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El Mariachi / Desperado (Double Feature) [Blu-ray] (1995)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048LVDHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Director Robert Rodriguez Commentary
Director's Commentary
The Cutting Room
10 Minute Film School
Robert Rodriguez's Student Film: "Bed Head"
10 More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout
Los Lobos with Antonio Banderas - "Morena De Mi Corazón"
Tito & Tarantula- "Back To The House That Love Built"

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Product Description

Deperado - Antonio Banderas, Joaquim De Almeida, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin and Quentin Tarantino star in this stylish shoot-’em-up described as a south-of-the-border Pulp Fiction, now remastered in high definition for Blu-ray™. Writer/director Robert Rodriguez follows up his legendary debut film, El Mariachi, with this sexy sequel about a mysterious guitar player (Banderas) searching for vengeance against the men who murdered his girlfriend.

El Mariachi - All he wants is to be a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically acclaimed film debut from writer/director Robert Rodriguez, now remastered in high definition for Blu-ray™.

El Mariachi
This first film by twenty-four-year-old Robert Rodriguez was made for seven thousand dollars, and part of its enormous charm is that it really looks like a seven-thousand-dollar movie. It's a grubby little thriller, set in a Mexican border town, about a wandering mariachi musician (Carlos Gallardo) who is mistaken for a killer. The picture is a virtually unbroken series of chases and shoot-outs, and the non-stop action should be tiresome, but it isn't. Rodriguez establishes a delirious pace, and keeps the bullets flying and the corpses crumpling for a brisk, and appropriately terse, eighty-two minutes. The movie has the sort of dry, bracingly unwholesome humor that relentless mayhem can produce if the characters are mean and abject enough and the storytelling is speedy and laconic. This young filmmaker is no visual wizard; he's just an energetic and imaginative manipulator of tried-and-true genre conventions. But if you enter his seedy world with expectations as low as the picture's aspirations, you'll probably have a very good time. Also with Reinol Martinez, Consuelo Gómez, and Peter Marquardt. In Spanish. -Terrence Rafferty
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

Director Robert Rodriguez follows up his cult feature "El Mariachi" with a similar story in an identical setting, throws in a big star, and comes up with the same old thing-fun with guns. The plot is not exactly Balzacian in its complexity: we watch the Mariachi kill a large number of unshaven men and go to bed with a smooth-skinned beauty as he moves toward an ultimate and rather tedious act of vengeance. What fun there is derives from the smart editing (Rodriguez did his own cutting, and he's quicker on the draw than most of the pistol-packers) and from Antonio Banderas, who, stepping neatly into the Mariachi's boots, lends irony and calm, and even a trace of sweetness, to a nothing role. Without him the picture would remain a hollow, high-speed exercise in style. (Fans of Quentin Tarantino will note with delight that their idol has a small supporting role. Foes will note with equal delight that he gets shot in the head.) -Anthony Lane
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 19, 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great combo for those who have only seen Desperado January 6, 2012
By D. Knox
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The bartender always lives... March 24, 2013
By Andy
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably as good as it can be... February 2, 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars with lots of great music by acts such as Dire Straits September 22, 2014
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodriguez' Masterpieces March 23, 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution Of A Film Maker! June 27, 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Explosions & Guitars April 17, 2014
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
This two disc double Blu-Ray movie set arrived on time and intact, with no damage to either the discs or the case that the discs came in. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Robert Andrew Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars The best from Rodriguez
Loved this movie since I first saw it in the 90s. I think it's simply one of the best action movies of the 90s from the master Rodriguez.
Published 20 days ago by Jason Rumbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super Fast. New. Thanks
Published 2 months ago by J. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Salma Hayek
I LOVE Salma Hayek !!!!.... (and it shows her boobs) ..... love it love it love it.....
Published 2 months ago by Risky
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bad and the Good
EL Mariachi was simply awful, and really should be amputated from Desperado. El Mariachi was obviously done on a shoestring budget. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jerahn shively
5.0 out of 5 stars El Mariachi / Desperado (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
I very much enjoyed the movies. They Are a special kind of action packed movie that is spectacular. It was fun.
Published 8 months ago by Joseph R. Arteaga
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific pair of films
El Mariachi is Robert Rodriguez's first commercial effort, but it is amazing in that the brilliance that inhabits his later works are already on display. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these movies.
I only have one thing to say on this review. Great movies and not broken or damaged. Well that's two things. Really entertaining. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicholas Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Action
As an action watcher, I loved the double header. Saved a lot of money getting both on one disk rather than buying them separate.
Published 10 months ago by WOM
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome double feature from Robert Rodriguez
El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez's independent feature film debut, was made for about $7,000 but looks like it had a vastly more sizable budget. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Glick
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