SONY has finally released the "UNRATED" version of "UNDERWORLD." Len Wiseman's attempt at an epic telling of vampires vs werewolves, with a love story as its centerpiece, is alternately intriguing, beautiful and dull! While an epic look at a centuries old battle between two supernatural entities offers great potential, the narrative is just not fine tuned. There are numerous scenes that don't do anything to move the film along and while the "MATRIX"-style effects are interesting, they become redundant the 20th and 30th time they're used here!
Kate Beckinsale looks great in leather, but she's never as hot as Pam Anderson was in "BARBWIRE" and, in fact, the film could've used that kind of look or wink at the audience somewhere in this film that actually takes itself too seriously, with not enough to offer.
SONY has provided a generally stunning transfer! The 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 image has the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. There are many bright sequences wherein the exquisite detail offers jump off the screen imagery! However, there are some darker moments (within an already dark film)wherein detail is lost due to the black levels. It's sad to lose so much of the depth achieved in so many of the other scenes.
SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. The mix is one of the most aggressive ones we've heard on blu-ray so far! From the very beginning of the film and throughout, discrete and panning effects kick into high gear with maximum impact. There are numerous bass effects and it's one of the most immersive experiences we've had in a long time! Dialogue is perfectly rendered, even within layers of effects.
SONY has included some great extras, including a good(not great)commentary with Beckinsale, her husband-director, and co-star). Some great documentaries and more are also included!