Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2009


"Sin City" (2005) (Blu-ray)


In surrealistic Basin City, Marvin (Rourke) is in love with a prostitute named Goldie (King) who is murdered by a crazy man named Kevin (Wood), who never seems to blink. He tries to find Kevin so he can apply a special kind of pain to the one who killed his true love.

In the meantime, Detective Hartigan (Willis) saves a young girl named Nancy (Alba) from a child molester, Roark Jr (Stahl), and in the process, he is shot by his partner, Bob (Madsen). Hartigan is framed for the child molestation and put in prison, because the child molester is the son of Senator Roark, a corrupt politician.

Years later, when Nancy is a young woman, Hartigan searches for her, because she was the only one who wrote to him in prison, and she knew that he was innocent.

The third story, going on at the same time as the other two, is about Jackie Boy (Del Toro), a gangster who likes to beat up prostitutes.

Towards the end of the film, all three storylines come together to show how the characters are all dependent on each other.


  • Dimension Films
  • 2005, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 4 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke
  • Directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: Extreme
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad


The movie is in black & white, with certain items, such as cars, lips, shoes, and other things, colored red, green, blue, or yellow. It is very high contrast, with every scene at night or in dark buildings.

The characters all have heavy duty flaws of one sort or another, so the whole thing is reminiscent of the Film Noir movies in the 1940's.

Frank Miller contributed to the direction, and the entire thing is taken from his graphic novels about the same subject matter. Quentin Tarantino also was part of the direction team. Rodriguez was responsible for the cinematography.


The image is incredibly sharp, mostly because it was shot entirely with the characters in front of a green screen, and the background was added digitally. The sound is explosive, so it's nice to have high resolution audio to show it off.


These include Cine-Explore, Director's Commentary, Kill 'em Good, 15-Minute Film School, All Green-Screen Version, The Cars of Sin City, The Props of Sin City, Making the Monsters, Costumes, and other things.