Van Helsing

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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!


Studio Universal
SKU 40249194
UPC 025192326622
UPC 14 00025192326622
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note All 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.
New York Times "[With a] gleeful, chaotic sense of visual excess." 05/07/2004 p.E1
USA Today "The best part is the moodily handsome look of the sets..." 05/07/2004 p.2E
Chicago Sun-Times "The movie is like a Greatest Hits compilation; it's assembled like Frankenstein's Monster, from spare parts stitched together and brought to life with electricity, plus lots of computer-generated images." 05/07/2004 p.39
Widescreen Review "The dark, desaturated imagery perfectly complements this vampires and werewolves tale, with lots of cold bluish-gray exteriors and warm firelit interiors." 06/01/2006 p.67
Stephen Sommers
Kate Beckinsale
Hugh Jackman
Cast & Crew
Alan Silvestri - Original Music By
Allen Daviau - Cinematographer
Alun Armstrong - Actor
Bob Ducsay - Producer
Bob Ducsay, et al. - Editor
David Wenham - Actor
Elena Anaya - Actor
Hugh Jackman - Actor
Kate Beckinsale - Actor
Kevin J. O'Connor - Actor
Richard Roxburgh - Actor
Shuler Hensley - Actor
Stephen Sommers - Producer
Stephen Sommers - Screenplay
Stephen Sommers - Director
Will Kemp - Actor
Allan Cameron - Production Designer
Bob Ducsay, et. al. - Editor
Robbie Coltrane - Actor
Sam Mercer - Executive Producer
Stephen Sommers - Writer
Steve Arnold, et. al. - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 23266
UPC 00025192326622
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 132 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Most monster movies are entrenched in the horror genre, but so little about Van Helsing is sc
ReviewRating 2
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Here's a shrieking bore of a horror flick that's meant to sex up an anemic genre by casting X-Men
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 3
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The screenplay by Sommers has humor but restrains itself; the best touches are the quiet ones, as wh
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
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.
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.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Actor Jackman,Hugh
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer ...succeeds magnificently as compulsively watchable spectacle.
Kirk Honeycut, Hollywood Reporter This creature feature is exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV Non-stop action...a breathtaking thrill ride.
Kirk Honeycut, The Hollywood Reporter ...exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Silly and spectacular, and fun.
Widescreen Review The dark, desaturated imagery perfectly complements this vampires and werewolves tale...

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