Underworld [Unrated] [Blu-ray] [2003]

  • SKU: 8531458
  • Release Date: 09/25/2007
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (340 out of 355)

Special Features


  • Director and cast commentary
  • Outtakes
  • Fang vs. Fiction: Documentary
  • Storyboard comparison
  • Musiv video: Finch - "Worms of the Earth"
  • 7 Featurettes: Making of Underworld, Visual effects of Underworld, Creature effects, Stunts, Designing Underworld, The Look of Underworld, Sights + sounds of Underworld

Synopsis


Underworld
A young man who has pledged his life to helping others finds himself in a pitched battle between two gangs of supernatural villains in this blend of horror story and action thriller. Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) is a medical student who is heading home after a long day of school and work when he unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of what appears to be a rumble between two well turned-out street gangs. What Michael doesn't know is he has witnessed a skirmish between two deadly underground communities, unknown to the mortal world, who are battling for supremacy -- the Death Dealers, a tribe of vampires, and the Lycans, a band of werewolves. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a leading member of the Death Dealers who hears through the grapevine that the Lycans have plans to capture the aspiring doctor who witnessed their battle. Certain something is in the air, Selene begins following Michael around the city, and she finds herself growing emotionally attached to him. As Selene becomes more attracted to Michael, she becomes more convinced that the Lycans are planning a major attack against the Death Dealers, although vampire kingpin Kraven (Shane Brolly) is certain she's crediting the Lycans with more intelligence than they can muster. As Selene shadows Michael, she finds herself wanting to protect him, but her longing becomes a handicap when he's attacked by Lucian (Michael Sheen), the leader of the werewolf community, and the man she wants to save has now become a sworn enemy. Underworld was the first feature film from music video director Len Wiseman. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kate Beckinsale
    Kate Beckinsale - Selene
  • Scott Speedman
    Scott Speedman - Michael
  • Michael Sheen
    Michael Sheen - Lucian
  • Shane Brolly
    Shane Brolly - Kraven
  • Bill Nighy
    Bill Nighy - Viktor



Overall customer rating

4.6
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Blu-Ray 4K / Ultra HD Review -- Great quality, but

    Posted
    Mike
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    Note: For this review, movie was viewed using an OPPO UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player and a 2016 LG OLED TV (65") Underworld is a bit of an older title to be released on the format -- it's going on near 15 years while most Ultra HD Blu-Ray titles are of recent releases. One of the problems with older titles are the CGI effects (they just don't hold up) and whether the company does a full remaster or if they decide to upscale the years-old blu-ray release. I'm happy to say that Underworld looks great in 4K.. but with a disclaimer. The film itself is very, very dark (as it's meant to be). On an OLED, it looks fantastic and blends into the screen with HDR; if you're using a lower-end LCD/LED panel, it may not look as good as the blacks will be a lighter grey color. The majority of the film takes place in very dark areas and has a very muted/de-saturated color palette, but it really works for it. As someone who generally prefers a very clean, modern, noise-free image... I actually did like Underworld on 4K. I will say that it's a VERY, VERY grainy movie and you'll notice it instantly. If this is a problem for you, you may want to skip it. With that said, I found the grain to be very natural and not like digital noise or too distracting. There is no way around it though: Grain everywhere. The movie comes in a 2-disc set with an Ultra HD Blu-Ray, a 1080p Blu-Ray and a digital copy code. All extras are on disc 2 (1080p) while the movie itself comes in at 2.35:1 (black bars on the top/bottom) and Dolby Atmos sound. Fortunately, Sony has gone for a somewhat discounted price here. Overall, very happy with the title but not for everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Transfer

    Posted
    BindTortureKast
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    I was excited to see this 4K cut of Underworld, and it didn't disappoint. The picture and sound were incredible, and for those with the TV's to support it, you will see a lot of great detail. As far as the films go, I was disappointed that the 4K cut was ONLY for the theatrical release, not the extended cut. That version is included as a blu ray, but has not been post-converted. On the plus side, they have done something I've wanted to see them do for years; re-cut the flashback footage with Sonja and Lucien in the first film, with the same scenes from the third film. It's seamless and provides way more continuity to the films. Strange that they did not draw more attention to this when this released as I think it really adds to the value of this release and will put a smile on the faces of the long time fans. Anyway, great release and now I'd like 4K cuts of Evolution and Rise of the Lycans, please!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Underworld: The saga begins

