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From Dusk Till Dawn: SteelBook Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]
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on May 16, 2004
I really didnt enjoy this movie, which surprized me, because im a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino. I had high hopes when I rented it, but its just too creepy to finish. I noticed that there were alot of sick things in this film, like the rape and murder of a hostage, Tarantino's character fantasizing that a teenage girl is telling him to eat her *****, and tarantino's notorious foot fetish pops up like a billion times. But after all of thats over, and it finally gets to the vampires, its all one stupid gore fest. And i dont even have a problem with gore, i mean its cool, but it was almost comical in this film, but not in a witty way. Its like they made the movie and afterwards were like,"Oops! I didnt mean for it to be that cheesy," but it was. And as for all of the sexual content, i could look past that in any other movie, but this film just seemed like an outlet for Quentin Tarantino to make all of his fetishes come to life. Im giving it two stars just because i love Tarantino's other work, and Im sure that when he wrote it, he didnt mean for people to interpret the film like i did. So, sorry to all of the "Dusk Till Dawn" fans, i just didn't like it.
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on November 28, 2001
This film tries to be too many things at once.
It could have been a straight crime thriller
in the Pulp Fiction Tradition or a failed preacher versus
vampires flick...the film starts out VERY strong, in
good Tarantino/Rodriguez fashion. But when the vampires
start showing up it just doesn't work for me.
...Not that it wasnt amusing/entertaining...especially the "disco ball of death" at the end---but the strength
of Keitel's character and the character development spent
on his children seem like a waste of time.
Cheech Marin provides some comic relief playing 3 separate
characters...and Salma Hayek is too much of a doll-face to be
believable as a evil character...she is drop dead beautiful but doesn't pull off the "bad girl" image at all. She should stick to playing good-guy characters. They could have done a lot more with the Tarantino charater's psychosis--which was very interesting/twisted; But again, it seems wasted in the movie.
It seems like this film was rushed to production before Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez could come to agreement on what kind of film to do and they just made a movie out of the parts of a lot of different movies they WANTED to make. I wish they would've taken their time and just made a separate crime thriller...this movie seems like the rough-draft of what became _The Way of the Gun_. This movie was disappointing because it could have been so much better. I'm not remotely interested in any of the sequels.
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on March 31, 1999
Up until "From Dusk Till Dawn" Tarantino could do no wrong. "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty" definitely made this a must see, just to get the latest 'great' Tarantino idea. And it starts out just as strong as Quentin's better works; an intense altercation between our stars and the naive owners of a gas station out in the middle of nowhere. However strong the first 15 minutes was, such a small portion of a movie does not make it good. Our "heroes," Tarantino and George Clooney, abduct a small God-fearing jilted family (featuring Juliette Lewis) and force them to drive them down to Mexico to an extremely sleazy strip joint. Now the badness begins. Tarantino is killed by a wicked "vampire" stripper (played by the ever-annoying Salma Hayek) and the other characters spend the rest of the movie purging evil demons. What started out as intriguing Tarantino fare worthy of "Pulp Fiction" praise turned out to be a cheap gore-fest that anyone with half a brain could flush out. Shameful. Get "Jackie Brown" or "Get Shorty" instead.
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on March 30, 2002
I thought this movie could have been much better. It started out pretty good with George Clooney adding to another overly voilet crime/drama movie. The second half of the movie could have been interesting too but turned gruesome without any reason other than to make the viewer be bombarded with scene after scene of gore. Thank goodness for Salma's brief inclusion in an overwise dismal last hour of pure violence and little to nada storyline. She is beautiful! If you felt foolish for wasting your money on this as a rental, by ALL means, rewind the scene to see the almost magical dance bit with Salma to help forget what horribly unsatisying moments follow!
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on June 19, 2001
The opening scene was very tense and suspenseful. The brutality of the theives kept me on edge because of their willingness to kill. After their escape to a motel, the film went downhill very fast. Without giving away anythng, when you get shot, you at least TRY to tend to it, not wrap it in duct tape! After arriving in Mexico, the movie turns abruptly into a horror-comedy, which I absolutely hate. Be one or the other please! The action in the Mexican bar was very predictable and been-there-seen-it before. Very disappointing overall.
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on September 27, 2000
This is not really a movie. It's just two stories put together with no link at all. It has very little to remember, other than Salma Hayek dancing in that wonderful bikini. Without her, I would have rated it with only one star.
It's not a good comedy, nor a terror story, the characters have no appeal, everything is too predictable, the script is crap, the acting is not good either, etc, etc.
If it not were for Salma....
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on December 4, 2003
this movie started out like it was going to be a really good tarantino movie, then up and turns into something else. i'm also not a fan of the fact that cheech plays like three different characters. it's just confusing. probably wouldn't highly recommend the movie...
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on December 31, 2008
Scene, audio and subtitle selections are all you get with this Blu-ray release of From Dusk till Dawn. It doesn't bother me that much, as I hardly ever view special features. But seriously, nothing??

The transfer is okay, but really could've benefited from complete remaster. There is noticeable dust and clutter in various parts of the movie. Having said that, it is a marginal improvement over the Dimension DVD.
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on September 14, 1999
It's not the worst vampire film I've ever seen but it't not that good either. Lots of pointless violence in a remarkably silly plot with acting that's so-so at best.
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on July 13, 1999
From Dusk Till Dawn is a very silly film, with way too much violence, and too less story. The acting is good but the film is bad. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER REVIEWS.
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