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Forbidden love, a bitter blood feud, and epic power struggle -- experience the Underworld saga as never before. Follow Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman) as they fight their way through the first two chapters of the ultimate battle for bloodline supremacy. This exclusive DVD 2-pack includes UNDERWORLD: UNRATED EXTENDED CUT and UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION - SPECIAL EDITION!

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.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 210189868
UPC 043396284982
UPC 14 00043396284982
Format DVD
Release Date 3/15/2011
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1/2.40:1
Awards
MTV Award (2006) Kate Beckinsale, Nominee, [Evolution] Best Hero
Reviews
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
2 Pack, DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
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.
Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune [Underworld] A sleek action thriller!
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV [Evolution] Explosive entertainment!

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