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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

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90





Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 108 minutes
Genre: Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Vanessa Hudgens, Antonio Banderas, Sofia Vergara, Cuba Goodin Jr., Walt Goggins, William Sadler, Mel Gibson
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Music by: Carl Thiel & Robert Rodriguez
Written by: Kyle Ward
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 21, 2014







"Trained to kill. Left for dead. Back for more…"


Film Synopsis:

Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

My Take:

Machete kills is the sequel to 2010’s Machete and is an expansion of the “fake” trailer that was released together with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 Grindhouse series. It continues in its B movie and exploitation film style revolving around a save-the-world plot. Like the first film and other movies in the Grindhouse series this isn’t a “literal” action film. It’s a satiric play on the exploitive action films of yesteryear and features purposefully over the top action, tons of bloodletting, sexy ladies, and a lightly veiled wink and nod expose on border control. Robert Rodriguez’s flair for flamboyance shines through however the unimaginative plot overdrives the weak characters and occasionally stifles the pace.

Whereas Machete had a freshness that belied its manic quality Machete Kills overplays its hand in a bombarding fashion that feels less like satire. Be that as it may there is daft humor, sexy ladies and gratuitous violence which mates well with the Grindhouse theme. Danny Trejo along with several Robert Rodriguez staples return to the cast. The new faces in Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, and Mel Gibson do well enough to add to the B movie fun. Machete kills doesn’t ring as true as its predecessor but if you can overlook its shortcomings you’ll probably get a kick out of it.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 90

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Video: 90

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Machete kills comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.9 Mbps.

This is a great looking presentation that looks terrific on my big screen. Shot in high definition fidelity is never in question as images are transparently rendered with exquisite detail and a near infinite sense of depth. Colors are pleasing, vivid and kept within the scope of the film’s theme which means various shades of red, brown, green and black with splashes of bright secondary hues. Sepia toned colors have a succulent quality that reveals plenty of subtle delineation and blood is an appropriately dark shade of crimson. Facial features among the principal cast reveal excellent textural nuance while fleshtones appear a bit balmy and exhibit similar complexional characteristics. Blacks are inky, dynamic and stable. Contrast is bold and punchy without overdriving whites/grays and washing out detail. Overall this is a clean and dimensionally satisfying video presentation that appears faithful to the source.

The high resolution DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers smooth, sibilant free treble, tonally rich, crystalline dialogue, and diffused, room filling ambience. The front channels are seamlessly integrated with surrounds tightly infused which creates an immersive, stable soundstage. This mix creates an enriching sound field that comes alive during action based segments as the sounds of obliterated thugs, slashing metal, growling engines and flying bullets invigorate the listening area while being augmented by punchy low frequency response. It made for a fun surround sound experience that mated perfectly with the tone of the film.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) 6 Extended/deleted scenes

  • (HD) The making of Machete kills – 20 minute featurette

  • Bonus DVD

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Machete kills is an expansion of the faux trailer that was released together with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 Grindhouse series. Like the other movies in the Grindhouse series including its predecessor Machete it isn’t a “literal” action film. It’s intended to be a satirical play on the exploitive action films of yesteryear and features purposefully over the top action, tons of bloodletting, sexy ladies, and a lightly veiled wink and nod expose on border control. It fails to deliver the freshness and appeal of the first film however its merits make it worth checking out especially if you enjoyed Machete. Universal Studios Home Entertainment consistently delivers some of the best high definition presentations on new release Blu-ray titles and this is no exception. I found its pristine video and high quality lossless sound to be excellent. Fans will find the sparse bonus features to be a let down. If you appreciate this style of filmmaking Machete kills is mindlessly entertaining so feel free to give it a spin on Blu-ray.



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Thanks for the review, Ralph! I'll be watching this one for sure... cool.gif

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Thx for the review.

My wife and I didn't like it at all. The first part was kind of funny because it was so over the top. This one is simply stupid. We can only hope that RR will not make that previewed Machete in Space sequel. That would be ridiculous. From here an "absolute not recommended" rating. Too bad.
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I like Danny Trejo just fine, he just doesn't seem to carry a movie like a lead should.

The first Machete I thought really sucked just because the whole time I'm watching it, I can't get past the fact that there was no appeal for me whatsoever with Danny as the lead. He's more of a supporting actor in my book. cool.gif
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Thanks for the review Mr. Potts, but not for me.............
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The first one sold me at the "Introducing Don Johnson" credit. And somehow I get the feeling that I'm going to enjoy seeing Mel Gibson in this over EXPENDABLES 3. A guaranteed rental for me.
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Thank you Ralph, but will pass on this one.

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I think many people found the "over the top" theme within the first movie to be too far over the top, but that was what made it fun for me. smile.gif

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I thought Machete Kills was much more entertaining than the first one. It took itself less seriously than the first one, and really had fun with its theme. Unfortunately, it was a lot less successful than the first one, so I doubt we'll see a Machete 3.
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Nice review Ralph. A guilty pleasure for sure:D
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