Sin City

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Sin city is infested with criminals, crooked cops and sexy dames: some searching for vengeance, some for redemption and others, both.


Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 40717410
UPC 786936291568
UPC 14 00786936291568
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2006
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Fantasy Worlds
Film Noir
Love Affairs
Theatrical Release
Urban Crime
Urban Life
Editors Note
Note Adapted from Frank Miller's graphic novels, SIN CITY is Robert Rodriguez's striking film noir infused with fantasy, taking place in a world where it is eternally nighttime and everything is drenched in rain and violence. Using a unique combination of silvery black and white digital photography with occasional flashes of bright color for dazzling punctuation, Rodriguez employs green screen techniques and paints a backdrop around each scene, using Miller's co-direction as his cue to match the original setting as closely as possible. Three stories weave together, occasionally overlapping. With lines delivered flatly in the hard-boiled style of Raymond Chandler, these tales are about crime, love, loss, and being preternaturally tough. In the most caustically dramatic segment, Mickey Rourke plays the fearlessly lovestruck Marv, a trenchcoat-clad beast who falls in love with prostitute Goldie (Jaime King) only to find her murdered by a demonic cannibal (Elijah Wood). In another segment, Bruce Willis plays Hartigan, a rogue cop with a "bum ticker" whose goal in life is to save Nancy (Jessica Alba), an innocent stripper, from a murderous rapist (Nick Stahl). The third segment stars Clive Owen as a detective caught between murdered cop Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro) and a slew of lethally dangerous vixens lead by Gail (Rosario Dawson). With blood spurting white, yellow, and yes even red; a roster of hot actors that goes on and on; and sound editing that makes you feel like you're the one being punched in the face, SIN CITY is a gift for fans of Miller's art, loaded with style and grit.
USA Today "Right now it looks like one of the movies that will define its year even more than the KILL BILL duo did." 04/01/2005 p.7E
Chicago Sun-Times "[I]t's like a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids....It's a visualization of the pulp noir imagination, uncompromising and extreme. Yes, and brilliant." 04/01/2005 p.29
Entertainment Weekly "[A] jazzy-looking screen translation..." 04/08/2005 p.44-45
Uncut "Rodriguez delivers a sumptuous computer-generated vision of Miller's hardboiled fantasy universe....A perfect slice of gleefully violent 21st-century film noir for sick, twisted pop culture aficionados everywhere." 06/01/2005 p.136-137,Ranked #10 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Rodriguez creates a visual masterpiece, an entirely digital rendition of the comic-book world." p.82-83
Rolling Stone "Credit first goes to Robert Rodriquez, a tirelessly innovative director who thrives on doing things the rules say he can't....A bold, uncompromised vision." 04/21/2005 p.123,Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[T]he film captures the dazzling monochrome of Frank Miller's graphic novels." 12/01/2005 p.92
Sight and Sound "SIN CITY is consistently gorgeous..." 06/01/2005 p.73-74
Premiere "This was a groundbreaking movie for both its look and how that look was achieved." 09/01/2005 p.119
Movieline's Hollywood Life "Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's all-digital uber-noir gets a blowout DVD-ing..." 11/01/2005 p.104
Robert Rodriguez
Frank Miller
Bruce Willis
Mickey Rourke
Cast & Crew
Benicio Del Toro - Actor
Bob Weinstein - Executive Producer
Bruce Willis - Actor
Frank Miller - Director
Frank Miller - Writer
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Jessica Alba - Actor
Jon Debney - Musical Score
Quentin Tarantino - Director
Robert Rodriguez - Cinematographer
Robert Rodriguez - Editor
Robert Rodriguez - Producer
Rosario Dawson - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 4086403
UPC 00786936291568
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 126 minutes
Color B&W and Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cannes Film Festival (2005) Robert Rodriguez, Winner, Technical Grand Prize,Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez , Nominee, Golden Palm,Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Nominee, Golden Palm Award
MTV Award (2006) Jessica Alba, Winner, Sexiest Performance,Rosario Dawson, Clive Owen, Nominee, Best Kiss,Sin City, Nominee, Best Movie
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Part of me wants to resist "Sin City," because it's art based on art that's based on art -- that is, a movie based on a comic book based on a film genre -- and, like anything three stages removed from inspiration, it has nothing to say. It's a style piece, a fever dream about film noir, and that hardly seems ambitious or important.Yet if the movie's aims aren't lofty, its entertainment value is high and consistent. Virtually every moment of "Sin City" engages the mind and the eye. The energy never flags; the story never stalls. It starts in motion, and ends in motion. To make a movie this entertaining is to accomplish a small miracle.
Reviewer Mick Lasalle
