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Underworld (Widescreen Special Edition) (2003)

Kate Beckinsale , Scott Speedman , Len Wiseman  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (895 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy
  • Directors: Len Wiseman
  • Writers: Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride
  • Producers: Danny McBride, Gary Lucchesi, Henry Winterstern, James McQuaide
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (895 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VAFO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Underworld (Widescreen Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Making of Underworld" featurette
  • Creature effects featurette
  • Stunts featurette
  • Sights and sound featurette
  • Storyboard comparison
  • Finch music video: "Worms of the Earth"

Editorial Reviews

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Blade meets The Crow and The Matrix in Underworld, a hybrid thriller that rewrites the rulebook on werewolves and vampires. It's a "cuisinart" movie (blend a lot of familiar ideas and hope something interesting happens) in which immortal vampire "death dealers" wage an ancient war against "Lycans" (werewolves), who've got centuries of revenge--and some rather ambitious genetic experiments--on their lycanthropic agenda. Given his preoccupation with gloomy architecture (mostly filmed in Budapest, Hungary), frenetic mayhem and gothic costuming, it's no surprise that first-time director Len Wiseman gained experience in TV commercials and the art departments of Godzilla, Men in Black, and Independence Day. His work is all surface, no substance, filled with derivative, grand-scale action as conflicted vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale, who later became engaged to Wiseman) struggles to rescue an ill-fated human (Scott Speedman) from Lycan transformation. It's great looking all the way, and a guaranteed treat for horror buffs, who will eagerly dissect its many strengths and weaknesses. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Underneath the city streets, amid the labyrinth of subway tunnels and gothic ruins, the two most notorious creatures of the night are embroiled in an all-out war that has been going on for centuries. It is the culmination of a blood-thirsty battle between the vampires and their mortal enemies, the werewolves. Stars: Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor, My Life Without Me), Scott Speedman (My Life Without Me, TV's "Felicity").

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135 of 164 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars West Side (Transylvania) Story December 7, 2004
Format:DVD
Boiled down to the fine little dish of steak tar-tar that it is, "Underworld" is the answer to the two horror flick questions you had as a kid:

1) If Dracula and the Wolfman went mano a mano and fang-to-claw, which one would do the thrashing?

2) If Dracula and the Wolfman checked into a cheap motel, got roaring drunk on a case of Night Train, and had a baby, what would it look like?

You get the answer to #1 early and often, which is pretty much what this Transylvania Station is all about. And by the end of "Underworld" you get #2 as well---and trust me, when it's hopping about like an ugly green Mini-Hulk (right down to its one-size-fits-all-monster trunks) you'll wish you hadn't.

You want to know what you're getting when you lace up your thigh-high attitude boots and strap on that trenchcoat for a little midnight fun in Len Wiseman's uber-stylish little monster mash "Underworld"?

Think West Side Story: only here, instead of the Jets and the Sharks angling for a rumble on the other side of the tracks, we have Vampires and Werewolves. Oh, and in "Underworld" nobody breaks into song. Both sides just want to rumble, and the girls just wanna have fun. In the meantime, while not the sharpest stake in the vamp-hunter kitbag, "Underworld" finds its groove, and serves up a bloody two hours of unabashed techno-cool that drinks you dry, trashes the apartment and howls at the moon.

We get dropped into the middle of a war that Celine (the impossibly tasty Kate Beckinsdale)---our supple full-body-suit clad vampiric Death Dealer and narrator---tells us has been "raging for centuries."

On one side of the tracks: the sneering, brutally hip Euro-trashy leather-trenchcoat & hip-sunglasses wearing uber-high-maintenance Vampires.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent vamp vs horror film September 4, 2004
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Blade was interesting, but to me it failed emotionally. You just do not connect with the film on the personal level. The effects were super, but that was the main impact..."wow what amazing effects". You feel like breaking out in a chorus of Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is. Special effects alone cannot make a movie great.

Underworld makes that jump, great FX work, but also gives you characters you really care about, ones that you really love to hate. A strong plot line designed to hook you and keep you, just does that. With the emotional involvement, there is a greater impact, a movie that will demand repeat viewing. Instant Cult Status.

