Underworld

Underworld

Director: Len Wiseman Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Overview

The werewolf vs. vampire actionfest Underworld roars to DVD in a packed release from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment that's sure to please any fan of the gothic, bullet-ridden tale. This Widescreen Special Edition comes with a superb 2.35:1 picture, maintaining the deep blacks and blue hues that worked so well in theaters (a full-screen edition is also available). Sound options are solely relegated to a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, whose layers of atmosphere, music, and sound effects create a fine mix for this extremely loud film. Additionally, two commentary tracks are supplied, the first with director Len Wiseman and writers Danny McBride and Kevin Grevioux, and the second featuring creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos, executive producer/visual effects supervisor James McQuaide, and sound designer Claude Letessier. Both commentaries provide an insane amount of behind-the-scenes information, though each one is about as self-gratifying and pompous as you can get -- especially for a film that is such widely considered as un-groundbreaking as Underworld (though extra points do go to Grevioux for showcasing more of his unearthly deep vocal range for the audience). Filled to the brim with special features, the Featurettes section takes up the most space, as cast and crew alike spew gluttonous amounts of adoration for the film's "originality" and vision through each given clip. This area alone holds almost 45 minutes of footage split between various sections and beginning with the overall making-of documentary (directed by Danny McBride himself), as well as featurettes dedicated to "Creature Effects," "Stunts," along with "Sights and Sounds." The second page of Special Features provides a music video by Finch, storyboard comparisons, two separate TV spots, and a trailers section featuring the original theatrical trailer along with some other bonus horror previews. While the disc is quite stacked in its coverage of the film, the end result tends to leave the viewer rather cold, depending on his or her reaction to the film. If you loved it as much as the filmmakers obviously do, there's no way you could come out happier -- for everyone else, it might seem like a bit of overkill. Gripes aside, though, the disc has a stellar presentation, with flashy animated menus and a fantastic audio/visual transfer that will make your home theater system work for its money.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/06/2004
UPC: 0043396031524
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 14,167

Special Features

Director and writer commentary; Technical commentary; Creature effects featurette; Music video by Finch "Worms of the Earth"; Making of Underworld; Sights + Sounds featurette; Stunts featurette; Storyboard comparison; Bonus trailers; TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Beckinsale Selene
Scott Speedman Michael
Michael Sheen Lucian
Shane Brolly Kraven
Bill Nighy Viktor
Erwin Leder Singe
Sophia Myles Erika
Robby Gee Kahn
Wentworth Miller Dr. Adam Lockwood
Richard Cetrone Pierce
Kevin Grevioux Raze
Zita Görög Amelia

Technical Credits
Len Wiseman Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Nick Allder Special Effects Supervisor
Deborah Aquila Casting
Robert Bernacchi Executive Producer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Celestia Fox Casting
Kevin Grevioux Associate Producer,Original Story
Paul Haslinger Score Composer
Martin Hunter Editor
Bruton Jones Production Designer
Claude Letessier Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Lohner Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Danny McBride Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Terry McKay Executive Producer
James McQuaide Executive Producer
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Jon Sidel Associate Producer
Malcolm Stone Set Decoration/Design
Csaba Stork Art Director
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Henry Winterstern Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:14]
2. Selene the Death Dealer [:36]
3. South Terminus Shootout [1:53]
4. Viktor's Tomb [11:41]
5. Wolves at the Door [10:04]
6. Saved From a Watery Grave [5:20]
7. Selene's New Pet [4:29]
8. Michael's Escape [2:00]
9. In League With Lucian [3:17]
10. Chronicles [1:24]
11. Bitten By a Lycan [2:17]
12. The Awakening [2:22]
13. Viktor [8:35]
14. Why Selene Hates Lycans [3:10]
15. "You Must Be Judged" [5:08]
16. The Council [5:02]
17. "I'm Helping Me" [1:50]
18. Safe House Attack [2:09]
19. Full Moon Rising [2:38]
20. Selene's Conspiracy Proof [:31]
21. Sonja, Condemned to Death [2:04]
22. Kraven the Hunter [8:10]
23. Raze the Avenger [3:59]
24. Michael's Rescue [3:53]
25. "Viktor Killed Your Family" [4:52]
26. An Endangered New Species [2:16]
27. First Cut's the Deepest [6:17]
28. "Soon, I Will Become the Hunted" [2:58]

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