Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 55 (Dec 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Antonio Banderas, Joaquim De Almeida, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin & Quentin Tarantino

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3
Internet Links
Special Features
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has launched of a new line of DVDs: "The Superbit

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 07576
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Violence and language
(Retail Price): $27.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/09/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Rodriguez
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Banderas is the Mariachi with no name in this much-anticipated studio budgeted follow-up to the critically acclaimed 1992 El Mariachi. This time, the Mariachi plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last of the infamous Mexican drug lords, Bucho (De Almeida) for an action-packed bullet-riddled showdown. With the help of a friend (Buscemi) and a beautiful bookstore owner (Hayek), the Mariachi tracks Bucho and takes on his army of desperadoes. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced Superbit DVD (framed at 1.85:1) looks better than the previously released DVD due to a new transfer and higher bit rate. Colors are more naturally rendered, while retaining the

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is a new encoding at 448 kbps (previously at 384 kbps). While the previous DVD soundtrack was certainly impressive, this new Dolby Digital offering is even better, delivering clearer tonality in the midrange, as well as overall slightly improved fidelity. The DTS Digital Surround seems to be an even further refinement in terms of midrange resolution, and also spatial coherence. However, the Dolby Digital audio slightly excels in terms of low-end punch and impact. Otherwise, both soundtracks are terrific and wonderfully enhanced. Aggressive split surround envelopment is effective with a nicely directionalized presence. The soundfield, however, never achieves a holosonic image because the sound effects are so channel-specific that there is no side or back wall phantom imaging. Sound effects are recorded in stereo; and the music score is vibrant with a wide soundstage presence and natural bass extension, enhanced with .1 LFE. (Perry Sun)

This Disc Contains The Following WSR-Rated Superb Qualities:
Subscribe Now!