Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol. 1 is trash for connoisseurs.
From his opening gambit (including a "Shaw-Scope" logo
and gaudy '70s-vintage "Our Feature Presentation" title
card) to his cliffhanger finale (a teasing lead-in to 2005's Vol.
2), Tarantino pays loving tribute to grindhouse cinema, specifically
the Hong Kong action flicks and spaghetti Westerns that fill his
fervent brain--and this frequently breathtaking movie--with enough
cinematic references and cleverly pilfered soundtrack cues to send
cinephiles running for their reference books. Everything old is
new again in Tarantino's humor-laced vision: he steals from the
best while injecting his own oft-copied, never-duplicated style
into what is, quite simply, a revenge flick, beginning with the
near-murder of the Bride (Uma Thurman), pregnant on her wedding
day and left for dead by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (or
DiVAS)--including Lucy Liu and the unseen David Carradine (as Bill)--who
become targets for the Bride's lethal vengeance. Culminating in
an ultraviolent, ultra-stylized tour-de-force showdown, Tarantino's
fourth film is either brilliantly (and brutally) innovative or one
of the most blatant acts of plagiarism ever conceived. Either way,
it's hyperkinetic eye-candy from a passionate film-lover who clearly
knows what he's doing. --Jeff Shannon
Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably
NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2005
"The Making of Kill Bill, Volume 1"
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