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PERDITA DURANGO
Blu-ray/ 4K UHD review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 130 minutes, trailers, interviews, featurettes, 4K UHD disc, blu-ray disc
VIDEO: 4K UHD (2160p) 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)/ 1080P HD (blu-ray)
AUDIO: English 5.1, Spanish 5.1 Dub, English 2.0
Subtitles: English

STUDIO: Severin Films/ Canal+ Espana/ Lolafilms/ Mirador Films/ Occidental Media Corp
RELEASE DATE: 3-30-2021

PERDITA DURANGO is very bonkers. It has violence, rape, ritual sacrifice, a truck of frozen fetuses being transported to a cosmetics company, and more in this dark and stylish vision from director Alex de la Iglesia. The movie is based on the novel 59 Degrees and Raining by Barry Gifford who also helped write the screenplay. I can see why Quentin Tarantino loves this movie. Fans of Tarantino may dig this movie once they can get past the more gruesome aspects of it. PERDITA DURANGO isn't a movie that everyone will stomach.

Perdita Durango (Rosie Perez) gets involved with Romeo (Javier Bardem) when they meet at the Mexican/ United States border and they quickly fall for each other. Perdita suggest to Romeo they should kidnap and murder someone. During the course of this adventure, Romeo also gets a job from his cousin to transport baby fetuses across the border to a cosmetic company in Las Vegas. Unknown to Romeo, he has an FBI agent (James Gandolfini) following him. Perdita and Romeo kidnap an annoying college couple that they rape and plan to sacrifice for one of Romeo's ritual sacrifices at his Mexican ranch.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
The only extra on the 4K UHD disc are two theatrical trailers in HD.

The lion's share of the extras is on the blu-ray disc of the movie with the movie in 1080p HD.
ON THE BORDER- this interview with Director Alex de la Iglesia runs for about almost half an hour
WRITING PERIDTA DURANGO- writer Barry Gifford gives his thoughts on the character, how he came to write a novel on her, his experience writing the script, and his thoughts thinking it was wrong for the director to go back to Barry's script
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL-AN APPRAISAL- Film Scholar Rebekah McKendry talks about the films of Alex de la Iglesia with part of it focusing on her analysis of PERDITA DURANGO
NARCOSATANICOS: PERDITA DURANGO AND THE MATAMOROS CULT- this interview with Abraham Castillo Flores and Cauldron of Blood author Jim Schutze talk about the real cult and character that was the inspiration for Romeo

CANIONES DE AMOR MALDITO: THE MUSIC OF PERDITA DURANGO- interview with Composer Simon Boswell
SHOOTING PERITA DURANGO- interview with Director of Photography Flacio Labiano
Two theatrical trailers in HD

FINAL ANALYSIS: PERDITA DURANGO is a cult film with darkly comedic aspects and some very gruesome material. It isn't for the faint of heart or the ones who want their main characters to be good guys where you will root for the bad people in this movie. Some great interviews are on the blu-ray. The Director's Cut looks great in 4K UHD. Too bad they didn't include the cut American theatrical cut as an extra.

This review is 5-21-2020 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com