was very happy. Although, I hate to say it, I didn’t like it. I think there are so MANY things to consider about this film, and having seen your reviews of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Ed Wood films and such, I think you could have made a better work. I think you have great potential. Nevertheless I think this review wasn’t that good. I mean no offense, really, and I hope you consider my sincere oppinion. Well, see ya!

  • GazPumped

    January 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Oh shit, why do i have to log in to post a comment …
    Kill Bill is a great movie, but clearly not THE BEST of all times. James, your review is very good, it’s not one of these stupid reviews where “oh my god this movie is so good, look everything is perfect, i so much LOVE to review this perfection …”
    You succeed at pointing the finger on what’s not perfect about this movie.
    There is something i’d like to say to people who thinks it’s the best movie ever : Maybe there are some other movies you should consider a little more than this one ?

  • Leonardo

    January 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Yes the second one was very slow, but the acting was so great, and the scenes very emotional, and… you have to admit that the fight scene with darryl hannah was very genius at the end!

    Nice review! can’t wait to see your INGLORIOUS BASTERDS review!!!

  • Will

    January 18, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Nice review.
    The way it was made, I thought Q.T. did a perfect job.
    And to correct you, it was a wedding rehearsal, not wedding as she explains in Vol. 2.

  • tylerdurden389

    January 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

    James, your wish has been granted:

    There’s a few other versions as well, but this one is the most different in terms of editing.

  • January 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

    you know whats funny my friends and i watch this movie the day you uploaded this video

  • Strazdas

    January 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

    The way i take it, even though Tarantino is popular, he still has to earn its money, and thus packing action may just have been a marketing trick, to make the movie “profitable” so they could give it a high budget sequel/next volume.
    or it could have just been tarantinos character, afterall in multiple interiwevs he has stated something along the lines “violence is fun”. infact, just watch oen of them:

  • Konrad

    January 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Firs of all… another Great review!!!
    Second of all … maybe I missed it but You have pointed out all (or most of them) references to other movies that KB was inspired… but (here is part I could have missed) why haven’t you metioned Bruce Lee – especialy in vol.1 The Bride is Bruce Lee in Yellow suit, character type … lone hero fighting against odd using only his martial arts skills…. KB vol.1 is movie inspired by Bruce Lee in my humble opinion above all other movies that QT was inspired by.
    I simply was dissapointed that You haven’t metioned BL that’s all.
    other that that…. Flawless Review

  • January 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I love both Kill Bills, i love producers who dare to make their movie different than the rest… And it was also David Carradine’s last big movie. He died in way no great actor should.

  • brainofjtd

    January 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Actually, in the original script the second have that eventually became vol. 2 did have more action. When they split it up, he decided to make it feel like a different movie.

    The story is one movie, the films themselves are two. It’s simple, really.

  • Cinemastique

    January 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Kill Bill *is* a popular fan-edit subject, you know. It’s been re-edited into one movie a bunch of times by fan editors, and some of them are brilliant.

  • January 20, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I agree about how weird it is that the first part so action heavy while the second was the opposite, but I look at it as Q.T.’s artistic vision for the story to be executed. To re-edit the movies into one, I think, would take away from the experience like watching the star wars prequels before the originals. Sometimes throwing people into the middle of the action before giving the viewer the back story is the best way to start an epic.

  • mbs

    January 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Tarantino has been talking about editing this down to a single film since the very beginning — the studio forced him to cut it into two parts because they were convinced nobody would go see a 4+ hour martial arts film. I still haven’t seen part 2 because I’m holding out (probably in vain) for the unified edit.

  • January 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve actually just finished cutting both Volumes into chronological order. The black and white ‘flash back’ scenes from the original cut become darker and have a different tone to them when linear. The whole film changes and it really shows how well Tarantino can make a film. I’ll probably upload my cut somewhere eventually.

  • Zombiekiller

    January 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I totally agree, why put all the action into the first part? Makes no sense to me. The second part in my mind is a bit boring it’s just dialog all the time.

  • JohnnyHshSkywalker

    February 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Quentin is a genius!I like all of his films,especially KILL BILL and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.His anti-hero atmosphere,which like many western cowboy films,brought his films so unique,so different from the others.That’s why I enjoy his films

  • February 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This is gay! The video is not availeble in Norway! F U spike!

  • Guy Incognito

    February 28, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Hey, what happened to the Kill Bill review? I can’t find it anywhere on Spike’s site!

  • March 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    After watching this it inspired me to go and cut Kill Bill into chronological order. It took me about 5 and a half hours to do it using Windows Movie Maker. I went and I singled out each individual scene and figured where each one would go within the timeline of events.

    What I came up with is this.

    – Special Presentation Intro
    – Bill tells Kiddo the tale of Pai Mei
    – Kiddo gets trained by Pai Mei
    – The wedding massacre
    – Bill Shoots Kiddo in the head
    – Police discover the scene of the wedding massacre
    – Kiddo wakes up from a coma 4 years later
    – O-Ren flashback kept as a flashback
    – Kiddo writes her deathlist on her way to Okinawa
    – Kiddo gets a sword from Hattori Hanzo
    – Kiddo flies to Tokyo
    – Kiddo destroys the Crazy 88 and Gogo
    – Kiddo skull caps Oren
    – Bill confronts Sofie about snitching
    – Kiddo Kills Vernita
    – Bill talks to Budd
    – Buddy Buries Kiddo
    – Kiddo rises from her grave
    – Elle kills Budd
    – Kiddo plucks Elle’s eye out(Pai Mei’s death flashback kept as flashback)
    – Kiddo visits Esteban
    – Kiddo drives to Bill’s house(black and white scene)
    – Kiddo arrives at Bill’s
    – Kiddo meets BB
    – Bill ask Kiddo why?
    – Pregnancy test flashback left as flashback
    – Kiddo Kill’s Bill with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique

    I chose to edit out all the title sequences aside from the Special Presentation title and the Kill Bill volume 2 credits.