The movie grabs you from the opening and never lets up with the pace. Firm direction and with a driving score, the movie reaches for perfection. You have a 1000-year-old war between Lycons and Vampires, and it's all coming to a head. It's a well thought out and executed premise and Kate Beckinsale shines! She is an amazing talent. I first adored her work in Cold Comfort Farm as Robert Post's child Flora. When you compare that gentle, deft bit of humour with this kick a*** vampire hunter, it proves what an overlooked talent she is. With Van Helsing out now (and I am sure this movie led to her landing the role), she is finally getting a spotlight she so well deserves.

A gloomy, atmospheric ambiance to the whole movie is maintained all the way through, adding a strong foundation for the otherworld premise. I am sure some will nitpick things, as all vampire film faces, but kudos for the vibrant energy and sheer edgy feel to the film.

It leaves you hanging, clearly open for a sequel...one can but hope it maintains this high quality.

Kate rocks...you don't need to know anymore! It has about 13 minutes of footage not in the original. A great battle scene and some backstory on Michael. Rounds out the film nicely without dragging it down. A great pounding soundtrack, too!
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55 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but not exactly what I expected September 21, 2003
By CreepyT
I had been looking forward to the release of this movie all summer long, and it was a great movie! It was just a little different from what I had thought it would be.
The movie, as most of you probably know, is about a war that has been going on between werewolves and vampires. And it is THIS that is the primary focus of the plot (as opposed to the vampires and werewolves themselves). The werewolves have been researching their bloodlines and discovered a human who shares a common ancestor with both the werewolves and the vampires. The werewolves seek out this human, and this is noted by Selene (Kate Beckinsale), who decides to make it her mission to discover the importance of this particular human.
Unfortunately, the writers decided not to delve too deeply into vampire and werewolf lore. I was pretty disappointed by the fact that the supernatural abilities of these supernatural beings were not really emphasized. Instead, the writers chose to merely stick guns in the hands of the vampires and werewolves. In addition, the mythology was slightly different from what I've read and seen before in previous vampire and werewolf books and movies. I don't necessarily have a problem with that, but if you are going to change things from what people are used to, then it should be explained in slightly more detail.
Another thing that was a little disappointing were the effects. The previews led me to believe that the movie would be comparable to the "Matrix" in that department. Unfortunately, the best effects (with the one exception of the werewolf transformations) were all shown in the previews.
All of this aside, the movie was still pretty incredible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars underworld
We've always keep the movies clean before playing it and the machine that we play it on but we did have some jumping. Thank u all
Published 4 days ago by hiroko
5.0 out of 5 stars great
is exactly what i ordered. worked perfectly as i hoped and was cheaper that chain or department stores here in town. thank you
Published 13 days ago by jmford
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that exciting story action sells more than sex does
Usually when the lead of an action flick is female she's showing a lot of skin along with her skin tight clothing. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Who Am I?
1.0 out of 5 stars Drab and Boring take on Vampires and Werewolves
I first saw this movie years ago with a friend who loved it. I remember thinking how horrible it was back then, and how I hated that they modernized it with all the guns and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darren
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
One of my all time favorite stories, not to mention Kate Beckinsale one of Hollywoods most beautiful actresses, thanks for filming the movie sguys !!!
Published 2 months ago by Thomas P. Tadych
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie for those who like vampire movies with great special...
Had seen this movie years ago, have seen all four movies and by far this one is the best with evolution being second.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Horrocks
5.0 out of 5 stars underworld
love Kate in this movie. A slightly different twist to vampire and werewolf world. Would recommend to any vampire fan.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara
1.0 out of 5 stars Documentary on the Lives of Ordinary Rats
Underworld is a sleek documentary on the plight of rats living inside a cave beneath Grand Central terminal in NYC, stated for demolition in 2006. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best vampire movies
This is what a vampire movie should look like. The vampire vs. lycan story and entertaining and there is rarely a slow area in this action packed film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kyle Young
5.0 out of 5 stars super!!
This is a great story and has a lot of action going on. There were some places I squinted my eyes but I really enjoyed the story.
Published 2 months ago by Norene Fritts
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