    Posted
    JimG944

    5 of 5 stars for the vampire and werewolf movie Underworld. I've seen this movie several times and continue to be amazed and the plot and visual look of the movie. Wow. I keep finding new subtle things in the movie overlooked in my first viewing. This movie is the starter for a 3 movie collection. Telling some of the history and moving forward with this story. Underworld and Underworld Evolution move the story further in time while the third movie tells the history of how we got here. The story is about two races of beings, the upper class Vampires and the worker class Werewolves. In the old times, the races lived together in harmony, now they are at war. This story focuses on "a human" who we later learn has characteristics of both races and his blood is valuable to both races. Of course, our lead character (Kate Beckinsale) needs the help of a sleeping vampire lord. A very impressive movie with stunning visual look. Once you finish Underworld, keep on going with Evolution and Rise of the Lycans. Highly recommended and added to my list of favorite movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Underworld gets the 4k treatment and not so great.

    Posted
    dsmith3681
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    Unfortunately the 4k edition of this disc is notable for sound only. The visual upgrade from standard bluray is almost non existent. This is a grainy film as per the film makers and although the 4k edition is a bit more enticing I cant really justify the purchase through the clarity aspect alone. It takes the really scrutinizing eye to behold any difference in either film whatsoever. However your ears will SPOCK up and you will instantly notice the deeper bass and crisper edge to the 4k version. Does that justify its purchase. For the near 2 hour experience that will afterwards have you putting this disc back on the shelf for all eternity I have to say a qualified NO. Just not worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    gave Vampire movies the face lift it needed!

    Posted
    mssunnyt1
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    Len Wiseman used the budget money "wisely"; great idea, plot look,sound design and look of vampires & werewolves. Well cast. Only weak spots were "slapping" look of final fight scene, Shane Brolly, sorry Shane, you had a great look however...acting?...AND hybrid look of Michael's chatacer was okay (much better than sequel though) Patrick Tatopoulos did amazing Lycan.. Loved their transition as well as did the simplicity of the vampire's! The Sound design was so great for any budget...I loved the sound when Kate picked up the silver bullet that the Lycan pulled out from the subway scene! All sound effects were awesome! Kate and her look were perfect as was Bill Nighy as Viktor "recomposing" hmself. All ideas were very cool. I wished sequel was as good; must have spent the $$$ on something other than the movie, like maybe your salaries,only kidding..NOT!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie.. average 4k

    Posted
    Villain
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    Who doesn't love this series of movies. So I'll review the 4k quality. This movie is shot entirely in dark scenes, night indoors, subways, tunnels, etc. So HDR goes out the door. Nothing to wow you or your buddies you're trying to convince about this new 4k format. Very grainy all throughout the movie but that's how it was shot. It works for the movie but not the 4k format in my taste. It just highlights the grain even more lol. Close ups of Kate are stunning lol I'll give the format points for that but other than face close ups. 4k quality is just a bit better than Blu-ray in my opinion. Now audio tracks. Atmos is where you feel and hear the upgrade and your money worth. PQ 4K 3.5/5 AQ 4.5/5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    its a good rip off of bram stokers orginial novel

    Posted
    CyanideTheJudasKissAllNightmareLong101

    this movie is a complete rip off of bram stoker novel and a complete rip off of other vampire novels written by other authors including stephanie meyer and stephanie king this movie reminds me of the first high school musical movie with instead of bubblegum pop music it has gore cussing and lame action scenes a 6 year old can write a better movie then this and this is not a true vampire movie iv read all vampire novels and who cares about gore and action come please gore is not everything its the storyline due iv read countless vampire novels and been obsessed with vampire novels since 1997 onwards and this movie is by far the worst vampire movie ever made instead of watching this movie buy bram stokers orginial novel instead and rejoice and buy other vampire novels also including the twilight saga by stephanie meyer

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A nice movie about vampires versus werewolves

    Posted
    MuNieks
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    This movie features vampires battling werewolves with a unique twist in that it takes place in contemporary times. The scenes reflect this by having them shoot each other with modern guns and weaponry while still having the classic quirks such as sun evaporating vampires and silver easily killing werewolves. The story is fun while possessing a strange twist at the end. The Steelbook artwork looks amazing, taking a different perspective by having a cartoon-like quality to it. In addition, this art depicts a scene from within the movie, adding to the charm of the Steelbook itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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