For those who already own the original “SIN CITY”, the arrival of the new “SPECIAL EDITION” begs the question, “Should one add this one too?” ABSOLUTELY!!!
While there’s really not that much new in the way of additional scenes(most of the new footage is delegated to end credits), the ability to view the stories individually(or in any sequence) is more in keeping with Frank Miller’s original graphic novels.
“THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT” is the only story that remains the same. The other 3 stories feature either new characters, or brief scenes that add to the film’s overall punch.
The previously available theatrical cut of “SIN CITY” is offered on disc one. The “RECUT” version is offered on the 2nd disc, with extra supplements.
The 1.85:1 aspect ratio is preserved on both versions, with 16:9 enhancement. The image is flawless on both. The contrast and detail is exquisite, making the incredible design of the film that much more impressive.
Because the theatrical cut appears to be the same disc as previously available, both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes are offered. Unfortunately, for “DTS” fans, the “recut” edition only offers Dolby Digital 5.1
The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix sounds terrific on both versions, however the “DTS” mix on the theatrical offers slightly improved bass and clarity. All sound mixes offer a variety of incredible surround effects engulfing most of the film.
Two audio commentaries are included, one with Director Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, and 1nother with Rodriguez and guest-director, Quentin Tarantino. Both are outstanding, but Tarantino fans will certainly favor his, even though Tarantino isn’t featured as much as Rodriguez there.
Another commentary of sorts offers “Audience reaction” to the film’s premiere in Austin Texas. Die-hard fans of the f
Five featurettes are offered revolving around the film’s make-up, costumes and more. There are some other fun extras on disc one as well.
Disc Two offers a “15 minute Flick School with Robert Rodriguez”, exploring rehearsals, screen tests, and a look at the overall production.
Our favorite extra, “THE LONG TAKE: TARANTINO’S SEGMENT” offers insight as to how the cast and crew work their way through Tarantino’s scene.
The audio commentaries are only offered with the theatrical version.
The actual graphic novel, “The Hard Goodbye” is also included!