Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Jaime King, Devon Aoki, Brittany Murphy, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Rutger Hauer, Josh Hartnett and Powers Boothe

Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino

Running Time:
124 mins/147 mins Extended

"Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything."

Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything. A wanted man would take on everyone to get revenge for the woman he loved. The whores of Old Town and an ex-con, who would face up to the mob and the police to keep themselves alive. A disgraced cop who would do anything to save the life of the only person that ever believed in him. Sin City has many a tale to tell and don't expect them to be pretty.

Comic book movies might be all the rage at the moment but 'Sin City' is unlike any comic book movie you have ever seen.

Based on the graphic novels by the legendary writer/artist Frank Miller, 'Sin City' raises the bar when it comes to recreating the look and feel of the world the characters of the piece inhabit. The film is like watching a live action graphic, with the actors placed into the actual pages. The black and white visuals, with the odd injection of colour for dramatical effect, paints the streets and outskirts of Basin City with the same palette as the books that they are based upon. This gives the film a highly stylised look and one that truly captures the essence of the graphic novel.

Directors Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino have achieved this by utilising computer-generated graphics but for once the film is better for it. While it maybe becoming more and more common that actors are now performing against green screens instead of actual sets and locations but 'Sin City' sets a new standard in visuals. The movie just wouldn't have looked right any other way as the directors vividly recreate the environments that made the novels so distinctive in the first place.

Having an amazing look to a film means nothing without having a story to tell and 'Sin City' has three of them. In the style of 'Pulp Fiction', three distinct stories with their own characters interweave with a common connection driving them all. Based on Miller's graphic novels "Sin City", "The Big Fat Kill" and "That Yellow Bast*rd", each of the stories are dark and extremely violent. 'Sin City' deals with Marv, played brilliantly by Mickey Rourke, and quest for vengeance after the death of the only woman who was ever kind to him, Goldie (played by the beautiful Jaime King). This is probably the most violent of the three stories as Marv goes on a killing spree, working his way through body after body to find out who was behind Goldie's murder. 'The Big Fat Kill' focuses on the war for control on Old Town. At the moment the Whores, lead by Gail, played by the extremely sexy Rosario Dawson, are independent of any mob or police control and deal out their own kind of justice but when Dwight (the excellent Clive Owen) brings Jackie Boy (a manic Benicio Del Toro) to town, all hell breaks loose and Old Town becomes a war zone. Finally we have 'That Yellow Bast*rd' that features disgraced police officer Hartigan (Bruce Willis in his best role for years) go up against the man who framed him and sent him to prison, as he tries to protect the girl he saved eight years earlier. The central character narrates each of these stories, as they outline their feeling and ideas as the story progresses. This really draws you into the character and their situation and again mimics the style of the graphic novels on which they are based.

Visually stunning, superbly acted by a star-studded cast and stories that draw you in from the start, 'Sin City' is one of the best adaptations to ever hit the silver screen. Directors Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino have to be congratulated for their sheer dedication to the material (which was probably not that hard for Frank Miller) and the way they approached the entire production. The movie is unique and astonishing to watch, as you would have never thought that a print medium could be so brilliantly recreated on film.


Presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack the transfer is very good. As this is a direct digital transfer, 'Sin City' looks as amazing as the filmmakers wanted it to look.


Sin City: Extended and Recut

Disc 1

Sin City: Theatrical Cut (124 mins)
Watch the original version of the movie, with the stories in the order released at the cinema.

Feature Commentary by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
The co-directors of the movie come together to talk about their approach for bringing Sin City to life on the silver screen. This is a very chatty and informative track with the pair revealing a multitude of facts about the world of 'Sin City' and the process of bringing the film to the silver screen.

Feature Commentary by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
The director and guest director come together of a chat about what Sin City means to them. The two great friends share a fun and chatty track that is great to listen to.

An Audio Track Featuring a Recording of the Austin Audience Reaction
Listen to the movie with a live track recorded at the premier in Austin, Texas with all the crowd reactions to the movie.

How it went Down: Convincing Frank Miller to make the film (5.40 mins)
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, guest director Quentin Tarantino, producer Steve Joyner and stars Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Carla Gugino and Benicio Del Toro talk about getting involved with Sin City. Rodriguez explains how he badgered and staked Frank Miller to make the movie and how he filmed a test sequence to persuade him to make it.

Guest Director Quentin Tarantino (7.12 mins)
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, producer Elizabeth Avellan and Benicio Del Toro talk about Quentin Tarantino's involvement with the project. The man himself talks about working in the digital medium for the first time and directing Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro in car scene from 'The Big Fat Kill'.

