Customer Reviews: Robert Rodriguez Mexico Trilogy (El Mariachi / Desperado / Once Upon A Time In Mexico)
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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 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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on January 3, 2007
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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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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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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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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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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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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on August 12, 2013
Each sequal just compliments the previous movie. Johnny Depp and Antonio B. put on such amazing performances! Depp is only in the third film though so if you haven't seen the movies that is a warning for all who are buying to see him.
Delivery was in a yellow bubble wrap envelope and the dvd's are packaged in a box set with very thin cases for the seperate dvd's. For the price this trilogy is worth it!
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on April 15, 2014
It's a series I've wanted to own for awhile, and the price finally came down to a range I liked. Since I hadn't seen the first one first, I was a bit confused on the story-lines and certain references. I'm glad to finally gather the whole story.
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on July 3, 2013
There are tons of extras on the DVDs. Save your money on film school and buy this set instead. Even if you're not a huge Rodriguez fan, he offers some great counsel on making movies in this set and his book Rebel without a crew.
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