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Frank Miller's Sin CitySin City

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Nick Stahl, and about twenty-seven other intense talents...
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
Special Guest Director: Quentin Tarantino
Robert Rodriguez Interview
Sin City Soundtrack Review

The extras found is this version - the two-disc special edition (not to be confused with this summer's El Quickie One Disc version) are as expected from TroubleMaker Studios. You get the 15 Minute Film School, you get a cooking class - on Breakfast Tacos - Rodriguez style, where he teaches you how to make real tortillas and a kind of egg hash that is actually exceptional...the simplest foods usually are provided you lay on the butter proper and pour richly the oil...

Plus, you get about four non-stop hours of incredible, "How'd they do that?" behind the screens and scenes stufamagal. AND, as is if that were not enough? You get an actual pulp novel by Frank Miller within the CD set. Um Yum!

I am heading into the various commentaries now - but as with most of TroubleMaker's features, it's the technique and how-tos that are the real cool bits. Commentary should be good...Film Addict Herion...

One of the coolest features is watching the "driving" scene 'tween Clive Owen and Benicio del Toro. You are "there," as guest director Tarantino and the whole crew create with the green screen as backdrop. The film is a masterpiece, and for those who missed the work and art that the piece took - this may make you say, "Wowsers."

Then,- post viewing the techie workings that'll leave you in awe, you're ready to watch the whole film (sped up about twenty times to score music) on only a green screen background. Watch as the actors, working with nothing but a green wall around them and a few isolated props - like some poor Theater on the Harbor - create magic. 'Cause here, when they get done bringing breath and persona into the dialog Frank Miller wrote, Rodriguez and the techie crew take over and viola - wizardy and wonder.

* Complete mega-list of features below...

BluntAside: I know ya all probably bought the studio's first get-it-out-quick version, but this puppy is worth the dough. Besides it's holiday time, and nothin' says cheer like Frank Miller's Sin City...or is it cheers? BUY this.

Film Review:
Bluntly speaking? Sin City is a visual masterpiece by one of our finest film-wielding rebels, Robert Rodriguez. And, it may be technically the greatest film made to date.

Rodriguez glides from films like Spy Kids to Once Upon a Time in Mexico with the ease of a child, in stealth mode, sneaking past the big table towards the dessert buffet. And in Sin City he's created a beautiful and bodacious, very adult, stylized cartoon of sorts - a true hybrid of new school technology and old school directing talent. The film's stories, the trilogy, are straight out of Frank Miller's dark comic, err, graphic novel, 'Sin City' - and there's been no downplaying of the mega-violence or sexuality. It has not been "prettied up" for mass-audience consumption; hence, obviously, the film is not for everyone. But its audience and the folks, who dare to embrace the future of film's brave-new-world manipulation, are going to be in a state of nirvana.

Story goes…Basin City is a dark world in which law and evil coexist in a bath of violence and corruption. Characters strut and ooze across its streets, and alleyways, careening aside the edge 'tween hero and villain.

One of the city's heros, police officer, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) will try to save a little girl this evening. He knows she is doomed in the hands of a powerful official's lunatic son Roark (Nick Stahl). Against the odds, Hartigan will try to trade an old man's life, for a young girl's chance for one - even if he must become a villian to square the deal...

Meanwhile, in another crevice of this place nicknamed, "Sin City," a monster of a man, Marv (Mickey Rourke), has just ended a night of intimate bliss with an illegitimate collar for murder. The only woman who ever showed him love, Goldie (Jaime King), was killed while he slept - oblivious - beside her. Marv sets off to avenge his lover's death, if it's the last thing he ever does...

Down in an even darker tinged section of the city's seedy alleys, yet another story is unfolding.

A mean-hearted hot-tempered gangbanger named Jackie Boy (Benicio del Toro) is crashing his on-again-off-again barmaid babe, Shellie 's (Brittany Murphy), craphole dwelling. She's already got a guest within the ratty walls, Dwight (Clive Owen). Dwight is a re-faced, old-Sin City regular, and apparently a shady-past toting murdering do-gooder, willing to step up to the plate for his woman…and his oldest profession-in-the-world compadres.

His compadres run "Oldtown." They also run their sex trade like a branch of the military. The head prostitute, Gail (Rosario Dawson), and her decidedly undamsel-in-distress-fetish clad squad, lay down a heavy hand of justice. You treat them square you're fine…you try any hanky panky and you may end up decapitated...or worse - these curvaceous chickbabes can kick assasin-style asskadittle.

The mayhem is completely unleashed in a place that makes Gotham City look like Dollywood...

The vignettes are comic-book deep dripping with rich noir nods, and the characters speak in that wonderful over-the-top campy dialog one looks for in a proper pulp issue; hard-boiled and punctuated for the perfect "feel." It's not Shakespeare...but it's close in its verbal ballet.

Still, the draw here is the dazzling look and feel of this incredible groundbreaking film (ala Sky Captain), and the ensemble of talents - behind and in front of the HD lenses - bringing it all vividly to life. Rodriguez enlisted a long list of actors' actors to fill his tableaus. He also worked directly with Sin City's creator-n-scribe Frank Miller, to direct the work - heck he even called in Quentin Tarantino to give a scene a go - after all, when one thinks of gratuitous violence for art and entertainment's sake...Rob's a team player, whose love for his art radiates in this twisted, dark ode to what film can morph into, with an imagination that shows no boundaries.

Actor-wise, it's Mickey Rourke's Marv that steals show. Mick's an impeccable actor, who even while engulfed in full prosthetic facial make up, with merely a green screen 'tween him and his audience, can still out-act 98% of Hollywood. And Benicio del Toro is skin-crawl effective as Jackie Boy - all snarls and danger. While dear Elijah Wood and Nick Stahl share a dastardly duo award for, "Creepiest Manpigs of the Millennium," for their interpretations of Miller's Roark and Kevin characters.

Sin City is not for children - at all. There's all the leather-fetish T&A expected, ultra-violence comic style, and a plethora of dirty deeds flowing down the filthy streets of this stunning and remarkable other world Rodriguez and crew have brought boldly to life for our mind's eye to behold. Enjoy. Buy it!

Snack recommendation: Dango beers and Tacos de los Rodriguez

*DVD Features:

Available Subtitles: Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
Commentary by: Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller (Unknown Format)
Commentary by: Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino (Unknown Format)
Recut and extended theatrical release with over 20 minutes of additional footage- separated into four stories
Original theatrical release including:
All-new feature commentary with Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller
All-new feature commentary with Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino
An audio track featuring a recording of the Austin premiere audience reaction
Exclusive never-before-seen extras:
15-minute film school with Robert Rodriguez
The movie in high-speed green screen
The Long Take: 17 uninterrupted minutes of Tarantino's segment
Sin City Night at Antones -- filmmakers, cast and crew party
10-minute cooking school with Robert Rodriguez
Teaser & theatrical trailers
A Hard Top With a Decent Engine: The cars of Sin City
Making the Monsters: Special effects make-up
Trench Coats & Fishnets: The costumes of Sin City
Booze, Broads & Guns: The props of Sin City
How it Went Down: Convincing Frank Miller to make the film
Giving the Characters Life: Casting the film
Special guest director: Quentin Tarantino
Sin-Chroni-City interactive game
Complete Sin City Graphic Novel - The Hard Goodbye




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