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From Dusk Till Dawn [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2003
Having trouble finding a good vampire flick that's exciting and scary? Looking for something that doesn't abide by regular horror genera rules? "From Dusk Till Dawn" may be the one to choose. With a sizzling screenplay by Quentin Tarantino and perfectly directed by Robert Rodriguez, this is a horror/thriller to remember.
The Gecko brothers are two extremely violent criminals who end up taking a family hostage. The family is forced to drive the notorious brothers to the end of the border. They end up making a pit stop at a Mexican bar, where the brothers are supposed to meet their contact. However, things get out of hand when it turns out that the place is contaminated with vampire strippers and truckers. You add all of those elements together and you get one hell of a ride that you'll never forget.
I'm not the biggest fan of vampires, but I thought this was an EXCELLENT movie. It's unpredictable and exhilarating. You have no idea where the movie will take you until it's all said and done. This is not your ordinary vampire flick, and that's what makes this movie so great. It's a breath of fresh air and so much more.
The acting really makes the movie what it is. George Clooney gives a remarkable performance (this was before he was the big star that he is today). Quentin Tarantino does a great job of contributing dark and chaotic humor to the film with his role. Other major players include Harvey Keitel, Juliet Lewis, Cheech Marin and plenty more. The screenplay by Tarantino is great and never misses a beat. It's packed with snappy dialogue that one would not expect to hear in a horror movie. Rodriguez does an exceptional job of directing as well.
"From Dusk Till Dawn" is a wildly entertaining flick that really stands out from the others. It has some extremely funny moments, as well as some very scary and exciting sequences. This movie pretty much has it all. If you're looking for a horror/thriller movie that isn't like the rest, give this one a try. This is definitely one of my favourites.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2012
At first i wasn't sure if i should buy the Blu-Ray version of this movie because there were no other reviews but now i'am happy i did it ;)
This Review isn't realy about the movie but more about the Blu-Ray release of it, because everyone should know this movie anyways!

The Case includes nothing but the Blu-Ray.
On the Disc you have besides the movie the following Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
Outtakes
Hollywood Goes to Hell Featurette
2 Music Videos (After Dark - Tito & Tarantula, She's Just Killing me - ZZ Top)
Stills Gallery
The Art of Making the Movie
Deleted Scenes & Alternative Takes
On the Set Featurette
Theatrical Trailer

These Bonus Features are pretty intresting and give you a good look behind the scenes. (About an Hour and Half)
The Movie looks very nice in 1080p, sure there are Blu-Ray's with better Quality but it's definetly an upgrade from DVD.

I'am very happy that i finally bought this Movie on Blu-Ray and it's well worth it's price.
I hope this Review helps you with the decision whether or not to buy it.

For any misspelling i'am very sorry but english isn't my primary language ;)
If there are any further questions please contact my via comment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It was probably the most fun I had at the cinema back in 1996. I absolutely love From Dusk Till Dawn, very much one of those films that you either buy into or you don't. There's no surprise element with the film, you get everything that director Robert Rodriguez and writer Quentin Tarantino said you would get; a hard buttocked road movie that turns into a raging B horror movie gore fest.

The plot, for what's it's worth, sees two criminal brothers, Seth {George Clooney} & Richie Gecko {Tarantino} on the lam after Richie breaks Seth out of prison. They are heading for the haven of Mexico with wads of cash garnered from a robbery. After overcoming a couple of fatal {for others} hiccups, the brothers, in need of a vehicle, kidnap faithless minister Jacob (Harvey Keitel), his daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) and adopted son Scott {Ernest Liu }. From here they must make it to a rendezvous point in Mexico; a bar called the Titty Twister, where they will exchange cash with a friend of Seth's and start their new lives as Mexican civilians. Trouble is is that the Titty Twister isn't no ordinary bar, it's a vampire stronghold and the Geko's-and there newly acquired captives, are on the menu. Can they make it till dawn and let the daylight be their saviour? Swearing, blood, limbs severed, nudity, violence, sexual references, guns, more violence, more blood, other weapons, lots of teeth, bats, a snake, more violence. On it goes really, yet as Rodriguez and Tarantino start thrusting a blunt blade into your stomach, you really should be feeling them also caressing the funny bones in both your arms. For it's a key point that From Dusk Till Dawn is a dam funny film as well, something that bizarrely many critics have failed to understand. Honestly you can go to various sites and read people saying the characters are shallow, or the plot is preposterous!! Dear me, it staggers the mind. Hey don't like the film by all means, but failure to understand is genre leanings and homage persuasion is as funny as Cheech Marin is in the movie. Thrice. It's bonkers and silly as hell, but once a fan of From Dusk Till Dawn, you are a fan for life. Well as long as you don't venture out to the Titty Twister yourself of course..

