It's been a pattern of Quentin Tarantino's to announce, promise and re-promise plans to do new films and update old projects. A prime example of the latter is his promise that the full, four-plus hour version of Kill Bill (as was originally intended, by the way) would be put together and released on DVD.
But he's promised this on more than one occasion that it will happen and it hasn't. However his reason for it not coming out yet this time around is that he's been busy with Inglourious Basterds, which I think is an excuse we can all accept this time. And it seems, now, that the full Kill Bill movie is still on its way and not only that but according to Tarantino himself some extra/different content will be added too:
"We’ve actually added some things to it. We did a whole little chapter that I wrote and designed for the animated sequence, that we never did, because we figured, back when it was gonna be one big movie, it was going to be too long, so we didn’t do it. So when we were talking about re-releasing it, they asked is there anything you can put in, and I said no I put everything in there, but… there’s one sequence that we wouldn’t even have to shoot! So we got together with Production IG and did it, and it’s really cool. So it’s this little seven minute sequence, it’s really cool, it’s in the O-Ren chapter."
The full version was once shown at Cannes but the studio decided to split it as we all know. And when its released on DVD the cliffhanger that ended Volume 1 will be replaced by an intermission between the volumes.
"It’s more like a big 60s movie with the intermission. Oh, you’ll just have to see it!" he [Tarantino] laughs.
Tarantino also has revealed info on what will be different between the two separate volumes and the full one:
- No "klingon proverb" quote. Instead a dedication
- HOBL fight massacre in color, slightly differently cut
- gorier anime scenes
- extra anime footage added (stated in QT quote/Jan 09)
- various other scenes slightly longer
- Sofie Fatale loses more limbs
- no "baby" cliffhanger ending
- short (music-accompanied) intermission between two parts
- Volume 2 is not different
I personally have been waiting for this thing to come out in all its four-plus hour glory ever since Tarantino first announced it. In case you didn't know (why would you?) I am a huge Tarantino fan - he was the filmmaker who started off my true passion for movies when I saw Reservoir Dogs and particularly Pulp Fiction (which is my favorite movie of all time). I haven't not liked any of his movies (yes, including Death Proof - that movie kicked copious amounts of ass) and the two Kill Bill movies are probably his most out right enjoyable flicks.
Just thinking about the two volumes combined as one has me drooling...
A question that this raises, however, is how well will this do in terms of DVD sales? Are people willing to shell out more money for a movie which they already have (albeit in two separate volumes)? I know I am, but are most people? Are you? My guess is it's been long enough and fans will pay up again, especially considering we have a sweet extra anime scene included in the package.
So are you looking forward to Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair or are you fine with your two separate volumes?