Underworld Trilogy Len Wiseman and Patrick Tatopoulos

Underworld Trilogy Len Wiseman and Patrick Tatopoulos
Why settle for the latest instalment of the Underworld saga when this bare bones trilogy edition is being released concurrently? Well, if you've already seen all three, realized Rise of the Lycans is surprisingly the best instalment of the Viagra-vision franchise and medieval werewolf insurrection with meaty genre acting from Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen is more your cup of fantasy blood than Len Wiseman framing Kate Beckinsales' tight, black-suited vampire hotness in overtly Matrix-ripping action choreography scenes, this set is carrying dead weight. If you dig high gloss B-movies with convoluted editing, hyper-stylized fight sequences with only glimmers of a vicious plot based upon an ancient blood feud, you might as well have the whole set. Viewed as a trilogy, it might make more sense to watch Rise of the Lycans first. It's the puzzle piece that grounds and reveals the entire back-story mythology of the bitter war between the furs and the fangs. The drawback to a shuffled viewing sequence however, is that Lycans is a far superior piece of emotional storytelling than its predecessors and the viewer's investment in Lucien would shatter the façade of Wiseman's hollow action films. It's apparently the story the creators wanted to tell in the first place, judging by comments scattered among the special features of all three films. "Fang vs. Fiction," a feature from the original Underworld extended cut, is a short documentary on historical and modern vampire and werewolf mythology, with much of the history directly describing the story of the vampire/werewolf feud origin. Underworld Evolution comes with the original set of production featurettes and music video, as does Rise of the Lycans. Commentaries from the director and assorted crew are included with each disc, but none exceed the entertainment value of Kate Beckinsale's goofy ribbing of her husband/director Wiseman and co-star Scott Speedman in the first film. (Sony)