Desperado [Special Edition] [DVD] [1995]

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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  • Desperado [Special Edition] (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Spanish) 1995
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Special Features

  • 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
  • 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

Cast & Crew

  • Antonio Banderas
    Antonio Banderas - El Mariachi
  • Salma Hayek
    Salma Hayek - Carolina
  • Joaquim de Almeida
    Joaquim de Almeida - Bucho
  • Cheech Marin
    Cheech Marin - Short Bartender
  • Steve Buscemi
    Steve Buscemi - Buscemi

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