From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two (Blu-ray Review)
Created By: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia, Madison Davenport
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 3
Where to get it: Entertainment One
In season two of the supernatural crime saga, core relationships deepen and become more complicated as everyone tries to put their lives back on track after one very insane day. Santánico and Richie (living outside of Houston) are now partners in crime, resembling a more modern version of Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by as small time criminals south of the border; and Freddie Gonzalez has an almost obsessive focus on protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again this time facing off against an even bigger threat.
Before I start on the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn, allow me to first say that this release comes with perhaps one of the most aggravating slipcases I’ve ever seen on a release. It is extremely hard to remove this slip without damage due to the thickness of the case. I know that has nothing to do with how good the series is or how good the discs look in general, but I found it annoying and wanted to at least say something about it. So, remove yours with caution. Now, on to the show. Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn seems to be a show that is working with a bit more freedom than season 1 allowed them to. While there were differences from the old movie and season 1, they still seemed to try to follow the steps, more or less. This time around it is a bit more of a free for all creatively, which allows for a more unpredictable ten episodes than maybe we got the first time around with this. I think that makes this a bit more interesting and while I can’t say I love every single thing and episode about this season, it was at least fun and that is really all that counts if you do like me and sit-down to binge watch this season. I didn’t do this show week by week but I do think this is a show that works better in seeing more episodes at a time rather than waiting a week for each new episode.
This might be a show about vampires, but there are a bit of character development here and we see how things go between characters since the events of season 1 and moving forward. I found it all is more or less interesting most of the time. It pays when you actually care about characters and this show does seem to try to make sure you find something redeemable about the ones they want you to keep around most of the time. We also get a whole lot of new characters that come into plays. Such as, Lord Amancio Malvado played by Esai Morales. I’ve also heard people say that Sonja played by Brianna Evigan is considered by most to be a real gem of this season and I can certainly see why. I also find it hard not to have a good time with anything that has Danny Trejo playing a bad ass in it and that is what he does best. Bottom line is, the TV version of From Dusk Till Dawn isn’t perfect, but it is a cool show and it has a lot of fun things going on within it. The show doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, as a third season is on the way, but you until then this is a nice release that looks great and packs some nice features as well.
– Audio Commentary on “Opening Night” features Robert Rodriguez (Executive Producer and Director), D.J. Cotrona (Seth Gecko), Zane Holtz (Richie Gecko), Eiza González (Santanico Pandemonium), Madison Davenport (Kate Fuller), Brandon Soo Hoo (Scott Fuller) and Wilmer Valderrama (Carlos Madrigal)
(Nothing extra on Disc 2)
– Audio Commentary on “Santa Sangre” features Robert Rodriguez (Executive Producer and Director), D.J. Cotrona (Seth Gecko), Zane Holtz (Richie Gecko), Eiza González (Santanico Pandemonium), Madison Davenport (Kate Fuller), Brandon Soo Hoo (Scott Fuller) and Wilmer Valderrama (Carlos Madrigal)
– After Dusk: Inside the Episode
– Behind the Scenes Featurettes
– 2015 NYC Comic Con Panel Discussion
Quality of Transfer: 97%