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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
Two movies for a great price. Now the movies: I have owned Desprado on DVD for a while and love the movie. I would give it more than five stars if I could. As for El Marachi surprisingly another fine Robert Rodriguez film. Frankly I never before had heard and believed that it was Desperado but in Spanish. I was wrong and found out what El's motivation for killing drug dealers came from. Thank goodness the film was transferred as is and was not ruined with a computerized enhancement. You see the grain of the film which added grittiness to the film. The only thing that I highly recommend that you turn on the English subtitles and listen to the original Spanish audio. The English dub track is Godawful you will enjoy the film much better. As an avid anime and Chinese Kung Fu fan I have heard worse dub tracks and this is the same. You will get more enjoyment and the translation of the subtitles give more depth to the story then listening to the dubbed audio. In wanting to match lips to dialog inevitably is butchered when English I'd synced to the film. All that said both films are trademark Robert Rodriguez movies. These are not masterpieces in need of an award, but they are great action films for guys to enjoy with humor mixed in with the blood and guts.

I am happy these were released together. Otherwise I most likely would have watched it on cable with the horrible English dub.

Even though it is said that Once Upon A Time In Mexico is the finale of the movies it does nothing but embarrass Robert Rodrigez. I am sure it was made with a bigger budget and they tried to make up for the poor script with some big named actors and blood and guts. These two are all you need to see IMHO
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2011
This is an excellent blu ray. El Mariachi's source is not without its flaws, and it looks it, but most imperfections can largely be attributed to the low budget nature of the film and it certainly looks better than any previous home video release. Desperado, which had a substantially bigger budget, looks splendid on blu ray. The colors are vibrant, the blacks are strong, and contrast is good. As with El Mariachi, Desperado has never looked better. Pick this up if you're a fan of these movies, you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2011
The copy of El Mariachi is really rather poor quality, but it's probably about as good as it can be. I gather it's a telecine of a film copy of the original - hardly Bluray quality. It's interesting as the first film Robert Rodriguez made.

Desperado, by contrast, is much better quality. It is a sequel to El Mariachi, but clearly made with a much larger budget.

Having these two together is a much better deal than having El Mariachi by itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2013
Guitars and guns. What's not to like? Desperado looks and sounds great. El Mariachi is... well... El Mariachi. Rough, raw and unpolished.
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on September 22, 2014
Desperado is a classic film, with lots of great music by acts such as Dire Straits, Carlos Santana and my personal favorite - Tito & Tarantula! Antonio Banderas is perfect in this role and so is Salma Hayek in hers! And of course, any movie that features Steve Buscemi is... well... you know it's going to be a classic!

This double feature sort of gives you the movie of Desperado before it became Desperado. All in all... a great buy and one that will see plenty of time in my Blu-Ray player...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2011
These two movies are awesome. I had only seen "El Mariachi" in the original version with English subtitles before. This English version is dubbed very well (I hardly recognized that the voices are not original). Video quality is essentially not different from a DVD.
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on May 10, 2015
I watched this after reading "Rebel Without a Crew", about how Robert Rodriguez made this movie on a $7,000 budget. The book was very good. With the rave reviews in the book, I expected a lot from the movie.

The first couple minutes of the movie were shaky, but the rest of the 30-minute action part was very good. The story kept me interested in the rest of the movie and it turned out to be pretty good.
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on June 27, 2014
What a great Blu-Ray! You get Roger Rodriguez's brilliant, no budget, South of the border modern day western...then follow it up with his big budget continuation! All in the same package! It's a fantastic way to watch the evolution of this director, plus a perfect way to spend a night!
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on April 17, 2014
We all know what Robert Rodriguez can do - Sin City, Planet Terror, Machete - so it's fun to see how few restrictions he had back in the beginning.

The irony is that his first film, El Mariachi, was confined mostly by a lack of funds, and Desperado was boosted by its star power. Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas are the leads, and Steve Buscemi, and Quentin Tarantino make appearances, along with other faces who have become Rodriguez regulars.

Inventive and fun and cool with plenty of sex appeal, and encouraging to see an amazing director having fun in his early years.
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on March 6, 2014
EL Mariachi was simply awful, and really should be amputated from Desperado. El Mariachi was obviously done on a shoestring budget. The film is bad both in acting and cinematography. Desperado was really enjoyable with real actors, better cameras..
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