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256 of 258 people found the following review helpful
on 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 amazon.com 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.

The transfer of El Mariachi here is the newest one ("From the original negatives supervised by Robert Rodriguez") not the older 1.66:1 transfer from the earlier Director's Double Feature release.

Also worthy of note is that all 3 film are Anamorphic despite the packaging indicating that El Mariachi and Desperado are just "Widescreen" while Once Upon a Time in Mexico is listed as "Anamorphic Widescreen." Columbia Tri-Star has always had a bad habit of not indicating when releases were anamorphic although most of their early releases were in fact anamorphic.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2006
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2007
Robert Rodriguez is one of the most talented directors of our time. Starting out with only one video camera and $7000, he produced a film that captured the attention of Hollywood mainstream. In viewing his "10 minute film school" and "10 minute cooking school" sections, you see that he is a very down to earth artist. He makes his own scores to movies, edits, produces...he's the all in one movie maker.

The Mexico Trilogy epitomizes the start of Rodriguez's career and how he transitions from movie to movie with the knowledge he has gained through experience. It is a must own for any action lover, independent film goer, or fan of the actors (Johnny Depp, Selma Hayek, Antonio Banderez).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2008
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2007
I watched all three of these movies. Fantastic. It's your typical shoot'em up movie with a vengeance. Great Price for all three. Does not take away from shelve space. Perfect.
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