(2017/Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
A-/B+ Sound: A-/B+ Extras: C+ Film: C+
fifth installment in the Underworld
(2017), brings back Kate Beckinsale in her most iconic role as the
skilled leather-clad Vampire fighting for the survival of her race
against the never-ending war with the Lycan clans. While nothing
groundbreaking in terms of storytelling, I find the Underworld
franchise a guilty pleasure and wonderful to look at. Blood
isn't quite as entertaining as the previous installment, Awakening,
yet features some fun moments and plenty of gore to keep fans of the
by Anna Foerster, Underworld:
also stars Theo James (Divergent),
India Eisley, Bradley James, Charles Dance (Game
and Tobias Menzies. Curiously, series creator Len Wiseman (who
directed the first film and was until recently married to Miss
Beckinsale) is merely a producer on this film and doesn't seem to be
at the reigns of the universe as he was in its inception. Though
after his flops Live
Free or Die Hard
and the so-so Total
remake, that might not be the worst thing.
lover dead, her daughter on the run and wanting nothing to do with
her, and constantly on the run, Seline (Beckinsale) has lived for
centuries and is merciless to those who oppose her. After their
evolution, the Lycans are growing even more powerful, with her former
allies, David (James) and his elderly Vampire royalty Thomas (Dance),
she goes up against two faced vampires, powerful Lycans, and Ancient
it wasn't for the gore and language, the Underworld
films would defiantly be PG-13, much like the Resident
franchise, these "January movies" are packed full of
lackluster digital effects, slow motion sequences of sexy people
firing guns, stories that are pretty cookie cutter, and moments
intended for 3D that don't translate as well in 2D. In addition,
runs at a short 91 minutes and some of that time is devoted to a heck
of a lot of flashback and recap sequences and an ending that you can
see coming from a mile away.
nice to look at, its hard to wonder how much better this film would
have been with a villain that's actually a match for Selene, who is
basically now invincible, and that deviates from the formula of what
we've come to expect with these films. I'm never in fear when she
gets hurt or punched too hard, because someone will always come along
and give her a wrist full of blood to gulp down but hey, at least
this time, they deviated from the Romeo and Juliet sub-plot romance
and didn't give Seline another boring love interest!
to Sony's new Ultra HD format, the film is presented in 2160p 4K high
definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 with stunning
detail that exploits the blues, blacks, and grey color palette
similar to Sony's recent 4K release of the first entry in the series
(see below). The most noticeable improvement are in some of the
film's darker scenes, where a few fight scenes take place, that are
far more distinguishable on 4K as opposed to the 1080p high
definition transfer of the Blu-ray, which is still up to standards
and by no means awful. Both discs share the same audio tracks both
in Dolby Atmos 11.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 that sound fantastic
with plenty of action packed moments of sound design that are sure to
give your speakers a workout.
digital UV copy of the film is also included.
Official Movie Graphic Novel*
Evolution of Selene"
a Blood War"
& New Blood"
enjoy the Underworld
films as horror/action popcorn movies and nothing more so in that
met my expectations. Hopefully, we will get to review the second,
third, and fourth installments on 4K UHD soon as the look of the
films is constantly spot on and impressive, especially on this new
original film from 2003 was just reissued in the 4K format and you
can read more about it at this link...