Those who have seen both the International and Japanese versions of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol.1 will no doubt have noticed the glaring differences between the two releases, the most obvious being the Crazy 88s fight scene which, in the cut destined for Western audiences, was presented in black and white. The Japanese DVD, however, was in full colour, making it the obvious choice for discerning fans of extreme cinematic violence, the blood from the numerous severed limbs and fatal wounds splashing across the screen in glorious fountains of crimson.
The fact that the UK got the watered down version stopped me from purchasing the film and its sequel on DVD (well, that and the prohibitive price of the Asian alternative), so imagine my joy when, at the local car-boot sale, I found the Japanese versions of both Kill Bill 1 and 2 for just a pound each. The menus are in Japanese, which makes it tricky to select the English soundtrack, but the effort is worth it, Tarantino's work looking so much better in vivid colour throughout.
Monday, 24 March 2014
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Prog 265 of Britain's greatest ever comic came with a free pack of Bubblicious bubble gum. While most kids would have happily chewed and blown bubbles while reading the comic, I left my gum untouched. 32 years later and I still have the packet of gum with the comic; can't imagine I'd get very good bubbles from it now though, so there it stays...