While the original film, "UNDERWORLD" had a fun premise(vampires vs. werewolves) there wasn't anything about it that left one hoping for a sequel. So, with "UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION" now available, one would at least expect it to improve upon the original. Wrong! The opening sequence, set in 1202 AD, explaining how two brothers had been bitten by two different animals, thus causing the race of vampires and werewolves to unfold, is almost stupefying to watch. Picking up where the first one stopped, "EVOLUTION" fails to offer anything original to the genre. Director Wiseman, Beckinsale's husband, obviously wants to impress viewers with his wife's physique in tight clothing, and while her figure's impressive, everything else around her isn't! He overindulges in bloodletting to a point where it's actually boring, and there's something that just feels wrong about long shoot-outs in a vampire film!!!! Wiseman doesn't have the talent to grip the viewer into a story. He merely tries to duplicate the kind of moody atmosphere directors like Ridley Scott have done much better and much earlier.
SONY has preserved the film's 2.40:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and there's impeccable detail in even the darkest of many dark scenes. The special effects have been greatly improved upon over the first film and are sure to impress even the most demanding viewer.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that's extremely aggressive. Bullets and explosions whiz by the viewer non-stop, creating a total 360 degree environment throughout the film. Even with multiple layers of sound and music effects, dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has included a large assortment of extras! An audio commentary with the film's writer/director, production designer, 2nd unit director and editor, creates a lively, enlightening opportunity for fans and aspiring filmmakers to learn a great deal about the process of filmmaking on various levels.
Several featurettes have also been included, as well as a music video.