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review The worst thing I can say about this savage, sexy and ferociously funny screen translation of three stories from Frank Miller's Sin City series of graphic novels is that it's too much of a good thing. Your eyes go boing so early that the effect wears off. But stick with it. As opposed to the arty and enervated Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which also filmed actors against computer-generated backgrounds, Sin City has a restless bug-fuck vitality. It'll be way too much for Bush America, which is the best thing I can say about it.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Boston Globe
Review ''Sin City" is the first great Hollywood joy ride of the year. Hyperstylized and ultra-ultra-violent, this adaptation of Frank Miller's two-fisted cult comic book series barrels through a black-and-white moral landscape like a runaway bullet train, and it makes no stops for those with delicate constitutions to stagger off.
Reviewer Ty Burr
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Sin City is the most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen. While other directors have attempted to remain faithful to the look and "feel" of their source material, Robert Rodriguez has taken things a step further, by using Frank Miller's graphic novels as storyboards and immersing the audience neck-deep in the noir currents of Miller's den of iniquity. It's easy to get lost in Sin City. There's something to appreciate around every corner - the gritty characters, the uncompromising story, and, most of all, visuals to astound and amaze. "Eye candy" doesn't even begin to describe what Rodriguez has accomplished...This is very much Rodriguez's film - like most of his other projects, it was "shot and cut" by him. He is quick to give Frank Miller equal credit, indicating that although the camerawork was his, Miller's contribution was so great that he deserves to be recognized as a co-director...Quentin Tarantino is listed as a "Special Guest Director," whatever that means. Apparently, Tarantino shot one (or more) of the film's scenes, but I couldn't begin to guess which one. Any contribution by the Kill Bill filmmaker blends seamlessly into the overall production, never calling attention to itself...Rumor has it that some of the studio executives behind Sin City were looking for a way to get the film a PG-13 rating. Having seen the final cut, it's mind-boggling to believe that such a watered-down version was ever considered. The violence in this movie may be stylized, but there's far too much of it for the MPAA to consider a PG-13. Plus, there's plenty of nudity: Jamie King bares her breasts and Carla Gugino spends about 50% of her limited screen time wearing little or nothing. I'm glad Rodriguez stuck to his guns; a PG-13 version of Sin City would have been a crime. The one that exists is a pleasure.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review If film noir was not a genre, but a hard man on mean streets with a lost lovely in his heart and a gat in his gut, his nightmares would look like "Sin City." The new movie by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller plays like a convention at the movie museum in Quentin Tarantino's subconscious. A-list action stars rub shoulders with snaky villains and sexy wenches, in a city where the streets are always wet, the cars are ragtops and everybody smokes. It's a black-and-white world, except for blood, which is red, eyes which are green, hair which is blond, and the Yellow Bastard...This isn't an adaptation of a comic book, it's like a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids...Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino are credited as co-directors, Miller because his comic books essentially act as storyboards which Rodriguez follows with ferocity, and because he was on the set every day, interacting with the actors; Tarantino because he directed one brief scene on a day when Rodriquez was determined to wean him away from celluloid and lure him over the dark side of digital. (It's the scene in the car with Owen and Del Toro, who has a pistol stuck in his head.) Tarantino also contributed something to the culture of the film, which follows his influential "Pulp Fiction" in its recycling of pop archetypes and its circular story structure. The language of the film, both dialogue and narration, owes much to the hard-boiled pulp novelists of the 1950s...Which brings us, finally, to the question of the movie's period. Skylines suggest the movie is set today. The cars range from the late 1930s through the 1950s to a recent Ferrari.The costumes are from the trench coat and G-string era. I don't think "Sin City" really has a period, because it doesn't really tell a story set in time and space. It's a visualization of the pulp noir imagination, uncompromising and extreme. Yes, and brilliant.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
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David Edelstein, Slate I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
Ken Tucker, New York Magazine The visually stunning Sin City has grit to spare and a thrilling undercurrent of morality.
Richard Corliss, Time Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times This isn't an adaptation of a comic book, it's like a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids.
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs way up!
Newsweek Visually arresting!

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