Underworld: Blood Wars 4K Blu-ray Review
In the next installment of the blockbuster franchise, Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Run time: 91 mins
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1/Dolby Atmos mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD50
‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ is the fifth film in the Gothic vampire/werewolf film which shows that it may be running off its course. I am a fan of the series but loved the first two installments that opened up to werewolf vs. vampire world. The sequels never fully were able to surpass the first two films, yet they were still very enjoyable.
The film starts off explaining some of the key events of the previous in the franchise. It takes a while for the film to really get going. We see a few new characters, all with their own motivations. You really wonder who is doing what and it takes time to really frame the story. Selene is running from the Vampires, because she killed Viktor and Markus Corvinus, and she is running from the Lycans (Werewolves), she do not know where her lover Michael Corvin is and her daughter Eve, she only have a friend called David, but she feels she has no reason to live without them. The film does get going once we see more of Tobias Menzies’ villainous character.
Kate Beckinsale is gorgeous as always in the film. Her Selene character always kicks ass and looks incredibly sexy in a black leather suit. I also dug remodeling her character with the blondish locks in her hair. The dark blue hue of the film is back once again but its cool because the film looks really stylish and the Gothic feel of the Underworld universe is ever present. There’s more than enough action and bloody violence to keep the moviegoer entertained. Its important to remember that these films are gearing more towards popcorn entertainment than something that can be take seriously as a cinematic work.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 2160p/UHD with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Blood Wars’ has to be one of the best 4K films that I have seen yet on the format. This is quite a dark looking film, even more so when compared to the previous installments in the series. The 4K presentation really shines here quite a bit, especially with the dark scenes. Blacks are deep looking and actually look black. The stylized colors used in ‘Blood Wars’ do an excellent job in bringing the dark and gothic look of the film come to life. Dark tinted blues are the primary colors that are used in the film. I found the details to be excellent considering that this is a darker looking film. The image quality is crystal clear providing some of the best visuals in the entire series. Once you view this film in 4K, you can easily start to notice some of the flaws in the regular Blu-ray presentation. I feel like this is how good 4K should look and that ‘Blood Wars’ should be used as a blue print considering how dark the film is, that Sony does an excellent job making the film look so good.
Print Quality: 10/10
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Dolby Atmos mix. The sound in ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans’ is fantastic and rocks the house during the many action sequences. This mix provides a really crisp and clean sound. From the battles to the transformatoins of the humans to Lycans the mix makes it sound like you are in the center of all the action. The rears were working like a workhorse during the action sequences. The dialogue portions of the film is excellent and comes through very clear and well balanced to where I didn’t have to increase the volume once. This mix stays consistent throughout the entire film with the entire sound field.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- The Evolution of Selene [HD]
- Old & New Blood [HD]
- The Evil Evolved [HD]
- Building a Blood War [HD]
- Underworld: Blood Wars Graphic Novel [HD]
- Previews [HD]
Special Features: 9/10
The Final Word
The reviews were not that gracious to ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’, but I enjoyed the film from start to finish. With a story full of action, betrayals and battles you will not be disappointed at all. The film on 4K UHD Blu-ray boasts excellent video and audio. This is highly recommended.
Overall Rating: 9/10