Tarantino conceived Kill Bill as an homage to "grindhouse" cinema including martial arts films, samurai cinema, blaxploitation films, and spaghetti westerns. It features an anime sequence animated by Production I.G. The films were originally set for a single release, but the film, with a runtime of over four hours, was divided in two. Kill Bill: Volume 1 became Tarantino's highest-grossing film up to that point, earning over $180 million at the box office and it was released on October 10, 2003. Kill Bill: Volume 2 was released on April 16, 2004.
KILL BILL VOL.1 (2003)
METACRITIC User Score: 8.7/10
Mr. Tarantino is an irrepressible showoff, recklessly flaunting his formal skills as a choreographer of high-concept violence, but he is also an unabashed cinephile, and the sincerity of his enthusiasm gives this messy, uneven spectacle an odd, feverish integrity.
Kill Bill Vol.1 is a fun movie to watch but I have to ultimately agree with those who said it lacks whatever I would personally call substance. That might mitigate it somewhat but still I think this film was disappointing on a lot of levels. First disadvantage is the existance of dimentional characters and the lack of script. The second is the extremely loud violence: so many cheesy gory scenes, which bring this movie to lower level making it repellant. But overall, nice film with great cinematography and action.
KILL BILL VOL.2 (2004)
METACRITIC User Score: 8.2/10
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 puts to shame doubts entertained about aesthetic strategies or structural imbalance provoked by Kill Bill: Vol. 1. Now that the entirety of Quentin Tarantino's epic revenge melodrama is on view, "Kill Bill" emerges as a brilliant, invigorating work, one to muse over for years to come.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is even better than the first part! It's not as action-packed, but it covers more of why The Bride is so hell-bent on getting revenge which makes up for the slower parts of the film. Volume 2 is bigger, bolder, and better than Volume 1.
KILL BILL: THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR (2011)
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is a complete edit of the two part martial arts action films Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2. The film was originally scheduled to be released as one part. However, due to the film’s over 4 hour running time, it was split into two parts.
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is simply Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece. It is a work of genius, an epic, nearly non-stop action crime film that will have you on the edge of your seat from its thrilling opening to its nail-biting conclusion. Its epic run time may scare some viewers away, but it really adds to the overall film.
"Looked dead, didn’t I? Well, I wasn’t.
But it wasn’t from lack of trying, I can tell you that.
Actually Bill’s last bullet put me in a coma
– a coma I was to lie in for four years.
When I woke up, I went on what the movie advertisements refer to as “a roaring rampage of revenge.”
I roared. And I rampaged. And I got bloody satisfaction.
I’ve killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point, but I have only one more.
The last one. The one I’m driving to right now. The only one left.
And when I arrive at my destination, I am gonna kill Bill."