Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Benicio
Del Toro, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke
Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Sin City was hugely successful at being a hyper-violent
noir film and an excellently stylistic representation of Frank
Miller's graphic comic series. Just as the original DVD release
hit the shelves, word got out that director Robert Rodriguez
was going to release an uncut, extended edition. just as the
Lord of the Rings movies has taught me patience, I chose to
wait for the special edition.
For a review of the actual movie, click
here for the theatrical review.
The first disc features the original theatrical release,
including commentary from Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and
Quentin Tarantino. There's also an audio track of the audience
response from a viewing in Austin. There's a metric ton of
special features on this disc, including bits on how Rodriguez
convinced Miller to make the movie, separate features on the
cars, props, special effects and costumes. There's also Sin-Chroni-City,
a feature that gives viewer an idea of how the characters
are connected in the story.
The second disc is where all the goodies of this edition
are. In fact, the second disc alone makes this purchase worth
both the wait, if you waited, or a re-buy if you picked up
the original DVD release. First and foremost is the uncut
version of the film, which adds 23 minutes, but is broken
apart into the four separate stories. The additional footage
is spliced in so cleanly that you never really sit around
going "that's new footage". It all works so well in completing
each of the stories that I can't imagine how the scenes were
edited. Of course, there's a few scenes, like Marv's visit
with his mother that are obviously re-added, but still a nice
addition, all the same.
Along with the re-cut movie are some bonus features. 15
Minute Flick School goes over Rodriguez's reasoning behind
why and how he made Sin City. It also shows how he
used green screen and visual effect to make the most of his
digital environments. One of the nicer aspects of this is
the minor insights given as to how the film was made, on a
production scale. The Long Take is one continuous shot,
san effects, of the car ride scene. This bit shows us on set
decisions by Rodriguez and guest director Tarantino as they
play out during the filming of the scene. There's also an
all green screen version of the film (no effects), played
out in high speed, and some less movie related features (like
a cooking school and live concert).
As if the two DVDs weren't enough, the DVD set also comes
with a small trade paperback edition of The Hard Goodbye.
this nice addition gives those who never read the original
stories a means by which to compare the movie with the original
source material. This is an excellent bonus I know most other
films won't try to emulate as it would just show off the difference
in the source material and the final product. Since Sin
City was so faithful, Rodriguez has nothing to fear.
The Sin City Uncut DVD set is worth it's weight in
gold. In terms of fantastic DVD releases (or re-editions as
the case is), this is one of the better ones to date. If you
enjoyed the movie, then this is a no-brainer in terms of purchase.