Inside you’ll find a mixed review with no spoilers for Sony’s DVD release of Underworld, which is available now at all your local video retailers. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Kevin Grevioux, Shane Brolly, Robby Gee, Erwin Leder, Wentworth Miller and Sophia Myles. Read on for the DVD review!
Before I give my thoughts on Sony’s Underworld DVD that hit video shelves last week, I want to give my quick opinion of the film itself, since I do not totally agree with our reviewer Mike’s review, which can be read here.
Personally, I don’t see why everyone despises this movie with such a passion. Don’t get be wrong, it isn’t a superb film, but it is quite enjoyable; I’d give the movie a 2 1/5 out of 5 Skull rating. I thought the acting was very well done, the special effects where incredible, even the wirework looked really good with the Werewolves. I also thought the storyline was well written, and I loved how they set up a sequel, which from the looks of things will be 50X better.
Although I thought it was fun, there were some problems. First, all of the guns, second, only one Vampire bite, third, since when do Vampires have heartbeats, and finally, the movie did feel “flat,” like something was missing. My two cents on this movie – this is a great rent especially if you have surround sound, read on to see why!
Usually the last thing anyone talks about when it comes to DVDs is the sound, since the extra features are usually the biggest bonus. Well, Ive never seen Underworld until I got the DVD, and the first thing I did was watch the flick. My first reaction was that the sound was spectacular and mixed phenomenally well! I think great sound enhances the experience, and I havent heard such a great mix since Top Gun and the The Exorcist: The Version Never Seen. But besides the sound, the video was crisp, clear and looked great, it almost felt like I was in the theater.
Heading into the special features, I took some time to admire the comic book like interactive menus, which were extremely cool. The first thing I did was watch the four “featurettes,” the first one was “The Making of Underworld.” It ran about 13 minutes long and looked like something you would have seen on HBO the week before release. It was pretty much a roundup of the cast and crew talking about their experiences on the set.
The feature that I really got into was the “Creature Effects,” which ran close to 12 minutes. It was awesome seeing how they put together the Werewolves. They built a robotic mask that goes over a humans head, and an entire body suit. The mask can make all sorts of movements from blinking to snarling; the lips even had movements of their own, it was unbelievable! They gave us a taste of the wirework and the production designs that they really could have spent more time on.
The “Stunts” featurette was also pretty neat, running in at about 11 minutes. They spent a lot of the time showing Kate Beckinsale prepping for battle and learning her stunts. They also showed her stunt double shooting the opening jump sequence, where she jumped over 100 feet!
The final featurette, “Sights and Sounds,” was really disappointing though, it was basically 8 minutes of footage from the set, without any talking or information.
After I watched the featurettes, I feasted my eyes upon the video by the band Finch, who by the way kicks major ass! It was definitely a nice addition to the DVD, its too bad there werent any other videos, because the soundtrack was loaded with amazing artists.
Another cool feature that could have been much better was the “Storyboard Comparisons.” They had five different segments that came in at only about a minute each, for a total of six minutes. With such cool stuff they could have supplied, I was very disappointed with the amount given. At least they loaded the DVD with TV Spots and trailer for Underworld and tons of other movies like Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
When it was all said and done I give the DVD a 3 out of 5 skull rating. Sony put together some great stuff and made a great quality flick, but it still came up short of expectations. I still recommend checking it out, or if you have the money, this would definitely be a nice addition to your horror collection.