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Desperado / El Mariachi
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Desperado / El Mariachi

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Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gomez

 
Ever since his debut in 1992, writer/director Robert Rodriguez has been keeping audiences entertained and amazed with his "guerrilla filmmaking" style and his ability to make engaging action films on shoestring budgets. He is a truly creative voice in the world of cinema, and this well-crafted disc offers a fascinating glimpse into his filmmaking processes while

Overview

Ever since his debut in 1992, writer/director Robert Rodriguez has been keeping audiences entertained and amazed with his "guerrilla filmmaking" style and his ability to make engaging action films on shoestring budgets. He is a truly creative voice in the world of cinema, and this well-crafted disc offers a fascinating glimpse into his filmmaking processes while presenting two films in a professional, clean transfer. The main attractions here are the special features: each side of the disc contains a "ten-minute film school," which is invaluable to anyone with an interest in making movies. There are also two full-length director's commentaries that are every bit as amusing and enlightening as the "film schools," helping to make up for the fact that the only other features present are theatrical trailers and cast/crew filmographies. Both films are presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, which serves Desperado rather better than El Mariachi, as Desperado's soundtrack was recorded on a much bigger budget, whereas El Mariachi's original source is barely more than mono. Both benefit greatly from this treatment, however, and make good use of all five channels as well as the sub. Desperado's picture quality isn't perfect -- there is some minor bleeding, especially with the brighter reds and yellows -- but it's acceptable. El Mariachi looks as good as can be expected considering its source material; much of the scratching and dust has been cleaned up and the result is a far superior version than anything released thus far, surpassing even the earlier laserdisc version. For action-film viewers or those who enjoy rare, behind-the-scenes looks at how films are made, this disc is not to be missed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/1999
UPC:
0043396019690
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
3:04:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Director's commentary; Robert Rodriguez's short film "Bedhead"; "10-Minute Film School"; Language: Spanish, Portuguese, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Widescreen format; "10 More Minutes...[Anatomy of a Shootout]"; English two-channel and 5.1 [Dolby Digital]

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [8:28]
2. Azul checks out [1:18]
3. Different [1:44]
4. One-man band [4:07]
5. Looking for a friend [5:06]
6. Domino [1:26]
7. Cheap room [3:10]
8. Eluding Moco's boys [3:52]
9. End of the chase [1:14]
10. Just killed four men [2:13]
11. In Domino's room [1:38]
12. Looking for a man [:46]
13. Interrogation [12:24]
14. Staying on his side [3:11]
15. Back to the hotel [:56]
16. A beer for Azul [1:48]
17. Wrong guitar case [1:58]
18. Self-defense [3:28]
19. First aid [1:21]
20. Moco strikes [:42]
21. Past relations [4:09]
22. Wrong truck choice [1:28]
23. At Moco's ranch [2:47]
24. Coming for his case [1:33]
25. Back to the ranch [4:05]
26. Too late the hero [1:28]
27. El Mariachi's revenge [1:46]
28. Memories [3:07]
Side #2 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [8:30]
2. Opening credits [3:22]
3. His only friend [3:46]
4. Ring of death [3:18]
5. Navajas arrives [6:09]
6. Pick-up Guy's joke [4:11]
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 [3:17]
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 [6:16]

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Desperado / El Mariachi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Rodriguez brought to life one of the most violent movies ever. Filled with guns, gore, and sex, Desperado is easily amoung the best action films ever made. What's more amazing is what he did on El Mariachi, which is another great action film, but shot for only $7000. It's odd, though, once you watch these, to think that this guy went on to make Spy Kids.