Van Helsing [WS] [DVD] [2004]

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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (118 out of 127)

    Special Features


    • "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
    • Outtakes
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Van Helsing
    The greatest monster hunter of them all has his work cut out for him as he tracks down three deadly foes in this action-adventure saga. Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is a man who has dedicated his life to battling evil forces who exist outside the bounds of nature; Van Helsing's work has not always made him friends, and a false accusation of murder still trails him. But when he's summoned to Transylvania at the behest of Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), whose family has been fighting supernatural beings for generations, Van Helsing wastes no time answering her call. There, Van Helsing discovers that the undying vampire Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) has put a misshapen creature named Igor (Kevin J. O'Connor) under his spell, and, in turn, has forged an alliance with a hideous monster (Shuler Hensley) who was created by the misguided Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Samuel West). Adding to Anna's burden is her brother, Velkan (Will Kemp), a lycanthrope who becomes a bloodthirsty wolf under the light of the full moon. Van Helsing also co-stars Elena Anaya, Silvia Colloca, and Josie Maran as Dracula's vampire brides. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Hugh Jackman
      Hugh Jackman - Gabriel Van Helsing
    • Kate Beckinsale
      Kate Beckinsale - Anna Valerious
    • Richard Roxburgh
      Richard Roxburgh - Count Vladislaus Dracula
    • David Wenham
      David Wenham - Carl
    • Shuler Hensley
      Shuler Hensley - Frankenstein's Monster



    Customer rating

    4.5
    93%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Good visuals, lame script and acting/directing

      Posted
      Jewelsterdefro

      This movie has some great visuals including the special effects, not to mention Kate Beckinsale-who always provide good visuals herself if I do say so myself. The plot isn't bad either but the villains are just so over the top and cheesy you almost have to laugh and that really ruins everything. The stunts are also unrealistic, defying the laws of physics in some cases and are clearly cgi. They really need to get rid of cgi except for backdrops because using it for people and for ridiculous stunt shots just looks cartoony-like Wiley Cayote or somthing. The sad part is that this had the potential to be a good movie, I just wish they'd fixed the problems I mentioned above prior to releasing it. Anyway, unless you're a major Kate Beckinsale or Hugh Jackman fan or a die hard monster movie fanatic I recommend skipping this one. Unfortunately for me, I am a big Kate Beckinsale fan so I most likely will suffer through this film again but I'll probably fast forward through the cheesy and unrealistic parts next time.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A Utterly Unspectacular Horror Romp

      Posted
      cribellate
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      On paper Van Helsing has A LOT of things going for it. It's a horror film that throws back to Universals roots with their horror classics starring the insanely talented Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately the sum of its parts do not add up to a strong Horror outing in this place. The quirky comedy that made Stephen Sommers' Mummy films a fun ride fall flat in this Vampire tale that also includes Werewolves, Frankenstein and even Dr Jeckyll/Mr. Hyde. The ideas of the film are too ambitious for the time the film was made so many of the visual effects feel half backed a decade after the films original release. Universal's hope was to create a homage to the Horror classics they made some 70 years prior but the inclusion of so many of these characters makes the film feel overcrowded. In the end if you are a die fan of classic horror this will be a fun ride but the casual fan just may not get what the filmmakers were trying to do.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding escapist entertainment

      Posted
      MrCreosote
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      The film “Van Helsing” (2008) with Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale is an incredibly fast-paced, action-filled adventure, with vampires, werewolves, the Frankenstein monster and even Mr Hyde. The CGI effects are its main attraction and they are truly spectacular. The plot and the acting are also quite good, even riveting. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone interested in a non-stop escape into the realm of fantasy and adventure. The same director (Stephen Sommers) also directed the famous “mummy” movies with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. My only negative criticism is Dracula’s accent. The actor could have done a better job with the dialect coach. But this is a negligible, nit-picking criticism compared to the film’s overall appeal.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An Under-rated Gem!

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      rcbiz5000
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      I remembered seeing this movie YEARS ago, maybe on cable - I'm not sure. But I had never heard of it, and never heard anyone talking about it so I wasn't expecting much. But I was actually blown away that first time - like WOW, HOW DID THIS ONE GET PAST ME?? It's actually a fun movie with GREAT SFX - even in this age of MIND BLOWING (AVENGERS) FX, this movie has enough eye candy for it's theme. I'm really surprised it isn't talked about or given more attention.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best movies ever!

      Posted
      jesusfreak284

      I loved this movie! It really surprised me the first time I saw it. I thought it was just another monster movie that would be seen and forgoten in a day, but it was awsome. One of the biggest flaws in movies is how predictable they are. This movie was finally different, never knew what was soming next. It was extreamly funny and very well made. Good acting and awsome FXs. I couldn't even believe it was a low budget movie! The endding could be concidered sad, but I really liked the way it wraps up. There aren't a lot of bonus features, but make sure you watch the gag reel! Overall it's one of my favorite movies!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Silly but Fun Movie, and BLU-RAY!

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      Preiso
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      I had no idea at the time who Hugh Jackman was, and never connected this movie w/ Wolverine, but after buying it, everything clicked. The graphx were amazing for the time, though they do look a little dated, now, but still, SO...MUCH...FUN! The characters are entertaining, the story is well-paced, and the action is well-done. This is one of my favorite silly movies. I can watch it again now and then and not feel like I'm completely wasting my life away...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Very unique movie

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      NotAFan
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      You have to be a big fan of this type of movies in order to remotely like it. Monsters galore - with all the monsters having incredible powers until the good guys have to win the battle.graphics made this movie tolerable to watch otherwise too far fetch for my taste. Mr Jackman played an interesting role and might have been upstaged by Richard Roxburgh in some scenes. If you like the Dracula type movies you'll need to see this version.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent movie, decent 4K

      Posted
      Razzel
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      I had heard a lot of good things about the 4K for this movie, but I was not blown away. I also feel like I remember the movie to be better than it was. Skimmed through the movie when I first got it, haven’t watched it since. If you’re a fan of the movie it could be worth getting because it is a decent upgrade in 4K, but it wasn’t a big enough upgrade for me to feel really satisfied with my purchase.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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