From Dusk Till Dawn The Series: Season Two [Blu-Ray]
Cast: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia
Release Date: Now Available On Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Across 10 explosive, SFX-filled episodes in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES – THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO, 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 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.
Following the insanity each endured in the secret realms and chambers of the Titty Twister bar in the first season, the second season of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ begins shortly thereafter with our key characters separated and on about their own tasks. While Seth and Kate pull heists and other minimal efforts and Seth begins to fall farther downhill, Richie and Santánico have begun their search for the head of the Culebras with the intention of taking him down for good and ending his sadistic ways, regardless of what they must do in order to make it happen. Meanwhile Ranger Gonzalez maintains a constant vigilance as he continues to fear for the safety of his family, as a fresh from the catacombs Carlos boosted by new talents along with the now turned Scott begin to take steps towards their own agenda.
The second season of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ already begins with a more tedious task than its predecessor, with the original material now run its course, the second season expands the story without any assistance from a previously written screenplay to guide its course, and it does an impressive job delivering a unique, fun and blood soaked new chapter in the saga, always keeping true to the pulp tone and origins of the source. Including an intriguing story arc and a number of notable guest stars this season including Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, Demi Lovato, Gary Busey and more, get ready for one gory and incredibly fun good time, fans of the film and the previous season who might not have yet had the chance to catch the second definitely won’t want to miss out on this one.
Fans of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ as well as fans of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will almost certainly want to make sure to pick up a copy of the Complete Season Two to add to their collections on Blu-ray. Sporting impressive high definition video and audio presentations on all ten episodes from the sophomore season in addition to a number of a solid extras including Audio Commentary on the season premiere and finale, Inside the Episode Featurettes for every episode and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below), this release is sure to be a must own for many of the fellow fans out there.
Overall, the sophomore season of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ is a solid follow-up to the first and does a fantastic job continuing the story without any previously written material to draw upon for assistance. Bloody, often hilarious and always remaining true to the pulp origins which so prominently inspired it, ‘From Dusk Till Dawn The Series: Season Two’ doesn’t disappoint and I would highly recommend fans of the first season as well as the film check it out when they have the opportunity to do so.
The Blu-ray release of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn The Series: Season Two’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the second seasons episodes. The video presentation looks fantastic on every episode, providing a sharp, detailed presentation that gorgeously represents the rich colors always on display. It holds up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit and/or fast moving sequences, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are solid high definition video presentations that should easily please the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 10 Season Two episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound wonderful and provide consistently clean, sharp and often notably aggressive audio presentations on each episode, utilizing all five available channels regularly in order to surround the viewer with the series’ perfectly suited soundtrack along with plenty of bullets, explosions, debris and other action related auditory effects zooming throughout the speakers, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are more than competent 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that definitely contribute some additional fun to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn The Series Season Two’ includes a number of enjoyable extras. Included on the release are ‘Audio Commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez and Cast & Crew’ on the season premiere and finale episodes. Also included on the release is the ‘2015 NYC Comic-Con Panel Discussion’ (running approximately 45 minutes in length), along with numerous short behind the scenes Featurettes featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with the cast and crew. The included Featurettes are: ‘After Dusk: Inside The Episode’ Featurettes for all 10 Season 2 episodes (approximately 16 minutes altogether), in addition to ‘Overview’ (3 minutes), ‘Pulp Origins’ (2 minutes), ‘Mythology’ (2 minutes), ‘Talent’ (2 minutes), ‘Costumes/Makeup’ (2 minutes), ‘Robert’ (1 minute), ‘Effects/Stunts’ (1 minute), ‘The Titty Twister’ (2 minutes), ‘Danny Trejo’ (1 minute), ‘Jacknife Jed’s’ (2 minutes), ‘Eat About It’ (2 minutes), ‘Culebras 101’ (2 minutes), ‘Demi Lovato’ (2 minutes), and ‘Jake Busey’ (2 minutes).