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Desperado (Special Edition) (1995)

Antonio Banderas , Salma Hayek , Robert Rodriguez  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Carlos Gallardo, Robert Rodriguez, Bill Borden, Elizabeth Avellan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZU1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desperado (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive First Look at "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"
  • 10 More Minutes with Robert Rodriguez: Anatomy of a Shootout

Editorial Reviews

In this continuation of "El Mariachi," a traveling musician looking for work gets mistaken for a hitman and is thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. Stars Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Deluxe Edition packed with special features! Featurette: "Sneak Peak: Once Upon A Time in Mexico. Featurette: "10 More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout." Audio Commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez.

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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Super of Superbit DVDs October 11, 2001
This week I had an opportunity to take a look at the new Superbit DVDs from Columbia Tristar. Of all the Superbit DVDs we looked at the one which clearly delivered on the Superbit promise is Desperado Superbit with a version clearly superior to the initial release. From the first scene in the movie on, the picture is remarkably improved over the original version. To give you an example of how big the difference is, when Steve Buscemi's character walks into the bar, it looks like it is lit in a murky brown light, whereas in the Superbit version the bar is clearly and evenly lit by a dark red light. I was like, "Oh, so that's what it's supposed to look like!" I found myself comparing a good number of scenes in Desperado, and clearly across the board the Desperado Superbit looked better. The key scene I selected compare between the two versions in Desperado was the one where Carolina (played by Selma Hayek) sings a song on the bed of El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas). Some of the notable differences I could see:
* Skin tone! Wow! In the Superbit version there's a dramatic difference in skin tone, it looks a lot richer and is a much truer color.
* As the camera pans over to Selma's face you can see much more detail in her face and on her skin.
* The colors of El Mariachi's guns are much different and they glimmer in the Superbit version. In the original version they are a dull metallic color.
The DTS audio track is as dramatic a difference as the picture. Most noticeably is when El Mariachi jumps backward from the top of the building firing his pistols. In the DTS audio track you hear a thud as he lands, something I didn't hear in either the old or new Dolby Digital tracks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodriguez scores again... March 16, 1999
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Rodriguez made a small film called "El Mariachi" that was beautifully realized and made for under $7,000 dollars and now he gives us the "now-that-I-have-enough-money" version.
And it's beautifully realized. Somewhere between John Woo and Sergio Leone with a little Coppola and Tarantion thrown in for luck, this movie is a miracle of story-telling and style.
This time, the Mariachi-Man(with a small arsenal in his suitcase) is played by Antonio Banderas(THE MASK OF ZORRO). Every scene that he's in is filled with violence and dangerous sexuality that makes him one of the most sought-after male leads in Hollywood. In the opening, Steve Buscemi(CON-AIR, FARGO, THE BIG LEBOWSKI) tells the story of a mysterious shadowy stranger who goes from bar to bar, looking for the man who destroyed his life. In the process, he shoots up everybody, including the bartender, much to the unease of 'tender, Cheech Marin(T.V.'s NASH BRIDGES, TIN CUP).
You see he's part of the front for Bucho, played by Joaquin Del Alameida (ONLY YOU, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER), the man who killed Mariachi's woman. And Alameida is wonderfully cast as the baddie, being shadowy and sexy at the same time with a gruff voice and commanding eyes that you can read like a book.
And so, the story rages on, and so does the mythology. Mariachi goes from place to place, trying to avoid being shot at in action scenes that look borrowed from the Universal Studios Western Stunt Show. In the process, Banderas meets Carolina, played by the beautiful Salma Hayek(54, THE FACULTY, FOOLS RUSH IN). She's eye candy, but instead of just looking pretty like most models in film(see CINDY CRAWFORD in FAIR GAME), she actually ACTS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We heard stories about a guitar case full of guns" February 28, 2001
By Jason
If you love shootouts and revenge, you'll love this movie, it is about a mariachi (Banderas) carrying a guitar case full of guns looking for revenge against a man named Bucho (De Almeida) who had one of his guys kill the mariachis wife. There is a great cast with Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin and Quentin Tarantino. This movie is great, I like the beginning where Buscemi is exaggerating about El Mariachi about the shootout he witnessed in Zaragosa. I also like when Tarantino tells his joke to the bartender. This movie is worth watching even if your not mexican. It takes place in Santa Cecilia, Mexico. It is like a south of the border Pulp Fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like about this...? February 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Bad boy Banderas has deep attitude all over in this one. He always does "deep attitude" and brooding well...Selma Hayek is great to look at, although she coulda acted less helpless here...the stylish Rodriquez directing reminds me of John Woo's technique...and the opening 10-15 minutes--Steve Buscemi's set-up--has got to be one of the great film beginnings of all time. One of the best action films ever made.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mariachi's back in black, on purpose September 5, 2004
Desperado was the necessary addition to Roberto Rodriguez's original film, The Mariachi. Although the director is the same, there is definitely a revamp in the film. For example, Antonio Banderas replaced the original actor of The Mariachi to play the character in Desperado. This gives you a sense of what one can do with more money and a bit more time.

However, I have not given you a sense of the story. The story is set a few years after The Mariachi ended, with Steve Buscemi's character telling tales of this gun slinging Mariachi. Apparently, Antonio Bandera's character, the Mariachi, has put up his guitar for his new lifestyle of revenge killings. With his final revenge nearing, Banderas has many difficulties as his progress is halted many times. Only when another lady comes into his life, played by Salma Hayek, does Bandera get back on his mission.

This movie was good, and entertaining. I do not feel that the acting was necessarily exemplary, although I did like Buscemi playing the role that he did, because it just seemed to fit him so well. The gun battles were neat, and the cinematography over all was nice. What really made this movie for me was the connection with The Mariachi, because it was not unlike, for good reason, Tarantino's style of tie-ins to previous movies. This movie would get a 3.5 for its revitalization of the modern Western, with a distinctly Southwest/Mexican feel. However, I can only give it a three or four, and I round down, so three it is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun film for Rodriguez and Tarantino fans and I am one of them..
Great fun if you don't take your violence, blood and gore too seriously. I really liked the film. And Salma Hayak is a joy to behold. I don't care what she is in. Read more
Published 2 days ago by James Lundsten
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Violence, action, blood, hotness! Woohoo!! This movie is a lot of fun to watch. I love Steve Buscemi in it, too.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Quentin Tarantino in it there will be blood
Antonio Banderas lover's movie for sure. Plenty of action, violence and blood, with some humor in the mix.
Surprise twist at the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars It's in my top 10
One of my all time favorite movies. An excellent blends of action, drama, sex and humor. An unending source of inspiration for my own stories.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Gagnon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that I expected more, but I expected more…
It’s not that I expected a really smart film or anything, but I didn’t expect this to feel so amateurish and soap operatic (but then again, maybe I should have). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Ellington
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't watch all the way through...
My wife and I had wanted to watch this since we first heard the sound track. Los Lobos, Tito and Tarantula, etc. Great sound track. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Hutchin
5.0 out of 5 stars desperado
great fun movie just another superbit to my collection just as good of a blu ray but fraction of the price and came real fast
Published 4 months ago by James Ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
The product arrived as promised, it was packaged in its original case, it was in perfect condition and based upon these factors, I recommend the seller and Amazon Marketplace as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer, Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Antonio excellent, again!
Because we liked it! Tony Banderas is always good so knew we would like it. We have followed him since 'Zorro' fame!!
Published 6 months ago by Georgia Buying Gal
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars...
...may be too much for this movie but its one of those awesome action movie guilty pleasures. So much carnage! Guns blazing! What more would a dude want in an action movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Adraneda
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