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Van Helsing (2004) Single Disc Edition [DVD]

Hugh Jackman , Kate Beckinsale , Stephen Sommers    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley, Will Kemp
  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers
  • Producers: Stephen Sommers, Artist W. Robinson, Bob Ducsay, David Minkowski, Matthew Stillman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002U4A9K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,273 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Like a roller coaster ready to fly off its rails, Van Helsing rockets to maximum velocity and never slows down. Having earned blockbuster clout with The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, writer-director Stephen Sommers once again plunders Universal's monster vault and pulls out all the stops for this mammoth $148-million action-adventure-horror-comedy, which opens (sans credits) with a terrific black-and-white prologue that pays homage to the Universal horror classics that inspired it. The plot pits legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) against Dracula (the deliciously campy Richard Roxburgh), his deadly blood-sucking brides, and the Wolfman (Will Kemp) in a two-hour parade of outstanding special effects (980 in all) that turn Sommers' juvenile plot into a triple-overtime bonus for CGI animators. In alliance with a Transylvanian princess (Kate Beckinsale) and the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley), Van Helsing must prevent Dracula from hatching his bat-winged progeny, and there's so much good-humored action that you're guaranteed to be thrilled and exhausted by the time the 10-minute end-credits roll. It's loud, obnoxious, filled with revisionist horror folklore, and aimed at addicted gamers and eight-year-olds, but this colossal monster mash (including Mr. Hyde, just for kicks) will never, ever bore you. A sequel is virtually guaranteed. --Jeff Shannon

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Hunted as a murderer by those who do not understand his calling, Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) travels the globe as a fugitive. Accompanied only by Carl, (David Wenham), a friar entrusted with providing Van Helsing's safety and a weapons arsenal to rival James Bond, Van Helsing is despatched to the shadowy world of Transylvania.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great quality. 16 Dec 2011
I don't realise why this film got so many negative reviews; it's not an awful movie. Story was okay, along with the acting, but it wasn't horrible. Picture and audio quality was superb for a 2003 film, and buying it on Blu-ray was worth it.

Would recommend!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile upgrade 27 May 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Most people who buy this blu-ray will do so as an upgrade to the dvd especially as it has been on the television recently and if you like the movie it's a worthwhile upgrade. Picture quality is excellent and is presented full screen and the DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack fills your room with sound and music. Extras are very much the same as the dvd release with the addition of a 20 minute feature on the masked ball scene which is well worth watching. Most of the story is set in the dark and this benefits from the blu-ray transfer as everything is so much clearer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars : fandabidozi 21 Jun 2009
By F. Patel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Ok the story line isn't going to tax anybody with just the single brain cell. But lets not forget its not there to be cerebrally challenging . Its pop corn for the brain and you know what it does it very well. However Im not here to discuss the script but rather the Blue Ray version.

Well, as Blue Ray releases go, I have to admit this is one of the better ones. Colours, clarity are spot on. In fact having watched this on TV the other week the Blue Ray version is much better. Watching the title character riding across the snow capped mountains near the start of the film is something else, but the scene in the Romanian town centre halfway through the female vampire attack when the sun comes out really differentiates Blue Ray from normal DVD. Somebody else has already mentioned the Ball scene, but its worth just seeing that for how all the different colours are allowed to explode into view. . The rest of the film displays just as much as the few samples I mentioned above. Its also good to see that the same amount of attention has been paid to the sound.

While I'm not one for extras there is a picture in picture mode which brings up a small screen showing the same as the main picture but from the view of the camera man and a few other snippets.(As i said I'm not one for extras)

As I said one of the better Blue Ray releases

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Helsing on Blu-ray....Wow! 26 Sep 2011
This is a great movie with excellent animation. On Blu-ray it looks stunning in detail and this is helped by the format being 16:9 so it fills all of your HD TV screen with no wasted black bars on top and bottom. The extra bits on how they handled the animation etc. are fascinating to watch as well. Hugh Jackman acts really dramatically as Van Helsing and good part played by Kate Beckinsale too as the Transylvanian princess. My favourite animation scene was the aerial attack in the village by the flying brides of Dracula...truly powerful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happy 12 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
1.bought as a replacement for a fading video copy
2.not a bad film
3. Hugh Jackman-what more can i say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars strange freezing 29 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
may not happen to every copy-mine freezes in the middle and have to skip a chapter to pass it... films still good tho
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all 20 Jun 2012
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
There's a lot to like in this CGI action fest and I lapped it up. It's highly derivative stuff and even mirrors James Bond for a while but it's fun all the way with set pieces galore, great music and setting. I used to watch the old black and white "horror" films and this is just a modern day equivalent with a much better looking cast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed fantasy adventure 29 Jun 2011
By Sam
This movie is one of the best i have ever seen. Forget what the negative reviewers say this is a blast from beginning to end.
The director of the Mummy and The Mummy Returns delivers a top notch action adventure that makes you want to be Van Helsing and battle vampires and werewolves. Hugh Jackman is perfect as Van Helsing and Kate Beckinsale equally as perfect as Anna, other performances such as Richard Roxborough's Dracula and David Wenham as Carl.
The story is interesting and the action scenes are amazing, some of the stunts are brilliant and the special effects are very cool. If you like vampire, werewolf, frankenstein films then this is definitely one to consider buying.
Please do NOT listen to those who slate this film because it is action packed, funny, exciting, thrilling, amazing, awesome, cool (i can't think of any more adjectives) just buy it and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... on UK blu rays and is of course ab amazing watch.
This plays on UK blu rays and is of course ab amazing watch.
Published 13 days ago by Nicola Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film for the price
Great film for the price.Magic performance from the stars and to add more tension in the film, amazing visual effects for the time,2002
Published 21 days ago by Bjsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Film.
Published 22 days ago by Sue Relton
5.0 out of 5 stars fang - tastic helsing!!
Great movie. Visual effects are fab. Timeless story with a good twist of characters. Hugh jackman and Richard roxburgh at their best!
Published 28 days ago by joanne thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary.
I loved this film. The actors were perfect for their rolls. Although Kate Beckinsale is perfect. What a pitty her farther was not around to see her.
Published 2 months ago by Geoff
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Helsing requires your cooperation, to a degree, in accepting its...
Propelled forward by a gleeful, childlike sense of adventure and grounded by the undeniable charm of Hugh Jackman, It's heightened by some fun, dumb CG, some broad over-acting and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Simon Lundmark
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
New and odd version of old story, brilliant comic moments, specially love what must be the campest Dracula I have ever seen
Published 2 months ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Hit!
I really like 'Van Helsing', but every time it appears on TV I normally fall to sleep when the adverts appear and is the reason why I got it on DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Destiny Detective
5.0 out of 5 stars got it
received it within the time it was stated and very happy with the product will look at your site for any other films
Published 3 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars van helsing
great film from start to finish. has all the ingredents, vampires, monster, warewolf, and of course the great van helsing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lindsay murphy
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