CTHV Press Release: "DESPERADO & EL MARIACHI Special Editions"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Desperado is the most fun you are likely to have at the movies.
    Explosively entertaining!" *- Paul Wunder, WBAI Radio

    Director Robert Rodriguez's Critically Acclaimed Debut Film
    and the Sexy Sequel Starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek

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    DESPERADO & EL MARIACHI Special Editions
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    Premiering August 26 on DVD With All-New Bonus Features
    Plus Exclusive First Look at "once Upon a Time in Mexico"

    * * * * Culver City, CA (June 27, 2003) - On August 26, Columbia TriStar Home
    Entertainment is pleased to debut the Special Edition DVD releases of the epic action films
    EL MARIACHI and DESPERADO, timed to the upcoming theatrical release of Once Upon a
    Time in Mexico, the third and final film in the critically-acclaimed film series from director
    Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids). Available with in-depth bonus features
    including an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming sequel, these all-new Special Edition
    DVDs will be individually priced at $19.95 SLP. *

    * * * * Director Robert Rodriguez supervised the new film transfer from original negatives.
    In addition to being available separately, the DESPERADO SPECIAL EDITION and EL
    MARIACHI SPECIAL EDITION DVDs will also be available in a special Collector's Box Set
    priced at the great low price of $27.95 SLP.

    * * * * The debut film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez that garnered the Audience
    Award at the Sundance Film Festival and honors at the Independent Spirit Awards, EL
    MARIACHI is the story of a mariachi player (Carlos Gallardo) who trades his guitar for a gun
    in a wild bullet-dodging fast ride of mistaken identity through a world of bandito violence.
    From the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion,
    Rodriguez set new standards for independent filmmaking and established himself as an
    unquestionable talent with his stylized western that was hailed as "a movie miracle" (US
    Magazine) and "an enormously entertaining movie" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

    EL MARIACHI SPECIAL EDITION DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
    * * * * Widescreen Presentation
    * * * * Director's Commentary
    * * * * Robert Rodriguez's Award-Winning Short Film "Bedhead"
    * * * * "10-Minute Film School" Featurette
    * * * * Exclusive First Look at Once Upon a Time in Mexico
    * * * * Audio: French, Spanish (DSS)
    * * * * Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Korean
    * * * * Scene Selections

    Antonio Banderas stars as the Mariachi without a name in DESPERADO, the much-
    anticipated follow-up to writer/director Robert Rodriguez's legendary debut film El
    Mariachi. This sexy and stylish shoot-em-up described as a south of the border Pulp
    Fiction follows a mysterious guitar player (Banderas) as he seeks vengeance against the
    men who murdered his girlfriend. Plunging headfirst into the dark border underworld
    entangled in a web of love, corruption and death, the Mariachi follows a trail of blood to
    a showdown with the last of the infamous Mexican druglords. DESPERADO also stars
    sexy Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino.

    DESPERADO SPECIAL EDITION DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
    * * * * Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
    * * * * Widescreen Presentation
    * * * * Exclusive First Look at Once Upon a Time in Mexico
    * * * * "10 More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout" Featurette
    * * * * Director's Commentary
    * * * * Free Trial Included: Screenblast® Movie Studio? Video-Editing Software
    * * * * Director and Cast Filmographies
    * * * * Trailers
    * * * * Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround), French, Spanish, Portugese
    * * * * Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese (Mandarin)
    * * * * Theatrical Trailers
    * * * * Animated Menus
    * * * * Scene Selections

    EL MARIACHI SPECIAL EDITION * * * *DESPERADO SPECIAL EDITION
    Rated R * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Rated R
    Color/Closed Captioned * * * * * * * * * * * *Color/Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 81 Minutes * * * * * * * * * * * *Running Time: 103 Minutes
    DVD Cat #09306 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *DVD Cat #09961
    UPC Code: #0-43396-09306-5 * * * * * * * *UPC Code: #0-43396-09961-6
    Order Date: 07/24/03 * * * * * * * * * * * *Order Date: 07/24/03
    SLP: $19.95 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *SLP: $19.95

    TWO-PACK DELUXE SET
    DVD Cat #01718 / UPC Code: #0-43396-01718-4
    SLP: $27.95
     
  2. Derek Miner

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    So if I already own the double feature single DVD, all I would get new here is the "exclusive first look" at the new film and some Video Editing software (which wouldn't run on my Mac anyway, most likely)?

    I wonder why CTHV has never included the English dub track for EL MARIACHI that Rodriquez created for the initial video release?
     
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    I don't have either of these and at that price I just can't pass them up. I wonder who this Desperado transfer will compare to the Superbit?
     
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    how many more releases until we see the Directors Cut of Desperado?!!!!
     
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    It'll have to be serious to come close to the Superbit.
     
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    Why dosen't this contain the unrated version of Desperado with the final gunfight intact? This seems like another wasted opportunity [​IMG]
     
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    El Mariachi.
    Anamorphic or Non-Anamorphic?it doesn't mentioned.I think it will be Non-Anamorphic as the old version.
     
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    El Mariachi is presented in 16x9 on the Director's Double Feature DVD.
     
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    I bought the Desperado single DVD for $14.99. I go over to Wal-Mart and I see the Desperado/ El Mariachi DVD for $14.99[​IMG].

    Hey has anyone seen the trailer for 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'? Looks pretty cool.

    I love this line in the trailers:

    "I have no choice, but to kill you all."

    Classic Desperado action without any bullet-time nonsence, definitely looking forward to the September 12 release.
     
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    Any reviews of El Mariachi SE anywhere online yet?
     
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    So is this 2-movie set a DVD-9 w/ two movies? Or, a 2-disc set w/ 2 DVD-9s or one DVD-18?

    Just curious... If it's only a DVD-9 w/ both movies on the same disc, I'll probably wait as the Superbit Desperado would probably look/sound much better.

    Miles
     
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    Good review there, now I don't have to worry about upgrading my Director Double-Feature!
    No double dipping here![​IMG]
     

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