Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Thriller
Miramax || R - 137 minutes - $34.99 || September 9, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-09-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer(s): Quentin Tarantino (written by)
Cast: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen


Theatrical Release Date: April 16, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • Deleted Scene
  • "Chingon" Musical Performance


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Uncompressed PCM 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Picking up minutes after the conclusion of Vol. 1, Kill Bill Volume 2 starts with a brief synopsis of the first film and finally shows us exactly what happened to The Bride on her Wedding day - or shall I say Wedding rehearsal? After a few brief minutes of bickering, we finally get to see Bill (David Carradine) and while we still don't know for sure his reason for doing what he did that day, we get an understanding of who the man is.

Continuing on with her list, the third victim would be Budd (Michael Madsen), Bill's brother. After a brief introduction to his character (and a warning from his brother Bill that The Bride is on her way), Budd actually manages to capture The Bride and does what any typically villain would do - he buries her. Itís here that we get another flashback on how The Bride become to assassin that she is today which includes Bill dropping off a love-struck Beatrix to train with Master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) to improve her skills.

Volume 2 arrived in Theaters just a few months after Vol. 1 and the feel of the movie is very different. Gone are the heavily stylized feel, the comic book flashbacks, and the influence of classic Kung Fu films. While I enjoyed Volume 2, I think the first part was just a bit tighter in not only the story, but the pace as well (Vol. 2 being twenty minutes longer). Volume 2 tends to suffer a bit in the middle of the film and towards the end when a shocking reveal is thrown at our face and we are left waiting for the action to continue.

Nothing in this film compares to The House of Blue Leaves sequence from the first which is a huge disappointment. I felt that was probably one of the best action scenes in any film I had ever seen before, and was hoping for something to come along and top that, but it never did. The best we do get is a really good fight scene between The Bride and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) which ends in someone... well; I don't want to ruin it for those that have never seen it before.

Since I watched both Volumes in a row (for the first time), I have to say, I enjoyed the first a bit more. Itís not that Vol. 2 was bad, itís just the pacing of the film tends be way to slow and the final battle of the film last for only a few short moments. The Bride is more humanized in Vol. 2, which a back story on her wedding and being captured by such scum like Budd that she is made out to be more of a victim here.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Making of Kill Bill: Volume 2 (~25 Minutes) - Similar to Kill Bill 1, this has the same boring feel to it.

"Damoe" Deleted Scene (~4 Minutes) - A single cut scene that was rightfully cut. If you like Bill... then be sure to watch this.

"Chingon" Musical Performance (~11 Minutes) - A short live performance. Lame.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 arrives on Blu-ray being presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB disc. Just like with Kill Bill Vol. 1, Volume 2 looks just as good. Colors are very rich and blacks look perfect. No doubt if you plan on buying Kill Bill Vol. 1 you will pickup Vol. 2 as well, so letís just say both look identical.

Disney has included an English Uncompressed 5.1 PCM track as well as standard English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 track (Be careful, the standard English track is pre-selected when you put the disc in, make sure to change to PCM!). Just like the picture quality, another amazing job by Disney. Volume 2 tends to focus a bit more on the back story of The Bride rather than elaborate sword fights, but I found the Audio to be just as good as Volume 1.



.::OVERALL::.

Kill Bill Volume 2 just like Kill Bill Vol. 1, is easily going to rank in of my best films this year that Iíve reviewed on Blu-ray and the disc itself is one of Disney finest. With near perfect Picture and Audio, the only thing lacking is the special features... but I'm willing to forgive that due to the fact the sequel kicks just as much ass as the first. If you're new to Blu, check out Amazon where both Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 are being offered together for less $39.99. You won't find a better deal on these films!