This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.
Who? Directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan and Don Johnson
Why? Someone just f**ked with the wrong Mexican, and his name is Machete (Danny Trejo)—an ex-Federale who escapes to Texas after his wife and daughter are murdered by a powerful drug lord (Steven Seagal). There he is offered a job to assassinate Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), who is pushing a strict anti-immigration platform that equates illegals with cockroaches. Machete is set up by the same people that hired him so the media reports that an illegal immigrant tried to take out the senator.
Immigration officer Sartana Rivera (Jessica Alba) tries to track down Machete but becomes more sympathetic to the plight of illegals the more she uncovers. Meanwhile, Machete has teamed up with revolutionary Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), who runs a taco truck, and Padre (Cheech Marin), a priest “who’s good with blessings but better with guns.” Together they try to bring down the corrupt senator, which culminates in an epic battle at a dusty base for border vigilantes.
Of all the outrageous fake trailers created to accompany 2007's Grindhouse double feature, none generated more excitement than Machete. The proposed Latino action film was originally conceived by Robert Rodriguez back during the time of Desperado. Trejo, whom Rodriguez says has a characteristic face you can "rock climb on," nails his first leading role in a prolific acting career by delivering unforgettable deadpan lines like "Machete don't text" and just kicking ass.
Whether he's swinging on a guy's gutted intestines through a window or bedding one of the film's hot actresses, you'll cheer Machete on in this unapologetic Mexploitation celebration. The end credits promise more with Machete Kills
and Machete Kills Again
, so here’s to hoping that Rodriguez commits to creating a kickass trilogy for fans of Mexploitation's newest and greatest anti-hero.
What Else?: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain five deleted scenes and an “audience reaction track,” the latter of which is ideal if you want to bring that theater vibe into your living room.
Want to win your own copy of Machete? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is giving away five copies (three DVDs, two Blu-rays) of Machete to Disc-y Business readers. To enter, just post a comment below and tell us why you loved Machete or why you want to see it on disc. All we ask is that you keep it clean and be old enough to watch Machete legally (it's rated R). Winner will be notified by e-mail. Good luck!