I've been waiting for 'Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair' to come out on DVD, Blu-ray -- hell, even Betamax since the day I saw Vol. 1. Not to be a total cliché, but Quentin Tarantino was a galvanizing force in my transformation from movie lover to true cinephile, and the prospect of pouring over even more little details in his puree of pop culture influences and inspirations has excited me since the day I knew such a version of the film existed. All of which is why the announcement that Tarantino would be hosting a run of 'The Whole Bloody Affair' at the New Beverly Cinema, the Los Angeles repertory house he rescued from being shuttered, felt like an especially exciting turn of events, not the least of which because its release (in any format) started to feel like it might never happen.
Mind you, the cut that Tarantino premiered at Cannes – and is being shown at the New Beverly through April 7 via the same print – features slightly different content in both volumes, which probably means that I'm not actually "revisiting" the same film that I saw in 2003 and '04. But the question that nevertheless remains is whether 'Kill Bill,' in any incarnation, has the same energy, the same impact as it once did. And so, 'The Whole Bloody Affair' is the subject of this week's "Shelf Life."