People whom I know that have already seen it have all said that they would have had no problem hanging in there for another hour and a half because it was really good and just moved.
I've heard reports that Quentin suggested splitting the movie, liking the idea that it would then be a serial, but I've also heard that the Miramax honchos pushed it. Either way, I hope the split works.
I'm glad you like the Raku piece, Mark! Say hi to Marcy for us...
Caught Volume 1 this weekend. What a great ride! Like a greatest hits package of exploitation movies like they don't make anymore done with a lot of affection and style. I give it two severed thumbs up. Can't wait until the next one comes out in February.