Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2009

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"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" (Blu-ray)

Underworld: Rise of the LycansSynopsis

It is somewhere around the 11th century, with plenty of vampires running around, and whose master, Viktor (Nighy), rules with no mercy in his castle.

They have enslaved the lycans (werewolves), but one in particular, Lucian (Sheen), is determined to free his race from the vampire domination.

He does this with the aid of an unlikely accomplice, Sonja (Mitra), who is Viktor's daughter.

They enlist the help of humans, who have to fend off other vampires and lycans at the same time.

 

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 32 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring Michael Sheen, Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux
  • Directed by Patrick Tatopoulos
    Rating
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  • Violence:Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Among the series, this film is my favorite. Viktor seems to ooze more evil, and the characters Sonja and Lucian emote more empathy .

Technical

The image is not really very sharp. It was shot with the Panavision Genesis HDTV camera, and the picture just doesn't have any snap to it.

Extras

These include the Director's Commentary, Behind the Castle Walls, Lycanthropes Around the World, Recreating the Dark Ages, From Script to Screen, and other things.