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  • 16:9 Enhanced
  • Dual Layer (RSDL 69:43)
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
    English - Hearing Impaired
  • Animated menus - Main Menu Audio
The Mexican (Rental)
Dreamworks/Universal . R4 . COLOR . 119 mins . M15+ . PAL


You're in your car with a couple of associates driving along (with a body in the boot), you know, nothing out of the ordinary when WHAM, some schmuck runs a red light and smashes into you! To make matters worse, the police stop to check out the scene and find the guy in your boot. Damn, quicker than you can say "Bugger" you're arrested and doing hard time. Given that you're a bit of a crime lord, this makes you somewhat unhappy and so you have some of your associates contact the person that hit you and demand that they perform a couple of "favours" to work off their debt. The alternative you offer them is to become a human candle!

Enter Jerry, the klutz who wasn't paying attention and ran into the car of the mysterious Margolese. He is now in debt to this man for the damage to his car, not to mention the time in prison. His last "favour" to Margolese didn't go so well and so now he must complete another. A task he hopes will release him from this debt. His task this time? Seems simple enough, go to Mexico and pick up a gun, return to the states and hand it to Bernie, a senior associate of Margolese. Unfortunately for Jerry, things never seem to go to plan and his "simple" trip to mexico becomes a major adventure.

No way I'm going to reveal anymore of the plot of this baby as it's one of those slightly "odd" movies that you have to watch for yourself.


Apart from a couple of minor lapses, this transfer is nice and sharp with lots of detail. The colour palette chosen for this film is very natural looking with bright colours that look great on screen. I saw some very minor aliasing in a few places and some tiny film artefacts early on. That's the extent of the problems making this transfer great stuff.

This is an RSDL disc with the layer change taking place at 69:43. Placement wise it is ok as it occurs between sentences but it was slightly noticeable.

Ah lovely, a 448 kb/s Dolby Digital 5.1 track and an excellent one to boot!

Despite being largely dialogue driven, this transfer is still very active with all channels put to good use. During action sequences you will hear sounds transition from one channel to the next while during the quieter moments ambient sounds are used to help keep you involved. One of the more interesting features of this transfer is the use of the front left and right channels for dialogue in addition to the centre. In some scenes the dialogue for one actor is in the left channel while the other is heard in the right.

Margolese: Well Michael, where are the extras?
Michael: I told you Margolese, I've got them right here!
Margolese: Well hand them over then!
Michael: Ok, Ok, keep your knickers on! They're just in my back pock...et. I'm sure I put them in there? What the fu...?!?
Margolese: Bloody hell Michael, I send you to Mexico to get some extras and you can't even do that right! I've had it with you. BLAM, BLAM, BLAM!
Michael: Damn that Dreamworks, they knicked the extras arrghh, urrrr, gasp!

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  •   And I quote...
    "This movie is fun, a little left field and worth taking a look at. The DVD is bare bones but of excellent quality."
    - Michael Chappell
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