In El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn season two, we continue to follow the infamous Gecko brothers but with each brother on going their separate ways and are no longer working together. Santánico and Richie Gecko are now the Bonnie and Clyde of the underworld, while Seth Gecko and Kate are trying to scrap by with small time crime jobs. Both Seth and Richie realize by the end of season two, that two Geckos are better than one.
When I first heard about that From Dusk Till Dawn was being adapted into a series, I (like many fans of the film) was skeptical. I didn’t know exactly how much Robert Rodriguez would be involved and if it was going to stay true to the series. Well, Rodriguez is heavily involved in a number of ways and the series stays pretty damn true to the 1996 film.
When it comes to the involvement of Robert Rodriguez, Rodriguez does it all. He is a director of several episodes, produces the show, writer, plays a role in the soundtrack and of course, the series also airs on the Rodriguez owned network, El Rey. Even without looking at the credits, you can see that the series is very Rodrig-esque. (Yes, I just made that a thing). All of the overtop action, outlandish characters, the surprise cameos and the insanely beautiful female characters are all there.
As far as the cast goes, it’s a great and mostly familiar cast. Though the characters of the original film are played by newcomers and the only actors that resemble the original characters are Seth (D.J. Corona) and Santánico (Eiza González), all of the actors play their roles quite well. Also in the cast are actors like Esai Morales, Jake Busey, Jesse Garcia, Briana Evigan with cameos by Danny Trejo and Demi Lovato. There’s more cameos but I don’t want to ruin the surprise factor.
The extras that come with the Blu-ray are pretty damn killer. The extras include, commentary by Robert Rodriguez, cast and crew; several featurettes; an inside look at each episode; 2015 NYCC panel discussion with Rodriguez and the cast. These extras add over an hour’s worth of more From Dusk Till Dawn.
The packaging for this Blu-ray is pretty clever environmentally wise. The Blu-ray case holds all three discs and there is no waste of paper that you’ll usually see inside of other in-home releases. The cover is double sided with the box art on the front and menu on the backside (inside). There’s also a cardboard slip cover that protects the Blu-ray case. You can see that doesn’t help environmentally wise but at least it serves a propose by protecting the case.
The series is great and stays pretty true to the 1996 film and the Rodriguez mythology. Everything from the action to the cast is very reminiscent to Rodriguez’s style. The Blu-ray features are awesome and are all great insights into the series. The series (seasons 1 & 2) are now streaming on Netflix but of course with Netflix, you don’t get the awesome bonus features. If you don’t have the money to buy season 2 on Blu-ray, then I really do suggest to at least watch the series on Netflix. If you have the money to spare, the season 2 Blu-ray is definitely worth the buy.
I give From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Blu-ray 8.5 fridges out of 10.