Kill Bill Volume 2 DVD Review
PictureAs with Volume 1 edge enhancement has been used, as early as 07:17 Bill himself seems haloed by the dreaded disease. Shame on you Mr. T. Aside from this little hiccup Volume 2 holds a wonderful looking transfer. If I am to be incredibly critical, as is sometimes my want, then I did notice the tiniest of print flaws at 46:02 as Uma Thurman climbs the temple stairs. It really is a minor point and I'm quite certain that the only reason I even saw it is due to the image being so clean and sharply detailed.
Video noise is virtually absent - the only time I saw any evidence of this detail-sapping issue was during Uma Thurman's rice meal with the Master, and even here I'm sure the scenes have been deliberately filmed this way to set the dark, dank mood.
The colour palette ranges from deliberately muted to rich and vibrant, with skin tones being faithfully rendered and blacks being deep and solid - simply put, Kill Bill: Volume 2 has been given a sublime image transfer.
SoundFrom the moment the movie begins audio is clear and sharp - you can clearly hear the little tongue clicks as the church folk speak. When I switched between the 448 Kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 and 768 Kbps DTS tracks the only clear difference was that the DTS offering seems to have been recorded at a higher volume level and is a good few decibels louder than its Dolby counterpart. However, as soon as Bill speaks the difference between the two rival formats becomes more apparent, with David Carradine's gravel voice sounding much deeper and fuller - and more ominously threatening - when switching to DTS. Changing back to Dolby Digital Carradine's voice seemed flat and tinny, and although I'm not fifteen minutes into the movie I already have my suspicions that we may have a clear winner in the sound stakes here. A 384 Kbps French Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also included.
Bass is deep and powerful - just take a listen to around the thirty seven minute mark (I won't spoil the movie by intimating what's taking place. Suffice to say, it's intensely creepy stuff!) Although audio is always clear, deep and powerful sounding, it seems that rear channel action has been limited to the oft-used musical interludes and the nicely choreographed fight scenes. This is not an out and out surround blast, it's more of a richly detailed full sounding movie track... and reminds me of good quality full bit rate DTS! Centre channel effects are, in particular, much more forcefully depicted than usual and it's clear that a great deal of attention has gone into this audio mix.
ExtrasAt around twenty minutes in length it seems short and sweet is the order of the day as far as the first supplemental feature is concerned! Quentin Tarantino is the director of the moment, and The Making Of Kill Bill: Volume 2 merely reminds us that this is, in fact, the case as David Carradine, Uma Thurman, Michael Madsen and Daryl Hannah pay homage to the oh-so-cool film maker... I'm sure there will be more to come when the two movies are possibly released as one Super Special Edition, but for now a taster is all we get.
Chingon Performance From The Kill Bill Volume 2 Premiere has Robert Rodriguez performing live and at eleven minutes long it's an enjoyable filler.
The Damoe Deleted Scene is a fun way to spend three and a half minutes, but it's clear why it was deleted seeming out of place and a little too tongue in cheek. David Carradine revives his old Kung Fu character, as we get to see Bill come up against a few foes. It's just a shame there's no director's commentary to go along with this scene.
And that's it... like I said, short and sweet.
VerdictThe Bride is back and she's still to Kill Bill - it's different from the first film. But every bit as enjoyable. Don't wait... buy this now! Highly recommended.
Oh, and The Bride's name? I guess it's about time I revealed this... it's Bleep.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.99
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