every film quentin tarantino has made has been a masterpiece in it’s own regard, but to me, this film stands on it’s own. i say film, because the two volumes were originally a single film, submitted at the cannes film festival however many years back. when prepping it for a wide release, he had to split it in two because of the 245 minute runtime, in addition to doing a bit of editing to keep the gore to a “minimum” and rendering one fantastic fight scene in black and white.
not too sure on what the black and white effect did, i can only guess it kept a bit of blood from being seen or that if it were in color it would have been deemed “too graphic”. personally, i think the effect made for a better scene all around, especially when it’s down to the bride and only a few of the crazy 88’s left (ya’ll know the part).
in 2004 or 2005, quentin tarantino actually held a showing of the original, one-film cut in austin, texas, showing his fans kill bill’s true glory. i would have killed to be there, but honestly i’d kill twice just for him to finally RELEASE this version. he’s been hinting at it for years, and even “confirmed” it back in 2009. i believe there’s still more cash to be made on a home release for this, as well as the joint-ventured grindhouse he made with fellow director and friend, robert rodriguez. but who knows, maybe 2012 will be the year?