Blu-Ray Rating: *

Reviewed by: James Gracey

Read Jennie Kermode's film review of Machete

Given that Machete was based on a fake trailer made specifically to be shown during a double bill of Planet Terror and Death Proof, and that it is a love letter to cheap-ass exploitation movies whose titles and trailers promised all kinds of grimy pleasures the films themselves could never live up to, the extra features to complement this Blu-Ray release are severely lacking.

That it also has such a cool cast of actors getting in on the joke also makes the absence of any kind of commentary or making-of featurette all the more lamentable. This disc would have benefited from a commentary track at the very least, especially since the core audience for Machete – and the kind of sleazy grindhouse movies it lovingly apes – are so dedicated and avid. Machete is a fan-boy movie, it relies on its core audience’s awareness, yet there’s noting here to acknowledge that. A discussion on the appeal of grindhouse B-movies wouldn’t have gone amiss either, just to provide further context.

Copy picture Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2011
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Armed only with his machete, a pissed-off Mexican sets out to avenge a set-up and the murder of his family, and to bring justice to a US border town.
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Product Code: B0049EO13A

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Deleted scenes, audience reaction track

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