Rolling Stone - 10/30/03, p.904 stars out of 5
- "Quentin Tarantino pieces together another soundtrack winner..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/31/03, p.75
"...A compelling blend of pop-culture oddities, fist-pumping action, and arch, ironic kitsch..." - Rating: B+
Q - 12/03, p.1444 stars out of 5
- "Here Quentin Tarantino maintains his reputation for slick soundtracks: and as with its predecessors, pieces of stylised movie dialogue are sandwiched between a host of rare cuts..."
Uncut - 11/03, p.1164 stars out of 5
- "...Nothing if not eclectic, and, of itself, furious fun..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 12/03, p.1163 stars out of 5
- "What gives it the edge is brand new material from the RZA and a boffo collection of chop-socky sound effects."
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
KILL BILL was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Film/TV/Visual Media.
Quentin Tarantino has always armed himself with an arsenal of eclectic songs for his pop-culture-filled films, and the soundtrack to KILL BILL VOL. 1 is no exception. To kick off the first part of his ultra-violent kung fu revenge extravaganza, Tarantino offers up Nancy Sinatra's brooding "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)." The tone swiftly changes to upbeat rockabilly with the Charlie Feathers ditty "That Certain Female," and the stylistic shifts keeping coming with Luis Bacalov's spry spaghetti Western tune "The Grand Duel - (Parte Prima)" and Bernard Hermann's creepy "Twisted Nerve."
Hip-hop innovator/martial arts fan the RZA contributes two songs (one intriguingly paired with a Charles Bernstein number), Santa Esmeralda stretches out "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" into a 10-minute salsa-flavored epic, Meiko Kaji breezes through "The Flower of Carnage," and Neu! appears in an ominous excerpt. Like Uma Thurman as KILL BILL's lead character, any soundtrack that features this bizarre blend of artists--along with Zamfir, Master of the Pan-flute--commands respect and demands that the audience take note of the killer cuts.