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Van Helsing Collectors Edition

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Legendary monster hunter van helsing is summoned to mysterious transylvania on a mission that will thrust him into a sweeping battle against the forces of darkness!

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Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 211480927
UPC 025192037535
UPC 14 00025192037535
Format DVD
Release Date 9/15/2009
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
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Review Before I start mercilessly shredding this movie, let me offer a silver lining. Those who delight in bad movies and enjoy producing their own unfilmed versions of Mystery Science Theater 3000 may gain a measure of semi-masochistic enjoyment out of Van Helsing. There are quite a few unintentionally funny moments, although the overall experience was too intensely painful for me to be able to advocate it as being "so bad, it's good." (The length is part of the problem - boredom eventually overwhelms cheesiness.) Some, however, will doubtless view it as such. More power to them, since sitting through this movie requires something more than a strong constitution and a capacity for self-torture...Most monster movies are entrenched in the horror genre, but so little about Van Helsing is scary that Sommers is forced to rely on action. There's plenty of that, but each set piece outlasts its welcome, and the exposition that fills the interludes is hollow and boring. 15 minutes into the movie, we're already tired of the artificiality of the fights and chases, but there's still two hours to go. Van Helsing quickly becomes an exercise in repetition, which leads to tedium. Watching a movie about vampires, werewolves, and other assorted monsters is supposed to be fun, not drudgery.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Variety
Review A monster mash on steroids, Van Helsing takes Universal's hallowed horror cycle to a new level. Whether that level is the pinnacle or the nadir will be a matter of distinctly divided opinion, depending very much on viewer age, respect for genre tradition and appetite for being pummeled by nonstop CGI effects and a thunderous soundtrack. Fans of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. will be appalled...Packed with nothing but "big scenes" and breathlessly paced in a way that suggests panic at the idea the audience might get bored if things were slowed and toned down even for a moment, pic opens in voluptuous black-and-white with a nine-minute Transylvanian prologue, set in 1887, in which Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) puts the bite on Dr. Frankenstein in an attempt to adopt the monster for his own private purposes...Overdone as they are, the effects are superbly rendered, delivering the thrills and shocks the intended audience will pay to see. Same is true of Allan Cameron's spectacularly dark production design, Allen Daviau's superbly judged shadowy cinematography (if only he could have shot the whole thing in black-and-white), the coolly inventive costumes by Gabriella Pescucci and Carlo Poggioli and the innumerable visual, special and makeup effects by a team so large the end credits take 10 minutes to unspool.
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
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Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer ...succeeds magnificently as compulsively watchable spectacle.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV Non-stop action...a breathtaking thrill ride.
Kirk Honeycut, Hollywood Reporter This creature feature is exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past.
Kirk Honeycut, The Hollywood Reporter ...exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past.
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