Underworld Evolution

Directed By: Len Wiseman Starring: Kate Beckinsale

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Product Overview

The saga continues as the battle rages on between the death dealers (vampires) and the lycans (werewolves) in this fast-paced modern-day tale of deadly action, ruthless intrigue and forbidden love all leading to the battle to end all wars as the immortals finally face their retribution.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202487633
UPC 043396147324
UPC 14 00043396147324
Format DVD
Release Date 8/28/2007
Rating Rating
Keywords
Fantasy
Fantasy Worlds
Guns
Russia
Sequel
Theatrical Release
Vampires
Werewolves
Editors Note
Note Bloodthirsty vengeance is measured out in buckets, not spoonfuls for this hard-hitting vampire movie sequel. The story picks up right where the first UNDERWORLD left off, in the midst of a war between Lycans (werewolves) and vampires, with the gorgeous death-dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale), on the run with her vamp-wolf hybrid lover, Michael (Scott Speedman). This go-'round, there are flashbacks to three centuries earlier and the separation of two ultra-bad brothers, one vampire and one Lycan. The Lycan gets locked in a hidden tomb/prison and the feud begins. In the present, the winged vamp brother Marcus (Tony Curran) is determined to find his Lycan sibling and free him, which would wreak unimaginable havoc on the world. Selene's got to stop it, and the result is mayhem, with great gun battles, bashings and hackings, mysterious artifacts, orgies, and sneaking around in the dripping wet crypts and catacombs. Beckinsale looks great with her jet-black hair, skintight leather bodysuit, red lips, and glowing blue eyes. Director Len Wiseman obviously has a great love for this alternate universe; he keeps the action humming, the blood running, and the cast well-stocked with seasoned British actors like Sir Derek Jacobi, Bill Nighy, and Steven Mackintosh. The sex and violence may still be a bit intense for youngsters, but for the vampire crowd, it's a moveable feast of generous, still-twitching proportions.
Reviews
Widescreen Review "The picture is appropriately dark and the color palette is filled with greys and greens." 06/01/2006 p.68
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Despite the sound and fury, it's ROMEO AND JULIET with vampires and werewolves..." 07/01/2006 p.82
Directors
Len Wiseman
Actors
Kate Beckinsale
Cast & Crew
Danny McBride - Writer
Gary Lucchesi - Producer
Kate Beckinsale - Actor
Len Wiseman - Director
Marco Beltrami - Original Music By
Nicolas De Toth - Editor
Scott Speedman - Actor
Simon Duggan - Cinematographer
Sophia Myles - Actor
Tony Curran - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 14732
UPC 00043396147324
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
MTV Award (2006) Kate Beckinsale , Winner, Best Hero,Kate Beckinsale, Nominee, Best Hero
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Some reviews virtually write themselves, and this is an example. Underworld: Evolution is so much like its predecessor, Underworld, in story, approach, look, and feel that an extended discussions of its merits (and lack thereof) seems redundant. Suffice it to say that if you're a fan of the first vampires vs. werewolves tale, there's little reason to believe you won't be as entertained by the sequel. Underworld: Evolution is designed with Underworld fans in mind. Others need not apply...Kate Beckinsale shows more polish here than in Underworld. With Van Helsing sandwiched in between, she must be at home with monsters by now. She fills out the suit nicely, but she's not as stiff. A plot "twist" also allows her to do a little acting. Scott Speedman satisfies the requisite of his role: look good without a shirt. Tony Curran is a weak villain, although most of the time the makeup department gives him a boost. With enough prosthetics, anyone can be scary. Finally, Derek Jacobi brings an element of class to the proceedings (and does so without overacting, a seeming impossibility in an endeavor like this)...Underworld: Evolution is representative of the "modern" vampire movie - loud, violent, and raucous. Gone are the days when vampire movies were masterpieces of mood, subdued terror, repressed sexuality, and restrained gore. Instead of a trickle of blood on the neck, we now have vats of it splattering all over the place. Calling Underworld: Evolution a horror movie would be a misnomer. This is an action/adventure film that happens to feature vampires and werewolves. It's not the best or the worst of its kind. I can't say I was bored, but I have a hard time recommending this as anything but late-night cable fare.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review In 2003, Georgia-based publisher White Wolf, Inc. sued Sony, claiming that the studio's new film Underworld infringed on various White Wolf role-playing games dealing with vampires and werewolves. Hotly contested among a tiny subsection of geeks and ignored by the rest of the world, the lawsuit ultimately quietly disappeared, reportedly settled out of court, but it was hard to argue that Underworld didn't bear a strong resemblance to White Wolf's games...The new sequel Underworld: Evolution is essentially another module in that same game; it takes up right where the first one left off, takes the exact same tone, assumes (probably rightly) that only the hardcore Underworld fanatics bothered to turn up, and caters to them all the way. Underworld director Len Wiseman returns to the helm, churning out more choppy, sped-up, Blade-style combat and pretty pre-combat compositions. His wife Kate Beckinsale is back as the leather-clad vampire assassin who's discovered dark truths about her lineage; Scott Speedman is back as her newly converted vampire/werewolf hybrid lover. Both are on the run from the thoroughly annoyed winged super-vamp (Tony Curran)...There's a ton of backstory behind Underworld: Evolution, which gets slightly denser and rowdier than its predecessor, but it's ultimately all in the service of a nigh-endless series of numbing, mechanical battles in which snarling protagonists and CGI monsters shoot, claw, and bloodily eviscerate each other. In other words, it's Underworld, but more of it. Like role-playing games, the Underworld films are a highly specialized taste, and those who've acquired it know who they are. Everyone else should give this one a wide berth.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Chris Carle, IGN FilmForce A worhty sequel and a bloody good ride.
Chris Carle, IGN A worthy sequel and a bloody good ride.
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer A monster chiller sequel that is visually spectacular...
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...[an] undeniably entertaining sequel...[that] picks up right where its high-grossing predecessor left off...
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV Explosive entertainment!
Stephen Farber, Los Angeles Times ...[Wiseman] has a definite sense of style and pace, and the creature transformations are eye-popping.

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