Kill Bill and the Curious Case of "The Whole Bloody Affair"

 The Whole Bloody Affair  is the official name for the integral cut of Kill Bill, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and has yet to see a release on DVD/Bluray or Theatrically (unless you visited the New Beverly Cinema for the week of March 27 – April 2 back in 2011).

Quentin Tarantino originally wrote Kill Bill, his ode to Spaghetti Westerns and Shaw Bros Kung-fu films, to be one big movie but it was cut in two volumes when it turned out to be too long.

Those of you lucky enough to get your hands on a copy of the “Japanese” release of Kill Bill Vol. 1, bore witness to a fully colored “House of Blue Leaves” fight scene, bloodier anime sequence along with additional material that was cut from the North American release.

Back when Q.T. was working hard on Inglourious Basterds he said in an interview with Sci-FiWire, that he’ll be adding one more scene to the already, four-plus-hour cut of the film,

“I need to do one thing with it, though… I’m not going to monkey around with the movie itself, but we’ve actually done a whole new section for the anime as the last thing [we added]. I actually wrote a much longer script for the anime section during O-Ren’s revenge chapter. Remember the guy with the long hair that kills her father? It’s like, what happened to that dude? Well, I wrote it and it was the biggest, most elaborate thing I wrote-her taking him down.”

He went on to say that he was going to go right into “The Whole Bloody Affair” after Basterds…
Well, since then, Inglourious Basterds went on to blow the minds of countless audiences around the world and is now available on home-video, we now have the complete version of “GRINDHOUSE” on Blu-ray and just a few days ago photos of “Django Unchained“, Tarantino’s new film, were released to the public. So something tells me we wont be seeing The Whole Bloody Affair on store shelves anytime soon.

However, there has been a list of changes that were compiled from the few people that have been privileged to see official screenings of The Whole Bloody Affair, along with what Q.T. has said on the longer cut of the film.

Here it is…

  • No “klingon proverb” quote. Instead will be a dedication 
  • Chapters will remain in order
  • House of Blue Leaves fight scene will be in color & cut differently 
  • Gorier anime scenes 
  • Completely new 7 minute anime scene added
  • Various other scenes slightly altered 
  • Sofie Fatale loses more limbs 
  • No “baby” cliffhanger ending from Vol.1 
  • Music-accompanied intermission between the two parts 
  • Volume 2 is not different

If you search Amazon you’ll find evidence of a possible bootleg that was sold which is crazy in my opinion. Another little known fact is that, just like the fan edits of Star Wars The Phantom Menace that hit the web back in 1999, there are people that took it upon themselves to splice together Vol.1 (Japanese version) and Vol.2 to created their own homemade “The Whole Bloody Affair”. I think that there’s enough proof that people really-REALLY want to own this, almost mythical cut of the film. I for one am one of those people.

[source] SciFiWire, ScreenRant

-Brian Lansangan
-Eric Chacon

Do Black Widow or Hawkeye deserve their own Movie?

Now that “The Avengers” has hit US theaters, the question comes to light. Do you think “Black Widow” or “Hawkeye” deserve their own Stand Alone Film or maybe a “Black Widow and Hawkeye” Team-Up Flick.
Either way I wouldn’t mind watching it given that Scarlett Johansson who also I may add received a star on the “Walk of Fame” gave an Amazing performance playing the former Soviet Spy turn S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. And Major Kudos goes to Jeremy Renner who played the Master Archer and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent “Hawkeye”. In an interview with the “Washington Post”to having her stand alone film Scarlett Johansson replied: “I love her origin story. I think it’s just such a riveting one,” she said. “It’s just steeped in history and the richness to shoot in Russia, perhaps… I hope that the fans’ voice is loud enough and they want to see a Widow origin story, I know Marvel would be happy to entertain that. We’ve spoken a lot about it.”
“You see a little bit about how Natasha joined and it’s not that she’s fighting for the greater good of humanity,” the actress said. “She was almost salvaged by S.H.I.E.L.D. and so she’s loyal to that group, to that agency, but only as sort of paid debt.”
With that said, tell us what you think in the COMMENTS below on whether Black Widow or Hawkeye deserve their movie or better yet “Team Up’ movie. 
To Help understand more about these two highly trained and deadly agents. I included a small bio about each character below:
Black Widow:
Born circa 1928, Natalia “Natasha” Romanova was apparently orphaned as a child when she was trapped in a burning building during an early attack on Stalingrad by enemy forces. Ivan Petrovitch Bezukhov, a Soviet soldier, found Natasha in the inferno and rescued her. Although Ivan kept a close eye on Natasha as she grew, by the late 1930s she had attracted the attention of Soviet intelligence, which began her training. In 1941, she was almost brainwashed into serving the ninja clan the Hand, but was saved by Ivan, Logan (James Howlett, later Wolverine) and Captain America. Following World War II, Natasha was recruited to become part of the Black Widow Program, a team of elite female sleeper agents. Among the Widow’s instructors was the Winter Soldier, formerly Captain America’s sidekick Bucky (James Barnes); Natasha studied as a ballerina to cover for her true occupation. The Soviet state eventually arranged for Natasha to marry Alexi Shostakov, a champion test pilot. After a few years of a happy marriage, the KGB faked Shostakov’s death in a rocket test; grief for Shostakov drove Natasha’s resolve deeper and she continued her education with the Red Room Academy, finally being appointed the title of the Black Widow.