Welcome To Slavery. 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2010
A classic and brilliant film and a must have for fans of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino's writing is in sync with his best work and Rodriguez creative spin on the story really drives this masterpiece home. George Clooney's first film appearance that shot him into the limelight acting alongside classic stars like Harvey Kietel. A good vampire film is a rare occurance and only Tarantino and Rodriguez can make it look so easy. The script and story are so well pieced together that you forget it's a vampire film until they suddenly appear out of no where.

The film starts with the Gecko Brothers. Seth (Clooney) and Richard (Tarantino) are on the run from the law and are making their way to mexico. They take a family hostage and use their recreational vehicle, The father played by Harvey Kietel and his daughter played by Kate Lewis and his adopted son. After making it across the border they end up at a seedy bar by the brilliant name of "Titty Twister" (Just as good as Tarantino's 'Jack Rabbit Slims' restraunt in Pulp Fiction) as they are waiting to meet an associate. It turns out to be the worst decision of the day, as the bar turns out to be a hunting ground for the good ol' vamps! From there on end its every human for themselves and a fight they'll never forget! A truly brilliant film and well worth the purchase.

The two disc edition also has the documentary 'Full Tilt Boogie' made by Tarantino's appointed editor Sarah Kelly. The documentary takes us into a no holds barred view on the making of this film. Its a great look into the film making process for any aspiring film maker and overall a really well made documentary.

Overall i feel this film is a must for any Tarantino fans and any Rodriguez fans and is a good mix of well written humour, nail biting tension and great action sequences. Totally worth the purchase and is deffinately one of my favoroutes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2012
From Dusk till Dawn is an enjoyable, jumbled mess of a movie. It begins as a stylish chase movie, with Jacob and his children kidnapped by the notorious Gecko brothers. It then spends the final 2/3rds of the running time as a shlock horror.

Suprisingly, Kietel turns in a (for him) sub par performance. Tarantino continues, in the face of all reality to continue to act when he plainly has no talent for it. Juliette Lewis is only slightly better. The film would be a great deal less enjoyable except for Clooney, whose violent take-no-sh@t-from-anyone Seth Gecko steals the show from all and sundry.

Further support comes from two of their fellow embattled brothers in arms. A biker known as "sex machine" with the most laugh out loud firearm you'll ever see, and a grizzled black Vietnam veteran with (you guessed it) a story to tell about being in country.

Cheech Martin has a number of roles in the film. Why, is never explained. Particularly as they are all clearly Cheech Martin. His vampire MC's pitch is priceless, however.

Is this film worth watching? Sure.
Is it worth buying? Sure.
It may not be a great film, but it is a great film to watch with a beer and some buddies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It was probably the most fun I had at the cinema back in 1996. I absolutely love From Dusk Till Dawn, very much one of those films that you either buy into or you don't. There's no surprise element with the film, you get everything that director Robert Rodriguez and writer Quentin Tarantino said you would get; a hard buttocked road movie that turns into a raging B horror movie gore fest.

The plot, for what's it's worth, sees two criminal brothers, Seth {George Clooney} & Richie Gecko {Tarantino} on the lam after Richie breaks Seth out of prison. They are heading for the haven of Mexico with wads of cash garnered from a robbery. After overcoming a couple of fatal {for others} hiccups, the brothers, in need of a vehicle, kidnap faithless minister Jacob (Harvey Keitel), his daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) and adopted son Scott {Ernest Liu }. From here they must make it to a rendezvous point in Mexico; a bar called the Titty Twister, where they will exchange cash with a friend of Seth's and start their new lives as Mexican civilians. Trouble is is that the Titty Twister isn't no ordinary bar, it's a vampire stronghold and the Geko's-and there newly acquired captives, are on the menu. Can they make it till dawn and let the daylight be their saviour? Swearing, blood, limbs severed, nudity, violence, sexual references, guns, more violence, more blood, other weapons, lots of teeth, bats, a snake, more violence. On it goes really, yet as Rodriguez and Tarantino start thrusting a blunt blade into your stomach, you really should be feeling them also caressing the funny bones in both your arms. For it's a key point that From Dusk Till Dawn is a dam funny film as well, something that bizarrely many critics have failed to understand. Honestly you can go to various sites and read people saying the characters are shallow, or the plot is preposterous!! Dear me, it staggers the mind. Hey don't like the film by all means, but failure to understand is genre leanings and homage persuasion is as funny as Cheech Marin is in the movie. Thrice. It's bonkers and silly as hell, but once a fan of From Dusk Till Dawn, you are a fan for life. Well as long as you don't venture out to the Titty Twister yourself of course..

