WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Antonio Banderas, Joaquim De Almeida, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin, Quentin Tarantino

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11656
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Rodriguez
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Rodriguez
(Story): NA
(Music): Los Lobos
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Cecilia Montiel
(Visual Effects): Pacific Title
(Costume Designer): Graciela Mazon
(Editor): Robert Rodriguez
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dean Beville
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Elizabeth Avellan & Carlos Gallardo
(Producers): Bill Borden

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8) Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

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.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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