Kill Bill Slays on Home Vid

According to Miramax Home Entertainment, director Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 sold 2 million combined units on DVD and VHS on its first day of availability in North America. The success has execs at Miramax and distributor Buena Vista Home Entertainment excited about the prospect of a big opening for Kill Bill: Vol. 2, which slices its way to theaters nationwide on Friday.

The home video numbers also indicate that the two-part revenge flick is extending beyond the cult of Quentin. Miramax COO Rick Sands comments, "The strong sales confirm that the DVD is sought after not only by Quentin’s loyal following, but also by a wide range of movie fans across the country.”

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 stars Uma Thurman as a former assassin out to get revenge against those who gunned her down at her own wedding. A lengthy anime sequence animated by Production I.G. provides backstory for the character played by Lucy Liu. The Miramax Home Entertainment release retails for the suggested price of $29.99 DVD and $24.99 VHS.

In interviews, Tarantino recently revealed some ideas he has for an animated prequel focusing on the early days of titular character Bill, an assassin played by David Carradine from TV’s Kung Fu. The director says he’s also entertaining the idea of reviving the franchise about 15 years from now with a sequel that would center on the daughter of an assassin killed by Thurman’s character in the first installment.