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VAN HELSING 2004

Mega-budget action adventure starring Hugh Jackman as the eponymous Gabriel Van Helsing, monster hunter extraordinaire. Van Helsing is sent on a mission by the Vatican to Transylvania to hunt down the evil Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh), accompanied only by the faithful friar Carl (David Wenham).

Starring:
Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale
Runtime:
2 hours, 11 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror
Director Stephen Sommers
Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale
Supporting actors Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Kevin J. O'Connor, Alun Armstrong, Silvia Colloca, Josie Maran, Tom Fisher, Samuel West, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Fisher, Dana Morávková, Zuzana Durdinová, Jaroslav Vízner, Marek Vasut, Samantha Sommers
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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"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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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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By F. Patel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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By Sian Louise VINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brilliant film, which has fantastic special effects. Fair enough the bloke playing Dracula was a little unconvincing but hey Im a Buffy/Angel fan so I have my own view on what vampires are like now due to those shows, the werewolf and Frankinstein Monster were very very good and Kate Beckingsale and Hugh Jackman acted very well together in this film and had very good chemisty. Definately a MUST HAVE for the DVD collection.
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Format: DVD
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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