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Desperado (1995)

NOTE: This commentary originally appeared on laserdisc, but was not on the first DVD release. It appeared on the double-sided disc with El Mariachi, and is now available separately on the "Special Edition" DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writer/Director Robert Rodriguez Rating:7.8/10 (18 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by villek on September 3rd, 2004:Find all reviews by villek
Entertaining and informing, even when Rodriguez runs out of notes in the last part of the film. He talks mostly about making the film look more expensive than it really is.
Reviewed by reidca on January 28th, 2008:Find all reviews by reidca
Almost as good as the El Mariachi commentary. Rodriguez talks up the virtues of laserdisc (!) and points out boom shadows. He talks about the exorcised footage (such as more of the crotch gun and the bloody finale) so hopefully we'll see that one day. And even mentions Once Upon A Time In Mexico! Good fun.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on October 29th, 2008:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Robert Rodriguez is wonderful to listen to. He speaks softly but grabs your attention and keeps it for the entire length of the film. Since he has total control of the movie being the director, editor and camera operator amongst other things, he has plenty to say about everything. Very entertaining and if youíre a filmmaker itís very educational. He speaks of how to save money on everything, which in turn will allow you more freedom from studios. Desperado was amazingly made on a 7 million dollar budget, and he explains how. Starting with using mostly the same two stunt guys over and over, Troy and Hank. This track is like a little film school in itself, and very entertaining. 9/10
Reviewed by Magneat-o on February 1st, 2015:Find all reviews by Magneat-o
Any commentary by Robert Rodriguez is educational and entertaining. He is what I compare most commentary to. He's obsessed with every aspect of filmaking and it shows. He also has a good understanding of what appeals to a wider audience and what makes for interesting banter when talking about his films. He encourages his filmmaking listeners and tries to help with whatever info he can. He just wants to see better films if he has anything to do with it. Very unselfish and comes across as a very likeable guy.
Reviewed by grimjack on June 18th, 2017:Find all reviews by grimjack
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Reviewed by grimjack on July 15th, 2017:Find all reviews by grimjack
The laserdisc commentary of this film used to be my -go to- for wonderful commentary tracks that really added to the enjoyment of a film. I would jump to the scene where Rodriguez describes his crew making a human pyramid so that he could film through a two story window he only thought about last minute. Or about how when they needed a guitar shaped ash tray, one of the crew took a piece of wood and carved it with his teeth in under 30 minutes. Or the funny story about how to keep studio watch dogs off his set, when it was 115 degrees, he told them that it wasnt too bad that day, as it had been much hotter before. But he also talks a lot about the difficulties of casting Hayek, and ways he played jokes on her with the sex scenes. Antonios (rising) fame helping him to get things he knew he wanted, but was having a hard time getting. And why he likes using certain camera angles, the techniques in his action scenes. This is a very entertaining commentary, all around.