After Russian scientist Anton Vanko left Russia to work with Iron Man (Tony Stark), Natasha’s superiors sent her and another operative, Boris Turgenov, to assassinate both men. When Turgenov stole Vanko’s Crimson Dynamo armor, both Turgenov and Vanko died in battle but Natasha escaped. Later, feigning repentance, she romanced Stark long enough to steal his experimental anti-gravity ray. With it, she performed several acts of sabotage against the USA until Iron Man deactivated the device. Her cover blown, she romanced and manipulated the outlaw archer Hawkeye (Clint Barton) into working with her, helping him enhance his archery arsenal with high-tech arrows. The pair attacked Iron Man, who deflected one of Hawkeye’s explosive arrows, its impact felling Natasha and ending the battle when Hawkeye rushed her to safety. While recovering, she persuaded Hawkeye to attack her superiors’ next target, Williams Innovations, but Spider-Man’s intervention drove Hawkeye away. The idealistic Hawkeye’s growing influence upon Natasha led her to rebel against her communist superiors, who extorted her into returning to action with a new costume and weapons, but she and Hawkeye again failed against Iron Man.

Hawkeye:

Clint Barton was orphaned at an early age when his parents died in a car accident and was sent to a children’s home with his brother Bernard. He and his brother ran away to join the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders, and the pair worked as roustabouts. While a member of the circus, Hawkeye was trained by the original Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne) and Trickshot. Clint’s life, however, would forever be changed after he stumbled onto the Swordsman counting the money he had just robbed from the carnival. The Swordsman offered Clint to become his partner in crime, but Clint rejected his mentor, sparking a fight that ended when the Swordsman left him for dead after he fell from the high wire. Barney, too, abandoned him, in disbelief that Clint passed up such an opportunity. Trickshot stepped up his role as Clint’s mentor, later asking him to join him in raiding a criminal named Marko. However, Clint severely injured one of Marko’s guards and discovered him to be his brother, Barney. Repelled by the consequences of his actions (and his mentor’s role in prompting them), he abandoned Trickshot and parted on bad terms.

His natural archery abilities honed to an expert level, Clint wandered the country, working in various carnivals or otherwise making money out of the costume and persona of “Hawkeye”. One day, when witnessing Iron Man save the lives of some people at the carnival, he decided to become a costumed crime-fighter himself. But as luck would have it, on Hawkeye’s first night on patrol, he was mistaken for a criminal by the police and hunted down.

He soon met the Black Widow, who was working at the time as a costumed villain for her country, and she easily seduced the hot-headed adventurer, making him think it was in his interest to defeat Iron Man. He attempted to do so according to her prompting on several occasions, but soon wised up, regretting his decision. Instead, he hoped to join Iron Man’s team of Avengers. As a way of proving himself, he broke into the Avengers Mansion and convinced their butler, Jarvis, to play the role of a victim so he could display his powers. Iron Man vouched for Hawkeye, and he joined the new line-up that included Captain America, the Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.

Clint continued to be an active member of the Avengers for years, with his archery skills matching the superhuman powers of his teammates. His brash attitude initially chafed under the leadership of Captain America, and, although it took some time to come to respect him, the two have become good friends. Also at first, he felt attracted the Scarlet Witch, even to the point of having trouble getting over her eventual marriage to the Vision. For years, he also continued to hold a torch for the Black Widow, until she returned to her espionage career and told him that she had never loved him (although she said that in order to keep him away.)


If you want to know more about Black Widow or Hawkeye, please visit Marvel.com for more info.

Source: Marvel, Wikipedia

-Brian Lansangan
@MrSnugglenutz84

Movie Review: The Raid: Redemption


No need for any Redemption here, The Raid: Redemption is a heart-pounding action packed film and hits the spot for any action hunger appetite of any fan.

The Lowdown: In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area – even the police are unwilling to enter. It has become a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrates the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner.

The Review: If watching an action film is an addiction then The Raid would be the perfect drug for the addict. Director Gareth Evans serves us with a brutal and gory blend of gunfights and martial arts action with a side of HIGH BODY COUNT so high that the majority of the cast are credited in a numerical fashion (example: Tama’s Victim #5). People get beaten, punched, kicked, stabbed, shot, and abused so bad it makes you wanna punch the person next to you due to the fact that your adrenaline is on overdrive. The apartments and the close tight halls help create some crazy acrobatics and choreographed action i’ve seen since ONG BAK that will have you giving major KUDOS to all of the stunt people involved. The story is decent, but admit it that is not what most people are looking for when watching an action flick. The english dubbed is “okay” but bearable to watch for a foreign film. But, This explosive, tense action flick will have anyone doing flips on the walls in the theaters and is a must watch for any fan of the action genre.

Overall: The action is neither repetitive nor anesthetizing and has a little bit of down time for some dialogue to build the story but is easy to forgive with all the action, gore, and entertainment to satisfy anyone looking for a good action flick.


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4 Templar Crosses out of 5

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Credits: Directed by Gareth Evans and Starring Iko Uwais

Let the Summer Blockbusters BEGIN!!!

With the release of Marvel’s Blockbuster Avengers right around the corner, we’ll be thrusted into the summer movie season! Some of my fondest and earliest movie memories were of my mama-dukes taking me to the local theater in Queens, New York to see “Beetlejuice“, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit“, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles“, “Batman“, “Batman Returns… (day dreaming)… so awesome! She’s really the reason why I’m so into film. So like many of you I have a real love for summer movies.

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