Desperado

Desperado

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Director: Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida

Cast: Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida

     
 

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Robert Rodriguez brings along Antonio Banderas for his hyper-kinetic action ride Desperado. Columbia has done a decent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The only flaws in the image include some edge enhancement and a small amount of grain. Otherwise this is a very attractive looking image that sports clean colors and even black levels. The

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Robert Rodriguez brings along Antonio Banderas for his hyper-kinetic action ride Desperado. Columbia has done a decent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The only flaws in the image include some edge enhancement and a small amount of grain. Otherwise this is a very attractive looking image that sports clean colors and even black levels. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and includes a multitude of sounds and directional effects (including rapid gunfire and bombastic explosions). This is a very through soundtrack that should make any home theater rumble with excitement. Also included on this disc are Spanish and Korean subtitles and Dolby soundtracks in French and Spanish. Sadly, this edition of Desperado includes nary a trailer or commentary track -- the DVD is purely bare-bones.

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It was inevitable, but still lamentable, that Robert Rodriguez would gussy up his production values when given more than 7,000 dollars to rework his famously austere El Mariachi, which delivered ten times the unique punch as most actioners with a thousand times the budget. But with colleague and guest star Quentin Tarantino no doubt whispering in his ear, Desperado takes on a much more cartoonish tone than it needs to, cheapening his vision for the sake of a few gaudy gestures toward violent chic. Alternately considered a sequel and a remake, Desperado tries to be just as loud as El Mariachi was subtle, with bar patrons blasted across the room by shotguns and guitar cases that double as missile launchers. Of course, the cast has been upgraded as well, with Antonio Banderas in the lead and Salma Hayek giving her breakthrough performance as his love interest. Still, Rodriguez hasn't entirely forgotten his roots, giving Carlos Gallardo, the original mariachi, a small role as the smooth-as-silk hit man who totes said missile launcher. Because it's a showcase for stylish gunplay and crisp editing, Desperado has a loyal legion of fans apparently willing to overlook its shortcomings. For all the critical grousing about Rodriguez selling out, it is an exciting movie on the most basic level. It just could have been so much less. The collaboration with Tarantino would continue in 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn, in which Rodriguez would either prove that the visual bombast was his idea, or Tarantino would get him into it even deeper, depending on your slant on the subject.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
UPC:
0043396075764
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
4,334

Special Features

This single, high-resolution Superbit™ DVD includes no extras. The space on the disc typically used for special features is devoted instead to optimizing the quality of the movie's image and sound. Other technical specifications: widescreen presentation [1.85]; Audio: DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1; Original English version audio; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas El Mariachi
Salma Hayek Carolina
Joaquim de Almeida Bucho
Cheech Marin Short Bartender
Steve Buscemi Buscemi
Quentin Tarantino Pick-up Guy
Carlos Goméz Right Hand
Danny Trejo Navajas
Tito Larriva Tavo
Mike Moroff Shrug
Robert Arevalo Opponent
Peter Marquardt Moco
Consuelo Gomez Domino
Abraham Verduzco Boy in Santa Cecilia

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Elizabeth Avellan Co-producer
Bill Borden Producer
Reuben Cannon Casting
Carlos Gallardo Co-producer
Lobos Score Composer,Songwriter
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Cecilia Montiel Production Designer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Ermahn Ospina Makeup
Sebastian Gaetano Silva Asst. Director
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Start [8:30]
2. Opening Credits [3:22]
3. His Only Friend [3:45]
4. Ring of Death [3:18]
5. Navajas Arrives [6:07]
6. Pick-Up Guy's Joke [4:12]
7. Bar Fight Massacre [12:18]
8. Girl with Needle [3:07]
9. Mopping Up [:47]
10. "Did I Thank You?" [2:51]
11. Bulletproof [1:29]
12. Confession [2:02]
13. Phone Call [1:54]
14. Navajas Attacks [2:23]
15. Mistaken Identity [1:37]
16. Loaded Guitar [3:08]
17. $50,000 a Year [2:47]
18. Bucho Visits [4:11]
19. Guitar Lessons [4:55]
20. Shadow Song [3:16]
21. Rooftop [1:14]
22. Clean Shot [2:31]
23. Scolding His Men [4:49]
24. Calling in the Band [2:49]
25. Shoot-out [4:51]
26. Showdown [3:53]
27. Hospital [1:48]
28. Leaving Town [6:15]

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Desperado 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Desperado is the sequel to 1992s EL MARIACHI (the second best movie ever). This movie has tons of action. It also has a lot of violence. I recommend this movie to all action movie fans or just regular movie watchers around the world. BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!
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