Well we’ve been hearing about it for years, but I think a lot of us have long since given up waiting for Quentin Tarantino’s definitive combined cut of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2. Now that Inglourious Basterds is in production, it’s probably going to be at least another year before QT even has a chance to sit down and think about releasing the so-called “Whole Bloody Affair”, but the good news is that it’s still there, somewhere in the back of his mind.
In a recent interview with The Quentin Tarantino Archives, he said that there is actually some new material being added in the form of a new 7-minute anime sequence, described as “The O-Ren Chapter”. This confirms what Uma Thurman said last year about it. On top of that, however, there are also a number of small changes/additions that are being made to Kill Bill Vol. 1. (These are also reportedly in the Japanese uncut version of the film.)
- Klingon proverb quote replaced with a dedication to Master Filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku
- House of Blue Leaves fight in colour, much more blood and gore
- Anime scenes are gorier
- Sofie Fatale loses more limbs
- No “baby” cliffhanger ending
- Short (music-accompanied) intermission between two parts
For a more detailed comparison, check out Movie-Censorship.com. Anyway, it sounds like QT will be dangling this over our heads just a little bit longer. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.