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Robert Rodriguez Mexico Trilogy [3 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 14648081
- Release Date: 11/01/2005
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Ratings & Reviews
- El Mariachi:
- 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
- Exclusive First Look at "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"
- 10 More Minutes with Robert Rodriguez: Anatomy of a Shootout
- Free Trial Included: Screenblast ® Movie Studio Video-Editing Software!
- Director and Cast Filmographies
- Once Upon a Time in Mexico:
- Robert Rodriguez Audio Commentary
- Ten-Minute Flick School
- Inside Troublemaker Studios
- Deleted Scenes
- Ten-Minute Cooking School
- The Anti-Hero's Journey
- Film is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez
- The Good, The Bad and the Bloody: A Look at the Special Effect
- DVD-ROM: Test Your Wits in the Shooting Gallery and the Loteria
- Closed Captioning
- Theatrical Trailers
- Isolated Score
- Closed Captioned
Director Robert Rodriguez picks up where his successful independent debut El Mariachi left off with this slam-bang South of the Border action saga. Bucho (Joaquim DeAlmeida) is a wealthy but casually bloodthirsty drug kingpin who rules a seedy Mexican border town. Bucho and his men make the mistake of angering El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a former musician who now carries an arsenal in his guitar case. Bucho was responsible for the death of El Mariachi's girlfriend and put a bullet through his fretting hand, making him unable to play the guitar. Bent on revenge, the musician-turned-killing machine arrives in town to put Bucho out of business, though he finds few allies except for Carolina (Salma Hayek), who runs a bookstore that doesn't seem to attract many readers. Desperado features supporting performances from Cheech Marin as a cynical bartender, Steve Buscemi as the cantina patron who sets up the story, and Quentin Tarantino as a man with a really terrible joke to tell. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Director Robert Rodriguez returns to the characters of his breakthrough hits El Mariachi and Desperado in this grand scale south-of-the-border action-adventure saga. Sands (Johnny Depp) is a rogue CIA agent who is working in cahoots with Mexican officials who've caught wind of a plan by corrupt military leader General Marquez (Gerardo Vigil) and ruthless drug kingpin Barillo (Willem Dafoe) to assassinate Mexico's president (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.). Sands needs to recruit a gunman to take out Barillo's assassins before they can complete their mission, and through barman Belini (Cheech Marin), Sands learns of El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a fabled musician turned vigilante with a remarkable talent for violence, and a score to settle with Marquez. El Mariachi is living quietly in hiding after the death of the woman he loved, Carolina (Salma Hayek), but Sands lures him back into action through the promise of a final showdown with his nemesis Marquez, forcing El Mariachi to retrieve his guitar case (containing a mighty arsenal) and once again do battle against the lawless. Robert Rodriguez not only directed Once Upon a Time in Mexico, but he wrote the screenplay, handled the camera work, edited the film, and composed the musical score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Filmed in two weeks on a budget of 7,000 dollars, El Mariachi was one of the singular pleasures of the 1993-1994 movie season. Kind-spirited guitarist El Mariachi (Carlos M. Gallardo) simply wants to wander through life as his father and grandfather did, with a song in his heart and a smile on his lips. He wanders into a small mob-run town, guitar case in hand. It so happens that the local criminal element is awaiting the arrival of vicious hit man Azul (Reinol Martinez), who is well known for carrying his weapons in...a guitar case. Just when you think you've got a lock on what's going to happen next, director Robert Rodriguez throws us for a loop, unexpectedly alternating whimsical comedy with graphic violence. Rodriguez later retooled the plot of El Mariachi for his far more expensive (and far less satisfying) Antonio Banderas vehicle Desperado (1995). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Antonio Banderas - El Mariachi
- Salma Hayek - Carolina
- Joaquim de Almeida - Bucho
- Cheech Marin - Short Bartender
- Steve Buscemi - Buscemi