Underworld

Underworld

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Director: Len Wiseman

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen

     
 

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The ultimate supernatural battle is waged right in your living room as vampires face off against werewolves in Columbia TriStar's feature-packed, double-disc edition of the gothic actioner Underworld. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and offering audio in a selection of either English or French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English and FrenchSee more details below

Overview

The ultimate supernatural battle is waged right in your living room as vampires face off against werewolves in Columbia TriStar's feature-packed, double-disc edition of the gothic actioner Underworld. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and offering audio in a selection of either English or French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English and French subtitles, this release also goes behind the scenes to reveal how filmmakers and special-effects artists teamed to portray one of the most memorable monster-mashes since Abbot and Costello met Frankenstein. A director and cast commentary track finds Len Wiseman joining stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman for a lively discussion of the film, and after checking out some outtakes, television spots, and previews viewers can take a journey into the world of the films legendary beasts with the AMC-produced featurette Fang vs. Fiction. The second disc leads off with "The Look of Underworld," which includes segments on the visual effects, design, and general aesthetic of the film, "The Making of Underworld," "Creature Effects," "Stunts," and "Sight and Sounds" featurettes, a storyboard comparison, a music video by Finch, a forty-eight page Underworld mini comic book, and a 16-page production sketch booklet.

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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!

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0043396051942
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:14:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes unrated, extended cut showing the never before seen battle for supremacy; Director and cast commentary; Outtakes; "Fang vs. Fiction"; TV spots; previews; Visual Effects of Underworld; Designing Underworld; Look of Underworld; Making of Underworld; Creature effects featurette; Stunts featurette; Sights and sounds featurette; Storyboard comparison; Music video: Finch - "Worms of the Earth"; 48-page Underworld comic book; 16-page production sketch booklet

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

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Start [:50]
2. Selene the Death Dealer [1:54]
3. South Terminus Shootout [11:41]
4. Viktor's Tomb [10:53]
5. Wolves at the Door [5:20]
6. Saved From a Watery Grave [4:29]
7. Selene's New Pet [2:00]
8. Michael's Escape [3:17]
9. In League With Lucian [1:24]
10. Chronicles [2:45]
11. Bitten by a Lycan [2:43]
12. The Awakening [8:49]
13. Viktor [4:10]
14. Why Selene Hates Lycans [8:38]
15. "You Must Be Judged!" [5:02]
16. The Council [2:14]
17. "I'm Helping Me." [2:49]
18. Safe House Attack [3:17]
19. Full Moon Rising [2:26]
20. Selene's Conspiracy Proof [7:45]
21. Sonja, Condemned to Death [1:41]
22. Kraven the Hunter [3:58]
23. Raze the Avenger [4:20]
24. Michael's Rescue [6:58]
25. 'Viktor Killed Your Family." [2:58]
26. An Endangered New Species [6:17]
27. First Cut's the Deepest [2:52]
28. "Soon, I Will Become the Hunted." [3:00]

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