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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Review

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by AVForums May 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Review
    At last. Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill
    Volume 1, which was originally set for
    a February release, has reached DVD. Told
    in a temporally fragmented style, it follows
    Uma Thurman as The Bride, a mysterious
    former assassin on a mission of revenge,
    with her ex boss Bill (David Carradine) chief
    in her sights.
    A marvellous hymn to the Hong Kong
    action flicks of the 1970s, this first part of
    the Kill Bill story might not offer much in
    the way of narrative, but it's a truly wild
    ride of unrelenting violence that sets things
    up perfectly for a more complex second
    helping. Drenched in blood and full of
    stunning fight sequences, there's not a
    single frame of this film you can't help
    falling in love with, and fans of the genre
    will get an extra kick out of seeing
    Hollywood spend so much on what used
    to be achieved for so little. The only
    qualms we have is that the subtitles on
    the Japanese language portions of the film
    can be a little tricky to make out, and that
    this is still the censored version of the film
    (with the bloodiest sequences shown in
    black and white). Let's hope the full colour
    version turns up over here in the eventual
    Kill Bill box set.