Van Helsing

6.02 h 11 min2004X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
Monster hunter Dr. Van Helsing is sent to Transylvania to vanquish Count Dracula - meeting up with a sexy yet lethal vampire killer, the pair battle a staggering array of supernatural predators!
Stephen Sommers
Hugh JackmanKate BeckinsaleRichard Roxburgh
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David WenhamWill KempElena AnayaShuler HensleyAlun ArmstrongSilvia CollocaJosie MaranTom FisherSamuel WestRobbie ColtraneKevin J. O'connorTom Fisher
Stephen SommersBob Ducsay
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great mix of monsters and heroes in this fight against Dracula
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I always thought this was a greatly underappreciated horror movie. First off it’s rated PG-13 so there couldn’t be too much horror. It makes up for that with some great storytelling and mixing of tales.

Hugh Jackman plays the famous vampire hunter Gabriel Van Helsing. The twist is that he is not alone, but actually works for the Vatican taking care of paranormal threats to the church. He is sent to Romania to help Anna Valerious played by Kate Beckinsale fight Dracula played by Richard Roxburgh. Dracula financed Doctor Victory Frankenstein played by Samuel West hoping that his creation the Frankenstein monster played by Shuler Hensley could help with birthing new vampires. Dracula also employs werewolves as his henchmen.

Weaving all these monsters into one story is a real treat. The action is also good. For instance when Van Helsing first arrives in Romania to meet Valerious there’s a great fight scene with three female vampires who he attempts to ward off with an automatic crossbow. The production was also firs rate. Multiple sites and some great sets were created such as a windmill burning down with the Frankenstein monster in it at the start.

Overall highly recommended movie with a new take on these historic horror characters.
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Dr. D123Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
4K Version is Stunning
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I got a sneak preview of the new 4K version of the film and watched it alongside the standard Blu-ray version which I had purchased previously. The 4K is definitely an improvement: much more detail is visible, the contrasts are sharper (it is an HDR release), colors are more vivid, and I found the sound to be better as well (the 4K release is DTS-X and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1). Of course you would expect the newer 4K version to be better than the 1080HD and it definitely is. I didn't spend as much time scrutinizing the new regular Blu-ray disc in comparison to the earlier release, but it too looked better and sounded better than the earlier regular Blu-ray release.

Even though the 4K version is superior to the earlier Blu-ray version, it is not as stunning as I found Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 4K or The Bridge on the River Kwai in 4K. Instead it is more comparable to Blade Runner in 4K. That's because Van Helsing and Blade Runner were very atmospheric films and filmed with intentional graininess and dark indoor scenes. Close Encounters and The Bridge had very vivid outdoor scenes where 4K looks more dramatic, like the jungle in then-Burma in The Bridge film, or Devil's Tower in Wyoming in Close Encounters. Once again, this is what you would expect, and even though the colors are more vivid, and the contrasts are more sharp, and the details more apparent in 4K than the earlier release of Van Helsing, it is still an atmospheric film with some graininess in it as the Director and others intended. Just trying to prepare you for what you will see as some are buying 4K to stun friends and relatives. For that I'd recommend Flight of the Butterflies or The Bridge or Close Encounters. But if you like Van Helsing and I do, you will like it even more in 4K.

There are two discs in this set: the 4K version and the standard re-mastered regular 1080 HD version. Disc 2 also includes bonus material on it such as the following:

Van Helsing: The Story and The Legend
Bringing the Monsters to Life
Dracula's Lair Transformed
The usual trailers, still photos, and a couple of other featurettes

And of course you get Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolf Man all in the same film. And Van Helsing is there too. Very intriguing and well filmed and well acted. Not sure what the final pricing will be but it is good to see that 4K films are being released with more attractive pricing than the 2016 sets which were typically in the $40 range.
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EinsatzReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
“I am hollow!!! And I will live forever!”
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It is 1887, a time when Transylvania was black and white and fancy castles were met with torches, pitchforks, and battering rams, with cries of “kill the monster” lovingly shouted to the heavens. Such a fuss over a bit of grave robbing and a patchwork quilt thingy that takes exception to not being called a man. Enter monster-killer Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), who religiously collects dead critters, furry or not, putting an end to their reign of terror. After dispatching Mr. Hyde, and Dr. Jekyll in the bargain, Van Helsing’s next assignment is Dracula, an old foe. He is aided by a friar and a vengeful sister (Kate Beckinsale as Anna), whose brother was turned into a werewolf.

There are fights galore, lots of explosions, and impossible feats of a gymnastic variety―entirely CGI. This movie is loony, wacky, and a lot of fun. If you’re looking for realism, an expansive plot, and dramatic emoting, look elsewhere.
25 people found this helpful
Robert SzelesReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Over the Top Trash, and Not Family Friendly
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A campy, badly written, soulless flick with too much bad CGI. It shows how twisted our society and our way of thinking is that people consider a movie family friendly because it has no nudity or sex (which are natural and allow the human race to survive), but horrific violence (like sawing off people's arms) is perceived as completely acceptable and "family friendly," as if sex were a necessary evil, and violence an acceptable way of life. Rather frightening. If you can stomach it all, I suppose it's a thrill ride (like being kidnapped by a moronic carjacker for a couple of hours). If you want a more exciting movie that's beautifully done and is truly "family friendly," I highly recommend Super 8.
8 people found this helpful
Chaos RexReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
This is 4k?
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Recently I've watched The Hobbit Extended edition, The Lord of the Rings Extended editions and Star Wars all in 4K. They are amazing looking. The colors, the lighting, the sharpness of image.

