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:
Rating 4.45 out of 5 stars.
4.4
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (83 out of 90)

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

Overall Customer Rating

4.4 out of 54.4
90 Reviews
93%of customers recommend this product.

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