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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4
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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Season One

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 452 minutes (10 episodes on three discs), five audio commentaries, featurettes, trailers, commercials, Alamo Drafthouse Q&A

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1, English 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH

 

STUDIO: Entertainment One/ El Rey Network/ Factory Made Features/ Rodriguez International Pictures/ Sugarcane Entertainment/ Miramax

RELEASE DATE: 9-16-2014

 

DISC 1- PILOT/ BLOOD RUNS THICK/ MISTRESS/ LET’S GET RAMBLIN’

DISC 2- SELF-CONTAINED/ PLACE OF DEAD ROADS/ PANDEMONIUM/ LA CONQUISTA

DISC 3- BOXMAN/ THE TAKE

Seth and Richie Gecko are on the run for the Mexican border after robbing thirty million dollars in bonds from a Texas bank.   Richie has visions of a beautiful woman who wants him to set her free while a rogue Texas Ranger is on their trail. Meanwhile Pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrck) and his two kids are on a journey of self discovery.   Their paths will cross with the Gecko brothers as they end up at a sinful Mexican bar called the Titty Twister.  None of them realize they are going to be caught up in the deadly power struggle and affairs of the Nine Lords of Night as Carlos (a drug dealer) seeks to rise in the ranks.

 

I do love FROM DUSK TILL DAWN as a movie, but the TV series is an interesting reimagining of the movie as it expands the mythology (like making vampires related to snakes/ Mayan blood cults) and some of the performances are better than some of the actors who played the same characters in the movie.   The actors who play the Fuller family are better than their counterparts in the film where Robert Patrick explores unrealized depths with Pastor Fuller while the actress playing his daughter easily out acts Juliette Lewis (whose best performance was in STRANGE DAYS).   Eliza Gonzalez almost overcomes the high standard set by Salma Hayek as Santianico Pandemonium, but Salma’s small screen time still outshines the more in-depth exploration of the character done in the first season of the TV show.   The gecko brothers are offered in a little more nuanced take in the TV series compared to their black and white portrayals by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino.  Clooney was the straight man of honor while Tarantino was the jerk, but the brothers are more interesting the film made them out to be.   I say FROM THE DUSK TILL DAWN manages to make the same story even better and wash away the crappy direct-to-video sequel and prequel to the movie.   I can’t wait to see where season 2 takes the story.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentaries-

PILOT with D.J. Cotrona (Seth Gecko), Brandon Soo Hoo, Eliza Gonzalez (Santianico Pandemonium), Jesse Garcia (Freedie Gonzalez), Zane Holtz (Richie Gecko), Carlos Coto (Exec Producer and Writer), Robert Rodriguez (Executive Producer and Director)

BLOOD RUNS THINK with writers Carlos Coto and Diego Gutierrez

 

PLACE OF DEAD ROADS with writer Alvarado Rodriguez, writer Carlos Coto, and Jesse Garcia, and director Dwight Little

 PANDEMONIUM with D.J. Cotrona (Seth Gecko), Brandon Soo Hoo, Eliza Gonzalez (Santianico Pandemonium), Jesse Garcia (Freedie Gonzalez), Zane Holtz (Richie Gecko), Wilmer Valderrama (Carlos, Carlos Coto (Exec Producer and Writer), Robert Rodriguez (Executive Producer and Director)

LA CONQUISTA with Carlos Coto, writer Marcel Rodriguez, and director Fede Alvarez

THE TAKE with writer Alvarado Rodriguez, Carlos Coto, Jesse Garcia, Zane Holtz, and Robert Patrick (Jacob Fuller)

 

DISC 3 has a variety of featurettes, character commercials, a full length two minute trailer for season one, a video of the best kills from season one, General Motors commercial featuring Seth Gecko, a Dos Equis commercial featuring Carlos Madrigal, a Big Kahuna commercial, and a What’s in the Briefcase Spot

 

ON THE SET: THE MAKING OF DUSK TILL DAWN- 23 minute promotional featurette that has interviews with cast and crew

DAY ONE ON THE SET featurette

BEHIND THE SCENES “ON SET: BROUGHT TO YOU BY GENERAL MOTORS”

BEHIND THE SCENES “ON SET: BROUGHT TO YOU BY DOS EQUIS”

 

SXSW Featurette

Q&A from the premiere at Alma Drafthouse with Robert Rodriguez and some of the cast including Barndon Soo Hoo, Jess Garcia, and Eliza Gonzalez

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   Even though the performances are sometimes better than their film counterparts, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN manages to shine in this reinvention of the movie as a TV show.  I can’t wait for season 2.

 

This review is 9-25-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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