Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

Genre(s): Adventure / Drama / Thriller
Miramax || R - 135 minutes - $19.99 || August 9, 2004
Reviewer: Elyusha Vafaeisefat || Posted On: 2004-09-04


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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

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

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


Theatrical Release Date: April 16, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • CHINGON Performance from Kill Bill: Volume 2 Premiere
  • Deleted Scene


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 was the much anticipated follow-up to the instant classic Kill Bill: Vol. 1. While I did enjoy Volume 2 very much, I still felt that Volume 1 was much more entertaining and fun to watch. Tarantino has said that Volume 1 was the "questions" and Volume 2 was the "answers." I can see what he means because Volume 2 has about 1/4 the action that Volume 1 had. I remember reading that Volume 1 had something like 60 people get killed on screen as opposed to Volume 2, which only has 3 on screen killings. The first installment relied heavily on the stylish action scenes and the second installment now relies heavily on Tarantino's signature dialogue. I believe that this aspect is what separates Volume 2 into a completely different film from Volume 1.

In the second installment, Tarantino takes the audience into the personal life of Budd (Michael Madsen). We see what he has become after leaving Bill's assassination squad. I thought it was an interesting choice for Tarantino to make, but at the same time, I felt he spent a little too much time on Budd's character. In Volume 1, Tarantino was able to show us O-Ren Ishii's past and where she ended up in a very fast paced way that did not slow the film’s pacing. In Volume 2, Tarantino uses many flashbacks to give us more insight into Bill, The Bride and even Elle Driver's back round. I thought the scenes all worked well at a certain level, but at the same time, I would have liked to see some of those scenes edited down so they wouldn't have slowed the film down too much. I understood that Tarantino didn't just want to make a revenge film where it is just constant killings and action, but in my opinion, he should have balanced the action and the heavy dialogue scenes a little better between both films.

The acting was also much better in this film than the first one. My favorite performance in the film would probably be Gordon Liu as Pai Mei. He without question stole the film in all the scenes he was in. Uma again turns in a great performance as well as Madsen, Michael Parks, and Daryl Hannah. Last but not least, David Carradine once again delivers a great performance similar to the one he gave in Volume 1. I thought his delivery was very natural and conveyed a sense of calm even though this man was someone who murdered for a living. His "Superman" speech is perhaps the best dialogue driven scene in either film in my opinion.

Overall, I still loved the film, but not as much as the first. Volume 2 still has many of the great attributes Volume 1 had. Great music, great direction from Quentin, stylish fight sequences and great dialogue as usual from QT.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Although the extras are still not enough for a movie as great as this, they still are slightly better than the extras that Volume 1 had. The first extra is "The Making of Kill Bill: Vol. 2," which is a 26 minute behind the scenes look at Volume 2. I would say that this is a standard "making of" extra, but Tarantino's enthusiasm for his film elevates this making above the boring standard makings we are used to seeing. Most of the making is about the characters in the film and the actors' take on their roles. We also get an interesting look at actors Gordon Liu and Michael Parks and the two characters they each played in Volume 1 and 2. Interviews with Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah and of course Tarantino himself are included. The making also discusses some aspects of the score with Robert Rodriguez, who interestingly enough agreed to do the score for the film for free.

The second extra is an 11 minute performance at the Kill Bill: Volume 2 Premiere by Chignon, a Latin music group which includes director and one of the film's composers Robert Rodriguez. They perform their track "Malaguena Salerosa" included in the film's soundtrack. Personally, that track was one of my favorites on the album, so it was great to see it performed live. The group also performs a second song which is equally fun to listen to. It's not the greatest extra to have on a DVD, but still fun to watch and listen to.

The final extra is a 3 1/2 minute deleted scene involving David Carradine and Michael Jai White (whose accent is an homage to the villains in the classic Bruce Lee films) in a street fight in a Chinese village. I thought the scene was done extremely well and I am still unsure as to why Tarantino left it out. I remember seeing a short clip of this scene in the films trailer and I was eager to see it in the film. Unfortunately it wasn't used in either film. Tarantino claims that he "couldn't fit it" into the film, but I think he could have found a good spot for it during one of the flashback scenes for The Bride or Bill. The fight scene is choreographed extremely well and is very exciting to watch.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

Similar to Volume 1, the sound and picture for Volume 2 is top notch. The video transfer is done extremely well, which allows all the rich colors and great cinematography in the film to come off well on screen. I had some transfer problems with the first film, but this transfer seems to be a little more crisp and sharp than Volume 1. The sound is equally as impressive as well. The DVD includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and a DTS 5.1 track. The amazing Morricone-esque soundtrack comes off strong, especially on the DTS track. Although the action is a lot less than in Volume 1, the sound is still impressive in the few fight scenes that the film does include.



.::OVERALL::.

Overall, I am going to give the DVD the same rating as I gave the first one. I enjoyed the first installment a little more, but the extra features for the second film are slightly better than the first. Miramax has already stated that they intend to release multiple versions of the film eventually. I believe that Tarantino has also stated that he is working on a "Collector's Edition" of both films, which may be released soon. As I mentioned in my review for Volume One's DVD, I would certainly recommend this DVD to anyone who loved the film and doesn't really care about the extra features. The video and audio is done well and the film itself it great. If you are a DVD collector, than I would wait for the other editions that are expected to be released within the next couple years. I'd love to see both installments eventually combined into one epic 4 1/2 hour film. Hopefully Tarantino will eventually release a director's cut of the entire installment in theaters or on DVD in the near future.