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From Dusk Till Dawn 2:
review by Zach B.
Texas Blood Money
Running Time: 124 minutes
Retail Price: $29.99
Specs: 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby
Digital 2.0, English Subtitles, Chapter Search
Direct to video sequels. You gotta love or you gotta hate
em. I usually hate them, because they are so poorly done in
a cheap attempt to cash in on the original and with that
said, they have nothing to do with the original. This, of
course is the case with "Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood
Money". I did really enjoy the original film, and the only
connection this really has with it is vampires and that the
duo behind the original, Quentin Tarantino and Robert
Rodriguez, executive produced this.
The film follows a bumbling gang of five bank robbers who
plan to rob a bank in Mexico. However, one of them heads off
into the Titty Twister Bar (I think that was the bar in the
original... so that could be another connection).
Predictable enough, the robber messes with a vampire and
well, turns into one. A few more fall victim to this, until
only one of the gang members, Buck (Robert Patrick), is left
as pure human. He reluctantly joins Sheriff Lawson (Bo
Hopkins) to stop the vampires which leads to some cheap and
dull thrills, boring action sequences, crappy special
effects and just one mess of a movie. This "sequel" really
puts the original to shame.
What makes this movie so bad is that it really has no
sense of where it really wants to go. I think Disney feels
they can just shove this into the faces of the fans or any
action lover and they'll eat it up. That's probably true,
but for others, like myself, it doesn't work that easily.
The script and story is really poor, with some terrible
lines and one dimensional characters. I was surprised to
learn that Boaz Yakin co-developed the story (but didn't
write the script), who I feel is a very good director and
writer, who was behind the lens of this Fall's past smash
hit "Remember the Titans" and wrote and directed the indie
hit "A Price Above Rubies". The acting is as good as any
direct to video sequel, pretty lame. It seems forced and
somewhat corny. Unless you are a diehard fan of "From Dusk
Till Dawn", you should run away from this terrible mess.
The film is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen of
1.85:1, and it is surprisingly good. There were some scenes
where colors were muted and there was some blemishes, as
well as some slight shimmer, but most of the movie looked
really sharp with some good color hues and nice detail. A
good transfer for a bad film.
This sequel could have really benefited from a 5.1 Dolby
Digital track, but what is included is two channel Dolby
Digital. I found it to be kind of low, but dialogue was
clear and some surrounds did pack a nice punch. Nothing
mindblowing or anything, but certainly fitting.
None, unless you consider Disney's "Film Recomendations"
a feature, which is simply cheap plugs for other DVDs.
Unless you loved this home video sequel or a big fan of
the "From Dusk Till Dawn" franchise, and considering the
price of this DVD, only buy it if you absolutley love it. I
hated it, and I'm sure a lot of you will too.
(1/5, NOT included in
NOT an average)