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From Dusk Till Dawn 2:
Texas Blood Money

review by Zach B.

 

Rated R

Studio: Disney

Running Time: 124 minutes

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: None

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.

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