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Van Helsing [WS] [DVD] [2004]

Release Date:10/19/2004
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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 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.



"Explore Dracula's Castle": Through an innovative 360° self-guided tour, discover the stunning environments of Van Helsing that you couldn't see in theaters

"Bringing the Monsters to Life": From pencil sketches through complete digital composition, the experts at Industrial Light & Magic show how the Van Helsing monsters were brought to life

"You Are in the Movie": Experience movie-making magic through miniature cameras on the set that give you the actor's perspective on the filming of a scene

"The Legend of Van Helsing": The evolution of the legendary character throughout film history

Feature commentaries with director Stephen Sommers, Bob Ducsay, Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley, and Will Kemp

Play the Van Helsing Game: Put this DVD into your Xbox console and play the first level of the stunning Van Helsing game