Maybe I was expecting a truly original story or an epic-type experience like the other “Once Upon a Time in…” movies, but this wasn't it. No stand out score, no stand out performances (except by the aforementioned Edward Scissorhands) and no suspenseful or memorable scenes. Still, if you want a straight-up action romp with shit blowing up, sexy ladies and not much else, than this’ll surely please you. If you want a little ketchup and mustard on it though - this won’t do at all. EL MARIACHI was ten times more enjoyable than this. Robert Rodriguez shoots fast, knows how to move the camera, can write some pretty nifty dialogue...and is much better than this. This is below him and as it turned out, below me as well.
8 Deleted Scenes: A few deleted scenes with optional commentary by Rodriguez. These are pretty short, nothing special. A few cool Depp ones though.
Ten-Minute Flick School: Here's a secret: Rodriguez is a very cool filmmaker. In this little featurette, he takes you through a few scenes and all the little tricks he used to make them work under his tight shooting schedule. This is a very entertaining ten-minute ride. Some very nice "movie-magic" moments.
Inside Troublemaker Studios: Great stuff here, boys! Robert's house is a virtual movie studio. The rebel filmmaker take you through his house/garage and every other nook and cranny and shows you how he cuts his films. You will absolutely love Rodriguez after seeing this. I want to live there - I shit you not. Plus, he sports a badass cowboy hat in this. I love you Rob! I almost wished I enjoyed the movie after seeing how cool a guy he is. But I didn't.
Ten-Minute Cooking School: Rob attaches a camera to himself and whips something up in his kitchen for you. This man is cooler than I will ever be. Very original and fun featurette.
Film is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez: In July 2003, Rodriguez sat down at the Cary Grant Theater in L.A. and spoke a bit about his movie. Rob's a charming guy with an addictive personality and this is yet another fun and informative little (13 minutes) extra in a DVD full of great ones. He speaks about the new innovative digital cameras that he's now using to shoot his movies. Thus the title -film is dead.
The Anti-Hero's Journey: An 18-minute featurette which traces Robert's journey from EL MARIACHI to DESPERADO to ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO. In the end, this ends up being a behind-the-scenes look at the film, complete with interviews with Depp, Rodriguez, Banderas et al.
The Good, The Bad and The Bloody: A Look at the Special Effect: 19 minutes of special effects magic? Yawn! This never interests me but it's as good as other features of this type, so dig in if you want to - you've been warned.
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