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Robert Rodriguez Mexico Trilogy (El Mariachi / Desperado / Once Upon A Time In Mexico) (1995)

Antonio Banderas , Salma Hayek , Robert Rodriguez  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Carlos Gallardo
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Carlos Gallardo, Robert Rodriguez, Bill Borden, Carmen M. De Gallardo, Elizabeth Avellan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ASDFI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,886 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robert Rodriguez Mexico Trilogy (El Mariachi / Desperado / Once Upon A Time In Mexico)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

EL MARIACHI: All he wants is to be is 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 director Robert Rodriguez. Financed with earnings from a month-long stay in a research hospital, this astonishing action adventure was shot with no second takes, using borrowed equipment and a talented cast of unknowns. The riveting result is a wild bullet-dodging ride through a world of bandido violence, from the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion. With little more than a great story and a lot of heart, Rodriguez has created pure movie pleasure, setting new standards for independent filmmaking, and establishing himself as an unquestionable talent. "An enormously entertaining movie." (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES). DESPERADO: 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. 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. ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO: Leaping back into action, gun-slinging, guitar-toting hero "El Mariachi" is back in town in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, as director Robert Rodriguez delivers the epic final chapter of his pulp Western trilogy. Starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Enrique Iglesias and Willem Dafoe ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO is a full-frontal assault.

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249 of 251 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Editions all around November 2, 2005
There is some confusion as to the releases in this set, based on the reviews so far and the limited information in the description. I hesitated to buy it at first based on the fact that the back of the outer case simply had credits and the typical info box for all three films giving the languages and aspect ratios of the films, but nothing as to the other content of the discs contained.

Here is what is included in the set:

Disc 1:

El Mariachi (Special Edition)

- 1.85:1 Widescreen Anamorphic/81 Minutes

- Director's Commentary

- Robert Rodriguez's Short Film "Bedhead"

- "10-Minute Film School"

Disc 2:

Desperado (Special Edition)

- 1.85:1 Widescreen Anamorphic/103 Minutes

- Director's Commentary

- "10 More Minutes with Robert Rodriguez: Anatomy of a Shootout"

Disc 3:

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

- 1.78:1 Widescreen Anamophic/102 Minutes

- Director's Commentary

- Deleted Scenes

- Film is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez

- Ten-Minute Flick School

- Ten-Minute Cooking School

- Inside Troublemaker Studios

- The Anti-Hero's Journey

- The Good, the Bad and the Bloody: Inside KNB FX

So this set re-packages the most recent release of each of the titles into a great little package. Little being the key word - this set uses the slim-line DVD cases often used in TV on DVD packaging and most recently seen in the Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Double Feature Gift Pack. Two slim-line cases take up the space of a single standard DVD case, so this set with 3 slim-line cases is nice and compact.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 3, 2007
Bought it for the second movie - Desperado - which I loved, but ended up loving the first movie - El Mariachi - even more! Even though it's subtitled and in Spanish, it gives the beginning of the story and is campy and gritty, obviously low-budget but it's great. If you like foreign films and anything to do with Robert Rodriguez, you'd love this set of movies and it'd be worth adding to your collection.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Via con dios! July 31, 2006
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This is a great deal. These 3 movies are amazing and the price cant be beat. El Mariachi is in Spanish with no option for english over dubbing but there are subtitles and it is a great movie. Desperado is just classic and Once apon a time in Mexico was surprisingly really good as well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mariachi Grande August 29, 2008
*El Mariachi (4 stars out of 5)
For a very low-budget film, this is very well-made. Even though it has very grainy picture quality, the filming style is very excellent. It is a simple but great story filled with great action scenes and great characters. It is entirely in Spanish with English subtitles, and includes a commentary track, a short film, and a making-of featurette.

*Desperado (4 stars out of 5)
With a higher budget, this film surpasses its predessor both in quality and in style. It has excellent image and sound quality. There are loads of slick action scenes. The story is not bad, and has some excellent characters. It is well-written. Music was good. It is mostly in English with subtitles for Spanish-speaking parts, and includes a commentary, a making-of featurette, and I believe it has a free demo for video-editing software.

*Once Upon a Time in Mexico (4 stars out of 5)
This last film has some of the biggest and best action scenes of the trilogy. It still has great video/sound quality, a good filming style, good writing, good characters, and good music. The only thing that really suffers is the story, which is convoluted and seems to have too many characters to keep track of. Again, it is mostly English with subtitled Spanish-speaking parts. It includes a bunch of featurettes, a commentary, and some deleted scenes.

All of these films are exciting, entertaining, and very well-made. All discs are special editions, and contain a wealth of extras. Only the first film seems to have poor image quality, since it is so grainy, but it also accentuates the grittiness of the film and can be considered a benefit. The other two films have nearly perfect quality. Overall, this is a great set and is well worth the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best. November 9, 2006
What is there to say... These movies have it all from drama, comedy, action, ect... If you're a dude get it for the action and gun fights, and for you ladies d'uh its got Antonio Banderas for you in there. Anyhoo stop reading this and buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! June 7, 2007
An absolutely terrific box set and a must have for all Robert Rodriguez fans. The Mexico Trilogy is great fun and the box set, with all three movies as well as all special features from the individually sold films, is quite a bargain at only $21. A great buy for sure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodriguez Rocks March 14, 2008
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I'm a huge Rodriguez fan, and it all started here for him. The only thing that kept this from being a 5 is I can't reconcile that fact that El Mariachi is dubbed. Banderas does a fantastic job in Desperado, as does Selma Hayak, and Depp is added to the outstanding performance list in Once Upon a Time
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Ryan W.
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I have no attention span to go back and watch the original El Mariachi in its entirety but Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico make this set a good addition to your collection of movies.

I have personal reasons why I enjoy Desperado the most however don't discredit the last movie in this series. Good movies that you should see at least and the extras are your standard trailers, pictures and commentaries. Geth this set for the movies, not the special features.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies.
Not too reality based but fun to watch. First one is a little rough but it was a low budget piece so that must be taken into account. The later two films are great!
Published 11 days ago by Caleb Winters
4.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Face Changes
It's a series I've wanted to own for awhile, and the price finally came down to a range I liked. Since I hadn't seen the first one first, I was a bit confused on the story-lines... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chevy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Funny, exciting . Great fun.Did not know that El Mariachi had subtitles, but still a fine film. Got to wonder how that actor felt being replaced by Anyonio Banderas.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining
Rodriguez is a natural in film making and his themes are appealing, interesting and entertaining. He need to make more films.
Published 8 months ago by Boni Alduenda
4.0 out of 5 stars Just another great trilogy.
Each sequal just compliments the previous movie. Johnny Depp and Antonio B. put on such amazing performances! Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Purchase!
I had been looking for these movies in all types of movie/electronic stores and could never find a bundle that had all of them! this is great! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gef
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD features/great DVD set
There are tons of extras on the DVDs. Save your money on film school and buy this set instead. Even if you're not a huge Rodriguez fan, he offers some great counsel on making... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carrie Van Dusen
5.0 out of 5 stars Mexico Trilogy DVD Movies
I Purchased El Mariachi/Desperado/Once Upon A Time DVD The price was reasonable,the packaging and shipping charges were fair. Read more
Published 15 months ago by WILLIAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy
Like many people, I saw Desperado first, and then El Mariachi. The original movie really does hold its own considering it had a tiny budget. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jaydee
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
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