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4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Super of Superbit DVDs, October 11, 2001
This review is from: Desperado (Superbit Collection) (DVD)
This week I had an opportunity to take a look at the new Superbit DVDs from Columbia Tristar. Of all the Superbit DVDs we looked at the one which clearly delivered on the Superbit promise is Desperado Superbit with a version clearly superior to the initial release. From the first scene in the movie on, the picture is remarkably improved over the original version. To give you an example of how big the difference is, when Steve Buscemi's character walks into the bar, it looks like it is lit in a murky brown light, whereas in the Superbit version the bar is clearly and evenly lit by a dark red light. I was like, "Oh, so that's what it's supposed to look like!" I found myself comparing a good number of scenes in Desperado, and clearly across the board the Desperado Superbit looked better. The key scene I selected compare between the two versions in Desperado was the one where Carolina (played by Selma Hayek) sings a song on the bed of El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas). Some of the notable differences I could see:
* Skin tone! Wow! In the Superbit version there's a dramatic difference in skin tone, it looks a lot richer and is a much truer color.
* As the camera pans over to Selma's face you can see much more detail in her face and on her skin.
* The colors of El Mariachi's guns are much different and they glimmer in the Superbit version. In the original version they are a dull metallic color.
The DTS audio track is as dramatic a difference as the picture. Most noticeably is when El Mariachi jumps backward from the top of the building firing his pistols. In the DTS audio track you hear a thud as he lands, something I didn't hear in either the old or new Dolby Digital tracks. Of all the Superbit Titles, Desperado is the easiest to recommend as a 'replacement' DVD for someone who already owns the original version. The improvements in the Superbit version are significant enough to warrant a purchase and you don't give up anything going to Superbit, as the original release didn't have any special features. However, there was also a double feature release (yep, Superbit makes release #3), which had Desperado on one side and El Mariachi on the other, so that's a pretty huge special feature to give up (and the only way to own El Mariachi on DVD).
[Geoffrey Kleinman, DVDTalk.com]
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Initial post: Jan 31, 2013 7:47:16 AM PST
Lillie says:
Please let me know if your DVD was in french? Desperado - "Edition Speciale"? I ordered this DVD from Columbia and the title on the dvd case and the back is in french. Is it suppose to look like that? Thank you for your help.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 3:57:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2014 4:05:58 PM PDT
Desperado... Drugs... How would you fight "that war"?
Would you go after the suppliers, or the consumers?
Both seem desperate in this film - they who work the
supply chain, are desperate for a better life... higher
wages, money, seen as a ticket to a better life, such
as operating a bookstore... And the consumers, desperate
for "the medicine", to get their "fix"... Perhaps it is not the
desperate ones who are to blame, but the Enabler-igos?
Once you're in, the enabler-igos, do not desire to see you
leave. And so, why go after the supplier-consumer-desperados,
rather than the enabler-amigos? To discern between the victims
and the victimizers, or to ascertain who might be, saved, is not
always easy to see. This, I thought, was a nice, thoughtful movie,
albeit, full of "bad language" - lots of "coarsing". El Mariachi, he
was perhaps too hasty to judge her, the book vendor, and the boy
who would not practise playing his guitar. Simple minds are oft
like that, failing to discern the complexity of a situation.

"Confession, fawhther? Not now, where I'm going, I'll be
back here again". - El Mariachi.
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