WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

From DuskTill Dawn

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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Includes running commentary by director Rodriguez and Tarantino. The attractions include a behind-the-scenes featurette titled Hollywood Goes To Hell, exclusive never-before-seen interviews with the film’s actors and crew members, deleted scenes and outtakes not shown in theatres because they got expunged for gore by the MPAA, a collection of bloopers, plus TV spots, music videos by Tito & Tarantula and Z.Z. Top, a montage of production stills, the theatrical trailer, and specially edited film footage set to commentary by Rodriguez and effects supervisor Greg Nicotero.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 9474 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $69.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 11/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Rodriguez
(Screenplay/Written By): Quentin Tarantino
(Story): Robert Kurtzman
(Music): Graeme Revell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Cecilia Montiel
(Visual Effects): VIFX
(Costume Designer): Graciela Mazón
(Editor): Robert Rodriguez
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dean Beville
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lawrence Bender, Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino
(Co-Producers): Elizabeth Avellan, Paul Hellerman, Robert Kurtzman & John Esposito
(Producers): Gianni Nunnari & Meir Teper

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8)
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From Dusk Till Dawn is a non-stop blood-and-guts vampire spree. When the Gecko brothers—disturbed sex-offender Richard (Quentin Tarantino) and thief Seth (George Clooney)—escape from prison and head for the border, they leave a bloody trail behind them. On their way, they kidnap the Fullers—a former minister (Harvey Keitel) and his two kids, Kate (Juliette Lewis) and Scott (Ernest Liu)—ending in a seedy strip bar filled with vampires. The Geckos and the Fullers engage in an all-night battle resulting in death, gore and strewn body parts.

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DVD To LaserDisc Comparison:
The sharp 1.82:1 picture is sure to please with excellent color fidelity and natural fleshtones, though some scenes appear unfocused. The matrix PCM soundtrack is preferred overall to the low level or non-existent surround delivered by the discrete except when the split surrounds and .1 bass effects are activated in the Dolby Digital version.