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Desperado (Special Edition)

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Antonio Banderas, Joaquim De Almeida, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi 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.

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  • Actors: Joaquim De Almeida, Antonio Banderas, Steve Buscemi, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Bill Borden
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZU1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desperado (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Geoffrey Kleinman VINE VOICE on October 11, 2001
Format: 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.
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Rodriguez made a small film called "El Mariachi" that was beautifully realized and made for under $7,000 dollars and now he gives us the "now-that-I-have-enough-money" version.
And it's beautifully realized. Somewhere between John Woo and Sergio Leone with a little Coppola and Tarantion thrown in for luck, this movie is a miracle of story-telling and style.
This time, the Mariachi-Man(with a small arsenal in his suitcase) is played by Antonio Banderas(THE MASK OF ZORRO). Every scene that he's in is filled with violence and dangerous sexuality that makes him one of the most sought-after male leads in Hollywood. In the opening, Steve Buscemi(CON-AIR, FARGO, THE BIG LEBOWSKI) tells the story of a mysterious shadowy stranger who goes from bar to bar, looking for the man who destroyed his life. In the process, he shoots up everybody, including the bartender, much to the unease of 'tender, Cheech Marin(T.V.'s NASH BRIDGES, TIN CUP).
You see he's part of the front for Bucho, played by Joaquin Del Alameida (ONLY YOU, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER), the man who killed Mariachi's woman. And Alameida is wonderfully cast as the baddie, being shadowy and sexy at the same time with a gruff voice and commanding eyes that you can read like a book.
And so, the story rages on, and so does the mythology. Mariachi goes from place to place, trying to avoid being shot at in action scenes that look borrowed from the Universal Studios Western Stunt Show. In the process, Banderas meets Carolina, played by the beautiful Salma Hayek(54, THE FACULTY, FOOLS RUSH IN). She's eye candy, but instead of just looking pretty like most models in film(see CINDY CRAWFORD in FAIR GAME), she actually ACTS.
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Robert who? Until the release of this title no one knew who Robert Rodriguez was, What few know is that Desperado is actually the second in the El Mariachi Trilogy. It takes place years after the shocking ending of El Mariachi, finding the once budding guitar player, now Antonio Banderas, searching for the man who killed the woman he loved, and killing any and everyone who gets in his way. This is the high octane style thay we have come to associate with Rodriguez's movies. This edition of the movie has the choice of watching it in english or spanish with a multitude of subtitles to choose from. The wide-screen has all the benifits of a full-screen without the scrunched up or elongated faces. A must have for Antonio fans as well as Rodriguez followers.
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The first time I saw this when it first came out I liked it one star better. While it was entertaining, and Banderas and Hayek have some funny interactions, and there is the great addition of Cheech Marin and Steve Buscemi, as well as that fun character Danny Trejo, I just wasn't as into it this time. It was still fun to watch and Banderas has a great style. Just a little dated, predictable, and "forced" that's all. But certainly worth a watch if you haven't seen it.
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This is a great movie. It has "shoot em up", but the victims don't just fall down, they go flying across the room. It has a love story and comedy too. There is a bathroom stall scene where luckily I have never seen a bathroom stall so dirty. It's crewed and funny and has a lot of wow moments. I enjoyed the music and it's a movie I can watch over and over again.
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