Isaac Hayes: Michael Putland / RetnaUK
Michael Endelman
October 31, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Kill Bill -- Vol. 1

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
112 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/10/03
performer
David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox, Chiaki Kuriyama, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, LaTanya Richardson, Michael Jai White
director
Quentin Tarantino
distributor
Miramax
author
Quentin Tarantino
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B+

Like his films, Quentin Tarantino’s soundtracks are a compelling blend of pop-culture oddities, fist-pumping action, and arch, ironic kitsch. Less accessible and more melancholy than his previous soundtracks, the Kill Bill — Vol. 1 collection mixes up expected Tarantino picks (surf rock, Isaac Hayes, rockabilly) with some new tricks (Japanese schmaltz, big-band jazz), including an epic flamenco-disco cover of the Animals’ ”Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Contributions from the RZA are a disappointment, but Tarantino gets points for making Zamfir (yes, the master of the pan flute) sound cool.

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