Kill Bill Volume 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an appealing presentation.
Sharpness came across well, as very little softness crept through during the movie. Overall, the movie almost always appeared quite crisp and detailed. Jagged edges and shimmering created no problems, and edge haloes failed to mar the image. As for print flaws, I thought the image remained clean.
While the palette of Bill 2 was stylized, it didnít match up with the wildly varying tones of the first volume. For the most part, the movie went with a fairly rich and occasionally slightly oversaturated look. Variations occurred during the Pai Mei scenes, which seemed less intense and a little intentionally washed-out. We also got more than a few black and white sequences. The colors always looked appropriately rendered and full.
Black levels seemed deep and firm, while low-light shots looked clean and accurately delineated except for a few moderately dense day for night shots. The transfer created a satisfying reproduction of the film.
As was the case for the movie itself, the Uncompressed 5.1 soundfield of Bill 2 was more subdued than what I found with Bill 1, though the use of audio varied dependent on the setting. Much of the movie featured an emphasis on the forward spectrum. Since this flick included fewer fight sequences than the first volume, it appeared less active.
Nonetheless, the track complemented the film well and could present very engrossing audio at times. The best auditory sequence definitely came when the Bride was buried alive; the visuals departed and we depended solely on sound to convey the scene. Music also demonstrated significant support from the surrounds at times. Effects always seemed accurately placed and they moved smoothly around the field. The elements blended cleanly and naturally.
Audio quality seemed solid. Dialogue always sounded distinctive and crisp, with no issues connected to intelligibility or edginess. Music varied somewhat since the film used so much source material, but the songs and scores mainly came across as vivid and dynamic. Effects presented lively elements, with good clarity and range. Bass response was clean and tight, and the entire track seemed accurate and vibrant. The audio of Kill Bill Volume 2 consistently satisfied.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the 2004 DVD? Audio showed more range and depth, while visuals were cleaner, tighter and more dynamic. The Blu-ray created a clear upgrade.
The Blu-ray repeats the DVDís extras Ė which is too bad, as that means we donít get much. The prime attraction comes from The Making of Kill Bill. This 26-minute, four-second piece presents notes from writer/director Quentin Tarantino, producer Lawrence Bender, composer Robert Rodriguez, and actors Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, and Michael Madsen. They get into the the story, the differences between the two movies and their connections, the characters and the actors, reactions to the films, Tarantinoís style, and the music.
While the ďmaking ofĒ show on Volume 1 proved surprisingly informative, this one falls more heavily into the category of promotional fluff. We only learn a little about the movieís creation, as we see way too many film clips and mostly hear banal generalizations about the story and the characters. Some decent behind the scenes footage appears, and we learn some neat trivia notes, but it lacks much depth.
Next we find a performance from Chingon Musical Performance. In this 11-minute and 34-second clip, we watch the band play the tune from the filmís end credits. Itís a mildly interesting piece at best.
We get one deleted scene. Called ďDamoeĒ, this three-minute and 38-second segment shows a fight between Bill and a gang whose master he killed. It would have come during the flashback sequence in which Bill takes the Bride to be trained by Pai Mei. I think this clip should have stayed in the movie. It shows us Billís skills - which we really donít see otherwise - and adds some action.
After a wild tale of violence in the first film, we donít get much of the same in Kill Bill Volume 2. That will disappoint some, but it ends up making the story richer and with greater depth. Though Bill 2 lacks the ďin your faceĒ energy of the initial entry, it compensates with emotion and humanity. The Blu-ray offered strong picture and audio but skimped on bonus materials. Itís too bad the package includes such minor supplements, but it presents the movie in fine fashion.
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