They should have cross-promoted it with Grindhouse then, considering the similar inspirations for both.I can't believe we've been waiting over 4 years for this thing and probably another year if we're lucky. Pathetic.
Although I'm disappointed TWBA won't be out this year, I can wait. I'm happy to have both dvd's for now. About Tarantino procrastinating: Yes he does tend to take a while between films, but when Inglorious Bastards finally hits theaters I'm guessing it'll be super worth the wait. The man knows how to make great(original) movies plain and simple.
The Japanese DVD release of Volume 1 indeed contains the uncut version with the full-collor "House of Blue Leaves" segment and all the other goodies. It's definitely worth the purchase if you're a fan of the film.
Also, it doesn't seem to be as widely known, but the Japanese DVD release of Volume 2 actually contains a slightly different cut than its North American counterpart. It's very minimal, though, and doesn't have anything to do with explicit content as do the changes to Volume 1. Considering the cost to import, you'll probably want to stick to the domestic release, but there is a very slight difference if that matters to you.
I didn't think to mention this earlier, but the Japanese DVDs have one serious flaw for English-speakers: the subtitles. Kill Bill features a fair amount of Japanese dialogue, subtitled in English. The Japanese DVD does have an English subtitle track, but it contains subtitles for the whole movie. There's no option to have subtitles only for the Japanese-language scenes. So your choices are having no subtitles at all, having subtitles throughout the whole movie, or switching the subtitles on for the Japanese scenes and then back off (which will surely entail a bit of rewinding unless you know the movie really well, in which case you could probably make do without the subtitles, anyway). None is a particularly appealing option, but a lot of folks think the uncut Japanese version of Volume 1 is worth the trade off. The minor edits to Volume 2 are certainly not worth the hassle, though.
Heh, looking at this old thread, all those grandiose plans haven't exactly worked out, have they? And it was precisely the promise of an uber-set in due course that made me hold off from the individual releases in the first place, so to this day I haven't bought any Kill Bill release at all. That's one lost sale...