emlogomain.jpg

Main
Facebook
Tumblr
News/ Updates
DVD Reviews
DVD Reviews 2016
Blu-ray Reviews
Blu-ray Reviews 2016
Blu-ray Reviews 2017
Movie Reviews
Movie Reviews 2016
Movie Reviews 2017
TV
Interviews
Movie review: ALIEN: COVENANT
Blu-ray Review- UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS
Blu-ray Review- RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER
DVD Review: BEYOND THE GATES
DVD Review: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
DVD Review: DEATH RACE 2050
PHOTOGRAPHY

UNDERWORLD BLOOD WARS

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  91 minutes, Featurettes, digital HD Copy

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English Audio Description

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

 

STUDIO: Sony/ Screen Gems/ L Star Capital/ Lakeshore Entertainment/ Sketch Films

Theatrical RELEASE DATE (North America): 1-6-2017

Blu-ray/ DVD/ 4K UHD/ digital RELEASE DATE:  4-25-2017

Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is being hunted by the Vampires and Lycans.  The vampires want to kill her, but a couple of the vampires (Thomas (Charles Dance) and Semira (Laura Pulver)) convince the council of vampires to pardon and bring in Selene to train the new Death Dealers (Only to see Selene betrayed by a couple of other vampires who just want her blood).   Meanwhile, the Lycans are really organized by their new leader Marius who has been pushing the vampires back to the edge of defeat.   Marius wants the blood of Selene’s hybrid daughter, but Selene doesn’t know where her daughter is and doesn’t want to know in fear her blood will lead them to her daughter.  Selene with the help of David (the son of Thomas as played by the returning Theo James who is probably happy to have a job since the Divergent series looks finished) go north to the legendary vampire stronghold of Vador up in Norway.   Selene seeks answers and peace, but she learns the Nordic vampires visit the other side and gain new powers (and awareness).

 

UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS brings the UNDERWORLD series full circle and brings a conclusion to the series if a sixth UNDERWORLD movie isn’t made (which Len Wiseman says is in development, but his divorce to actress Kate Beckinsale might/ might not stall the sequel and yet she seems to get along with her ex-boyfriend (from years ago) Michael Sheen very well).  It expands the Underworld mythos further by introducing the Nordic vampires and shows Selene feeling like it is the end for her while also providing a  resolution for the character of Michael (since Scott Speedman said he will never be back to play the character).  UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS has a mix of vampire couture, action sequences, Nordic vampires, Theo James and Charles Dance returning, familiar British actors playing new characters, and Selene rocking white hair in the later part of the movie.   If we don’t see Selene ever again in another movie, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS is a great final treat for fans of the series.   I still would like to see another prequel which acts as a sequel to UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

There are several featurettes that have clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with cast and crew.

THE EVOLUTION OF SELENE- a look at how the character of Selene has evolved over the course of four UNDERWORLD movies

BUILDING A BLOOD WAR- a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie from locations to production and costume design to the stunts. It also covers why they chose Anna forester to direct the latest movie

OLD & NEW BLOOD- all about the returning and new characters of the latest UNDERWROLD movie

THE EVIL EVOLVED- a focus on the main vampire bad guys and the main werewolf hybrid baddie of the movie

 

Digital copy of UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS: THE OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

Digital HD copy of the movie

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS manages to expand the mythology of the UNDERWORLD series while providing a fitting conclusion if they never make another UNDERWORLD series.  It also makes up for the uneven UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING movie.   The featurettes are OK with BUILDING A BLOOD WRA being the best featurette of the extras.

 

This review is 5-23-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

Like Enterline Media on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/enterlinemediaweb and follow on tumblr at http://enterlinemedia.tumblr.com