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Machete (2010)

Danny Trejo , Steven Seagal , Robert Rodriguez , Ethan Maniquis  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG98C8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Machete" on IMDb

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    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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    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.

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    168 of 196 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Double Dip Warning! January 3, 2011
    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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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars "Machete don't text." June 24, 2012
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    It's wildly exaggerated. It's supremely ridiculous. It spoofs its message. Huzzah! It's the action-packed motion picture, MACHETE, that you aren't supposed to take too seriously. It fulfills the promise raised in one of the faux trailers from the 2007 theater release of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's double-billed GRINDHOUSE. A slew of big name actors graces this exercise in pseudo-exploitation cinema, but towering above them all is Danny Trejo as the brutish, laconic Machete Cortez, that vengeful ex-Federale. Trejo's face is so weathered it resembles a page out of a Thomas Guide. And yet he is somehow a chick magnet, if you buy into the film. No less than two hotties - Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba - throw themselves at him.

    When one sets foot on the vengeance trail, it's best to have a huge friggin' machete to wave around menacingly. Machete Cortez is an old school sort of hombre stalking a modern world. His impractical tool of choice is the machete, even though he frequently has access to less primitive weaponry. But he's very good with his namesake blade. He cuts a friggin' swath.

    For shucks and giggles Robert Rodriguez, early on, inserts grainy footage to emulate those trashy old 1970s flicks. This alerts us that there'll be plenty of tongue-in-cheek shenanigans going down. The plot, such as it is, concerns the hot button topic of illegal immigration. Robert DeNiro, who's stooping to everyone's level now, plays conniving senator John McLaughlin, an aw-shucks, unctuous and drawly gent who is up for re-election. He's standing fast with his platform of proudly crapping on illegal immigrants. Scorning the even playing field, he hatches a fiendish scheme to garner him even more votes.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Habla inglés?" September 22, 2011
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    "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 The Expendables, Danny Trejo represents the perpetually underrated tough-guy who finally gets a break in the a leading role, no less.
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    24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reactions to a fun exploitation flick. March 4, 2011
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    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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    Problems with Machete Blu-ray Disc
    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
    I can agree with that.
    I would suggest that maybe you should try buying movies used.
    I do most of my used buying with I have found them to have some great deals on obscure editions of various movies.

    My dvd collection of normal dvds is about to hit the 500 mark. That doesn't... Read More
    Jan 12, 2011 by J. Demond |  See all 3 posts
    January 4th, 2011...
    Joshua this version will be the r rated cut..unrated will be out later according to Rodriguez
    Nov 25, 2010 by William J. Robinson |  See all 5 posts
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