Tarantino fans, rejoice! Love him or hate
him, Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown)
reveals a talent for fast paced action sequences with his latest to
hit theatres and DVD, Kill Bill Volume 1. Basically a film that
QT describes as his "love letter to grindhouse cinema", specifically
the 1960s and 70s kung-fu genre (or my term of affection for them, "Chop-socky").
The director provides not necessarily an original story, but more of
a clever homage - bordering on parody - on everything from classic Hong
Kong action films to Brian DePalma to spaghetti westerns to Italian
After the Squad tries to kill her (succeeding only in slaughtering the entire wedding party), and after spending four horrific years in a coma (I say horrific after encountering the character of Buck from this sequence), the Bride awakes to begin a bloody revenge spree that spans the globe. Along the way she narrates a beautifully done anime sequence (which runs slightly long, somewhat breaking the pace of the film, but not enough for viewers to really care), meets with a sword maker from Okinawa (Sonny Chiba!), and is involved with a kill-crazy bloodbath in an Oriental nightclub. It all ends with a twist, setting up it's resolution in the upcoming Volume 2, to be released theatrically in mid- April 2004.
Crisp, clean picture presented in the usual Widescreen 2.35:1 ratio. The animated menus make heavy use of several of the key moments in the anime sequence from the film. Fairly easy to navigate - of course, this may be because they are pretty uncluttered (not a lot of "Special Features" or any other supplementary material to speak of).
"The Making of Kill Bill"-
Nice, tight mini-documentary which serves as a decent promotional piece
for the film. Translation: Everybody in the cast and crew talks about
how much of a genius is Tarantino (that is, when they're not hyping
Anthony Conn, aka The Hong Kong Cavalier, 4/13/2004