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Saturday, 01 July 2006 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Van Helsing In the original “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, Professor Abraham Van Helsing was a man of medicine, a physician, not a secret agent with memory loss who worked for the Roman Catholic Church. However, in “Van Helsing”, Gabriel Van Helsing (played with swaggering tough-guy authority by Hugh Jackman) comes across more as a religious-based 007 than as anyone or anything out of Stoker’s immortal novel. In fact, “Van Helsing” goes on to borrow a premise even from “House of Frankenstein” (the 1944 Universal Studios monster flick starring Boris Karloff, Glenn Strange, Lon Chaney, Jr. and John Carradine) by uniting Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, his Monster and a Wolfman. One of the conceits in “Van Helsing” is that Dracula financed Dr. Frankenstein’s continued experimentation into the creation of life through the animation of dead flesh. Video Presentation: The HD DVD in 1080i is absolutely stunning, offering picture clarity that rivals what’s presented on the big screen. The snow-swept ...
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