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El Mariachi / Desperado (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]

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Deperado - 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, now remastered in high definition for Blu-ray™. Writer/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.

El Mariachi - All he wants is to be 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 writer/director Robert Rodriguez, now remastered in high definition for Blu-ray™.

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El Mariachi
This first film by twenty-four-year-old Robert Rodriguez was made for seven thousand dollars, and part of its enormous charm is that it really looks like a seven-thousand-dollar movie. It's a grubby little thriller, set in a Mexican border town, about a wandering mariachi musician (Carlos Gallardo) who is mistaken for a killer. The picture is a virtually unbroken series of chases and shoot-outs, and the non-stop action should be tiresome, but it isn't. Rodriguez establishes a delirious pace, and keeps the bullets flying and the corpses crumpling for a brisk, and appropriately terse, eighty-two minutes. The movie has the sort of dry, bracingly unwholesome humor that relentless mayhem can produce if the characters are mean and abject enough and the storytelling is speedy and laconic. This young filmmaker is no visual wizard; he's just an energetic and imaginative manipulator of tried-and-true genre conventions. But if you enter his seedy world with expectations as low as the picture's aspirations, you'll probably have a very good time. Also with Reinol Martinez, Consuelo Gómez, and Peter Marquardt. In Spanish. -Terrence Rafferty
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

Desperado
Director Robert Rodriguez follows up his cult feature "El Mariachi" with a similar story in an identical setting, throws in a big star, and comes up with the same old thing-fun with guns. The plot is not exactly Balzacian in its complexity: we watch the Mariachi kill a large number of unshaven men and go to bed with a smooth-skinned beauty as he moves toward an ultimate and rather tedious act of vengeance. What fun there is derives from the smart editing (Rodriguez did his own cutting, and he's quicker on the draw than most of the pistol-packers) and from Antonio Banderas, who, stepping neatly into the Mariachi's boots, lends irony and calm, and even a trace of sweetness, to a nothing role. Without him the picture would remain a hollow, high-speed exercise in style. (Fans of Quentin Tarantino will note with delight that their idol has a small supporting role. Foes will note with equal delight that he gets shot in the head.) -Anthony Lane
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

Special Features

Director Robert Rodriguez Commentary
Director's Commentary
MovieIQ
The Cutting Room
10 Minute Film School
Robert Rodriguez's Student Film: "Bed Head"
10 More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout
Los Lobos with Antonio Banderas - "Morena De Mi Corazón"
Tito & Tarantula- "Back To The House That Love Built"

Product Details

  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048LVDHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Knox on January 6, 2012
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Two movies for a great price. Now the movies: I have owned Desprado on DVD for a while and love the movie. I would give it more than five stars if I could. As for El Marachi surprisingly another fine Robert Rodriguez film. Frankly I never before had heard and believed that it was Desperado but in Spanish. I was wrong and found out what El's motivation for killing drug dealers came from. Thank goodness the film was transferred as is and was not ruined with a computerized enhancement. You see the grain of the film which added grittiness to the film. The only thing that I highly recommend that you turn on the English subtitles and listen to the original Spanish audio. The English dub track is Godawful you will enjoy the film much better. As an avid anime and Chinese Kung Fu fan I have heard worse dub tracks and this is the same. You will get more enjoyment and the translation of the subtitles give more depth to the story then listening to the dubbed audio. In wanting to match lips to dialog inevitably is butchered when English I'd synced to the film. All that said both films are trademark Robert Rodriguez movies. These are not masterpieces in need of an award, but they are great action films for guys to enjoy with humor mixed in with the blood and guts.

I am happy these were released together. Otherwise I most likely would have watched it on cable with the horrible English dub.

Even though it is said that Once Upon A Time In Mexico is the finale of the movies it does nothing but embarrass Robert Rodrigez. I am sure it was made with a bigger budget and they tried to make up for the poor script with some big named actors and blood and guts. These two are all you need to see IMHO
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This is an excellent blu ray. El Mariachi's source is not without its flaws, and it looks it, but most imperfections can largely be attributed to the low budget nature of the film and it certainly looks better than any previous home video release. Desperado, which had a substantially bigger budget, looks splendid on blu ray. The colors are vibrant, the blacks are strong, and contrast is good. As with El Mariachi, Desperado has never looked better. Pick this up if you're a fan of these movies, you will not be disappointed.
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I watched this after reading "Rebel Without a Crew", about how Robert Rodriguez made this movie on a $7,000 budget. The book was very good. With the rave reviews in the book, I expected a lot from the movie.

The first couple minutes of the movie were shaky, but the rest of the 30-minute action part was very good. The story kept me interested in the rest of the movie and it turned out to be pretty good.
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Desperado is a classic film, with lots of great music by acts such as Dire Straits, Carlos Santana and my personal favorite - Tito & Tarantula! Antonio Banderas is perfect in this role and so is Salma Hayek in hers! And of course, any movie that features Steve Buscemi is... well... you know it's going to be a classic!

This double feature sort of gives you the movie of Desperado before it became Desperado. All in all... a great buy and one that will see plenty of time in my Blu-Ray player...
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What a great Blu-Ray! You get Roger Rodriguez's brilliant, no budget, South of the border modern day western...then follow it up with his big budget continuation! All in the same package! It's a fantastic way to watch the evolution of this director, plus a perfect way to spend a night!
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El Mariachi is Robert Rodriguez's first commercial effort, but it is amazing in that the brilliance that inhabits his later works are already on display. The film is a little unpolished compared to the later ones, but it is very effective none-the-less and provides a good starting point for the subsequent films 'Desperado' and 'Once Upon A Time in Mexico". The English dubbing isn't bad either, which always helps.

Desperado is fabulous. Antonio Banderas is perfect as the now very intense El Mariachi. The story is great. It bristles with humour and intelligence, which are true for all Robert Rodriquez's efforts. I'm making an assumption, but some of the gunfight scenes owe a little to John Woo. However, at the end of the second gunfight (the first is narrated by 'the American'), I've never seen gunfighters picking up the weapons of the fallen and so consistently having them not work. It's very funny in a bloody sort of way.

The collection did not include 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico', which, believe it or not, is even better. I recommend watching all 3 in a mini Robert Rodriguez film festival. You will not only see 3 excellent films (of their genre, of course), but have an opportunity to see a great director develop his craft.

Very highly recommended.
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I only have one thing to say on this review. Great movies and not broken or damaged. Well that's two things. Really entertaining. Funny how these movies were made by the same guy who made spy kids. This is nothing like spy kids by the way. Epic Rodríguez s***!
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I can't really say enough good things about this Blu-ray double disc edition. Aside from the fact that I'm a fan of both movies, the commentaries and special features are literally a course in how to make films on a low budget.

Robert Rodriguez is the man! A true teacher. My main professor as far as I'm concerned in filmmaking, especially in the 21st century
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