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El Mariachi (1993)

NOTE: This commentary was also available on the laserdisc release of "El Mariachi."

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Robert Rodriguez Rating:8.0/10 (35 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Fry on January 11th, 2005:Find all reviews by Fry
This one is amazing. Rodriguez packs his commentary track full of information about film-making, especially about how to shoot a movie for 7000 Dollars, as he did. He never stops talking for longer than two seconds and explains nearly every aspect: From lighting (with normal bulbs) to "special effects" (condoms filled with movie blood) to action und editing. It is entertaining and you learn a lot - after hearing, one might be able to shoot a film himself.
Reviewed by Elijah Sullivan on April 20th, 2005:Find all reviews by Elijah Sullivan
Great commentary -- a nine if you love hearing about filmmaking. If you've read the book on the making of the film, "Rebel Without a Cause", then 99% of the information here will be repetitive. If you haven't read the book -- read it instead. It's far better. However, if you don't have the time for a full-length read, this is a worthy alternative. Looking forward to hearing Rodriguez talk about "Sin City."
Reviewed by AZtoCA on January 27th, 2008:Find all reviews by AZtoCA
as told above

same as book "Rebel without a Crew"
if you haven't read the book then watch this
Film Making info heavy

8 out 10
Reviewed by grimjack on January 13th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
This is one of my new favorite commentaries! I have not read the book other reviewers mention, but of course have heard various stories about how he made the film. The movie is good, but this track is excellent.

It starts off with him saying he loves listening to director commentaries so is excited to make one himself, and it must have been done before Desperado, as he talks about how he is looking forward to working in Hollywood where they have things like focus pullers and budgets for lights. He explains where all the money went, and basically all but $600 went to the film and processing.

He never stops talking and points out the various tricks he used, and even flaws like how often he appears in reflections if you were looking for it. And how seldom showing two actors in the same shot made it easier to shoot and edit on the fly.

I love his reasons for sometimes speeding up or slowing down the film, either to save film, or add running time. And one time he recorded at a slower speed because being pushed in a wheelchair while holding the camera on rough tiles was too bouncy, and this way when slowed down it looked smoother. And how he used hidden zooms to make it look like he recorded shots two or three times, but really only once.

He explains why some continuity errors exist, and how he buried some others so we did not see them. I love his telling of how often he edited a dialog scene or action moment just because his audio track did not sync up right. And how the bad guys got smaller and smaller as they killed off the larger extras early on.

I swear that even before the end of the track you will feel that you could go out and make a movie. If I had heard this track before I went to college, I am certain it would have been the slap in the face I needed to get my act together and make a film.