Robert Rodriguez: Quintessential Films

El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in America

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents on January 4, 2011 a trilogy of action-adventure shoot-outs, El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon A Time ewly-remastered on Blu-ray.

The three films, which have become cult favorites, showcase director Robert Rodriguez’s raw and gritty style of filmmaking in visually-stunning high definition.

Each Blu-ray includes the all-new special feature “The Cutting Room,” which puts fans in the director’s chair and allows them to cut together a video using clips and music from the movies, which they can then post to BD-Live for others to view and rate.

All three films include director’s commentary and movieIQ. Additional features for Once Upon A Time in Mexico include eight deleted scenes with commentary, four featurettes and two short films.

El Mariachi
All the guy wants is to be is a mariachi, just like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi (Carlos Gallardo, Desperado and Bravo) is playing for his life in this critically-acclaimed film debut from writer/director Robert Rodriguez. Financed with earnings from a month-long stay in a research hospital, this astonishing action adventure was shot with no second takes, using borrowed equipment and a talented cast of unknowns. The riveting result is a wild bullet-dodging ride through a world of bandito violence, from the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion. With little more than a great story and a lot of heart, Rodriguez has created pure movie pleasure, setting new standards for independent filmmaking, and establishing himself as an unquestionable talent.

Running time: 81 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R

Desperado

 

Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Joaquim De Almeida (Holy Money), Salma Hayek (Frida), Cheech Marin (Grindhouse), Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs) and Quentin Tarantino (From Dusk Till Dawn) star in this stylish shoot-’em-up, sort of a south-of-the-border Pulp Fiction.

Director Robert Rodriguez follows up his impressive debut film, El Mariachi, with this sexy sequel about a mysterious guitar player (Banderas) searching for vengeance against the men who murdered his girlfriend.

Running time: 106 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R

Blu-ray Special FeaturesBlu-ray Exclusive:
* The Cutting Room
o  Create your own video with clips from both El Mariachi and Desperado and upload your cut to BD-Live for others to view and rate
*  Commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez for El Mariachi and Desperado
* MovieIQ
* 10 Minute Film School
*  Robert Rodriguez’s Student Film: “Bed Head”
*  10 More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout
*  Los Lobos with Antonio Banderas – “Morena De Mi Corazón”
*  Tito & Tarantula- “Back To The House That Love Built”

Once Upon A Time in Mexico

The gun-slinging, guitar-toting hero “El Mariachi” is back in town in Once Upon A Time in Mexico, as director Robert Rodriguez delivers the final chapter of his pulp Western trilogy. Starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Enrique Iglesias and Willem Dafoe.

Running time: 102 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R

 

Blu-ray Exclusive:
*  The Cutting Room
o  Create your own video and upload your cut to BD-Live for others to view and rate
*  Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
*  Ten-Minute COOKING School
*  Film is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez
*  The Good, the Bad and the Bloody: Inside KNB FX
*  Commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez
*  Ten-Minute Flick School
*  Inside Troublemaker Studios
*  The Anti-Hero’s Journey