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Tarantino Has Big Plans for Future DVDs of ‘Kill Bill'

12 Apr, 2004 By: Fred Topel

Buena Vista/Miramax Home Entertainment bows Kill Bill: Volume 1 this week, timed to the April 16 theatrical release of Volume 2. The DVD will have only minimal extras: a making-of featurette, a music video and trailers. Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has plans for a major special edition of both films, and he also plans a full cut of both volumes put together, which will debut theatrically.

“We did a special version for Japan that's only been shown in Japan and Hong Kong, and I kept the rights to that,” Tarantino said. “So after Kill Bill 2 has come out and does everything it's going to do [at the box office] … just like they did with Once Upon A Time in America when they came out with that four-hour version, I'll release the Japanese version that's never been seen outside of Hong Kong and Japan. I'll put the Japanese version together [with Volume 2] like I would if it was one complete movie, and then I'll release that throughout America and Europe in arthouse engagements.”

The Japanese version has both additional content as well as omissions. “For instance, at the end of Volume 1, there won't be any closing credits,” Tarantino said. “It will just go into intermission. And there'll be the intermission card up there and there'll be that music — the ‘Lonely Shepherd' [performed by Zamfir] will play and take you out of the auditorium into the lobby. And then when we start Volume 2, it will just be Chapter Six, so no [prologue with] Uma driving in black and white.”

Tarantino stands by the DVD of Volume 1, but knew he had to focus on completing Volume 2 for theatrical release before he could get into more extensive DVD plans.

“I'm going to do a special collector's edition of both of them once I'm finished with both of them,” he said. “I think it's really cool what I've got in here now, but it was what I could do and still make Volume 2.

Tarantino is also considering the possibility of releasing supplemental discs. “One of the things that I saw that I liked and I was very inspired by was what the American Pie guys did with their Beneath the Crust documentaries for the American Pie movies,” he said. “I want to do the same thing [for Kill Bill].”

There may be deleted scenes, too, as star David Carradine, who plays Bill, recalled a fight scene of his that was cut from Volume 2. Carradine fought Michael Jai White, whose character is completely omitted from the current film. “[The fight scene] was cut out because the scene was originally designed to be the introduction of Bill in the movie,” Carradine said. “And then Quentin wrote that scene at the chapel, and you can't have two introductions, but he loved the scene so much he decided to shoot it anyway and find some place to put it in, and obviously never found a place to put it in, but it's a great fight.”

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