Van Helsing (Blu-ray) (2004)
|The director of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns brings three of Universal's classic monsters back to life like never before in the action packed Van Helsing: 2-Disc Collector's Edition!|
Legendary monster hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman, X-Men) must rely on the help of the beautiful and mysterious Anna Valeris (Kate Beckinsale, Underworld) as he engages in an epic battle with the ultimate forces of darkness - Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster!
Get ready for non-stop action and spectacular adventure in this pulse-pounding thrill ride loaded with eye-popping visual effects and exciting bonus features!
"Non-stop action...a breathtaking thrill ride. Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV
"This creature feature is exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past. Kirk Honeycut, Hollywood Reporter
"...exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past. Kirk Honeycut, The Hollywood Reporter
Editor's NoteAll varieties of otherworldly creatures come out to play in Stephen Sommers' gothic carnival. Frankenstein's monster, ferocious werewolves, vampire bat babies, a maniacal scientist named Igor, and a CGI Dr. Jekyll are just a few. When they come together, a thrilling fantasy adventure results, making VAN HELSING a visual feast. Destined to fight the world's evil, Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is a warrior in a cowboy hat and a trench coat, heavily armed with a rapid-fire multi-arrow crossbow, among other gadgetry. A legion of monks in Rome send Van Helsing to Transylvania to hunt the immortal Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh), who terrorizes the local people with the help of his three vampire brides. Especially threatened is the vixen Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), whose family also strives to kill the Count. Van Helsing and Anna Valerious work together, searching for the secret door to Dracula's lair. But it is only after massive battles involving impossible stunts, races on horse-pulled carriages, and the desecration of enchanting medieval castles (all done with dizzying computer graphics) that they succeed. Not only does the eye candy keep on coming, the tongue-in-cheek writing and deep Transylvanian accents perfect the film with a dose of dark humor.
Van Helsing - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Luigi Bastardo Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 9/17/2009 3:43 AM
|The titular character, one Gabriel Van Helsing, is a monster killer. He is employed by Vatican City, which doubles as an early form of MI6 and even has its own gadget department run by the monks, who invent many highly sophisticated items for the 19th Century. An automatic-firing crossbow with clips. Handheld spinning sawblade thingies (with their own secret power source). A solar bomb. The rest of the 19th Century is also pretty advanced and has such amazing articles as moving pictures. No, I don’t mean the cinema — I mean pictures that move. But, of course, the other kind of moving pictures must have been pretty popular then, too: how else does one explain Van Helsing’s constant John Woo-style of gunplay?...read the full review|
|Kevin J. O'Connor|
|Stephen Sommers - Screenwriter|
|Jim May - Editor|
|Kelly Matsumoto - Editor|
|Sam Mercer - Executive Producer|
|Alan Silvestri - Composer|
|Kelly Matsumoto - Production Designer|
|Bob Ducsay - Editor|
|Allan Cameron - Production Designer|
|Bob Ducsay - Producer|
|Allen Daviau - Director of Photography|
|Stephen Sommers - Director|