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Sin City (2005)

Jessica Alba , Devon Aoki , Robert Rodriguez , Frank Miller  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,016 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNTX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sin City" on IMDb

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  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
  • One of four random slipsleeve covers

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Brutal and breathtaking, Sin City is Robert Rodriguez's stunningly realized vision of Frank Miller's pulpy comic books. In the first of three separate but loosely related stories, Marv (Mickey Rourke in heavy makeup) tries to track down the killers of a woman who ended up dead in his bed. In the second story, Dwight's (Clive Owen) attempt to defend a woman from a brutal abuser goes horribly wrong, and threatens to destroy the uneasy truce among the police, the mob, and the women of Old Town. Finally, an aging cop on his last day on the job (Bruce Willis) rescues a young girl from a kidnapper, but is himself thrown in jail. Years later, he has a chance to save her again.


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Based on three of Miller's immensely popular and immensely gritty books (The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard), Sin City is unquestionably the most faithful comic-book-based movie ever made. Each shot looks like a panel from its source material, and director Rodriguez (who refers to it as a "translation" rather than an adaptation) resigned from the Directors Guild so that Miller could share a directing credit. Like the books, it's almost entirely in stark black and white with some occasional bursts of color (a woman's red lips, a villain's yellow face). The backgrounds are entirely digitally generated, yet not self-consciously so, and perfectly capture Miller's gritty cityscape. And though most of Miller's copious nudity is absent, the violence is unrelentingly present. That may be the biggest obstacle to viewers who aren't already fans of the books and who may have been turned off by Kill Bill (whose director, Quentin Tarantino, helmed one scene of Sin City). In addition, it's a bleak, desperate world in which the heroes are killers, corruption rules, and the women are almost all prostitutes or strippers. But Miller's stories are riveting, and the huge cast--which also includes Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Nick Stahl, Michael Clarke Duncan, Devin Aoki, Carla Gugino, and Josh Hartnett--is just about perfect. (Only Bruce Willis and Michael Madsen, while very well-suited to their roles, seem hard to separate from their established screen personas.) In what Rodriguez hopes is the first of a series, Sin City is a spectacular achievement. --David Horiuchi

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Based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller (who receives co-directing credit), Robert Rodriguez's visually stunning blend of comic book imagery and film noir action focuses on the characters who inhabit the crime-ridden streets of Basin City, including hulking, superhuman anti-hero Marv (Mickey Rourke), private investigator Dwight (Clive Owen), and disgraced cop Hartigan (Bruce Willis). Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Nick Stahl, Elijah Wood co-star; features a scene by "special guest director" Quentin Tarantino. 124 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: Spanish; featurette.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I liked it... April 20, 2005
While it's probably a total cliche to say it by now, Sin City really is a wild thrill ride of a movie, and quite possibly the most entertaining thing that will hit theaters all year. Adapted by director Robert Rodriguez from Frank Miller's graphic-novel series, it's an energetic slab of neo-noir, complete with twisted characters, ambiguous morality, and deadly serious dialogue. For those who thought the Kill Bill movies weren't bizarre or violent enough, Sin City ought to seem like a stylish, action-packed gift from guy-movie heaven. It's filled with negativity, outrageously over the-top bloodletting, and some of the blackest humor known to man, but it all works anyway. I even managed to forgive the incessant voice-over narration, normally a rather lazy device, because it's so oddly poignant and poetic. It's not really that big a deal anyway, because this movie is so impressive visually that the characters could speak in gibberish and I'd probably still be moved to give it at least three stars.

It should be noted right off the bat that Sin City is not a movie for everyone, but if you're the type who would like it you presumably know who you are. IF you like crime movies, especially those filled with action and atmosphere, you will almost certainly get a kick out of Sin City. If you prefer lighter, more "socially redeeming" fare, you may still like it, or you may be overcome with bile filling your throat for most of its two-hour running time. It's all a matter of how willing you are to accept what's going on without asking too many nagging questions like "How exactly did Mickey Rourke just take out ten armed riot cops with nothing more than his fists and a hatchet?" or "is it really possible or even necessary to manually tear off a man's scrotum?".
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224 of 278 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basin City Blues July 21, 2005
Format:DVD
The concept for this film started in the Comics revolution of the late 60's with incredible artists like Frank Frazetta, Jim Steranko, Neal Adams, and Barry Smith. They knew anatomy, and they used photographs to compose their backgrounds. Pre-Anime, the characters began to "almost" move off the pages. Frank Miller came along in 1978. He helped to inaugurate the adult graphics novels-larger formats, better paper, brighter inks-coupled to nudity and R-rated dialogue. Some of this has been around since the late 50's, but the new format was gathering speed and Miller was in the vanguard.

