From Dusk Till Dawn

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Details At A Glance

Category Vampire Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1997 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time
103.27 minutes
(not 108 per case)
Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2,4 Director Robert Rodriguez

Warner Home Video
Starring Harvey Keitel
George Clooney
Quentin Tarantino
Juliette Lewis
Cheech Marin
Fred Williamson
Salma Hayek
Case Amaray
RRP $34.95 Music Graeme Revell

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Macrovision ?
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes

Plot Synopsis

    From Dusk Till Dawn is a movie which defies categorization. Written by Quentin Tarantino, it tells the story of two bank-robbing brothers on the run to Mexico, Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and Richard Gecko (Quentin Tarantino). Richard is somewhat unhinged and trigger-happy, so their trail is somewhat bloody. OK, very bloody.

    They take a family on their way to Mexico hostage; Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel), Kate Fuller (Juliette Lewis), and Scott Fuller (Ernest Liu) and end up at a sleazy Mexican bar waiting for their Mexican rendezvous to meet them. Unfortunately, the bar is considerably more sleazy than they first thought...

    As with all films involving Quentin Tarantino, the actual plot of the movie is secondary to the unusual characters that we meet on the way there. There is a lot of black humour in this movie. There is also a lot of great acting, especially from George Clooney who plays a bad guy very convincingly. Even Quentin Tarantino himself is well-cast as Richard.

    Cheech Marin adds some excellent humour playing various roles, including the spruiker outside the bar.

    All-in-all, this is an excellent movie. Bear in mind that it is R-rated for the very graphic violence it portrays - it deserves its rating.

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this movie is excellent.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. This looks like a true 16x9 transfer rather than an interpolated one.

    The transfer was sharp and clear. Shadow detail was good, and there was no low level noise.

    The colours were rich and vivid, almost tending towards oversaturation at times.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts went unnoticed, and film artefacts were acceptably rare.


    There are two audio tracks on this DVD; the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and a French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack. The French soundtrack is incorrectly credited on the DVD packaging as a 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was always clear and audible.

    Audio sync problems were a major issue with this disc, with frequent scenes being marginally out of sync. I would estimate that approximately 20% of this film is noticeably out of sync. There have been reports that this is as much a characteristic of Pioneer DVD players as it is a fault with the transfer, Pioneer DVD players apparently having the audio two frames behind the video at all times to begin with. Nonetheless, it is somewhat distracting at times.
[Addendum 9th August 1999: This problem has been reported to occur on all players, so it is not a player-specific problem.]

    The musical score was by Graeme Revell. It is excellent at setting the appropriate mood for the movie, which is very laid back and laconic in its nature.

   The surround channels were used surprisingly often for explosions and gunshots, and pleasingly frequent ambient sounds. Aside from the audio sync issue, the soundtrack is superbly enveloping and exciting.

   The .1 channel received moderate use from the soundtrack to support the special effects.


    There are no extras on this disc. Nada. Nil. Zip. The Amaray case has a single sheet of paper which lists chapter stops, but this doesn't count as an extra. Neither does the little piece of paper stating that the disc is compatible with Region 4 players.

What's Missing / What's Extra

    The Region 1 version of this disc has two Theatrical Trailers on it. On the other hand, the Region 1 version of this disc is not 16x9 enhanced.


    The main menu is plain and functional. It is 16x9 enhanced.


    From Dusk Till Dawn is an excellent, and very violent, movie. Recommendation: rent it first to make sure that there are no audio sync problems on your player.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is excellent except for the audio sync issues, which may not affect your player.

    The extras are non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)

Extras nil

© Michael Demtschyna
5th June 1999
Amended 9th August 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer