|El Mariachi/Desperado Director's Double Feature (1992/1995)|
|Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)|
|Movie rating:||8/10 (El Mariachi)
8/10 (Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
|DVD rating:||10/10 (El Mariachi/Desperado)
9/10 (Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
|Release Date:||1998(El Mariachi/Desperado)
01/20/2004(Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
|Running Time:||1 hour 21 minutes (El Mariachi)|
1 hour 43 minutes (Desperado)
1 hour 42 minutes (Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
|Distributor:||Columbia Tri Star|
|List Price:||$39.95 (El Mariachi/Desperado)
$28.95 (Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
Robert Rodriguez's short film "Bedhead."
10 minute film school.
Several languages and captions. Desperado:
10 minute film school - (Anatomy of a Shootout).
Several languages and captions. Once Upon a Time in Mexico:
Widescreen anamorphic format
Commentary by director Robert Rodriguez
Music and Sound Design track with commentary
Featurette: Ten Minute Flick School
Featurette: Ten Minute Cooking School
Featurette: Inside Troublemaker Studios
Featurette: The Anti-Hero's Journey
Featurette: Film Is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez
Featurette: The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody: A Look at the Special Effect
DVD-ROM: Shooting gallery
DVD-ROM: Lottery game
|Video Format:||Widescreen (1.85:1) (El Mariachi/Desperado)
Widescreen (1.78:1) (Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0) Mono Desperado:
English (Dolby Digital 5.1) Stereo
English (Dolby Digital 2.0) Stereo
Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1) Stereo
Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1) Stereo Once Upon a Time in Mexico:
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
|Captions:||El Mariachi: English, Spanish, Portugese.
Desperado: English, Spanish, Portugese.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico: English, French.
|Casing:||1-Disc Keep Case
Robert Rodriguez's story is legend among all hopeful filmmakers. With a mere $7,500.00, the young director amazed the world with "El Mariachi." The success of that film was followed by job offers galore. Rodriguez reworked "El Mariachi" with a big budget and name actors as "Desperado." The plotlines to both films are similar, however "Desperado" also tries to be a sequel to the earlier film. This schizophrenia in "Desperado" prevents it from reaching the level the original did. Both films are still worth owning. This DVD allows fans to own both films on one disc.
The picture quality of "El Mariachi" is inferior to "Desperado" by what the heck, he made the thing for $7,500.00! The picture is as good as it can be on "El Mariachi."
Columbia remastered the sound on "El Mariachi" for release. While it is in Mono, you lose nothing. The sound is richer for "Desperado." I especially enjoyed the credit sequence featuring the music of Los Lobos.
The menu's get the job done. They make good use of the movie's sights and sounds.
I loved the "10 minute film schools." I wish he would come out with a series of these. Great insights into the filmmaking process. This is especially true for the "Film School" which appears on "El Mariachi." I have two teenaged kids. I enjoyed Rodriguez's student film "Bedhead" dealing with sibling rivalry. my kids got a kick out of it too.
Great movies. Rodriguez seems to be a decent human being. He connects with fans and filmmakers alike. Great extras.
Robert Rodriguez says that film is dead. When you look at the images he achieves with high-def video you begin to believe that he might just be right. Rich, well saturated colors. Very vivid colors. Great flesh tones. Sharp image. No pixilation, delineation problems or artifacts.
Wonderful Latin score. Full rich tones. Excellent balance between the ranges.
No Easter Eggs Found on Disc.
I've been a big fan of Robert Rodreguez's "10 Minute Film School." This time around it is called the "10 Minute Flick School." There is another featurette entitled "Film is Dead" which explains the name change from "Film School" to "Flick School." In this installment, Rodreguez explains how CGI special effects enabled him to make an epic scale film on a low budget. Someday, someone is going to fund an entire "Flick School" DVD by this guy. Indie filmmakers can learn from this guy. A very informative and enjoyable entry in the series.
Well worth the price of admission. A nice start to 2004.