This evening I just finished watching Star Wars in 4k and I just continued to be blown away by it. Van Helsing is quite grainy. Really disappointing. the colors in bright scenes are nice, but overall this movie seems on par with 1080, maybe, not 4K.

I enjoyed the movie. Saw it in the theater, bought it on DVD as soon as it came out.
What I'm watching this on, xBox 1S and LG OLED 4k tv.
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sixthreezyReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Van Helsing - Universal Monster Mayhem
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This was one of my favorite movies as a teenager, and was the beginnings of learning about Universal Monsters. This movie rode the wave of action/horror that was made popular by things like The Mummy. It just so happens to be written & directed by Stephen Sommers, who did The Mummy films, and it shows. I have to say that I mainly re-bought this movie on 4K because I've always considered it one of my favorites. While I can see the film clearly and more crisp than ever, I can't say it improved my viewing of the movie all that much. This movie has not aged well because of the over-indulgence in CGI.

I've been watching a lot of creature features and monster movies recently, and doing that and then watching this has made me realize why a sequel was never made. They blew their budget on so much CGI, some of which is fairly unnecessary and was mainly an exhibition of the technology. It's really disappointing to watch now, because this movie doesn't have many comparisons to other popular films and stood on its own. But the overwhelming amount of CGI has put a very specific date on the movie which is unfortunate. This led me to pick apart what we're actually seeing on screen too such as performances, which was not fun.

However, I can say that this is a super fun movie and it's popcorn time at its finest. It's decently scary, so it's not for super youngsters but I'd say it's a nice little dark action classic to watch with the family. The characterization of the some of the characters like Frankenstein are a little off, and Dracula & wives can seem a little off-base at times, but it's all in good fun. Which ultimately still allow me to enjoy this movie along with Alan Silvestri's wonderful score. There are quite a few Special Features but nothing too amazing, just some stuff to show how they did the CG effects. Very eye-opening... Stephen Sommers also has a commentary that's not too great, as he almost seems like he lets others just kind of do the work while he talks a lot, but the actors' commentary was a little more fun.

If you have the film on Blu-ray, I wouldn't recommend the 4K but it's a fun movie and worth adding to the collection if you're into the mid-2000s action/horror vibe. This was also well before Hugh Jackman became such a star, and it's cool to see him in a role like this along with several other stars who have now gone on to do so much more.
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MTReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
fails Bechdel but remains top-notch camp
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This is a pretty good movie, not without some irony. First off, you have to think of it as a dark remake of Tarzan, with Wolverine and Selene playing the leads. Then you have to remember why movies like Scream are always so good: the plot is messy and unwieldy yet somehow it comes together. In the case of Van Helsing, it only comes together because the plot has so many precipitous turns to it that you’ve no time to notice all the impossible, illogical, and just highly unlikely nonsense crossing your vision. You must remain impetuous in attitude for full enjoyment! Second, fans of B-movies have to appreciate the absurd number of backflips and gallons of radioactive-green goo used in this production, even though the costumes and sets say this is not a B-movie. (Note too that the CGI is really quite good.) Third, the plot is almost to be taken seriously -- I mean we never discover Gabriel’s nature, but there are implications in the name. Fourth, and this is sort of a spoiler -- the dawn machine is only used once. When you see Chekhov's gun employed in a fairly minor shootout that does nothing whatsoever to further the main plot except by illustrating what a difficult, arduous task this all has been, you know you are watching something awesome!

Okay honestly it’s not a good movie but I found it so enjoyable as to say it is clearly above average, and for average movies I give three stars. Also, I’m tickled that I did not think this was a good movie when it first came out because I was comparing it to The Matrix and Underworld, which are both pretty serious films. If this had been marketed in 2004 or whenever as goth!Tarzan, maybe I wouldn’t have felt disappointed.

Spoilers -- Frankenstein’s monster, who has a fairly large role in this movie in order to play the relatively small part of ‘life machine for Dracula’s flying monkeys which will die in 30 seconds or else eat the world’ is done almost perfectly, and that’s considering how the airborne gremlins add more comic relief than plot tension. The creature has the sensitivity, eloquence, and arguably humanity of the monster from the book, without all the bitterness, and this is presumably because Frankenstein did not (deliberately) abandon his creation, nor ever balked at his wretched appearance. So the creature’s role as the sort of weird tabernacle for abhorrent unnatural life makes the ending rather sweet, in a 'technically we killed the only woman character’ way: he turns back to look at her funereal pyre, which at this point is not lit, and you think for a moment he will save her or donate his life -- which he seemed willing to do in the fight with Drac’s final bride -- but then he turns away in sorrow, and you see the faces in the clouds... it’s so American kitsch for a movie that has few or no American players :)
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Royal ShowingReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Epitome of an Escapist movie - the kind that used to be shown on Saturday Afternoon, But now, thanks to massive budgets and big-name stars, Saturday comes seven days a week. Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh). Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein's monster (Shuler Hensley) and is hell-bent on exacting a centuries-old curse on her family. Together Anna and Van Helsing set out to destroy their common enemy, but uncover some unsettling secrets along the way.
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