found this in the newsgroup (alt.fan.tarantino):
As many of you know, films are delivered to theatres on reels lasting no
more than about 20 minutes, often much less. Very few theatres still
use the old method of alternating projectors, changing over seamlessly
from one to another as the show progresses. A few will join several
reels together to run an hour or so via larger reels but the vast
majority use the platter system where the entire film and trailers, etc.
are joined into a single strand using a machine carrying several large
turntables. This involves cutting off the leaders from the beginning
and end of each reel and splicing only the actual movie together.
Here is where there is an issue. To cut the leaders off properly it is
necessary to determine where the frameline between pictures is and when
a reel begins or ends in solid black this can be difficult. This comes
up when a reel opens or closes with a fade-in or fade-out.
The competent projectionist will take the time to determine the correct
location to make the cut. The lazy assholes who staff many booths won't
bother and will cut off the entire fade. Thus what was once a fade out
and fade in may be seen as a straight cut in their theatre. Anyone who
knows anything about movies knows that in the grammar of film these are
two totally different things.
On Kill Bill Vol. 2 two of the reels end in fades to black. They are
reels 1 and 5. Watch for them and if your theatre has cut off the fades
you should complain to the management. And please "out" them here.
Note that at the end of each reel you should see 2 changeover dots flash
in the upper right corner of the picture. The first (called the motor
start dot) then 7 seconds elapses, then another dot (called the
changeover dot) then just about 1 second before the splice joining the
reels goes by. On the reels in question you will be well into solid
black a second or two BEFORE you see that 2nd dot. If you never see the
2nd dot and/or the splice goes by while the picture is just starting to
fade out you are the victim of a lazy asshole projectionist who is more
intent on saving a few seconds while preparing the print than on doing a
good job and showing you Quentin's film as intended.
Naturally you should patronize theatres that put presentation quality
first and avoid those that dont.
Let me add that Kill Bill Vol.2 comes on 9 reels despite being only
slightly longer than average at about two and a quarter hours. Thus,
some of the reels are somewhat short.
above posted material was not written by myself