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Underworld

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Director: Len Wiseman, Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen

Cast: Len Wiseman, Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen

 

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The werewolf vs. vampires actionfest Underworld roars to DVD in a packed package from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment that's sure to please any fan of the gothic, bullet-ridden tale. This Full Screen Special Edition comes with a superb 1.33:1 picture, maintaining the deep blacks and blue hues, which worked so well in the theaters (the more recommended

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The werewolf vs. vampires actionfest Underworld roars to DVD in a packed package from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment that's sure to please any fan of the gothic, bullet-ridden tale. This Full Screen Special Edition comes with a superb 1.33:1 picture, maintaining the deep blacks and blue hues, which worked so well in the theaters (the more recommended Widescreen Special Edition is also available). Sound options are relegated solely to a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, whose layers of atmosphere, music, and sound effects create a fine mix for this extremely loud film. Additionally, two commentary tracks are supplied, the first with director Len Wiseman and writers Danny McBride and Kevin Grevioux, with the second featuring creature designer Patrick Tatopoulis, executive producer/visual effects supervisor James McQuaide, and sound designer Claude Letessier. Both commentaries provide an insane amount of behind-the-scenes information, though each one is about as self-gratifying and pompous as you can get -- especially for a film that is such widely considered as un-groundbreaking as Underworld (though extra points do go to Grevioux for showcasing more of his unearthly deep vocal range for the audience). Filled to the brim with special features, the Featurettes section takes up the most space, as cast and crew alike spew gluttonous amounts of adoration for the film's "originality" and vision through each given clip. This area alone holds almost 45 minutes of footage split between various sections and beginning with the overall making-of documentary (directed by Danny McBride himself), as well as featurettes dedicated to "Creature Effects," "Stunts," along with "Sights and Sounds." The second page of Special Features provides a music video by Finch, storyboard comparisons, two separate TV spots, and a trailers section featuring the original theatrical trailer along with some other bonus horror previews. While the disc is quite stacked in its coverage of the film, the end result tends to leave the viewer rather cold, depending on his or her reaction to the film. If you loved it as much as the filmmakers obviously do, there's no way you could come out happier -- for everyone else, it might seem like a bit of overkill. Gripes aside, though, the disc has a stellar presentation, with flashy animated menus and a fantastic audio/visual transfer that will make your home theater system work for its money.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Pitting werewolves and vampires against each other is something that every movie monster-lover can appreciate any day of the week. In Len Wiseman's stylish, but flawed directorial debut Underworld, this concept is explored and fleshed out with epic intentions, but not so epic results. First off, anyone expecting monumental battle scenes between the two creatures better stop where they are, because there will only be a full plate of disappointment here. Moments of bloody hand-to-hand monster brawling are fleeting, with all of the action relegated to quickly cut, lame John Woo-style gunfights. It's a problem that lies at the heart of the film -- instead of embracing the horror elements of these two iconic creatures, the filmmakers opt to sweep it under the rug and dress the modestly-budgeted 23-million dollar flick up as an action-fest whose explosive elements and style are as derivative as they come. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the money went straight into the gothic production design, while other sections were greatly hindered by the budget restraints -- namely, the creature effects. Created and crafted by Patrick Tatopoulos (the same hack behind 1998's Godzilla redesign), the werewolves (aka: lycans) are a lame bore, with huge muscular necks and little hyena heads with no fur to be seen, the design is awkward and unapologetically ugly, save for the few imaginative transformation scenes. Surprisingly, the film shines in the one place no one would expect -- the script. With the endless amounts of vampire lore floating around, Underworld's inventive approach is refreshing and far more interesting than the bullet-ridden shoot-'em-up scenes -- though the style of the flashbacks leaves much to be desired. In contrast, the acting is strictly a mixed bag, with lithe star Kate Beckinsale and clan heads Lucian (Michael Sheen) and Viktor (Bill Nighy) bringing class and freshness to the piece, while others like Shane Brolly as Kraven stink up the screen with their semi-Euro trash accents and laughable diction. There is a well-developed base here that will serve the sequel Underworld: Evolution well -- but as it is, this one will forever fail to live up to the concept it built for itself. Too bad too, because the world needs more werewolf vs. vampire films!

Product Details

Release Date:
01/06/2004
UPC:
0043396007024
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Director and writer commentary; Technical commentary; Creature effects featurette; Music video by Finch "Worms of the Earth"; Making of Underworld; Sights + Sounds featurette; Stunts featurette; Storyboard comparison; Bonus trailers; TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Beckinsale Selene
Scott Speedman Michael
Michael Sheen Lucian
Shane Brolly Kraven
Bill Nighy Viktor
Erwin Leder Singe
Sophia Myles Erika
Robby Gee Kahn
Wentworth Miller Dr. Adam Lockwood
Richard Cetrone Pierce
Kevin Grevioux Raze
Zita Görög Amelia

