Saturday, 01 July 2006 |
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 ...