Yes, I'm fairly certain it was the final cut since there were critics in the theater with me. It's locked.
The House of Blue Leaves sequence, what was once on the page has fully been realized pefectly on screen. Yes it does top the FDTD. Although it's still comparable. But the Blue Leaves is like a ballet, still very gory but perfect.
I have a feeling when this movie is embedded in the pop culture cannon, people will be asking valid hypotheticals such as "The Terminator vs. The Bride, who would win?" "Darth Vader vs. The Bride, who wins?" Hell, even "Jaws vs. The Bride, who wins?" Those questions won't seem silly once The Bride enters our pop culture.
It is closer to two hours. At some point, I was afraid the film was gonna end abruptly and looked at my watch around the 94 minute point but luckily it kept going. But I think it stops short of 2 hours by a few minutes.
Next time I see this, I'm leaving my watch at home, no distractions.
Oh, something I wanna bring up but don't wanna ruin because of the surprise, the beginning, what comes after the Miramax logo. That's all I'll say right now.
Speaking of the Miramax logo, this must be the most hard core Miramax film so far. It was so worthy of being Dimension.