Mariachi

Mariachi

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Director: Robert Rodriguez
     
 

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Robert Rodriguez's feature-length directorial debut, the famously ultra low-budgeted El Mariachi comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Spanish and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, and Korean subtitles are accessible. Supplemental…  See more details below

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Robert Rodriguez's feature-length directorial debut, the famously ultra low-budgeted El Mariachi comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Spanish and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, and Korean subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Rodriguez. Although this commentary has appeared on other home video editions of the film, those unfamiliar with it will find it highly entertaining. Rodriguez goes into great detail about how he stretched his miniscule budget. Also included is something called the ten-minute film school in which Rodriguez shows off some of his original videotape final cut that was purchased by Columbia. The short film Bedhead and a preview of Once Upon a Time in Mexico rounds out this excellent release from Columbia/TriStar.

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With its almost nonexistent production cost and unanticipated success, Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi has become a legend among independent filmmaking. The work of an unheard-of 23-year-old director who reportedly acted as a drug-test guinea pig to finance his project, the film represented the ultimate rags-to-riches fantasy, a Blair Witch Project for the early '90s. If El Mariachi gained fame for the circumstances of its making, it endured on its merits as a film. Simple, unpretentious, and addictive, its strengths rest largely on Rodriguez' storytelling abilities, specifically his skill at weaving a sustained narrative out of the simplest plot contrivance. Bare-boned, charming, and crackling with unforced freneticism, El Mariachi is a reminder of the cinema's simpler pleasures, where bad guys carry guns and grudges, good guys carry guitar cases that contain only guitars, and justice is served sunny side up with a helping of deadpan humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
UPC:
0043396093065
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:21:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; New film transfer from original negatives supervised by Robert Rodriguez; Director's commentary; Robert Rodriguez's short film Bedhead; "10-Minute Film School" featurette; Sneak peek: Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Azul Checks Out
3. Different
4. One-Man Hand
5. Looking for a Friend
6. Domino
7. Cheap Room
8. Eluding Moco's Boys
9. End of the Chase
10. Just Killed Four Men
11. In Domino's Room
12. Looking for a Man
13. Interrogation
14. Staying on His Side
15. Back to the Hotel
16. A Beer for Azul
17. Wrong Guitar Case
18. Self-Defense
19. First Aid
20. Moco Strikes
21. Past Relations
22. Wrong Truck Choice
23. At Moco's Ranch
24. Coming for His Case
25. Back to the Ranch
26. Too Late the Hero
27. El Mariachi's Revenge
28. Memories

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