Van Helsing

Van Helsing

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Director: Stephen Sommers

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh

     
 

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Stephen Sommers' summer movie extravaganza Van Helsing comes to DVD in this widescreen edition thanks to Universal Studios (the lesser-recommended full-screen edition is also available). Packed to the gills with extras, this disc presents the film in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture with both 5.1 and 2.0 tracks for your home theater to sink its teethSee more details below

Overview

Stephen Sommers' summer movie extravaganza Van Helsing comes to DVD in this widescreen edition thanks to Universal Studios (the lesser-recommended full-screen edition is also available). Packed to the gills with extras, this disc presents the film in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture with both 5.1 and 2.0 tracks for your home theater to sink its teeth into. The multitude of extras includes an interactive tour of Dracula's castle, where the viewer is given the option to listen to Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) ramble on about the different sections of his homely abode. Other features include a ten-minute "Bringing the Monsters to Life" making-of that introduces the audience to the master effects technicians who brought the film's many pixels to life, while "You Are in the Movie" presents a look behind the scenes by an unprecedented amount of hidden cameras on the set. A blooper reel has also been included, as has a ten-minute "Legend of Van Helsing" special that delves into the character's lore from books to the big screen. Two commentaries are available for your listening enjoyment -- the first with director Stephen Sommers and producer/editor Bob Ducsay, and the second featuring actors Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley, and Will Kemp. Finally, a playable version of the Van Helsing game can be accessed through an Xbox game console that allows you to play through the first exciting level of the game. If you're a pushover for Sommers' brand of over-the-top adventure antics, then this disc is for you. This movie is also available in the three-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition featuring an additional feature-packed disc along with another DVD that includes Universal's original Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolf Man movies, which inspired Van Helsing.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Having successfully re-imagined one of Universal's classic movie monsters in the recent Mummy films, director Stephen Sommers broadens his scope to include the rest of the gang in this extravagantly produced, thrill-packed motion picture. Although Sommers emphasizes action over atmosphere, Van Helsing still manages to be as creepy as it is exciting, maintaining a gothic look and establishing a pervasive mood of otherworldly malevolence. Hugh Jackman, whose turns in the X-Men movies have equipped him for the flamboyant heroics required by films like this one, portrays vampire slayer Gabriel Van Helsing, whose late-19th-century pursuit of Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) gets him caught up in a scheme that involves the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley) and the Wolf Man (Will Kemp). His closest ally is Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), a feisty young woman whose family has opposed Dracula for generations. Sommers takes considerable liberties with the various monster mythologies established in the Universal films of the '30s and '40s, and his versions of the classic creatures eschew the familiar look of their previous incarnations. But there's plenty here to warm the hearts of horror-movie fans, and more than enough dynamic, explosive action to keep other viewers interested.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0025192326622
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
1,120

Special Features

360° Tour of Dracula's Castle; Deleted Scenes; Your Are in the Movie!; The Legend of Van Helsing; Feature Commentary with Director Stephen Sommers and Editor/Producer Bob Duscay; Feature Commentary with Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley and Will Kemp.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Gabriel Van Helsing
Kate Beckinsale Anna Valerious
Richard Roxburgh Count Vladislaus Dracula
David Wenham Carl
Shuler Hensley Frankenstein's Monster
Elena Anaya Aleera
Will Kemp Velkan Valerious/Wolf Man
Kevin J. O'Connor Igor
Alun Armstrong Cardinal Jinette
Silvia Colloca Verona
Josie Maran Marishka
Tom Fisher Top Hat
Samuel West Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Robbie Coltrane Mr. Hyde
Martin Klebba Dwerger
Stephen H. Fisher Dr. Jekyll
Dana Moravkova Barmaid
Zuzana Durdinova Opera Singer
Jaroslav Vizner Gendarme
Marek Vasut Villager
Samantha Sommers Vampire Child
Dorel Mois Dracula's Ball Performer
Marianna Mois Dracula's Ball Performer
Laurence Racine Dracula's Ball Performer
Patrice Wojciechowski Dracula's Ball Performer
Alan Silvestri Conductor

