DVD Pick: "Kill Bill Vol. 2"

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Although "Kill Bill Vol. 2" makes sense as a standalone film, I believe the story will lose a lot of its impact for someone who sees it without having seen "Vol. 1" first. I consider the two "Kill Bill" movies a unified work, and I hope Tarantino is able to get the two volumes shown together theatrically so as to qualify for Academy Awards. For her work in the two films taken as a whole, I think Uma Thurman?s performance is worthy of an Oscar nomination.

She's remarkably good in both action and dialogue sequences.

The DVD provides a 26-minute making-of feature for "Kill Bill Vol. 2," which I rate as run-of-the-mill. It includes lots of clips interspersed with brief interviews with Tarantino, Thurman, Carradine, Madsen, and Hannah. In the feature, Tarantino states, "'Volume 1' is the question; 'Volume 2' is the answer." He goes on to say, "The first movie sets up the mythology? The second movie? now you get to know the characters."

The DVD also has an 11-minute segment where the musical group Chingon plays at the "Kill Bill Vol. 2" premiere. They play "Malagueña Salerosa," which is an updated version of a mariachi standard, and "Fideo del Oeste."

The only other bonus material on the DVD is a 3-minute-35-second deleted scene titled "Damoe," a flashback apparently intended to show Bill's martial-arts skills impressing The Bride when she was very young.
I've listed below all the special features on this "Kill Bill Vol. 2" DVD. It skimps on extras, but I speculate another providing more will eventually be released.
DVD Details:

  • Widescreen (2.35:1), Color With Some Black-and-White
  • Feature Run Time: 2 Hours 17 Minutes
  • MPAA Rating: R for Violence, Language and Brief Drug Use
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • English DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
  • French Language Track
  • English Subtitles
  • English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
  • Spanish Subtitles
  • Chinese Subtitles
  • Japanese Subtitles
  • Korean Subtitles
  • The Making of "Kill Bill Vol. 2" (26 min.)
  • Chingon Performance From the "Kill Bill Vol. 2" Premiere (11 min.)
  • Damoe Deleted Scene (3 min. 35 sec.)

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