Welcome To Slavery. 8.5/10
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2004
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When I first saw this film on TV, I had no idea what it was about. I switched onto it 20 minutes in and watched with mild interest the developing story of two violent criminals with their hostages escaping to Mexico with a wad of loot. Only the big names and many familiar faces kept me watching. Whilst the performances were powerful, there was little in any of the characters to empathise with. I think you were supposed to quite like the cool and commanding Seth (George Clooney) as he only murdered people "he had to" (as opposed to his psycho brother Richie - played by Quentin Tarrantino - who kills, rapes at the drop of a hat and whines a lot).
It's all a little uncomfortable and serious......until they reach the remote Mexican bar called the Titty Twister. Then it changes. The two crooks take the scared hostages (a disillusioned preacher - played by Harvey Keitel - and his two teenage kids) into this sordid nightspot. The hard customers are all bikers and truckers. There are numerous near naked beauties dancing on tables and in wall niches and here is where the film provides it's shocking twist - all the people working in the bar (including the bare babes - and the gorgeous Salma Hayek who performs a terrifically sensual table dance) are in fact Vampires. Not your Christopher Lee type, but hideous, vile flesh eaters.
In a flash the vampires turn to their hideous state and a gory, but highly humorous battle kicks off as the vampires lay into the motley clientele.
Anyone who has seen the film Desperado will recognise many of the cast of this film.
This is a pretty unique film and I've watched it many times now. I get great pleasure lending it to the unknowing who can benefit from the shock of the film changing from the 'escaped convicts and their hostages' drama to the horror-gore flick it ends as.
Great fun - buy it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2004
"From Dusk Till Dawn" has it all; a hilarious script written by none-other than Mr. Pulp Fiction, superb direction by Robert "Desperado" Rodriguez and lashings of ultra-violence.
George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino are brilliant as partners-in-crime who, on a violent killing-spree, have to make their way to the border. But that's the easy part. While Clooney may at first seem slightly mis-cast as foul-mouthed murderer Seth, it soon becomes apparent that he plays the lead character perfectly. Tarantino is equally as good as Clooney's brother.
The plot is almost like two films in one. Watch the film and you'll see what I mean. It's like Tarantino got drunk half-way through writing a crime thriller and turned it into an ultra-violent gorefest, with the kind of insanity only present in the likes of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre".
From Dusk Till Dawn is certainly not for the faint-hearted, and some of the gore-effects are so ridiculous they're done for laughs (much like "Kill Bill"). It has a superb cast (Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Salma Hayek co-starring), a brilliant, completely unexpected (and equally stupid) twist, lots of over-the-top ultra-violence and hilariously cheesy special effects. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For me this is George Clooneys finest movie, and for that matter Quentin Tarantinos too. George is on great form as a clever but bad ass thief, think of a hard version of Danny Ocean from oceans 11 12 and 13.
I remember I first heard about this from a friend who thought that pulp fiction was the best thing ever and he watched it because it was a script by QT. He had seen it the night before and hated it with a passion. I asked him why and he said it was started ok then turned into a cheesy b-movie. To me it sounded ok so I checked it out, and glad I am that I did. Genius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2003
When this film came out, critics slugged it off. But I watched this last month and was pretty amazed it turned out to be rather entertaining. Yes, it's trashy - but a good kind of trash. Slaughter scenes never make your attention away from the film and fortunately, in this kind of film you don't have to take it seriously when people get shot dead. Tarantino and Clooney really stand as the mob brothers. They are so great, they'll probably make you think you wanna be kidnapped by them.
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