Tarantino double dip convinces the critics

Despite early skepticism that greeted Miramax’s announcement that it would release Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” in two parts, buzz on the pic following recent press screenings is that the two-part plan does, in fact, work.

When Tarantino penned and started shooting his 212-page script, he always thought of it as single film. Indeed, Miramax execs still point out that they think of it as single film, too.

“Kill Bill Vol. 1″ will be released domestically Oct. 10. “Vol. 2″ follows Feb. 20. Some of those who have seen the first part say that the first section ends at a natural stopping point — with a cliffhanger, natch.

As Variety‘s chief film critic Todd McCarthy says, “Seeing Vol. 1, now it’s a good idea he didn’t do a three-plus hour film. The good thing is at the end of part one, you’re very anxious, after a little break, to see part two.”

Miramax chief operating officer Rick Sands says, “It makes sense when you see the film. Iit works. When Quentin and Harvey sat down, the idea was to preserve Quentin’s vision. There is a natural break and progression of the story.”

Sands adds, “Our job is to make it work commercially. We think audiences are going to be eager to see Vol. 2 after seeing Vol. 1.”

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