Like a roller coaster ready to fly off its rails, Van Helsing rockets to maximum velocity and never slows down. Having earned blockbuster clout with The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, writer-director Stephen Sommers once again plunders Universal's monster vault and pulls out all the stops for this mammoth $148-million action-adventure-horror-comedy, which opens (sans credits) with a terrific black-and-white prologue that pays homage to the Universal horror classics that inspired it. The plot pits legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) against Dracula (the... deliciously campy Richard Roxburgh), his deadly blood-sucking brides, and the Wolfman (Will Kemp) in a two-hour parade of outstanding special effects (980 in all) that turn Sommers' juvenile plot into a triple-overtime bonus for CGI animators. In alliance with a Transylvanian princess (Kate Beckinsale) and the Frankenstein monster (Shuler Hensley), Van Helsing must prevent Dracula from hatching his bat-winged progeny, and there's so much good-humored action that you're guaranteed to be thrilled and exhausted by the time the 10-minute end-credits roll. It's loud, obnoxious, filled with revisionist horror folklore, and aimed at addicted gamers and eight-year-olds, but this colossal monster mash (including Mr. Hyde, just for kicks) will never, ever bore you. A sequel is virtually guaranteed. --Jeff Shannon [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Hunted as a murderer by those who do not understand his calling Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) travels the globe as a fugitive Accompanied only by Carl (David Wenham) a friar entrusted with providing Van Helsing&39;s safety and a weapons arsenal to rival James Bond Van Helsing is despatched to the shadowy world of Transylvania Home to the ravishing Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) one of the last remaining descendents of a powerful royal family Van Helsing has been sent to terminate the evil and undefeatable Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) and his alluring bloodthirsty vampire brides Herself a fearless hunter Anna joins forces with Van Helsing to confront her family&39;s life long adversary and avenge the deaths of her predecessors In a stunning showdown Van Helsing comes face to face with his mortal enemy but is also forced to confront his past Actors Hugh Jackman Kate Beckinsale Richard Roxburgh David Wenham Kevin J O&39;Connor Alun Armstrong Samuel West & Robbie ColtraneDirector Stephen SommersCertificate 12 years and overYear 2004Screen Widescreen 1851 AnamorphicLanguages English - Dolby Digital (51)Subtitles English for the hearing impairedClosed Captions YesDuration 2 hours and 6 minutes (approx)