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Blu-ray Shopping Bag: Machete Kills Blu-ray

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By Robert T. Trate     January 07, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Machete Kills arrives today on Digital HD and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD January 21st, 2014.
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I’ll admit it, I didn’t see Machete Kills in the theaters. I was a little busy that weekend and after some unfavorable reviews, I figured I would wait for the Blu-ray release. Well, here it is. Oddly enough, I jumped at the chance to sit back on a cold winter’s night and watch a hot action movie that had plenty of babes in it. Machete Kills is the sequel to Machete that features Danny Trejo as the title character who basically takes on the world and incredible odds. The first film itself was derived from Robert Rodriguez’s faux trailer that played in front of the 2007 feature, Grindhouse. The trailer was crazy fun and, with much buzz, a real film saw the light of day. Machete (2010) was okay, but more like an after-dinner mint for the summer blockbusters that had come and gone. Here we are at the sequel and much like the spin offs from Brendan Frasier’s Mummy movies, Machete has overstayed his welcome. 

I get what Machete Kills is all about. The action, the characters, and even the plot are over top. It is supposed to be consumed like an all-you-can-eat sundae bar. You know you like it, but eventually you’ll regret going back for seconds. Sadly, this parody of action flicks and “grindhouse” movies is now so far removed from the source material. If a modern comparison is to be made, Machete Kills feel more like Austin Powers 3 (Goldmember) or Major League II. Each joke, each stunt is slightly bigger than the last time we encountered it. In short, director Robert Rodriguez loses sight of what made the concept of Machete so much fun. His creation is a parody of itself. 

Despite the lame story and and over the top opening trailer, Machete Kills does deliver a few surprises. No, it isn’t seeing Alexa Vega’s ass or Lady Gaga’s acting. In fact, several members of the cast surprised me in this B picture with A list actors. Mel Gibson chewed up the scenery and the dialogue so well that for almost a second you wondered why you dislike him so much. Charlie Sheen also delivers an incredible performance as the asshole president of the United States that gets Machete to save the world. What was so surprising is that Sheen walked the line between parodying his famous father’s president and not taking this film too seriously. Finally, Demian Bichir was the one actor I had never seen before. Despite the material given, as a man who is both the curse and savior of Mexico, Bichir came to play. Hopefully, we will see more of him as an actor. If anything, I want to watch him in Che (2008) where he plays Fidel Castro. 

Yes, there is the big tease for a third film, Machete Kills Again... In Space. We all know where this is going and, quite frankly, it won’t be any fun. Robert Rodriguez is a director that we pay attention to because we like what he brings to the theater as a storyteller, a director, and as a producer. This was his casserole of three times re-fried beans. Those of you that ignored it were better off. Those that ate it... well, we have our regrets. 

Machete Kills arrives today on Digital HD and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD January 21st, 2014. 

Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. Wicker Man [Blu-ray] (1973)
2. Cape Fear (1962) (Blu-ray + Digital UltraViolet)
3. The Last Starfighter (Blu-Ray + Digital Ultraviolet)
4. Throne of Blood (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD)
5. Killing Fields: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray]

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

American Joyride Starring Katherine Randolph, Alex Petrovitch and Andy Mackenzie

Badges of Fury [Blu-ray] Starring Jet Li, Wen Zhang, Collin Chou and Cecilia Liu

Battle of the Damned [Blu-ray]

Brutalization Starring Sylvia Kristel, Bryan Marshall, Alexandra Stewart

Bullet Ballet [Blu-ray]

Cassandra Crossing / Domino Principle [Blu-ray] Starring Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen

Cat (2014)

Closed Circuit (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds and Riz Ahmed

Closed Circuit Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds and Riz Ahmed

Gladiator Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

Judy + The Night Hustlers Starring David Haller, Sandy O'Hara, George Mead and China Valles

Hidden Away Starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, Ivan Sergei, Sean Patrick Flanery

Living By the Gun Starring Tommy Admire, Amber Beasley and Jeffery Babineau

Runner Runner Starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Anthony Mackie

Runner Runner [Blu-ray] Starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Anthony Mackie

Scarface (1983) Starring Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Upstream Colour [Blu-ray]

Vikingdom [Blu-ray]

