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From director Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Sin City) comes an action- packed, cutting-edge serving of carnage asada...with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action!

Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete (Danny Trejo) is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name--Machete.

As a tribute to both the hyperbolic excesses of 1970s drive-in cinema and the fearsome screen persona of veteran character actor Danny Trejo, producer-writer-codirector Robert Rodriguez's Machete is, in grindhouse parlance, one mean mother. A full-length version of Rodriguez's faux "Mexsploitation" trailer in Grindhouse, Machete sketches, in the boldest strokes possible, the adventures of its titular hero (Trejo), a former federal agent turned day laborer after losing his wife and child to a katana-wielding drug lord (Steven Seagal, of all people). Recruited by shady businessman Jeff Fahey (Lost) to assassinate a rabble-rousing senator (Robert De Niro) with a particular hate vibe for immigrants, Machete soon finds himself the target of government agents, border vigilantes (led by Don Johnson!), and about half the state of Texas. Unfortunately, none seem to realize the film's central thesis: Machete's business is killing, and business is booming.

Viewers expecting subtlety or even story coherence in Machete should probably check out another movie; the script by Rodriguez and cousin Alvaro leaves no genre cliché or absurd scenario untouched, resulting in less of a plot than a collection of over-the-top set pieces, dialogue, and casting stunts (Johnson, Lindsay Lohan as Fahey's libertine daughter, and Rodriguez regulars Cheech Marin, Daryl Sabara, Tom Savini, Michael Parks, and an uncredited Rose McGowan). Most of the cast seems in on the joke, most notably a gleefully over-the-top De Niro and Michelle Rodriguez as a taco truck operator/revolutionary leader who borrows her look from the infamous Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Jessica Alba is also on board as a sympathetic fed who becomes Machete's love interest). Though it's occasionally overlong and unnecessarily convoluted, the film's value rests on how well it allows star Danny Trejo to exude his steely, implacable Danny Trejo-ness; on those merits alone, Machete is a blockbuster. --Paul Gaita

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  • Product Details

    • Actors: Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba
    • Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: 20th Century Fox
    • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
    • Run Time: 105 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002ZG98C8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Machete" on IMDb

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    175 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Melkor VINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
    Format: Blu-ray
    Jan 3, 2011:
    This isn't so much a review of the film itself, but of the product. I'm writing to inform people of a future Double Dip. In an interview in October 2010, Robert Rodriguez said that there is going to be an "Ultra-violent Director's Cut" of the movie to be released on home video. No release date has been announced for that DVD yet, but I assume that version of the film will have the usual Rodriguez extras such as a commentary, a film school, and a cooking school (all of which are not on the current DVD/Blu releases).

    If you like "Machete" enough to buy it, but don't care about different versions, extras, etc., then go ahead and get this version of the film. If LOVE "Machete" and you want to hold out, then save your money and wait for the next version of the DVD/Blu that will come out. Fair warning: looking at the double dips for other Rodriguez films such as "Grindhouse" and "From Dusk Til Dawn", the next release could be possibly several months or years from the date I'm writing this review. If you can't wait, go ahead and pick up this version.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
    Format: DVD
    This is an amazing movie. If you took parts of Itchy & Scratchy, GTA San Andreas, Blaxploitation movies of the 70s, and bad porn, and then had it stirred up, dipped in batter, and deep fried by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's unholy spawn, you get this stupidly perfect movie.

    Some of the scenes in this insane grindhouse fest will have you pause, rewind, re-watch, and repeat: they are that freaking over-the-top. There were at least a half dozen literal jaw-dropping, eye-bulging, WOW moments. I wish I could share some of the great moments but they have to be witnessed in stunned amazement as I did, without any preparation.

    Now let's get this straight; this movie has almost no genuine redeeming cinematic qualities. The plot is ridiculous, the script inane, there is no semblance of reality, and there is a moronically heavy handed pro-illegal immigrant message. However, there is a reason this movie boasts big names and I'm pretty sure it wasn't for the paycheck or the chance to get an Oscar. It's because this is pure artery-clogging joy. If you feel the need to critique this movie you probably also look for the sanitary qualities of a truck taco. I don't know about you, but some of the best food I've ever eaten came from a truck. I can't sum it up any better than that.
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    94 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Informed Buyer on January 8, 2011
    Format: Blu-ray
    Almost NO special features from a director who packs his discs with them?! Greedy companies (Like 20th Cent FOX) want to bleed us dry and have super-fans purchase 2 copies: (1) bare bones disc now and (1) "special directors cut" later. My advice: HOLD OFF, rent it now, and buy the (almost certain) re-release in a few months! It's happened COUNTLESS times with major releases and, quite frankly, is insulting. Show them we are wise to their games and won't be taken advantage of anymore!
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    25 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Arturo Royal on March 4, 2011
    Format: Amazon Instant Video
    Machete is a parody of a parody of a parody and it is extremely fun. Machete is a throwback to the old "grind-house exploitation" movies that tried to have a plot (which were always awful) and sometimes even a "massage" (which were terribly portrayed as well, although one understood what the "message" might be, whether it be as simplistic as "don't brake the law", or more sensitive subjects such as "rape", etc. In this case Latinos, which in some instances ARE being mistreated in this country, "illegal" or not, is part of the "plot" and "message"). In the 1970's these types of movies were seen, or at least attended to, for pure fun (and if one had a significant other, to play fun "games" in the darkness of the theater). And this is what Machete (along with Planet Terror and Death Proof) was intended as: a cheap, fun, exploitation flick. If these types of movies are "terrible" that's because they're SUPPOSED to be "terrible".
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MMRivera on October 1, 2013
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    I ordered this DVD to watch before the second movie came out. DVD was packaged securely and was shipped in a timely manner. Would recommend to others to watch. Good movie.
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    8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Seahorn on September 22, 2011
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    "Machete" is one of the first entries in Hollywood's recent trend of "supergroup cinema" - mixing lead performers from different rungs of the cinematic ladder in a bombastic action vehicle that would've been unthinkable to produce as little as five years ago. It's also continuing the simultaneously-stimulated fascination of retrofitting modern action movies with '70s/early-'80s exploitation twists for the result of "grindhouse" features. In both arenas, "Machete" succeeds remarkably, making for one of the most outright enjoyable features of 2010.

    The story: three years after the murder of his family at the hands of a ruthless drug lord (Steven Seagal, Exit Wounds), ex-Federale Miguel "Machete" Cortez (Danny Trejo, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) becomes ensnared as the wild card in a shady conflict involving the attempted assassination of a Texas Senator (Robert De Niro, GoodFellas), an underground aide network to illegal Mexican immigrants run by a tough beauty (Michelle Rodriguez, Avatar), and a plot to exploit both to dark ends.

    The cast is the first feature that catches your eye, and for the most part it's remarkably well-chosen. Not unlike Gary Daniels in Stallone's
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    Doesnt work on my BDT-S570. After talking to idiots online at sony for an hour - it appears it wont. Cant believe this POS wont play given that sony invented the bluray standard. Habib certainly couldnt help me.
    Jan 5, 2011 by Derek U |  See all 69 posts
    either lower the price of dvd or include special features
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    Joshua this version will be the r rated cut..unrated will be out later according to Rodriguez
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