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Underworld - Evolution (Widescreen Special Edition)
Underworld - Evolution (Widescreen Special Edition)
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Avg. Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars(based on 172 reviews)
Sales Rank: 5
Category: DVD

Director: Len Wiseman
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Studio: Sony Pictures
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures
Label: Sony Pictures
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), French (Dubbed)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 106 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.1
Dimensions (in): 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6

UPC: 043396144385
EAN: 0043396144385

Release Date: June 6, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: January 20, 2006
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Editorial Reviews:
Better action, a bit of sex, and gorier R-rated violence make Underworld: Evolution a reasonably satisfying sequel to 2003's surprise hit Underworld. Looking stunning as ever in her black leather battle gear, Kate Beckinsale is every goth guy's fantasy as Selene, the vampire "death dealer" who's now fighting to stop the release of the original "Lycan" werewolf, William (Brian Steele) from the prison that's held him for centuries. As we learn from the film's action-packed prologue, William and his brother Marcus (Tony Curran) began the bloodline of vampires and werewolves, and after witnessing centuries of warfare between them, their immortal father Corvinus (Derek Jacobi) now seeks Selene and the human vampire/lycan hybrid Michael (Scott Speedman) to put an end to the war perpetuated by Victor (Bill Nighy), the vampire warrior whose betrayal of Selene turns Underworld: Evolution into an epic tale of familial revenge. This ambitious attempt at Shakespearean horror is compromised by a script (by Danny McBride and returning director Len Wiseman, Beckinsale's real-life husband) that's more confusing than it needs to be, with too many characters and not enough storytelling detail to flesh them all out. Aspiring to greatness and falling well short of that goal, Underworld: Evolution succeeds instead as a full-throttle action/horror thriller, with enough swordplay, gunplay, and CGI monsters to justify the continuation of the Underworld franchise. If you're an established fan, this is a must-see movie; if not, well... at least it's better than Van Helsing! --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:   Read 167 more reviews...

4 out of 5 stars Is this movie 3-D?   June 22, 2006
Sorry, no review here. I think reviews have pretty well been covered. Was it just me or were the fight scenes in 3-D? This is driving me crazy!

1 out of 5 stars BAD!   June 20, 2006
  2 out of 5 found this review helpful

I loved the first Underworld movie. The sequel took everything that I liked about the first, drove a stake in its heart, and left it in the sun to die. There was parts inthe first movie that the second movie totally gets wrong or forgets. Plus, did we really need that stupid sex scene in the middle of the movie. PLEASE!

4 out of 5 stars Wait for the uncut extended edition   June 20, 2006
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

I'm anxiously waiting for the uncut extended edition to be released, so I can pair it up with my unrated extended cut of the first film. I hope I don't have to wait too long! In the meantime, I'll give this film 4 stars based on how much I like the original. I want the studio to realize that there are many of us who are jumping to buy the uncut extended version. So perhaps this will be helpful to the studio execs. As for DVD buyers who are contemplating purchasing this first theatrical edition, perhaps they will appreciate the fact that it was worth waiting for the unrated extended cut of the first film.

3 out of 5 stars Less Than Spectacular   June 20, 2006
I didn't like the first "Underworld" movie, but I had respect for the premise. Almost all vampire/werewolve movies released today are just so bad and so cliche and so stupid, it's like "what's the point?" This is something that's been done hundreds of times and it just seems to get worse. What the writers did with "Underworld" is they took Vampires and Werewolves and then combined them with Romeo & Juliet, added a little gore and then you have "Underworld". This movie picks up pretty much where the first film left off;
Selene (Kate Beckinsale) the Vampire and Michael (Scott Speedman) the hybrid (which means he's like a mixture between werewolve and vampire, while still basically human) are on the run from a group of vampires seeking revenge for the murder of Viktor (Bill Nighy). While on the run, Selene and Michael must also reveal the deceit and deception to a dude named Markus. Problem is, Markus is a winged bat-like creature who is searching for the prison of his brother William. That is, in a few short sentences, the plot of "Underworld: Evolution." Now, I guess overall, this isn't a bad movie...It's certainly a lot better than the first one. The dialogue is really bad at times, but the majority of this film's audience won't really care about that kind of thing. Frankly, I think the love story between Selene and Michael is almost more interesting than the action scenes. Screenwriters Danny McBride & Len Wiseman have taken the classic stories and made them their own, so this is kind of original. But midway through, I began to lose interest. It seemed to me that there was an inevitable conclusion, almost like watching a sports movie. If they do end up making another "Underworld" movie, I think it'd be better if Selene and Michael were to die at the end...Romeo & Juliet style. Anyway, if you're a kid 16 and under (or have the IQ of one) then you'll love this movie...In any other case, it's entertaining for a while but watch at your own risk.


3 out of 5 stars Right sequel, wrong location   June 19, 2006
  0 out of 2 found this review helpful

This is an entertaining sequel that doesn't try to mask it's action with overtures of moral superiority or complicated themes. It's a good flick, but there's one oversight - it's entirely in Europe.

I have nothing against Europe, except that's not where this was supposed to be. What I liked about this movie was it's immediacy - it takes place immediately following the events of the first film. There's one problem though, suddenly the mansion is located in eastern Europe. It's obvious from the first film that they're in the US, or at least an English speaking nation - the subways, the cars, the hospital that Michael works in, everything.

As far as the story goes, it's a progression on the first. It fills in a lot of the gaps and delivers some solid development of the storyline. Marcus cleans house and we understand more about Selene's origins as well as the strained relationship among the elders.

If you can get over the warping of the time-space dimension that allows them to enter the sewers for the finale of the first film in the US and exit the sewers for the opening of the sequel in Yugoslavia, or wherever, you wont miss a beat.

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