New to Blu-ray/DVD: From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two & The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season


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Editor’s Notes: From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season will be released on their respective formats on February 2nd.

From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two

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From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two (Entertainment One) focuses on relationships that become increasingly complicated as everyone attempts to put their lives back on track after one very insane day. Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez) and Richie (Zane Holtz) are now partners in crime — a sort of modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by as small time criminals south of the border. And Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) has an almost obsessive focus on protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo Hoo) have become changed men. The characters will once again come together facing off against a huge threat.

Season Two co-stars Danny Trejo, who appeared in the original feature film as Razor Charlie, and Esai Morales, currently a series regular on The Brink. Trejo plays The Regulator, a frightening agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand. Morales appears as Lord Amancio Malvado, a figure of terrifying cruelty and power who has a complicated and obsessive relationship with Santanico. Gary Busey and Demi Lovato also make guest starring appearances.

The 3-disc Blu-ray release contains ten episodes. Bonus extras include audio commentary with director Robert Rodriguez and cast and crew; 2015 New York Comic Con panel discussion; cast bios; Inside the Episode (1-10); and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season (Warner Home Video) contains 30 episodes originally aired on NBC during the 1965-1966 season. The series was TV’s answer to the extremely popular James Bond movies. Both From Russia With Love and Goldfinger were in theaters at the time of the TV show’s premiere. The plots revolve around two secret agents, Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Ilya Kuryakin (David McCallum), who were teamed by U.N.C.L.E. to combat the international crime syndicate T.H.R.U.S.H., composed of terrorists, anarchists, and megalomaniacs.

U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) had its secret American headquarters in New York. Heading the office was Alexander Waverly (Leon G. Carroll), who assigned agents to cases and coordinated their efforts. In Season 2, Solo and Kuryakin travel all over the world to take on T.H.R.U.S.H. and its evil allies. Guest appearances include Jill Ireland, Angela Lansbury, Kevin McCarthy, Eve Arden, Vincent Price, Ricardo Montalban, Matin Landau, Rip Torn, Dorothy Provine, and George Sanders.

Stories involved a businessman with an Alexander the Great complex, a deadly mind-reading machine, a group that hunts down former Nazis to steal their looted art collections, a boy genius, deadly bees, an abandoned Foreign Legion base, an amnesia pill, a dangerous diamond thief, radioactive bats, and a Native American reservation that serves as a front to assemble a hydrogen bomb.

For Season 2, episodes were filmed in color and their tone changed from serious drama to comedy and campiness. The show eked out three full seasons. The producers tried to get it back on track by abandoning the camp approach in the fourth season, but it was too late. The show was canceled in January, 1968. Nevertheless, it paved the way for The Wild, Wild West, Get Smart, and Mission: Impossible, and has become a cult favorite. A feature film based on the series starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer was released in 2015.

The Season 2 set contains 10 DVDs.


About Author

For over 25 years, I was the Film and Home Entertainment Reviewer for "The Villadom TIMES," a New Jersey weekly newspaper, and have written for several other publications. I developed and taught a Film Studies program for two New York City high schools that included Film History, Horror/Fantasy, and Film Making.