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Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark. Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home. Crooked cops. Sexy dames. Desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge. Others lust after redemption. And then there are those hoping for a little of both. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care. Their stories -- shocking, suspenseful and searing -- come to the fore in a new motion picture from co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and special guest director Quentin Tarantino.
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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Frank Miller is a favourite of mine, so I am pretty biased. The books the film is based upon cannot in the strictest term be called 'comics'. But this is heaped into the category of 'comic book film'. And you know what, for some reason that doesn't bother me.
Miller, who has always been known for shaking up our perceptions on the definitions of what can be expected in the comic book medium, stuck gold with this solid serialized title. With this film, director Robert Rodriguez redefined what a comic movie could be. And with this version of the BD, they both have redefined the comic book home experience.
Packed with featurettes, a sharp 5.1 soundtrack, snarky and witty commentary, and some 20 minutes of additional movie, there's not much to not like about Sin City at all. Hell, Rodriguez even puts a favourite recipe (apparently one that helped him get through the filming process) in the mix, a simple breakfast taco with homemade attentions- and I tried it; it is a simply divine way to spice up an early morning. How many other BDs, let alone DVDs, give you THAT kind of bonus features?
We know the count. Sin City was a highly regarded "neo-noir" TPB series and a highly praised film. Awards, all-star ensemble cast, lots of action, strong and sexy women, lots of action, gore, and lots of action. Frankly, if you are a fan of gritty comics at all and have no knowledge of Sin City and do not own a BD player... well, there's a good suggestion for your first two purchases.
It's dark, twisted, violent, and quite possibly one of my favourite films of all time.
3.5 Stars. Robert Rodriguez helps Frank Miller bring his graphic novel to life with style and blood. Based on a few stories from the graphic novel series, they employed an all-star cast to help bring it to life. Set in Basin City, they uses The Yellow Bastard, which has Hartigan (Bruce Willis) tracking down the Mayor’s son, Roark Jr. (Nick Stahl). He is a child rapist. His partner, Bob (Michael Madsen), doesn’t help in saving a young Nancy as Hartigan pushes forward. Hartigan is framed for the crimes and sent to prison, where he becomes pen pals with Nancy. Once out, he must save the grown Nancy (Jessica Alba) from Roark Jr., who is now a yellow monster. The Hard Goodbye follows the seemingly indestructible Marv (Mickey Rourke) as he goes on a rampage after his prostitute girlfriend, Goldie (Jaime King), is slaughtered by the glowing eyed Kevin (Elijah Wood). He kills everyone in his way until he gets to the top, Cardinal Roark (Rutger Hauer). The Big Fat Kill has Dwight (Clive Owen) shacking up with Shellie (Brittany Murphy). Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro) shows up wanting some love for him and his crew. Dwight puts him in his place and follows him to Old Town, which is run by Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her prostitutes. They kill Jackie Boy and find out he is a cop, which escalates a war with the mob run by Maunte (Michael Clarke Duncan), who wants Old Town for himself. It’s bookended by the strange and murderous The Salesman (Josh Hartnett). Like Pulp Fiction (1994), all the stories are parallel or intertwine, going back and forth in time. Stylistically the movie was praised, as they made it black and white and brought out color when needed for blood, cars, eyes, skin tones, etc. Shot primarily on green screen, they created the city around the characters and were able to give it a graphic/comic feel. Most critics applauded the movie for it’s visualisation of pulp noir, while others panned it for it’s lack of humanity. All the characters, even the ones that the viewers can relate to, were cold-blooded killers. Like noir movies, they had their own code of ethics but were more brutal. Regardless, it’s a visual feast that’s worth checking out. It might not be everyone, but it’s a fun ride.
I thought this one had an amazing cover for it, turns out that blue bar across the top with the bluray logo is actually printed onto the steelbook.
Every other one I've purchased that bothered to slap that up there, it was a sticker so it didn't mess up the cover. This one definitely won't be displayed anywhere and I'll be shelling out the extra for the version with Jessica Alba on it.
Ahh man, what a weird thing to be addicted to collecting.
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Bruce Willis is excellent as the hard boiled cop Hartigan who has made a vow to protect a stripper, but for me the star of the show is Mickey Rourke, who nearly steals the show as Marv, a tough guy ex-con out to do the right thing for once in his life. The movie has style to burn, filmed in black and white of course but with certain colours highlighted, mostly red and it has a retro feel, mostly because of the great classic American cars and a narration from main characters which kind of reminded me of playing Max Payne. It has a real grizzled, film noir old fashioned quality to it that stands up to multiple viewings.
I don't read graphic novels so I won't have a clue what they're like, but I am pretty sure this movie has the same kind of atmosphere and edgy quality that the Sin City graphic novels have. An all star cast really delivers, the females are tough and as sexy as hell, the guys are super cool, and sexy in their own way I suppose, so something for the ladies there, (particularly with Bruce Willis and Clive Owen of course) and it has great stories packed into it. I was totally bedazzled from the first viewing dvd and have now got it on Blu ray and have seen it three times already.
This is like film noir at its best for me and I would recommend Sin City to anyone who is a fan of either the Sin City Graphic novels themselves or film noir in general.
Super cool, super sexy.
Sin City is a tragic yet not dramatic set of stories, some interwoven, some linked by a common sense of destiny and a bitter, raw and existential approach to what's left of the world and characters' lives.
I found it very amusing, and from Clive Owen to Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke, they all contribute to make this a unique film, almost experimental, and definitely impressive on blu ray
A few years old now (2019) but It's a new film (to me) ... Can't wait to get my hands on the second film.
The presentation and production values are unusual but excellent, utilising 'green scene' photography to allow the graphic and distorted backgrounds to be rich in detail and reproduce the 1950s American-style 'world' in and around the fictional story location of 'Basin City'.
The picture is largely black and white, with certain aspects accentuated with flashes of vivid or florescent colour; the overall effect is superb.
The stories are violent, sexist and basic; but this does mean the film is not utterly entertaining, shocking or mesmerising. It demands to be watched on a large screen with a good audio presentation, but DVD playback on a decent telly will do !
The 3 storylines are intertwined and feature murder, revenge, rough justice and conflict featuring a wealth of well-known actors such as Bruce Willis, Rutger Hauer, Rosario Dawson and (most significantly) Mickey Rourke.
The cast of characters contain a mixture of the grotesque, beautiful and powerful and compliment the picture and storylines beautifully.
The DVD picture and sound quality are excellent, especially the DTS soundtrack, and there are a wealth of worthwhile extras.
The DVD exists in many versions, with this Recut and Extended boxset being the best (it also contains a reproduction graphic novel) as it has both versions of the film.
But watch out, only the USA edition of the Region 1 version has DTS (for the original theatrical release) - the Canadian version, which can be spotted by it having French text on the packaging, omits DTS.
Also watch out - some USA-based Amazon sellers provide the CANADIAN version !
The Scandinavian Region 2 edition also has DTS, but has subtitle anomalies.
There are also differences regarding certain featurettes, but I think again the Region 1 version is best as it has the 'Sin-Chroni-City interactive feature', which is NOT a 'game' as described on the packaging ! This featurette is also on the Region 4 version, but that does not have DTS...
Having said all that, whatever version you get will have the main feature, which provides the most entertainment !
I also find the Mickey Spillane/ Mike Hammer approach to narration and dialogue excruciating, so given that this was the style the film chose to use I had to give up watching it part-way through and come back another day when I was in a better mood.
Nevertheless, elements of the story(s) were brilliantly done; I enjoyed the silent ninja-cannibal entity, and the balances created between the characters, from the impossible-to-knock-down muscle man to Bruce Willis' ailing and vulnerable cop.
And I enjoyed the the ladies costumes, of course.
A good helping of comic book action in the new steam-punk genre.
HOWEVER, Benicio Del Toro is AMAZING and gives a GREAT performance reguardless of the new experience. He out shines EVERYONE and if everyones acting had been as good as his, this would've been five stars. But apart from him, a good majority of the acting is weak. I really like the style of the art, the directing, the dialog and I exited to watch the green screen version.
It's quite a violent film,and there's no plot.So,it does have a high body count! The film is done in the style of the adult novel,by Frank Miller.It's very enjoyable though.My favourite character was the silent,but deadly Miho,played by the delicous Devon Aoki.The law enforcer of old town!I'm not sure if she has the highest kills in the film,but it's a lot!
The blu-ray is extremely pretty. It made the transfer to hi-def very well, however, due to it being in black and white, it's visual upgrade isn't as prominent as it is in films with strong colour, like Avatar or Watchmen. The sound quality, however, is fantastic. It's gritty and crisp at the same time.
The second disc includes each of the four stories which make up the film but on their own, individually, extended and uncut. It is, essentially, three Sin City books, in full, panel for panel
Sin City 2 works amazing in 3D. The best use of 3D in any film I have seen. I wanted both the 2D and 3D versions and couldn't find out if the normal 3D version had s 2D version as well, like most others, so decided to buy this instead.
I wouldn't use the sign, cards, fridge magnets or posters but I'm happy with the films.