FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Season 2 Blu-ray Review

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Loosely taken from the film FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, the series fleshes out the story lines of the bigger characters from the movie.  In the cast are Santanico Pandemonium and Seth & Richie Gecko. One of the things that the series expands on that the film didn’t get the chance to is how the mythology plays into everything.  The Titty Twister bar was built on a Mesoamerican temple where the vampires rest.  In this season, the new baddie is Lord Amancio Malvado, some one from Santanico Pandemonium past and possibly part of her future.

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The show feels like it is very much a part of what Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were going for.  It is comic book-y with monsters and humans all playing on the same field with more of the Gecko Brothers than the movie could possibly give.

Cast
D. J. Cotrona as Seth Gecko
Zane Holtz as Richie Gecko
Eiza González as Santanico Pandemonium
Jesse Garcia as Ranger Freddie Gonzalez
Madison Davenport as Katherine Fuller
Brandon Soo Hoo as Scott Fuller
Wilmer Valderrama as Carlos Madrigal

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The transfer is a 1080p AVC presentation.

Even though the video is a little on the darker side, the video delivers clean contrasting and easily seen details.  The contrasting also makes the video feel very separated and nothing looks muddled.  With the blacks being inky, the colors feel very bright against the darker shadows.  The picture is so clean that some of the effects used in the show can easily be distinguished as either CGI or practical.

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The audio is a lossless English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix.

The mix here is a strong mix for a TV show.  There are plenty of clear effects and dialogue for the run of the season.  Excellent highs, strong mids, and rich LFEs are the norm for the release.  The mix uses the surround sound well by placing everything where it needs to bee for an immersive viewing experience.  This is definitely a win for the Blu-ray and this is how you mix a track in HD.

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On Disc Three
-Audio Commentary: “Opening Night”: On the commentary is Executive Producer and Director Robert Rodriguez, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, and Wilmer Valderrama.

On Disc Three
-Audio Commentary: “Santa Sangre”: On the commentary are Executive Producer and Director Robert Rodriguez, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, and Wilmer Valderrama.

-After Dusk – Inside the Episode: This is a helpful recap of each episode in the season.

-Behind the Scenes: This is a list of the featurettes included with the season.
Overview
Pulp Origins
Mythology
Talent
Costumes/Makeup
Robert
Effects/Stunts
The Titty Twister
Danny Trejo
Jacknife Jeds
Eat About It
Culebras 101
Demi Lovato
Jake Busey

-2015 New York Comic Con (NYCC) Panel Discussion: This is the panel at last years NYCC featuring Robert Rodriguez, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, and Madison Davenport.

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Disc Details
3-disc set (3 Blu-rays)

Running Time
448 min total

Edition Ratings
Not Rated

Region Coding
Region A

Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio Mixes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH

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For fans of the film series of the same name and works of Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino, this is the show for you.  The acting is well done and the story is good with great characters for this type of show.  The video is superb and audio will exceeded the expectations of most TV Blu-ray owners. I highly recommend picking this one up for both fans and newcomers.

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MEDIA JOURNALIST & STAFF WRITER | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema. He collects many things from movies to Steelbooks to 1/6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. Anything that is even slightly related to these things are always on his radar and most definitely a comic book nerd. He is also, of course, a Batman junkie and will chat it up about pretty much anything.