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Van Helsing (2004) Single Disc Edition [DVD]

Hugh Jackman , Kate Beckinsale , Stephen Sommers    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002U4A9K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,619 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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
Format:Blu-ray
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.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile upgrade 27 May 2009
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
"Van Helsing" is a kitchen sink monster movie, so it is a question of how far it can go before things fall apart, which for me was pretty far. The best part of writer-director Stephen Sommers' film is arguably the prologue, done in glorious black & white as a wonderful homage to the Universal monster pictures of yesterday. In Transylvania the torch bearing peasants are storming Castle Frankenstein, where the Victor (Samuel West) has just brought his creation (Shuler Hensley) to life and is screaming, "It's alive! Alive! Alive!," the words immortalizing by Colin Clive back in 1931's "Frankenstein." However, there is a twist in that Dr. Frankenstein is working with Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh), who is after the secret of creating life for his own purposes. Events take their tragic course and then we pick up the story a year later in color with the title character (Hugh Jackman) in Paris on the trail of the Hunchback of Notre Dame (who actually turns out to be a different literary monster).
To be clear, this is not Abraham Van Helsing, the wise doctor of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" novel, but a mysterious monster killer whose first name turns out to be Gabriel. I would say that he is decked out like Solomon Kane, but that has nothing to do with any of the Universal monster movies. He is dispatched by a secret organization in the Vatican to go to Transylvania and kill Dracula. Not just because the count is an evil vampire, but because the noble house of Valerious has been fighting Dracula for several hundred years and the entire family can only go directly to heaven, passing purgatory or worse, if they kill the vampire before he wipes out their family, which is now down to Prince Velkan (Will Kemp) and Princess Anna (Kate Beckinsale).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great effects, let down by the script 14 Mar 2005
By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The critics tore the film to pieces, but my family thought it was brilliant, so I thought I would have a look and make up my own mind.
What I found was that I enjoyed the film up to a point, that point being at about the hour mark. After that the coincidences just got too much for me. For example, when Frankenstein's monster swings on an unfeasibly long rope and smashes through one of hundreds of windows in the castle, it just happens to be the window of the room where a crucial fight is occuring. Also, the internal logic of the film seemed to unravel a bit, and the sub-plot device of Van Helsing's history and missing memory intruded too much.
It has to said, though, that the sets and special effects all the way through are amazing, with some of the best human/werewolf transitions ever seen. The best CGI effect, in my opinion, was near the beginning where Mr Hyde (voiced by Robbie Coltrane) and Van Helsing fought in Notre Dame cathedral. The carriage chase was also a stunning set piece, even if the jump was as ridiculous as the one in Speed.
The disc itself is a good one. The main feature has a clear picture (essential when much of the film is quite dark) and unobtrusive surround sound. The extras are also of a high quality. Aside from two commentaries, one from the director and producer and one from several of the actors, there is a better-than-average feature on the special effects, a compilation of 'bloopers', a tour of Dracula's castle, information about the characters from the classic Universal horror films and a feature called "You are in the movie". This last feature shows some scenes with footage shot from extra cameras fixed on the set or attached to the main camera, and gives an interesting view of the film-making process.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those who don't expect too much. 7 Oct 2004
By Edwin
Format:DVD
Van Helsing is a perfect fantasy-action movie, with a lot of emphasis on ACTION. Okay, the storyline is shabby, but people should stop expecting a movie like Spider-Man 2 or Bond 20 when the term "action" is used with "superhero". Though the plot is nowhere near that of the two movies mentioned earlier, the action is very much so, if not better. Though I didn't do it in the cinema, I think you could take a stopwatch and turn it on every time people are talking. When five minutes have passed, guaranteed some werewolf will attack Van Helsing, or three vampires will dive into the fray.
I'm not making excuses for the storyline (which I think is okay, but I understand why other people don't), but you won't really notice it's lacks (at least I didn't).
Now that I'm talking about the movie aspects I can't leave out the soundtrack. I know that I've used thw word 'perfect' before, but this time it really is: the soundtrack perfectly fits the movie. Booming drums and triumphantly blaring trumpets, this completely is Van Helsing. (I bought the soundtrack almost immediatly after I had left the cinema!)
The final judgement depends on what you expect. If you expect Bond (good action, good story) or Spider-Man (good action great story), Van Helsing (perfect action, great music, crappy story) is going to disappoint you. To all of you out there who don't expect Spider-Man or Bond: enjoy Van Helsing.
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