Technical Credits
Stephen Sommers Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gregory P. Alcus Stunts
Charles Alleneck Animator
Steve Aplin Animator
Christopher Armstrong Animator
Steve Arnold Art Director
Artist Robinson Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Paul Babin Camera Operator
Sandy Berumen-Justus Stunts
Pavel Bezdek Stunts
Nancy Bishop Casting
David M. Blitstein Special Effects Supervisor
Rudolf Bok Stunts
Petr Bozdech Stunts
Richard Bradshaw Stunts
Troy Brown Stunts
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Derrick Carlin Animator
Debbie Lee Carrington Stunts
Scott Carroll Animator
Viktor Cervenka Stunts
Milan Chadima Camera Operator
Marc Chu Animator
Joanna Colbert Casting
Jonathen Collins Animator
Tom Connole Camera Operator
Karin Silvestri Coye Stunts
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Laura Dash Stunts
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Frantisek Deak Stunts
Debra Brown Choreography
Zuzana Drdacka Stunts
Petr Drozda Stunts
Bob Ducsay Editor,Producer
Zdenek Dvoracek Stunts
Hana Dvorska Stunts
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Grant Fletcher Stunts
Christian Fletcher Stunts
Ian Fox Camera Operator
Luke Freeborn Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Friedman Animator
Klaus Fuxjager Camera Operator
David Gainey Animator
Robert Gianino Animator
Tad Griffith Stunts
Joseph S. Griffo Stunts
Michal Grun Stunts
Mike Gunther Stunts
Rene Hajek Stunts
Romana Hajkova Stunts
Antonin Hausknecht Stunts
Freddie Hice Stunts
Petr Hnetkovsky Stunts
Jan Holicek Stunts
Petr Horacek Stunts
Jiri Horky Stunts
Jana Hrbkova Production Manager
Eda Hubata Stunts
Blanka Jarosova Stunts
Priscilla John Casting
Mike Justus Stunts
Filip Kadlec Stunts
Maia Kayser Animator
Peter Kelly Animator
Mary Kim Production Manager
Jindrich Klaus Stunts
Ales Kosnar Stunts
Heather Kraft Stunts
Jiri Kraus Stunts
Robert Krejcik Stunts
Milos Kulhavy Stunts
Ladislav Lahoda Stunts
Robert "Robin" Lahoda Stunts
Leonid Larionov Animator
David Latour Animator
Alison Leaf Animator
Oakley Lehman Stunts
David Leitch Stunts
Ellen Lewis Casting
Miroslav Lhotka Stunts
Dimo Lipitkovsky Stunts
David Listvan Stunts
Victoria Livingstone Animator
Billy Lucas Stunts
David Luckenbach Camera Operator
Mirek Lux Asst. Director
Jonathan Lyons Animator
Wesley Mandell Animator
Ivan Mares Stunts
Robert Marrs Stunts
Kevin Martel Animator
Giles Masters Art Director
Kelly Matsumoto Editor,Production Designer
Jim May Editor
Matt McColm Stunts
Bob McDougall Stunts
Robert McIntosh Animator
Mark McKenzie Musical Arrangement
Phil McNally Animator
Jan Mensik Asst. Director
Sam Mercer Executive Producer
David Minkowski Associate Producer
Christopher Mitchell Animator
Heidi Moneymaker Stunts
Klara Moravkova Stunts
Philip Morris Animator
David Mottl Stunts
Michael Munoz Stunts
Mario Munoz Stunts
Mark Munoz Stunts
Pavel Myslik Stunts
Leo Napolitano Camera Operator
Miroslav Navratil Stunts
Douglas Neithercut Stunts
Larry Nicholas Stunts
Rick O'Connor Animator
Harry E. Otto Set Decoration/Design
Vaclav Pacal Stunts
David Parker Sound Mixer
Christian P. Della Penna Asst. Director
Loni Peristere Executive Producer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Tomas Peterac Stunts
Jaroslav Peterka Stunts
Jan Petrina Stunts
Carlo Poggioli Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Porter Stunts
Mark Povinelli Stunts
Mark Powers Animator
Captive Audience Prods. Makeup Special Effects
Jaroslav Psenicka Stunts
Ales Putikk Stunts
Tony Reading Art Director
Jason Rennie Animator
Magali Rigaudias Animator
Tim Rigby Stunts
Debbie Rondell Stunts
Misty Rosas Stunts
Deep Roy Stunts
Ervin Sanders Camera Operator
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
David Schultz Stunts
Petr Sekanina Stunts
Leslie Shatz Sound Mixer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Jiri Simbersky Stunts
Klara Slavikova Stunts
Milan Slepicka Stunts
Stephen Forrest Smith Consultant/advisor
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Snively Stunts
Tom St. Amand Animator
Matthew Stillman Associate Producer
Monty Stuart Stunts
Eric P. Sundahl Set Decoration/Design
Jaromir Svarc Art Director
Vasilios Tanis Makeup
Carly Thomas Stunts
Tomas Tobola Stunts
Susumu Tokunow Sound Mixer
David Listvan Tomas Stunts
Delio Tramontozzi Animator
Tim Trella Stunts
Marjolaine Tremblay-Silva Animator
Miroslav Valka Stunts
Jan Van Buyten Animator
Keith Vanderlaan Makeup Special Effects
Karel Vavrovec Stunts
Petr Vlasak Stunts
Pavel Vokoun Stunts
Jan Vosmik Stunts
Aaron Walters Stunts
David Weinstein Animator
Mary Stuart Welch Executive Producer
Andy Wong Animator
Troy Wood Stunts
Dana Woods Stunts
Danny Wynands Stunts
Kamila Zenkerova Stunts
Daniel Zizmor Animator

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. It's Alive!
2. The Vatican's Avenger
3. The Order
4. Werewolf Hunters
5. Welcome to Transylvania
6. His Name Is Van Helsing
7. Looking for Answers
8. Curse of the Werewolf
9. Castle Frankenstein
10. Dracula's Children
11. Old Acquaintances
12. Failure
13. The Living Painting
14. The Frankenstein Monster
15. Hell on Wheels
16. Mark of the Wolf
17. The Monster's Ball
18. Van Helsing's Vow
19. The Door to Dracula
20. The Cure
21. Life for My Children
22. You Can Go When You're Dead
23. The Spawning
24. The Only Way
25. The Left Hand of God
26. Sacrifice
27. Reunion
28. End Titles

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