A hard top with a decent engine: The cars of Sin City (7.44 mins)
Co-director Frank Miller and transportation coordinator Cecil D. Evans talk about the twenty cars used in 'Sin City'. Here we see Goldie's '55 Porsche Spyder convertible, Hartigan's '55 Buick convertible, Dwight's '57 Ford Thunderbird, Marv's 1968 Chevrolet Corvair and Jackie Boy's '57 Chrysler Imperial.

Booze, Broads and Guns: The Props of Sin City (10.55 mins)
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, guest director Quentin Tarantino, prop master Steve Joyner and star Devon Aoki talk about bringing the style of the graphic novels to the silver screen. Here we see how the props were matched to the those from the books and they reveal how the 50s style guns, the knives and the Bar were created for the film.

Making the Monsters: Special Effects Makeup (9.03 mins)
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, guest director Quentin Tarantino, special makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero and stars Benicio Del Toro and Nick Stahl talk about creating Marv, Jackie Boy, Yellow Bast*rd and Hartigan's scar for Sin City. They reveal how the colours were created for the Black & White film and how they made the characters stand out from the sets. Trench coats and fishnets:

The Costumes of Sin City (7.32 mins)
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, costume supervisor Nina Proctor and stars Rosario Dawson and Brittany Murphy talk about the style of 'Sin City'. Looking at the characters and the look of Shellie, Nancy and Gail, the group talk about getting as close to the look of the graphic novels as possible.

With introductions by Frank Miller, explore Sin City to find out when and where the characters cross paths. Go to Nancy's condo, Hospital, Lucille, prison, docks, Mimi's hotel, the Last Hope Motel, the farm, Fortress Roark, Old Town, tar pits, Kadie's Club and Shellie's place and here about their connection to the stories of 'Sin City'.

Sin City Trailers
Watch the Theatrical and teaser trailers for the movie

Disc 2: Rodriguez Special Features

Introduction by Robert Rodriguez (1.10 mins)
The co-director introduces his own special features for 'Sin City' and explains the difference between the extended, recut version of the movie and the theatrical release.

Sin City: Extended, recut version (147 mins)
The movie is split into the individual stories, 'The Hard Goodbye', 'The Big Fat Kill', 'That Yellow Bast*rd' and 'The Customer is Always Right' which you can watch in any order. Each story is slight extended, with deleted scenes incorporated back into the adaptation, adding around twenty minutes onto the total running time. This means you can watch them in the way that Frank Miller actually wrote them, as individual stories.

15 Minute Flic School (12.23 mins)
Co-director Robert Rodriguez brings you another film school special were he explains the process of making a movie like this. He talks about the test footage shot for the movie, creating the comic book look of the film and the use of digital photography. He reveals that many of the actors never even worked together, shooting their scenes at different time and then coming together in post. The director also talks about the speed of the shoot and how he edits the film himself, so he knows exactly what he wants. As ever, this is a fascinating insight into how the director works.

All Green Version (12.24 mins)
Robert Rodriguez introduces your chance to watch the entire movie, speeded up by 800% without any visual effects. Watch the actors against the green screen backgrounds accompanied by music from the movie.

The Long Take (17.43 mins)
Robert Rodriguez introduces a complete take from a scene from 'The Big Fat Kill' between Benicio Del Toro and Clive Owen shot by Quentin Tarantino. This gives you an insight into the filmmaking process as the actor and the director try to get the scene right.

Sin City Live in Concert (9.17 mins)
Robert Rodriguez introduces 'Bruce Willis and the Accelerators' performing 'Devil Woman' at a charity concert in Austin, Texas during the shooting of the movie.

10 Minute Cooking School (6.23 mins)
The co-director returns to the kitchen for another fan favourite, the 10 minute cooking school. This time he teaches you to make 'Sin City Breakfast Tacos'.


After the lacklustre original release, 'Sin City' shows it true potential on DVD at last. With featurettes that cover most aspects of the film's release (with the exception of the visual effects for some reason), two excellent commentaries and two versions of the movie, 'Sin City' fans can now revel in Frank Millers world to their heart's content.



Theatrical Release

Behind the Scenes (8.33 mins)
Directors Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino are joined by stars Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson and Clive Owen take you behind the scene of 'Sin City'. They reveal how the film came about and the approach to bringing Frank Miller's classic graphic novel's to the big screen. Casting and characters are also discussed in this very short behind the scenes look.

Previews of 'Goal!', 'Cursed' and 'Desperate House Wives: The Complete First Season'


With a promised special edition of the film, packed to the brim with extras and an extended cut of the film there seems little point in buying this version of the film. While the film is present superbly, the behind the scenes featurette as the only bonus feature and that is far too short. If you are a 'Sin City', wait for the special edition but if you haven't seen this brilliant film yet, check this version out.


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