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Tarantino Stitches Bill Together Again

I seem to recall that the reason Quentin Tarantino was unable to release the "Kill Bill" movies as one long film was that the studio people were scared of such an idea. Apparently they're a little less scared now, because Dark Horizons is reporting, by way of Digital Spy, that Tarantino is finally going to get his way. Yup, perhaps as early as late 2006, you will have the chance to see "Kill Bill" as one epic film, complete with an old-fashioned intermission.

I didn't think the combined version of the film would ever see a theatrical release, so that part of the news is surprsing. What doesn't exactly come as a shock is that a special-edition DVD will follow. This is why I have yet to own the existing DVDs of the "Kill Bill" films. I just knew Tarantino would eventually release them in a combined package.

Still, it would be too easy to look at this venture as just another fleecing from Hollywood. There's probably more legitimacy to this than there is to most movie re-releases. For one thing, as already stated, it was originally Tarantino's vision to have the films run as one and was apparently due to economic reasons that the film was split in two. In this regard the scenario is reminiscent of the expurgation of Stephen King's novel "The Stand." (That book was shortened in its original release not out of editorial concerns but simply because a fatter book would have cost more.) Besides, with Tarantino we know from such jam-packed DVD editions as "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown" that the longer we wait, the bigger the payoff. You know that given enough time he will unearth a bunch of obscure interview footage and so forth.

I for one am glad to see "Kill Bill" get the treatment it so richly deserves.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on December 28, 2005 9:46 AM
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Pete, I'm with you. This is *exactly* why I didn't shell out cash for the separate films. I thoroughly enjoyed them both, but I imagine this special edition will be the "definitive" collection.

-- Posted by: mac at December 29, 2005 5:40 PM

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