Technical Credits
Len Wiseman Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Nick Allder Special Effects Supervisor
Deborah Aquila Casting
Robert Bernacchi Executive Producer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Celestia Fox Casting
Kevin Grevioux Associate Producer,Original Story
Paul Haslinger Score Composer
Martin Hunter Editor
Bruton Jones Production Designer
Claude Letessier Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Lohner Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Danny McBride Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Terry McKay Executive Producer
James McQuaide Executive Producer
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Jon Sidel Associate Producer
Malcolm Stone Set Decoration/Design
Csaba Stork Art Director
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Henry Winterstern Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:14]
2. Selene the Death Dealer [:36]
3. South Terminus Shootout [1:53]
4. Viktor's Tomb [11:41]
5. Wolves at the Door [10:04]
6. Saved From a Watery Grave [5:20]
7. Selene's New Pet [4:29]
8. Michael's Escape [2:00]
9. In League With Lucian [3:17]
10. Chronicles [1:24]
11. Bitten By a Lycan [2:17]
12. The Awakening [2:22]
13. Viktor [8:35]
14. Why Selene Hates Lycans [3:10]
15. "You Must Be Judged" [5:08]
16. The Council [5:02]
17. "I'm Helping Me" [1:50]
18. Safe House Attack [2:09]
19. Full Moon Rising [2:38]
20. Selene's Conspiracy Proof [:31]
21. Sonja, Condemned to Death [2:04]
22. Kraven the Hunter [8:10]
23. Raze the Avenger [3:59]
24. Michael's Rescue [3:53]
25. "Viktor Killed Your Family" [4:52]
26. An Endangered New Species [2:16]
27. First Cut's the Deepest [6:17]
28. "Soon, I Will Become the Hunted" [2:58]

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Underworld 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best horror film in years.Len Wiseman and Danny McBride provide a solid, well-written story and screenplay,brilliantly brought to life by Wiseman's excellent direction.He keeps the film moving briskly with no dull spots and works up quite a head of suspense.He is well- aided by stunning photography,sets,costumes, and special effects.And Wiseman gets brilliant performances from his cast.Scott Speedman is very good(yes,ladies,he's a gorgeous hunk!),and Kate Beckinsale is a knockout!A great movie for action and horror fans.
AARON_HENFLING More than 1 year ago
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE FOR ANY VAMPIRE OR WEREWOLF FAN!!! THE VISUAL EFFECTS WILL BLOW YOU AWAY! IT IS REALLY FAST PACED!!! ALSO, THIS 2 DISC SET OFFERS MORE BONUS CONTENT SUCH AS THE FEATURETTE "FANG VS. FICTION". THIS FEATURETTE OFFERS ANY VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF FAN HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON THE LEGENDARY VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES. IT SHOWS HOW THESE TWO SPECIES EVOLVED THROUGH TIME INTO THESE FEROCIOUS LOOKING CREATURES IN TODAY'S POP CULTURE!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie wasn't the best. And I don't think I'll ecxept it as a horror flick, I'll stay with action flick because there was no horror in my opinion. Well.....really good acting, good effects, nice action, and great plot. Worth a check.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an ok film. The things I like best are the stunts, the action and the licon (werewolves.) If you are looking for a good horror film rent or get: Blade 1 or 2, Resident Evil ( they are making another Resident Evil. I think?) or Van Helsing. Bye.
Black-Fury More than 1 year ago
Kate Beckensale is definatly gothic vamp material. Sleek, dangerous, and mezmerizing. A bad to the bone movie that involves the supernautral better have the hole cast of this in it. Or else that movie will go to the movie graveyard. Disappointing and forgotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great action sequences and special effects. But as an action, Vampire, and werewolf movie fan, there was a lot missing. First off they had Vampires with reflections which is a big no no. And there was barley any blood sucking what so ever, needed to be more. They needed to go more indept with the war and Seleene story. other than that this movie was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing film, with great special effects. A great plot, fantastic actors, and stunning picture. This is not just a gory horror flick, but a must-see action movie lead by a beautiful hereoine warrior (Beckinsale). A must see, you'll watch it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was good since i'm like a fan of vampires and werewolves and thought it would be interesting of having two legendary creatures of the night to fight it out. The movie could of done a bit better though. Watch out for Underworld 2 and the Underworld prequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Underworld had the right idea but lacked follow through. The costumes were great, the plot was good, but the rest of the movie was just aweful. Action? You gotta be kidding me...Romance? uncalled for. The Hollywood cliche of throwing in action and romance into a horror about vampires and werewolves is redundant, come up with something new. This movie had so much potential, but again lacked follow through. Rent this movie, but for do not buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They took an old tale of vampires agaisnt werewolves and made a modern version of the battles. Excellent movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i cant stop playing this movie i love the action cant wait for #2.i watch and read alot of vampire stuff one of the best movies ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like vampires and guns it's great. Special effects and costumes are also very good. Worth adding to your movie collection. If they make a part two I think it will be even better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie, the graphics were great as well as the story line. You con't go wrong with this movie!!!
foreverinmyheart More than 1 year ago
This is among the best of the vampire movies that I have seen. Well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great action movie! Kate Beckinsale in leathers, vampires, werewolves, swords, whips, guns what more could you want. A good story and a lot of action with surprisingly little gore. I had a blast watching this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is ultimately my favorite movie! If you love action films, odds are you will enjoy this even if you're not into the whole vampire/werewolf scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in theatres and really enjoyed it a lot. Then my stepfather bought it on DVD and I was overjoyced. I like the idea of bringing Vampires vs. Werewolves into modern times with modern weapons and other things. For all you guys and girls who dont mind gore, this is a good movie to add to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This moive is really good. It has alot of action a few scary parts and theres alittle bit of romance in it. It has you guessing all the time. Its the best vampire werewolf goth film i've ever seen!!! This Is A Must See Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it!! It proved to be better than the Anita Blake series. Action packed and clever. Serlene is the best character for this book. A girl that kicks*@*!!!!