‘Kill Bill Volume 1’ Blu-ray Review
‘Kill Bill Volume 1’ has to be one of Quentin Tarantino’s best pieces of work and my favorite film released to date. Tarantino’s films are very dialogue and character driven, so to some they could find them boring or not their style. ‘Kill Bill Volume 1’ takes several different genres and mixes them together to deliver an action packed rollercoaster ride from start to finish broken down Chapter by Chapter. Little known fact too is that Tarantino wanted Thurman for the role as The Bride so bad, that he waited for her to finish out her pregnancy.
The film starts off with a pregnant bride (Uma Thurman) standing at the altar with her bridal party talking a part in their wedding rehearsal. As they are having a good time, a group of strangers known as the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad come walking into the church and literally take out everyone in their site including the Bride. Nearly after four years, the Bride awakens from her coma to avenge the murder of her bridal party and her near death experience by the DVAS. The Bride goes after Vernita Green/Copperhead (Vivica A. Fox) first and this does play on your head with their encounter when considering that Copperhead’s daughter is on the way from school as they both battle it out in Copperhead’s living room. While Fox didn’t seem like the right fit when I first heard she was going to play this role, she did a really good job. This battle alone was simple, yet very awesome in the way it concluded. Then we have the Japanese mob boss O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth (Lucy Liu). If anything, Liu is rather terrifying in this performance considering what she does to a member at the table. While I thought the battle with Copperhead was cool, the battle with Cottonmouth is even more amazing from start to finish. It was a thing of beauty with them fighting in a snowy garden with the snow falling. It was like this was taken right out of ‘Dead or Alive’ videogame.
The Bride also meets Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) the samurai sword maker. It was great to see the legendary Chinese film star in the film. The amount of blood that is spilled in this film is amazing in itself. Kill Bill Volume 1 follows that Tarantino style and it works perfectly. The action in this one is just pure chaotic and really makes you awe at the screen when Thurman just runs right through the mobsters one by one. Before she can get to Cottonmouth, she meets Go Go Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) who with her ball and chain like weapon is used so brutally, you are afraid for The Bride.
‘Kill Bill Volume 1’ is presented in 2:40:1 aspect ratio. The film looks rather pristine with no specs and a cleaned up transfer. That wondering about the grain, it is throughout the entire film and this is how it also was in the theater when I first saw the film. The colors stand out very well making this a vibrant film. The audio is presented in a PCM 5.1 mix and the soundfield is rather explosive during the action sequences as all the speakers are working. The PCM track is a well balanced mix as the dialogue also comes through very crisp and detailed.
All of the special features from the DVD version of the film make it over to the Blu-ray edition in all their SD-DVD glory. Too bad that there wasn’t more extras for this film since it is one of Tarantino’s best.
- The Making of Kill Bill Volume 1
- The “5, 6, 7, & 8’s” Bonus Musical Performances
- Tarantino Trailers
Both Volume 1 and 2 together tell an excellent tale of betrayal and tons of bloodshed. I recommend purchasing this film on Blu-ray, but this may not be a film for everyone. Tarantino films have a certain flavor to them that can turn people off.
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