ANIME

Anyone You Can Do... I Can Do Better

Aria the Natural, Part 1 (2006)

Lagrange Set 2

Maid Service

Monster Rancher: Season 1

Patlabor TV Collection 4 [Blu-ray] (2014)

Uta No Prince Sama 1000%: Season 1 (2011)

Uta No Prince Sama 1000%: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

CLASSICS

Cape Fear (1962) (Blu-ray + Digital UltraViolet) Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen

Fiddler on the Roof [Blu-ray]

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Fletch Starring Chevy Chase, Tim Matheson, Joe Don Baker

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Blu-ray + Digital UltraViolet) Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam

National Lampoon's Animal House Starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon and Verna Bloom (1978)

Smokey and the Bandit Starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field and Jerry Reed (1977)

Criterion Collection

Eclipse Series 40 - Late Ray (Criterion Collection) Starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee and Gopa Aich

Throne of Blood (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD) (1957)

HORROR

3 Wicked Witches Starring Lisa London, Helene Udy, Nic Luken and John Luke

Amityville Asylum Starring Sophia Del Pizzo, Eileen Daly, Kenton Hall

The Bates Haunting Starring Rocco A. Amato, Randy Bates and Ashley Caspermeyer

Big Ass Spider! Starring Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar and Ray Wise

Big Ass Spider! (Blu-Ray) Starring Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar and Ray Wise

Bloodline Starring Matt Thompson, Kimberly Alexander, Jesse Kristofferson

Dead Of The Nite Starring Tony Todd, Joseph Millson, Gary Mavers and Cicely Tennant

Evil Come, Evil Go / Oh! You Beautiful Doll / Widow Blue Starring Cleo O'Hara, Rick Cassidy, John Holmes and Sandy Dempsey

The Happy House Starring Khan Baykal, Aya Cash, Marceline Hugot and Kathleen McNenny

HER CRY;La Llorona Investigation Starring James Ezrin, Gabrielle Santomauro, Everardo Guzman

Paper Mask 1991 (remastered widescreen edition) Starring Paul McGann, Amanda Donahoe and Tom Wilkinson

The Power Starring Susan Stokey (1984)

The Mummy (1999) (Blu-ray + Digital UltraViolet) Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo and John Hannah

We Are What We Are [Blu-ray] Starring Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julie Garner and Michael Parks

We Are What We Are Starring Bill Sage, Julia Garner and Kelly McGillis

Wicker Man [Blu-ray] (1973)

Woodsman, The Starring Maurice Ripke and Eric Garcia

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

Argo Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman

Coal Miner's Daughter (Blu-ray + Digital UltraViolet) Starring Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo

Gorillas in the Mist [Blu-ray] Starring Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown and Julie Harris

The Hurricane (Blu-ray + Digital UltraViolet) Starring Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger

Killing Fields: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray] Starring Sam Waterston, Dr. Haing S. Ngor, Craig T. Nelson

Tequila Sunrise [Blu-ray] Starring Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Pfeiffer

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

12 Disasters Starring Ed Quinn, Magda Apanowicz, Roark Cirtchlow

Angry Planet Starring Daryl Boling and Kathleen Kwan

The Last Starfighter (Blu-Ray + Digital Ultraviolet) Starring Lance Guest, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Preston

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Starring Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen

TV LAND

Archer: The Complete Season Four (2014)

Archer: The Complete Season Four [Blu-ray] (2014)

Barney Miller: Season Four Starring Hal Linden and Ron Glass

China Beach: Seasons 2

Copper: Season 2

Copper: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

Duck Dynasty Season 4 (2014)

The Following: The Complete First Season Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea

Leave It To Beaver: Season One Starring Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont

Midsomer Murders: Series 6 Starring John Nettles and Daniel Casey

Midsomer Murders: Series 7 Starring John Nettles and John Hopkins

Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection Starring John Nettles and Daniel Casey

Northern Exposure: Season Three Starring Rob Morrow, Janine Turner and John Corbett

Northern Exposure: Season Four Starring Rob Morrow, Janine Turner and John Corbett

Northern Exposure: Season Five Starring Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, John Corbett and Barry Corbin

Northern Exposure: Season Six Starring Rob Morrow, Janine Turner and John Corbett

Star Trek: Enterprise - Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]

 

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