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Robert Rodriguez's low-budget follow-up to his no-budget smash El Mariachi, Desperado, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Portuguese and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all of those languages, as well as Thai and Mandarin. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Rodriguez. This is the...
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Robert Rodriguez's low-budget follow-up to his no-budget smash El Mariachi, Desperado, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Portuguese and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all of those languages, as well as Thai and Mandarin. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Rodriguez. This is the same track that appeared on the laserdisc of Desperado, but it is highly entertaining. Rodriguez leads off by saying that with El Mariachi he wanted to show how 6,000 dollars could look like six million, and in Desperado he wanted to show how six million could look like 60 million. For do-it-yourself filmmakers, the disc also contains a free trial of some video editing software. A ten-minute featurette on Rodriguez's editing techniques, filmographies, trailers, and a preview of Once Upon a Time in Mexico round out this strong release from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive first look at Once Upon a Time in Mexico; 10 more minutes with Robert Rodriguez: "Anatomy of a Shootout"; Director commentary; Screenblast Movie Studio video-editing software free trial ; Animated menus; Director and cast filmographies; Trailers
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • UPC: 043396099616
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español, Portugais
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Los 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
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Opening Credits
3. His Only Friend
4. Ring of Death
5. Navajas Arrives
6. Pick-Up Guy's Joke
7. Bar Fight Massacre
8. Girl With Needle
9. Mopping Up
10. "Did I Thank You?"
11. Bulletproof
12. Confession
13. Phone Call
14. Navajas Attacks
15. Mistaken Identity
16. Loaded Guitar
17. $50,000 a Year
18. Bucho Visits
19. Guitar Lessons
20. Shadow Song
21. Rooftop
22. Clean Shot
23. Scolding His Men
24. Calling in the Band
25. Shoot-Out
26. Showdown
27. Hospital
28. Leaving Town
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Audio Set-Up
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Chinese
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary By Director Robert Rodriguez: On
      Commentary By Director Robert Rodriguez: Off
      Ten More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout
      Sneak Peek: Once Upon a Time in Mexico
      Filmographies
         Robert Rodriguez (Director/Writer/Producer)
         Antonio Banderas
         Salma Hayek
         Cheech Marin
         Steve Buscemi
      Trailers
         Desperado
         Once Upon a Time in Mexico
         Love and a Bullet
   Trailers
      Desperado
      Once Upon a Time in Mexico
      Love and a Bullet
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie ever!!!!!!!!!!!

    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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