Blu-ray, DVD Release: Machete Kills

Digital HD Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment


Machete KillsDanny Trejo (Dead in Tombstone) is back as the tortured and deadly ex-Federale in Machete Kills.

Director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World) spins another campy tale for Machete Cortez in this action movie. This time around, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen, Guilty Hearts) to stop a crazed terrorist (Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon) who’s bent on starting a nuclear war. Machete’s ready to kick butt, all while he’s got a bounty on his head.

Rodriguez rounded up his usual cast plus plenty of newbies for the film, including Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6), Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me), Amber Heard (And Soon the Darkness), Sofia Vergara (TV’s Modern Family), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Red Tails), Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch), Alexa Vega (From Prada to Nada) and even Lady Gaga.

Critics and moviegoers didn’t love Machete Kills, both giving it less than 50% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. And the film made a low $8 million in wide release in theaters.

Still, if you’re a fan of Rodriguez’s schtick and the Machete movies, the price is right to give this one a try at home.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain just two special features:

  • deleted and extended scenes
  • making-of featurette.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo also carries a downloadable digital copy via UltraViolet.

Here’s the explosive trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.