Miller's graphic novel's about SIN CITY contained art in panels that broke down like very detailed storyboards. When Robert Rodriguez decided to court Miller and sell him on the idea of converting the graphics to digital video-Miller loved it. Their partnership went so far as to have Rodriguez dropping out of the Director's Guild so that he might be permitted to put Frank Miller in the credits as co-director. Rodriguez created a B&W world where color was used sparingly-and for great effect. Blood was white-or bright red. Some eyes were blue. Some hair was blond. Pale green and pale blue showed up on classic cars.

Rodriguez assembled a powerhouse cast. Bruce Willis was first up, to boost the sales of the production and the star power. He was excellent in the film-beginning to appear very Noir-very Chandler and Hammett-a modern Bogart. Using CGI and live actors, Rodriguez was able to do most of the work in his homegrown studio in Texas. Miller created a world part pulp-novel, classic cars-and part hyper-violent martial arts and splatter film.
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Frank Miller's "SIN CITY" graphic novels released back in 1991 and 1992 wowed readers when it first was released from Dark Horse Comics. The stories were collected in trade paperbacks with seven graphic novel that revolve around the people of Basin City aka "Sin City". Known for it's use of primary colors of black, white and red, the graphic novel would win many fans over for its dark and violent tone but storytelling crafted by Frank Miller known for his awesome work on the "Batman" and "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear" comic books.

In 2005, Robert Rodriguez, a fan of the graphic novels wanted to make a film based on "SIN CITY" but if only Frank Miller jumped on aboard. After seeing test footage by Frank Miller, it was enough to entice the creator to become co-director of the film and in the end, earned over $158 million worldwide in theater receipts.

In 2005, two DVD versions were released and now, a special 2-disc Blu-ray version which includes the original theatrical and the "recut, extended, unrated" version is set for an April 21, 2009 and all I can say is that this release blows away the DVD versions and easily among the top 10, if not, the top 5 Blu-ray's produced thus far.

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"Frank Miller's SIN CITY" is a film that is shot entirely digital via green screen. The digital recreations of Sin City just look dark, grimy but in a technical sense, quite magnificent in capturing Frank Miller's dark and corrupted city with its blacks, whites and reds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie.
I have two homes and did not have a copy at my second home so I purchased one through amazon.
Published 15 hours ago by Anthony J. Maeurer
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...bad disc
Unskippable previews makes this a 1 star. Why should I have to sit through 15 minutes of previews in my home theater?
Published 6 days ago by P. Rip
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to rate: some great, some wretched
This is one of those things that are impossible to rate with one rating. The cinematic part, or perhaps more precisely, the post-processing here is outstanding. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ghost(Ghost(M))
5.0 out of 5 stars Like new was a modest description
This was a great purchase. Showed up early, and pretty much was in brand new condition. If you haven't watched the film, it's a good one. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Paul H.
5.0 out of 5 stars INTENSE
Hang on for the ride. This is a very intense story. The cinematography is quite unique and provides a visually stunning backdrop that gives it a flair for the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Scott Bucholtz
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bloody Good Time
Sin City is a guilty pleasure, plain and simple. It features some pretty bad acting at times (cough Jessica Alba cough), and some laughable special effects. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mitchell T. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Las Vegas, This Sin City Is A Must See.
I have never seen a movie like this one, comic noir. This is my first, and I thought it was great. The movie is based on somesome novels from Frank Miller. Read more
Published 20 days ago by K.L. CocKayne
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this one!!
We stopped watching it after five minutes; it was that bad. Dialog totally predictable, first scene of murder almost made you want to laugh. Read more
Published 20 days ago by southpaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Miller's best production.
Instant Classic. Blood, Gore, Revenge, Lust, ...Life. Sin City is what we all avoid and look forward to at the same time.
Published 22 days ago by Differ
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
Need I say more? If you are a fan of comic books or just a fan of Robert Rodriguez, this is a must buy!
Published 22 days ago by Tony Walters
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24p question....
I have the same problem, I have a SHARP AQUOS LC-42D72U, made pre-June 2007, 60 Hz screen and I can't do the 24 fps mode either. I'm thinking that you need a 120, 240 or 600 Hz screen to take advantage of the 24 fps mode.
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