Fox’s Blu-ray may be the reference disc of the year so far, with unimpeachable audio and video and a host of strong extras to boot.
The film’s action boasts some of the most sturdy, coherent direction to mark a giant-scale blockbuster in some time.
Whereas a single, stinging one-liner would have sufficed Tourneur or Lang, Miller’s overcompensating flood of pulpy dialogue only renders his characters flat and sans empathy.
In what sense, then, is Machete Kills not simply that: a cash-in sequel meant to make fast money?
The films that Robert Rodriguez emulates here are known for similar unexpected narrative turns, but the crucial value that he misses is their actual cheapness.
The book offers numerous alternative suggestions about the trends of critical reception in film/media culture.
Instead of understanding the femme fatale as a genre staple, Grossman wants to dispense of the characterization altogether.
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse is more homage than reinvention of schlock.
The slim pickings in the extras department means fans of the film may want to save their allowance money and wait for the inevitable 2-disc edition.
Disney gives the big thumbs up to the nuclear American family by including only four 3-D glasses on this two-disc edition of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.