Aside from a few screenings at the New Beverly Theater in 2011, Tarantino’s Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair has never been released for mass consumption. That may be remedied soon, as the director revealed at his SDCC panel discussion on his Django/Zorro crossover comic, he’s been negotiating with the Weinstein Brothers to give his four-hour epic a limited theatrical release sometimes next year. And this one will have a longer anime sequence to boot!
What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.
There’s been talk about releasing The Whole Bloody Affair for years now, so while I wouldn’t keep my hopes up, I wouldn’t uncross those fingers just yet either.