Machete Kills is the sequel to the film Machete, a film that was created from a fake trailer that was part of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. As such, it was a sequel no one asked for, but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst thing you could buy into. After all, Rodriguez was still on board to direct this time around, and a slew of famous faces also joined the cast. Soon, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing Machete Kills onto Blu-ray and DVD on January 21.

Machete Kills box

If you don’t really care about that bizarre box art, it may be a better call to look into the Digital HD copy of the flick, which will be released a few weeks early, hitting the market on January 7. The new film was in the works for quite some time, with star Danny Trejo stating way back in 2010 that the sequel had already been written. With an all-star cast including Trejo, Demian Bichir, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Trejo’s Spy Kids co-star Alexa Vega, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mel Gibson, and Antonio Banderas, a passable plotline in which Machete is tasked with taking down an arms dealer, and plenty of time to shoot the project, you would think Rodriguez would have had time to make the sequel an excellent one. Then again, he always has a ton of other projects in the works at any given moment, which right now includes the long-awaited Sin City sequel, subtitled A Dame To Kill For. Whatever the reason, Machete Kills ended up being an uneven flick with both highs and lows.

Honestly, my favorite part of the film was the fake trailer for Machete Kills Again… In Space, which randomly includes The Biebs and Leonardo DiCaprio and features Alexa Vega, Lady Gaga, Michelle Rodriguez and Danny Trejo, as well. Luckily, if Machete Kills is not your thing but you are perfectly fine with rampant violence, you can relive the ridiculousness of that fake trailer as many times as you might want. That activity is a heck of a lot cheaper than the $34.98 Blu-ray that is Universal’s asking price. Thank goodness sets rarely sell for list price, anymore.

I’m not sure if the fake trailer will make it onto the Blu-ray or DVD, although I don’t see why not. It certainly won’t come as a special feature, as the disc itself seems pretty sparse. So, if you are buying the flick, it should be because you are a fan of Rodriguez’s work and still like the sequel. If you agree with that last sentence, you can pre-order the set over at Amazon or check out the full list of extras, below.

Machete Kills Blu-ray and DVD Extras
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • "Making of Machete Kills "

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