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Machete [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]

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Danny Trejo , Michelle Rodriguez , Robert Rodriguez    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Catalan, Danish, English, Finnish, French, Hindi, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, Catalan
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049EO13A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,483 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As a tribute to both the hyperbolic excesses of 1970s drive-in cinema and the fearsome screen persona of veteran character actor Danny Trejo, producer-writer-codirector Robert Rodriguez's Machete is, in grindhouse parlance, one mean mother. A full-length version of Rodriguez's faux "Mexsploitation" trailer in Grindhouse, Machete sketches, in the boldest strokes possible, the adventures of its titular hero (Trejo), a former federal agent turned day laborer after losing his wife and child to a katana-wielding drug lord (Steven Seagal, of all people). Recruited by shady businessman Jeff Fahey (Lost) to assassinate a rabble-rousing senator (Robert De Niro) with a particular hate vibe for immigrants, Machete soon finds himself the target of government agents, border vigilantes (led by Don Johnson!), and about half the state of Texas. Unfortunately, none seem to realise the film's central thesis: Machete's business is killing, and business is booming.

Viewers expecting subtlety or even story coherence in Machete should probably check out another movie; the script by Rodriguez and cousin Alvaro leaves no genre cliché or absurd scenario untouched, resulting in less of a plot than a collection of over-the-top set pieces, dialogue, and casting stunts (Johnson, Lindsay Lohan as Fahey's libertine daughter, and Rodriguez regulars Cheech Marin, Daryl Sabara, Tom Savini, Michael Parks, and an uncredited Rose McGowan). Most of the cast seems in on the joke, most notably a gleefully over-the-top De Niro and Michelle Rodriguez as a taco truck operator/revolutionary leader who borrows her look from the infamous Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Jessica Alba is also on board as a sympathetic fed who becomes Machete's love interest). Though it's occasionally overlong and unnecessarily convoluted, the film's value rests on how well it allows star Danny Trejo to exude his steely, implacable Danny Trejo-ness; on those merits alone, Machete is a blockbuster. --Paul Gaita


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A bad-ass, star-studded action-thriller from Robert Rodriguez (Desperado), MACHETE is an over-the-top homage to 1970’s exploitation movies, starring Danny Trejo as a Mexican Federale seeking revenge against a vicious drug lord (Steven Seagal), a ruthless vigilante (Don Johnson) and a power-mad politician (Robert De Niro). He is helped by a savvy immigration agent (Jessica Alba), revolutionary She (Michelle Rodriguez) and by his brother, a priest (Cheech Marin), and finds solace with a drug addict (Lindsay Lohan) along the way. Viva Machete!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machete - The Boss! 14 Dec 2011
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a great action flick from the master of the modern shoot-`em-up, Robert Rodriguez. Starring Danny Trejo as Machete, the greatest of Mexican Federales who loses everything to gangster Steven Segal. Becoming a drifter, he gets tangled up in a byzantine plot surrounding the transportation of immigrants across the Mexican/American border.

Framed for an attempt on a Senator's life, and on the run from seemingly everybody, an entertaining tale of bloody mayhem and revolution is woven as Machete seeks to right wrongs and clear his name.

Trejo is perfect as the hard as nails Machete, with monosyllabic dialogue and mean, moody glares. It's a magnetic performance. Jeff Fahey has fun as the somewhat seedy Machiavellian villain, Segal carries off his eviler-than-though character with aplomb and De Niro puts in a surprisingly good performance as the corrupt Senator. There is an interesting cameo from Don Johnson as the head of the local militia. Cheech Marin makes a welcome appearance as Machete's priestly brother, in scenes reminiscent of the scenes between Tuco and his brother Ramirez in the good, the bad and the ugly. Also worthy of note are Jessica Alba as the world's sexiest immigration official, and Lindsey Lohan as Fahey's dissolute daughter. Both manage great performances of quite some depth whilst simultaneously lighting up the screen as some much needed eye candy.

With Rodriguez's trademark gory violence and insane weaponry, this is not a film for the fainthearted. It is however a film that delivers plot, action, beautiful women, action, gore, action, one liners, action, social comment and a little bit of action. It's great stuff, I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment : 5 stars; Story 1.5 stars 7 Jun 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This enjoyably over-the-top action romp from cult ace director Robert Rodriguez storms its way rather like a really great lad's night out.

What's there not to enjoy? Robert De Niro playing the sort of character he plays best and should try and play far more of, instead of those weak comedies he seems to get talked into doing plus an often nude Lindsey Lohan. Steven Seagal puts on a silly accent and looks a bit a ridiculous; puffed-up, overweight.

Gun-toting bloody violence, including 'nun' Lohan slo-mo spraying bullets interjects a rather ridiculous plot that is best ignored. You don't need to think during this movie - why spoil it with having a story to get in the way? The sunburnt ochre colours of the Mexican border is the focus of this bandit/road movie/sleaze'n'greed extravaganza.

Grizzled Mexican ex-cop Danny Trejo IS Machete, as is his deadly choice of weapon. And, you won't quite believe where a lovely naked lady removes her mobile phone from, to notify that Machete has arrived...De Niro is a dodgy senator who now mercenary Machete is paid to eliminate.

Jessica Alba is top-billed but she's rather weak, or at least her character is, at least in comparison to some of the other, more interesting ones, here. However, my money is on the deliciously lithe, brunette, moody Michelle Rodriguez, who, towards the end, adorns little more than rubber bikini and the biggest mother-of-a-gun you've ever seen. She's also one of the few here who actually acts, too. As Luz, she organises employment across the border for the locals, with a road-side cafe as a front. Alba is a CIA agent who spies on Luz. She's not related to the director, if that's what you're thinking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machete - The Boss! 14 Dec 2011
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a great action flick from the master of the modern shoot-`em-up, Robert Rodriguez. Starring Danny Trejo as Machete, the greatest of Mexican Federales who loses everything to gangster Steven Segal. Becoming a drifter, he gets tangled up in a byzantine plot surrounding the transportation of immigrants across the Mexican/American border.

Framed for an attempt on a Senator's life, and on the run from seemingly everybody, an entertaining tale of bloody mayhem and revolution is woven as Machete seeks to right wrongs and clear his name.

Trejo is perfect as the hard as nails Machete, with monosyllabic dialogue and mean, moody glares. It's a magnetic performance. Jeff Fahey has fun as the somewhat seedy Machiavellian villain, Segal carries off his eviler-than-though character with aplomb and De Niro puts in a surprisingly good performance as the corrupt Senator. There is an interesting cameo from Don Johnson as the head of the local militia. Cheech Marin makes a welcome appearance as Machete's priestly brother, in scenes reminiscent of the scenes between Tuco and his brother Ramirez in the good, the bad and the ugly. Also worthy of note are Jessica Alba as the world's sexiest immigration official, and Lindsey Lohan as Fahey's dissolute daughter. Both manage great performances of quite some depth whilst simultaneously lighting up the screen as some much needed eye candy.

With Rodriguez's trademark gory violence and insane weaponry, this is not a film for the fainthearted. It is however a film that delivers plot, action, beautiful women, action, gore, action, one liners, action, social comment and a little bit of action. It's great stuff, I loved it.
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