It's just as good, if not better than the first one, but it's different. He continues his tribute to 70's Kung Fu movies and spaghetti westerns in it, but it isn't quite as violent as the first one.
Granted, that's not really saying a whole lot considering that the first one contains a scene in which Uma Thurman kills (or maims) an entire fucking restaurant full of people in a near pornographic display of violence. (I almost soiled myself)
Re-watching the first one as I am now (if you can really call it re-watching since I've watched little else since renting it) It seems to me that the first one was more a tribute to the Kung Fu films and the second one is more like the Sergio Leone westerns, though both films contain copious amounts of both styles.
I have, however, mustered up the strength to not buy part one yet and having now seen part two my resolve is doubled.
See, Kill Bill was originally supposed to be one movie. When a director completes a film it's usually about three hours long. Then after it goes before the censors and the focus groups they cut it down to about 90 minutes (or at least it used to be 90 minutes, but that's changing now and I think that's for the better). If I understand correctly Tarantino didn't want to cut everything he'd have to cut to make it one film, hence Volumes 1 and 2.
Volume 1, (don't worry, I'm not going to give away any plot details) has a little bit at the beginning like they used to do at the begining of the old Kung Fu movies. Volume 2 does not.
Volume 2 has a big ending credits sequence showing characters from both volumes. Volume 1 does not.
The final few moments of Volume 1 and the recap from Volume 2 can both be easily lost (as they're both snipets from the other films respectively) making one big movie. Hell, the 'making of' feature even contains many clips from Vol 2
So here's what's going to happen: Vol 1 is already out and it contains almost no special features (pretty much just a small 'making of' feature). Vol 2 will be the same. Shortly after Vol 2 is released there will be a 'Special Edition' Vol 1. Later there will be a 'Special' Vol 2. And then even further down the line there will be an 'Ultimate Edition' boxed set containing both 'Special' DVD's.
It's that boxed set, (or they may even stretch it out for another) where they will combine the two movies into one. Possibly with some 'Never Before Seen Footage'.
This is what's pissing me the fuck off about the movie industry. If you want to do two releases, one 'regular' and one 'special' then do two releases. Quit fucking around with releasing a new fucking version every few months. I'm tired of being tricked into buying the 'Super Ultimate Final Director's Cut Version' only to have a 'PLATINUM Super Ultimate Final Director's Cut Version' come out.
If you're reading this Tarantino (and I'm almost deluded enough to think you might be) please don't let the company do this. Do the regular release and then a special one and that's it. This multiple release horseshit belittles the work, and quite frankly you're better than that.