    It came out to 3 hours 51 minutes. Its a long watch, but seeing it this way is a totally new experience.

  • seph411

    April 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    William Jay Springer Jr. , bad ass .

  • Chingon

    October 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

    The two greatest directors in history are without a doubt Stanley Kubrick And Quentin Tarantino 😀

    Everything Tarantino Does becomes at the top of it’s genre despite the fact that it is his first try all the time. Reservoir dogs – Perhaps the greatest heist film ever. Pulp fiction One of the top 10 or 5 greatest gangster movies ever and one of the greatest classic film ever to be made. Jacke Brown Is his perhaps best movie in terms of character but the reason that it isnt as well thought of as the rest of his movies is because it is not 100% Tarantino. (It is put to the screen from a book more or less) Kill Bill Has some of the greatest action scenes in history and without a doubt the greatest chanbara fight in history. (and its his first time directing action) Death proof (his first time doing race scenes) Has the GREATEST race scene in the history of Cinema! And then we have Inglourious basterds. Without a doubt the greatest Tarantino Movies of the all! A true Masterpiece and one of the greatest movies ever made.

  • Ryo

    December 20, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Some people go into a mental institution and others like Quentin Tarantino win an Oscar. Kill Bill is so bad. I’ve never seen a more boring film. Back then, I asked my friend to fast forward the movie because the story becomes boring. A woman is taking revenge, because of their destroyed wedding??? Come on … To take this as a reason for a splatter movie is so stupid. I like the movie From Dusk Till Dawn. He’s even funny, but Kill Bill? I might do a movie about how someone gets a katana sword in order to take revenge for his stolen hamster. Maybe then I could also win an Oscar. The main thing it injects a lot of blood, then you can sell anything.

    • FernandoGS

      January 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      And because of the “almost killing her” and “stealing is unborn baby”…i think these two things are good enough to make “The Bride” really pissed off… @Ryo

    • SebastianHoward

      January 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      @Ryo The fact that you don’t know that she got gunned down at her wedding is a big shoulder nudge that you haven’t watched the movie.

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  • markfilmjunkie

    February 23, 2012 at 1:03 am

    @Ryo are you stupid she does not want revenge because they destoryed her wedding its because they killed her fiance and she beleaves her unborn daughter is dead

  • markfilmjunkie

    February 23, 2012 at 1:13 am

    will you ever review

    El Mariachi


    Once Upon A Time In Mexico

    From Dusk Till Dawn

    From Dusk Till Dawn 2 Texas Blood Money

    From Dusk Till Dawn 3 The Hangmans Daughter


    Reservior Dogs

    Pulp Fiction

    Natural Born Killers

    Jackie Brown

    Inglourious Basterds

  • markfilmjunkie

    February 23, 2012 at 1:27 am

    what do you think of rodriguez and tarantino next films they have planned

    Kill Bill Vol 3

    Django Unchained

    The Switch (Jackie Brown Pequal)

    Machete Kills

    Machete Kills Again

    And do you think its still possible for tarantino to do

    Double V Vega

  • April 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Actually The Switch is not related to Mr Tarantino or rodriguez in any way

  • Senna4ever

    May 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I’d like to see QT remake True Romance. (which is a remake of QTs first film, My Best Friend’s Birthday)
    I love that flick, but am really interested to see what he would have done with the film if he had not sold the script.

  • VonAnka

    May 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I always hated Kill Bill, over the top cheese action and silly acting.
    The effects are good but the story is laughable and just silly,…..just silly !

    • January 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      I hope you come to realize that not every movie has to be serious and realistic. Being silly and off the wall are what make it fun!

  • drdogface

    June 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    i loved killbill 1 but hated 2

  • drdogface

    June 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    please review tokyo gore police, and make a game review of fucking MINECRAFT for gods sake

  • pleasetakeabow

    December 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    But why don’t you do it? your a movie editing guy.

  • July 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    It’s funny, because I never watched any of Tarantino’s films until after Kill Bill was released. I kinda wish I had, but then I might’ve had a different impression of his work and maybe not have liked it as much since I was a junior in high school when Vol 1 came out. In other words, I gained this new respect for movies like this and became a huge fan of Tarantino. If I had seen Pulp Fiction when it came out, I probably would’ve had nightmares, or I never would’ve finished it because at the time I was in the 1st grade.

  • July 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I’m also curious of what you thought of Four Rooms. I loved it personally. The first room was a bit weird, but The Misbehavers by Robert Rodriguez was brilliant! Ted the bellhop was great seeing him in so many ridiculous situations and each one was so dramatically different. The movie is worth watching just for Rodriguez’s and Tarantino’s parts alone.

  • June 26, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Damnit. I was going to say “edit it in a different order” then he beat me to it. That’s what I get for not waiting until the film is done.

  • Don Skiver

    September 25, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I didn’t care for the Kill Bill movies. But then again I don’t really care much for Tarantino movies in general, minus a few exceptions.

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