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Desperado (Superbit)

Reviewed by: Rachel Hughes
Genre: Action
Video: Anamorphic 1.85:1 Widescreen
Audio: DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English
Subtitle: English, Freanch, Spanish, Portuguese, Chines, Korean and Thai
Length: 1hr 43mins
Rating: R
Release Date: 10-9-01
Studio: Columbia TriStar
Commentary: None
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: None
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: None
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: None
Cast and Crew: Antonio Banderas, Joaquim DeAlmeida, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin and Quentin Tarantino
Screenplay by: Robert Rodrigues
Produced by: Robert Rodrigues
Directed By: Robert Rodrigues
Music: Los Lobos
The Review:

"Desperado" is a story of revenge. In "El Mariachi" a mariachi is mistaken for a ruthless hit man and a local drug czar ruins his life. The woman he loves is murdered, his hand is shot and he can never play the guitar again. "Desperado" picks up where the first film left off. The mariachi has turned into Antonio Banderas, a man bent on revenge, destroying the drug cartels that destroyed his life. "Desperado" is an extremely violent film, and violence has never looked so good. Now this isn't your gritty street violence, this is sepia-toned stylized violence. The good guy hits everything, even when he is not aiming. The pounding music that accompanies the shoot out mixed with Banderas charged performance makes violence entertaining. Even after the recent tragedies, "Desperado" still mesmerizes.

"Desperado" is one of the best action movies made. It set Banderas on his path to being a household name. Salma Hayek co-stars in one of her best film roles ever. It also features wonderful quirky performances by Steve Buscemi, and Quentin Tarantino. Furthermore the film proves that "El Mariachi" was not a fluke, and Robert Rodrigues has some serious talent. I for one cannot wait for the sequel!

Image and Sound Recently we have had several studios launch new "lines" of DVDs. They all claim to have the best sound and picture as well as the most extras. Now we have a new line from Columbia/Tristar, the Superbit. Columbia/Tristar has decided to go the opposite direction. Instead of trying to do everything well, they will do one thing perfectly. The Superbit DVDs have no extras of any kind. Instead they have used the extra disc space to give their movies twice the bit rate of normal DVDs. This allows for a superior picture and sound quality. Luckily for those video and audiophiles out there this new line delivers. ***The picture is the most lifelike I have ever seen on a DVD. The image clarity is razor sharp. You can see every smudge of dirt on Banderas's face. The picture is so perfect it is difficult to describe. There are no artifacts, grain or any other distractions. The film has a slight yellow wash to it, but it is intentionally, and doesn't bleed over and overwhelm the film. The blacks and shadows, which are used to great effect in this film, are the best out there. This is a flawless transfer. It is also a transfer that would look great on almost any TV. While it is designed for a high resolution TV, preferably a widescreen one, it is just as stunning on a regular 27 inch TV. ***If sound is more your thing, then this disc will blow you away. You can hear everything, and it is magnified to the nth degree. The dialogue is so natural and life like it sounds like Banderas is sitting next to you reciting his lines. The smallest sounds such as clapping, breaking glass, or Banderas's boots jangling when he walks across the barroom floor and crystal clear. Even though you can hear the more delicate sounds clearly, your eardrums will not explode once the bullets start to fly. Not only are the sounds clear, but they come from every direction. Every speaker you own will be put to use with this movie. Gunshots come at you from every angle, and panning and directional effects come through wonderfully.
The Extras Like all Superbit movies, this has no extras
Commentary None
Final Words:

The Superbit line from Columbia Tristar has certainly lived up to the hype. The only question is, is it worth it? It depends upon what is most important to you. If you crave tons of extras, then pass up the Superbit collection. Picture and sound quality are steadily improving on discs that contain extras. An excellent example of this another Columbia Tristar film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The picture on that movie impressed me more than the Superbit "Desperado." You can see a vast improvement from the VHS to the DVD, and the disc is loaded! However for those that crave perfect picture and sound then definitely pick up the Superbit Collection because it will not dissapoint.

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November 12, 2001