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Sin City [Blu-ray]

Bruce Willis , Mickey Rourke , Frank Miller , Robert Rodriguez    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl
  • Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
  • Producers: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English, Italian, German, Castilian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2011
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UGANG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Adaptation of the award-winning comic series created by Frank Miller. Interweaving multiple storylines from the series' history, the film paints a picture of the ultimate town through the eyes of its roughest characters. There's the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. Inhabiting many of those areas is Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there's Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who's hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba).


Brutal and breathtaking, Sin City is Robert Rodriguez's stunningly realized vision of Frank Miller's pulpy comic books. In the first of three separate but loosely related stories, Marv (Mickey Rourke in heavy makeup) tries to track down the killers of a woman who ended up dead in his bed. In the second story, Dwight's (Clive Owen) attempt to defend a woman from a brutal abuser goes horribly wrong, and threatens to destroy the uneasy truce among the police, the mob, and the women of Old Town. Finally, an aging cop on his last day on the job (Bruce Willis) rescues a young girl from a kidnapper, but is himself thrown in jail. Years later, he has a chance to save her again.

Based on three of Miller's immensely popular and immensely gritty books (The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard), Sin City is unquestionably the most faithful comic-book-based movie ever made. Each shot looks like a panel from its source material, and director Rodriguez (who refers to it as a "translation" rather than an adaptation) resigned from the Directors Guild so that Miller could share a directing credit. Like the books, it's almost entirely in stark black and white with some occasional bursts of color (a woman's red lips, a villain's yellow face). The backgrounds are entirely digitally generated, yet not self-consciously so, and perfectly capture Miller's gritty cityscape. And though most of Miller's copious nudity is absent, the violence is unrelentingly present. That may be the biggest obstacle to viewers who aren't already fans of the books and who may have been turned off by Kill Bill (whose director, Quentin Tarantino, helmed one scene of Sin City). In addition, it's a bleak, desperate world in which the heroes are killers, corruption rules, and the women are almost all prostitutes or strippers. But Miller's stories are riveting, and the huge cast--which also includes Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Nick Stahl, Michael Clarke Duncan, Devin Aoki, Carla Gugino, and Josh Hartnett--is just about perfect. (Only Bruce Willis and Michael Madsen, while very well-suited to their roles, seem hard to separate from their established screen personas.) In what Rodriguez hopes is the first of a series, Sin City is a spectacular achievement. --David Horiuchi, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the rules 25 Sep 2005
Sin City is one of those films that you see posters for, think it looks interesting but don't neccessarily get the point. At least, until you sit in the cinema and get to see the full glory.
That is the word for this film - glorious. Filmed with techniques and a style that haven't been used for a long time, Sin City presents three stories that, whilst not consecutive or concurrent, are nonetheless compelling. Each actor lived their character so deeply I could believe that this was all they ever were, who they had ever been. Despite the previous hits, both film and telelvision, spread between Willis, Owen, Rourke and Alba (as the easiest faces to identify), even my Sin City mad friend could see no one else when they went home to read the books!
This film is a rule breaker. The last film I saw that involved thought as an important feature of the script was Dune. As much as I love Frank Herbert's work, I was completely in awe of the way the three directors matched unspoken dialogue with fantastic colour technique to provide a thrilling, astounding vacation into a world that is both different and similar to that in which we live. Black and white filming is mostly restricted to flashbacks within any genre but here it is used to effect, making even the most bloody of scenes somehow softer.
I'm sorry to say I was not impressed with Kill Bill...yet Tarantino's scene was not only bloodless but hilarious. There is a wonderful amount of dark humour to be found within this delightful film - delightful as a study for media students, as the final pleasure for fans of the books and even for those who have never read them before. I am in the last catergory. And I can assure everyone, I loved this film so much I'll happily watch any others that are screened.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely stunning looking film 4 Jun 2011
By West25
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I love this film, and now I love it even more because it looks and sounds stunning on Blu-ray.

The film is almost an anthology with three vignettes, one starring Bruce Willis, one starring Mickey Rourke and another with Clive Owen. All three stories are totally engrossing and brilliantly acted. This is far and away Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's best work, Miller went on to direct the very disappointing, The Spirit, which was shot in the same style. Tarantino is even on board as a guest director filming part of the Clive Owen story. The three actors mentioned above are joined by an excellent supporting cast including Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Brittany Murphy, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood and many more, as you can guess it's a bit of an all star cast.

It's shot in a very stylized black and white with splashes of colour, such as blood or eye colour and on Blu-ray the colours really do pop off the screen. I played this side by side with the DVD (which has since been given away) and the step up in quality was huge. Plenty of extras here to keep the enthusiasts happy including the film played with a test audience reaction which is fun. 10 out of 10 film, and thankfully 10 out of 10 for the Blu-ray. A MUST HAVE EVEN IF YOU ALREADY OWN THE DVD.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's worth the wait 10 Dec 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The collector's two disc DVD edition of Sin City has finally made it to PAL, and in a beautifully designed tin box, too. I never thought tin could be so sexy! The Region 2 version has all the extras the NTSC discs have, except the Sin-Chroni-City Interactive Game. The package doesn't include the graphic novels either, but real fans will have those anyway.

Are the extras worth the money? Well, I certainly think so. If you're interested in graphics you get a fascinating insight into how Sin City became the stunning, original work of modern film art that it most assuredly is. If you're interested in film making you get commentaries from director Rodriguez, and from Quentin Tarantino and Frank Miller, plus Rodriguez's specials on disc 2. If you're into props, special effects make-up and cars, there's something here for you. You even get Bruce Willis (and John Laurie!) performing at the wrap party.

Plus you get the film, of course. And that lovely tin box. Mmmmmm!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard tin, with some decent extras 2 Jan 2008
Sin city is a film made in 2005, directed by robert rodriguez [and one scene by quentin tarantino] that adapts three of frank miller's graphic novels for the screen. these are all set in a place called sin city, and tell classic film noir tales, from a private eye getting caught up in a turf war to a tough guy getting revenge for the death of a lady, to a cop risking all to protect a girl from a psycho killer. filmed with computer graphics and motion capture and lots of technology this is the most faithful literary adaptation ever. the film looks like the pictures from the book, and the script follows them totally. brutal and brilliant and fully deserving of an 18 certificate.

the first dvd region 2 release had one solitary extra. a ten minute featurette. the region 1 version had lots, but this version never appeared in the uk. so imagine my surprise when walking into HMV for a browse the other week as I had a few minutes to spare, and finding this had finally come to region two!

And it was worth the wait.

there are two discs. the first contains the cinema released cut of the film, and the following extras:

three commentaries. one by rodriguez and tarantino. one by rodriguez and frank miller. and the audience commentary, which is a recording of how the audience at the premiere reacted. shouting and cheering, mostly.

There are lots of documentaries, most of which run ten to fifteen minutes:

how it all went down: convincing frank miller to let the film be made

a piece about the scene tarantino directed

documentaries about the cars, props, costumes and make up.

Two different cinema trailers for the film.
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