Underworld

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Overview

The werewolf vs. vampire actionfest Underworld roars to DVD in a packed release from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment that's sure to please any fan of the gothic, bullet-ridden tale. This Widescreen Special Edition comes with a superb 2.35:1 picture, maintaining the deep blacks and blue hues that worked so well in theaters (a full-screen edition is also available). Sound options are solely relegated to a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, whose layers of atmosphere, music, and sound effects create a fine mix for this ...
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Overview

The werewolf vs. vampire actionfest Underworld roars to DVD in a packed release from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment that's sure to please any fan of the gothic, bullet-ridden tale. This Widescreen Special Edition comes with a superb 2.35:1 picture, maintaining the deep blacks and blue hues that worked so well in theaters (a full-screen edition is also available). Sound options are solely relegated 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, and the second featuring creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos, 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.
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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
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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: 1/6/2004
  • UPC: 043396031524
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,352

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 --
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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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Special Features
      Director and Writer's Commentary: On/Off
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         The Making of Underworld
         Creature Effects
         Stunts
         Sights and Sounds
      Music Video: Finch "Worms of the Earth|}|}|}
      Storyboard Comparison
      "War" TV Spot
      "Trailer Cutdown" TV Spot
      Trailers
         Underworld
         The Forsaken
         John Carpenter's Vampires
         John Carpenter Presents Vampires: Los Muertos
         Resident Evil
         Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse
   Audio Set Up
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   Subtitles
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      John Carpenter's Vampires
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    2 DISC SET DVD!!!!! "FANG VS. FICTION FEATURETTE"

    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!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a great movie!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A kick butt thrill ride of the 20 first century.

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This movie rocks

    This movie is one of the best in the vampire/werewolf genre. It follows the general ideas of the vampire and werewolf roleplaying games. The visuals are excellent and mythos is well developed to give a feel of complete and compelling world (which nobody really would want to live in, but still). Kate Beckinsale's performance is very remarkable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Among the best

    This is among the best of the vampire movies that I have seen. Well worth the money!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    BeautifuL Magic...

    A story that's entertaining with twists of clever. The actors[Ladies & Gents alike]- just resonate their part. Accents, Beauty, BEEFY with (major) ACTioN...i NEVER get tired of watching this version of Vampire/Werewolf(Liccan)taLe. Kevin Grevioux-{Raze} is a Co-Writer...His background in genetic engineering PUMPS UP the storyline to --->HELL YEAH!!!...and His VOICE- YUMMY...i thought it was some kind of computer generated effect (until) i checked out the Special Features Extras of the dvd. HOT ROCKiN' GooD TiMe FUN!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great fun

    Thrust vampirism and werewolves into the present, giving them clothes from the Matrix movies and there you go. It's a blast and follows some of the same feel as Blade. It has a slightly different take on how the two species are described, yet both are very powerful in their own right. The werewolves used to be slaves of the vampires until one incident started a war hundreds of years ago. Not as corny as so many other movies involving these topics. Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Gun Fights Are GREAT

    I thought that is was a great movie. It has Vampires, what else could you want? Good action and some plot twists, not to mention a girl in a really tight outfit. It covers it all. Not an oscar winner by any means but fun just the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My personal favorite movie of all time!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay, but overall a letdown.

    While this movie did have an interesting selling point, there were massive plot holes, and seemingly pointless lines. The acting was subpar, and demonstrates why Beckinsale is not a good actor. However, if you want to see an okay "action" movie, this is worth watching at least once. The same can be said for the sequel.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underworld

    This is about a vampire named Selene who fights off with her kind the vampires' long time enemy the werewolves who are after a human by the name of Michael who has a role between the vampires and the werewolves all at war against each other.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OM-Bajeezus

    This is like the best movie even and kate in leather fighting lycans just oh so hott. can't wait for the second one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding! It's Dracula meets Romeo & Juliet...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie ever

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great movie

    I loved this movie, the actors were splendiferous and the screen effects were amazing. If you are contamplating to watch or buy this I would urge to BUT IT!!! Now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underworld

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    goofiest film ever

    The werewolves look like rats and there isn't enough gore for my taste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it just waiting for the next one

    I love this movie. You go into the movie expecting to chose between two sides what is quickly apparent is that there is three sides. I have watched this movie over thirty times and I love every minute. I am waiting for the seqel due out September 2005. Does anybody know where I can get a outfit like Selene's?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but had potential to be great.

    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.

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