Starring Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood
Written By: Frank Miller
Directed By: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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I was disappointed with the original Sin City DVD because there wasn’t a damn thing on it. But I knew this would come out so I don’t know why I was so disappointed. Anyway, this is the DVD to get because its loaded with extras and contains an extended & recut of the movie, as well as the original theatrical version. Couldn’t have asked for a better DVD!
Sin City is based off of Frank Miller’s graphic novels. There are several separate storylines featuring tough guys, hookers, cops, rogue cops, bad cops, crooked politicians & religious figures, murderers and cannibal murderers. Fun for the whole family! In the original movie, the separate stories were intertwined together to make one movie, but on this DVD; there are two versions to watch. You can watch the theatrical version, or you can watch the uncut & extended version. There are 4 stories to watch but you have to watch them one at a time. I don’t believe there is a feature to play all the extended stories together. I could be wrong though. The first one I watched was “The Customer Is Always Right” with Josh Hartnett and originally that was the opening sequence to the theatrical version, and the ending for it too. So it was kind of weird just watching this short film, and then having to watch the other stories. There were a few extended scenes and dialogue added to that one. I watched “The Hard Goodbye” next with Mickey Rourke and the beautiful Carla Gugino. Not too much seemed to be added into the this part of the movie besides some more dialogue and one whole scene or so. One notable scene added was when Marv goes home and sees Mom and he finds his gun. Nothing too special with the extended scenes, but there are some scenes just not really that worthy to be mentioned. That story is still one of my favorites of Sin City.
The next story I watched was “That Yellow Bastard” with Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Nick Stahl. This was the least favorite of mine out of all the stories for some reason. Not sure why, maybe it was Bruce Willis. I usually like him in movies but not sure I liked him as Hartigan. Nick Stahl as Yellow Bastard was excellent though. Can’t forget Jessica Alba rope lassoing in the strip club! *drool* I believe the most deleted scenes were added back into this story. There’s a scene with Lucille (Carla Gugino) trying to help Hartigan get out of prison and that scene was nice to see. The last Sin City story I watched was “The Big Fat Kill” and that’s my second favorite story out of the movie. Clive Owen is just so damn cool as Dwight, and this story also has some of the best action in the film as well. Plus the dialogue and acting is great too. Benicio Del Toro was fantastic as the crooked cop and didn’t seem to shut up, even when the guy was dead. I honestly can’t remember what really was added into that part of Sin City, but I know there were a few extended scenes. There’s about 25 minutes added back into all the stories.
It was kind of cool watching the movies separately because you could stop the movie for days and go back and just go back to watching the film. Or watch whatever storyline you wanted to watch without having to see the others. I liked how stuff was added back into the movies but not sure it was really necessary. I think the movie succeeded with the theatrical version but this DVD set is a nice thing to own if you are a fan of Sin City. Besides looking great on DVD, the movie sounds amazing as well. Seeing Sin City was awesome on the big screen, but it looks really sharp on my 50 inch TV. There are a load of extras to watch as well. I watched most of them and like how Robert Rodriguez takes the time & EFFORT to make DVDs worth while to watch. Some people just slap a bunch of nonsense on a DVD and call it extras. Rodriguez shows you how & why he did things, explains how things were done and it’s something to watch once you finish the film. The 15 minute film school is something he does on most of his movies, and this one is no different. The director, editor, composer and whatever else Rodriguez does, briefly explains everything that went into making the movie. I’m sure you’ll get the more in-depth version in the audio commentary but I have yet to listen to that yet. The All Green Screen Version was really cool to see because it shows a lot of the scenes in fast forward mood without any effects added in. I can’t believe how little they had to work with and I’m sure it was very tough working in those conditions. Almost feels like Sin City: The Play. You can also watch Cooking School with Rodriguez (I told you the guy does it all!), a long take with Mickey Rourke & Benicio Del Toro (a long version of them in the car directed by QT), Sin City Live (Bruce Willis and Rodriguez performing music) and loads of other things. THIS IS THE DEFINITE VERSION TO OWN! So get going and buy this DVD!
Recut, Extended and Unrated Version separated into four stories (147 min.)
Original Theatrical Release
Commentary with Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
Commentary with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
An audio track featuring a recording of the Austin Premiere crowd
Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Extras
15 Minute Film School with Robert Rodriguez
The Long Take: 14 Uninterrupted Minutes of Tarantino’s Segment
“Sin City Live” Night AT Antones – Filmmakers, Cast and Crew Party
10-Minute Cooking School with Robert Rodriguez
How It Went Down: Convincing Frank Miller To Make the Film
A Hard Top With a Decent Engine: The Cars of Sin City
Trench Coats & Fishnets: The Costumes Of Sin City
Making the Monsters: Special Effects Make-Up
Booze Broads & Guns: The Props of Sin City
The Movie in High-Speed Green Screen – All Green Screen Version
Booze, Broads & Guns: The Props Of Sin City
Special Guest Director: Quentin Tarantino
Sin-Chroni-City Interactive Game
Teaser and theatrical trailers
Special Edition printing of original Sin City graphic novel The Hard Goodbye.
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Mickey Rourkes scenes, and Clive Owens storyline. The arrow scene. Lucille naked haha.
Running Time: 147 minutes