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From Dusk Till Dawn: Complete Season One [Blu-ray]

 

From Dusk Till Dawn: Complete Season One [Blu-ray]

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 9/30/14

I enjoyed this a lot, even though it's very violent and blood-soaked. It's also got a lot of humor, and the violence and blood is really the cartoonish kind that you would find in any Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino film. It's not scary or sad. It's artful and stylized.

Although this is a show about vampires, they don't come in right away. You're eased into the supernatural elements, and they are just part of this larger story about gangsters and the people they encounter.

The first episode is about one day where two lawmen encounter these two bank robbers unexpectedly in a gas station store. However, the show is pretty mind-bending in that it goes back and forth in time in subsequent episodes so you see everything that led up to that pivotal meeting.

Don Johnson plays the Texas Ranger, Earl McGraw, that is very wise and folksy, before he gets shot by the bad guys. He does a great job (he's always been a very under-rated actor). Apparently Earl has been a character in a number of different movies. His assistant is Freddie (Jesse Garcia), who chases after the bank robbers.

The bank robbers, Richie and Seth Gekko, are very handsome and charismatic, and they provide a lot of humor as well as terror. Also, there's more to one of them than meets the eye, as we learn eventually. Another important character is gangster Carlos, played by Wilmer Valderrama (you won't recognize him if you've only seen him in comedies).

The characters in the show are wonderful, and you'll recognize many of the actors, including Robert Patrick, who plays widowed preacher Jacob Fuller. He and his family are on a vacation of sorts when they meet up with the infamous Gekko Brothers.

It's a really intriguing show, and a wild ride. You can either enjoy the many layers of the characters and story, or you can just sit back and have fun with the rest of it. Either way, it's great. The TV show is based on a movie that I haven't seen, which was also directed by Robert Rodriguez.  I don't know why this wasn't on a better network than the El Rey Network, but it's fabulous and should have gotten wider views on at least Showtime or HBO. It also aired on Netflix before coming to DVD.

There are many extras, but they're all very short. Many of them are commercials or promos. I would like to see more extras with interviews but I guess we can hope they will show up on future seasons! Don't miss this excellent show.

MORE INFORMATION:

"Radically different. Disruptive. A fascinating ride."
- Frazier Moore, Associated Press

FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
AND THE EL REY NETWORK, THE DEBUT SEASON
OF THE CHILLING SUPERNATURAL SERIES, BASED ON
THE CULT CLASSIC FILM, ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY & DVD

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN:
SEASON ONE


September 16, 2014


D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Robert Patrick and
Wilmer Valderrama and Don Johnson Star; the
DVD Set Features all 10 Season One Episodes

From executive producer Robert Rodriguez comes the first season of the original El Rey Network series, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, swooping onto Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all 10 Season One episodes, including episodes directed by Rodriguez and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project). This supernatural series, based on Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 1996 cult classic film of the same name (starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek and Tarantino), centers on bank robbers Seth and Richie Gecko, who are wanted by the authorities after a heist leaves several dead. Escaping across the Mexican border with a family of hostages, the Gecko brothers take a detour to a strip club that's populated by bloodsucking creatures of the night.

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN returns to El Rey Network in 2015 with brand-new episodes for its eagerly awaited second season.

CAST:

  • D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Dear John, "Detroit 1-8-7")
  • Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Vampires Suck)
  • Eiza González ("Amores Verdaderos")
  • Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, "True Blood")
  • Wilmer Valderrama ("That '70s Show," Fast Food Nation)
  • Don Johnson ("Miami Vice," "Nash Bridges," Django Unchained)

BONUS FEATURES
  • Audio Commentary from Robert Rodriguez, Producers and Cast
  • Full Length Trailer
  • Best Kills Video
  • On Set: The Making of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
  • Behind the Scenes "On Set: Brought to you by General Motors"
  • Behind the Scenes "On Set: Brought to you by Dos Equis"
  • Character Bio Featurettes
  • General Motors Commercial featuring Seth Gecko
  • Dos Equis Commercial featuring Carlos Madrigal
  • Big Kahuna Commercial
  • "What's in the Briefcase" Spot
  • SXSW Featurette
  • Q&A from Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse with Robert Rodriguez

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: SEASON ONE
Street Date: September 16, 2014
Blu-ray/DVD SRP: $49.98/$39.98
Type: BD/DVD (3 Discs)
Running Time: 450 mins. - extras
Rating: TV-14
Aspect Ratio: (BD) 1080p High Definition (1.78:1)/(DVD) 16x9 (1.78:1)
Audio: (BD) DTS-HD Master Audio/(DVD) 5.1 Surround Sound
Language: English with SDH subtitles

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