Set in the late 19th century, monster hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Jackman) is summoned to a mysterious land in East Europe to vanquish evil forces... evil forces with names like Count Dracula (Roxburgh), the Wolf Man (Kemp), and Frankenstein's Monster (Hensley). Assisting him once he gets there is Anna (Beckinsale), the heir of a long-running family committed to hunting down and destroying Dracula. (Anaya, Colloca and Maran play Dracula's brides; Wenham plays a friar, Carl, who escorts Van Helsing through the dangerous wilderness).
Universal Pictures today announced the studio has signed a two-year first-look production deal with one of the leading writing/producing teams in the entertainment industry, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and their K/O Paper Products banner. The duo will kick off their new relationship with Universal by reimagining titles from the studio's library including Van Helsing and The Mummy. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Chairman, Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman, Donna Langley.
Kurtzman and Orci have collaborated with some of the industry's top creative minds including J.J. Abrams, with whom they wrote the third installment of Mission: Impossible, which grossed nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. In 2007, they wrote Transformers and went on to write Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009. Together, those films grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. More recently, the pair wrote and executive produced 2009's Star Trek, which grossed more than $385 million worldwide. Accompanying their impressive film resume, Kurtzman and Orci have found tremendous success in television, having created the series Fringe, writing/producing Alias and in 2010, producing the reboot of Hawaii Five-0. They also currently executive produce the highest rated show on Hasbro's The Hub, Transformers: Prime.Read More
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has become the third major studio to say it will release movies for Sony's PlayStation Portable, fueling sentiments that the hot new game machine will become the dominant hand-held device for watching movies.
Two other majors, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, already are onboard, as are mini-major Lions Gate Entertainment and independent Geneon Entertainment. Universal Studios Home Entertainment also is expected to release Universal Media Disc-format movies by summer, with an initial slate that sources say likely will include The Chronicles of Riddick, Assault on Precinct 13 and Van Helsing.Read More
Movie Picture First week sales of the action-adventure hit Van Helsing scared up sales of over four million combined DVD and VHS units in the first six days of release for a total consumer spend of $65 million. Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the title on October 19, 2004.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is poised for a record-breaking fourth quarter with a release schedule representing 36% of the domestic box office of all feature titles being released during that period.Read More
Van Helsing: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Director Stephen Sommers' monster thrill ride Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman, sold more than 2.5 million combined DVD and VHS units its first day on store shelves Tuesday, generating an estimated $50 million in gross consumer spending, according to sources. Universal Studios' $184 million boxoffice actioner is on track to become the nation's top-selling home video this week, with sales estimates to exceed 5 million combined DVD and VHS units, according to industry sources.
Director Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow, starring Dennis Quaid, sold an estimated 6 million combined DVD and VHS units during its first week at retail, according to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment executives. The disaster epic sold 2.6 million combined DVD and VHS units nationwide its first day on retail shelves Oct. 12 (HR 10/14).Read More
Van Helsing: Packed with heart-pounding action and stunning visual effects, Van Helsing, the film that kicked off the summer movie season with a spectacular $52 million box office opening, will be released on DVD October 19, 2004. Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy and The Mummy Returns), Van Helsing stars Hugh Jackman as the fearless monster hunter on a mission to vanquish evil. Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, and Will Kemp co-star.
The fully loaded DVD filled with stunning behind-the-scenes details including a groundbreaking interactive 360-degree tour through the set of Dracula's castle, is priced at $29.98 SRP (VHS is $22.98 SRP).Read More
Van Helsing: Tentatively hitting store shelves on October 19th, Van Helsing scares it's way onto DVD. Davis DVD has the details...Extras will include two audio commentaries (one with director Stephen Sommers and producer/editor Bob Ducsay, the other with actors Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh and Shuler Hensley), deleted scenes & outtakes, "Creating the Characters and the Monsters" and "Van Helsing's Monster Map" interactive featurettes, "New World Technology vs. Old World Monsters" effects featurette, "You Are in the Movie" on-location featurette, "Anatomy of a Scene: The Masquerade Ball," "The Filmmaker's Diary" chronicling one week of the production, "Designing Van Helsing" 360° I-PIX set tours, time-lapse footage of two key sets being built and torn down, the "Love Bites" mockumentary, trailers and promotional fluff for the Universal Van Helsing and Mummy rides.
Van Helsing was released May 7th, 2004.Read More
Movie Picture This week marks the release of the animated Van Helsing adventures in London coming to DVD. In celebration of the disc's release we're giving our readers a chance to win one of 2 copies we're giving away!
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