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by bpolo215 on 3/5/2012

What can I say except sexy female vampires in latex, what more do you need? Read More

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Forbidden love, a bitter blood feud, and epic power struggle -- experience the Underworld saga as never before. The Underworld Trilogy exclusive 3-disc set includes UNDERWORLD, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION, and UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS!

UNDERWORLD: In the Underworld, Vampires are a secret clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city's underbelly. No one knows the origin of their bitter blood feud, but the balance of power between them turns even bloodier when a beautiful young Vampire warrior and a newly-turned Lycan with a mysterious past fall in love. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman star in this modern-day, action-packed tale of ruthless intrigue and forbidden passion ?- all set against the dazzling backdrop of a timeless, Gothic metropolis.

EVOLUTION: The saga continues as the battle rages on between the aristocratic Death Dealers (vampires) and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). This film traces the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as the beautiful vampire heroine Selene (Kate Beckinsale) discovers that she has been betrayed by her own kind and must seek revenge. The fast-paced, modern-day tale of deadly action, ruthless intrigue and forbidden love takes her into battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution.

RISE OF THE LYCANS: The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian (Michael Sheen) emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.

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Studio Sony
SKU 210877576
UPC 043396310858
UPC 14 00043396310858
Format DVD
Keywords
Action
Battles
Fantasy
Romances
Thriller
Violence
Editors Note
Note This triple feature presents the entire Underworld trilogy, the dark and epic horror-action saga that spans a centuries-long rivalry between vampires and lycans--from modern-day death-dealer Selene?s forbidden love with newly formed hybrid Michael Corwin, to Lucian?s feud with Viktor in the Dark Ages. Includes UNDERWORLD, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION, and UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS. See individual titles for complete synopsis information.
Directors
Len Wiseman
Patrick Tatopoulos
Actors
Kate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
Bill Nighy
Michael Sheen
Cast & Crew
Kate Beckinsale - Star
Scott Speedman - Star
Bill Nighy - Star
Michael Sheen - Star
Rhona Mitra - Star
Len Wiseman - Director
Patrick Tatopoulos - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
Catalog ID 31085
UPC 00043396310858
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 320 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1/2.40:1
Awards
MTV Award (2006) Kate Beckinsale, Nominee, [Evolution] Best Hero
Reviews
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review [Rise of the Lycans] The new "Underworld" installment is being touted as the prequel the die-hard fans were demanding. That's super-secret Hollywood code for, "Kate Beckinsale refused to appear no matter how much money was offered." After the abysmal "Underworld: Evolution" from 2006, the prospect of another go-around with werewolves and vampires wasn't welcome, though I have to hand it to the producers for having the sheer balls to replace Beckinsale with Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen, perhaps hoping acting expertise will pull this pointless prequel out of the gutter. The risk pays off for the rickety franchise, with "Rise of the Lycans" a swell, if profoundly trivial return to form for the creaky "Underworld" universe...While it's still the same old "Underworld" fantasy playground of gloomy cinematography and histrionic acting, much has changed behind the scenes for the latest installment. Gone is director Len Wiseman, who took wife Beckinsale with him, though the former receives a story credit while the latter makes a bizarre cameo constructed out of footage from the original feature film. Bumped up from creature duties to the director's chair is Patrick Tatopoulos, a man who knows a thing or two about the gruesome details of raging monsters. At its best, "Rise of the Lycans" is a convincing tango of hyper-edited violence, combining the concept's Shakespearean tremors with a modern cinematic quest for fantasy mayhem...Downplaying the murky Vampire/Lycan mythology that grew to suffocate the previous films, "Rise of the Lycans" is a 90-minute-long horror passion play that benefits from brevity. Left with only a small pocket of timeline to embroider, the prequel manages to develop a breezy, bloody, operatic experience. Even better, it wipes away the toxic awfulness of "Evolution." It's now safe to return to the "Underworld."
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Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Evolution] 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 Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Underworld] Brendan Gill, the distinguished writer for the New Yorker, offered a definition of pornography that has stood the test of time. A porno movie, he said, is a movie where you become acutely aware that the characters are spending too much time getting in and out of cars and walking in and out of doors. Gill's wisdom came to mind when Todd McCarthy, writing in Variety, observed of "Underworld" that "there may be more openings and closings of doors in this picture than in the entire oeuvre of Ernst Lubitsch." That is not the sort of detail that should occur to you while you're watching a movie about a war between werewolves and vampires...But "Underworld" is all surfaces, all costumes and sets and special effects, and so you might as well look at the doors as anything else. This is a movie so paltry in its characters and shallow in its story that the war seems to exist primarily to provide graphic visuals. Two of those visuals are Kate Beckinsale, who plays Selene, a vampire with (apparently) an unlimited line of credit at North Beach Leather, and Scott Speedman as Michael, a young intern who is human, at least until he is bitten by a werewolf -- and maybe even after, since although you become a vampire after one bites you, I am uncertain about the rules regarding werewolves, Hold on, I just Googled it. A werewolf bite does indeed turn you into a werewolf, according to a Web site about the computer game Castlevania..."Underworld" is the directing debut of Len Wiseman, an art director ("Stargate," "Independence Day") who can stage great-looking situations but has few ideas about characters and plots. It's so impossible to care about the characters in the movie that I didn't care if the vampires or werewolves won. I might not have cared in a better movie, either, but I might have been willing to pretend.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
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Chris Carle, IGN [Evolution] A worthy sequel and a bloody good ride.
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor [Underworld] ...an old-fashioned monster flick decked out with Hollywood's full battery of high-tech visual effects.
Joe Leydon, Variety [Rise of the Lycans] ...a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler.
John Wirt, The Advocate [Rise of the Lycans] ...convincingly transports viewers into its Medieval realm of vampires vs. werewolves.
Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune [Underworld] A sleek action thriller!
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV [Evolution] Explosive entertainment!

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