Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection (Blu-ray)
Frozen Planet (Blu-ray)
Fairy Tail: Part 8 (Blu-ray)
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning / The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (Blu-ray)
RoboCop (Blu-ray)
Girls und Panzer: Complete TV Series (Blu-ray)
Somewhere in Time (Blu-ray)
Robots / Horton Hears a Who / Rio (Blu-ray)
Jurassic Park 1-3 (Blu-ray)
Liar Liar (Blu-ray)
Planet Earth | Life (Blu-ray)
Planet Earth (Blu-ray)
Far and Away (Blu-ray)
Gambit (Blu-ray)
The Mack Sennett Collection (Blu-ray)
The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season (Blu-ray)
Olympus Has Fallen (Blu-ray)
Mallrats (Blu-ray)
RoboCop (Blu-ray)


 Release calendar
 New releases
 Coming soon
 New covers
 Recently listed


 New reviews
 New user reviews

Top lists

 Best movies (all time)

Best movies by year



 Search movies

Underworld: Awakening

2012 | 88 min | R | 2.39:1

Underworld: Awakening


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

User reviews

3 user reviews

Movie appeal




Theatrical release date

 20 January, 2012
 20 January, 2012

Country of origin

 United States

Technical aspects

3D (native, 88 minutes)
IMAX, 88 minutes

Box office




Overview Preview Cast & crew User reviews News Forum

Screenshots from Underworld: Awakening 3D Blu-ray

Underworld: Awakening Preview  

 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, January 20, 2012

It’s been six years since star Kate Beckinsale donned the latex and corset for an “Underworld” adventure, with the producers taking a prequel route for 2009’s “Rise of the Lycans.” It’s good to have the pint-sized porcelain bruiser back in command of a sequel, and with her long-awaited return comes a blessedly simplified resuscitation of the franchise. “Underworld: Awakening” won’t win any awards for sophistication, but what it lacks in refinement it makes up for in wall-to-wall vampires vs. werewolves action. It’s a deafening joyride crammed with plenty of destruction, slowing the development of the plot’s laborious mythos. Stripping down the experience to zero in on mayhem, the producers have reignited the fun factor of the series, keeping the focus on exploitative elements instead of continuing to widen a wheezing brand name.

As the human race begins to repel the vampire and lycan infestation, death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is set to escape the obliteration with hybrid lover Michael (Scott Speedman doesn’t appear, replaced by body doubles and CGI magic), only to be thwarted and frozen by government goons. Waking up 12 years later in a lab, Selene discovers vampires and lycans have been driven into exile, with Dr. Jacob (Stephen Rea) preparing a serum that could radically reshape the longstanding war, using Selene’s daughter and all-powerful hybrid Eve (India Eisley) as his guinea pig. Claiming her child and escaping, Selene is confronted with a changed world, finding lycans scrounging for scraps, while vampires (including Charles Dance, struggling with his fake teeth) have retreated to the shadows. For fanged warrior David (Theo James), Selene’s return inspires revolutionary thoughts, following the snugly bodysuited one as she battles to protect Eve from Dr. Jacob’s macabre interests.

The time jump forward is necessary at this point in the story, with “Underworld” and the abysmal “Underworld: Evolution” anchoring the events to 2003, while the prequel dipped back hundreds of years into the past. “Underworld: Awakening” jolts the series back to life, revitalizing the ongoing narrative with a sorely needed reduction in backstory. Gone are the protracted explanations of vampire/lycan history and destiny, replaced with an exploratory mission, as Selene comes to grips with the downfall of her kind, amazed that humans could accomplish so much in so little time. “Awakening” isn’t burdened with an expansion of plot, forced to keep the story on an epic trajectory to satisfy a feverish mythmaking urge I suspect few fans truly care about. This installment is merely about catching up to the present and worrying about the future.

Directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein (“Storm,” “Shelter”) appreciate genre requirements, and they execute a convincing monster mash with “Awakening.” While the screenwriting leaves much to be desired, the visual firepower of the picture is fantastic, finding the filmmaking team serving up a robust routine of gunfights and splattery encounters, while the lycan menace is sold with satisfactory visual effects, successfully integrated into stylish 3D cinematography that favors Beckinsale’s backside and slow-motion hero shots. It’s a terribly violent movie, and one that doesn’t take many breaks to assess the situation, instead charging straight into conflict after conflict, with the finest sequences pitting Selene against enormous lycan enforcers, flipping and slicing her way to victory. The idea is to keep the effort humming along with sensorial submersion, and “Awakening” is quite charming as a blunt cinematic instrument.

While I enjoyed the overheated swagger of “Rise of the Lycans,” it’s nice to have Beckinsale back in the lead role, brandishing massive guns and flying around the sets. “Awakening” makes good use of her implausible defense skills, keeping her suit shiny and her attacks slick with wirework and glares. It’s fun to watch her reclaim the series, only lacking a strong supporting cast to fill out the mayhem with some needed personality. The absence of Speedman is puzzling (what could he be possibly doing these days?), and the addition of Eve doesn’t exactly provide the emotional outlet the script is looking for. Still, a one-woman show is all “Underworld” needs to be at this point. Since Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen are gone, there’s really no reason to watch anyone but Beckinsale, preferably double-fisting handguns while executing a double axel over a snarling monster.

“Underworld: Awakening” isn’t fine art, but it retains a crunchy, smashmouth quality that provides proper escapism, reinstating forward momentum to a franchise that was close to permanent stasis. It’s a sequel that compliments parts one and three. If you enjoyed part two, we can’t be friends.

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley, Stephen Rea, Charles Dance, Kris Holden-Ried
Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein

» See full cast & crew

Underworld: Awakening, Forum Discussions

Last post

Have you seen this movie?

Rate and write your own review


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Mallrats
2. Frozen
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
4. RoboCop
5. Gravity
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
10. Gravity 3D
11. Despicable Me 2
12. The Wolf of Wall Street
13. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: V...
14. Ride Along
15. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D

Trending in Theaters
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Transcendence
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
4. The Raid 2
5. Frozen
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7. RoboCop
8. Oculus
9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
10. Noah
11. The LEGO Movie
12. Under the Skin
13. Rio 2
14. The Grand Budapest Hotel
15. Ride Along

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Frozen
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  Frozen Planet
4.  Gravity
5.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
6.  The Pirate Fairy
7.  RoboCop
8.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
9.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
10.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  RoboCop
2.  The Lego Movie
3.  Sorcerer
4.  Lone Survivor
5.  The Monuments Men
6.  The Lego Movie
7.  Noah
8.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
9.  True Detective: The Complete First ...
10.  Pompeii 3D
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Frozen Planet
$14.99, Save 73%
2.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
$34.99, Save 56%
3.  RoboCop
$5.00, Save 75%
4.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
$19.99, Save 50%
5.  The Wolf of Wall Street
$19.96, Save 50%
6.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
$19.99, Save 50%
7.  Ender's Game
$17.96, Save 55%
8.  Ben-Hur / The Ten Commandments
$9.99, Save 50%
9.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Secon...
$39.99, Save 50%
10.  Seven
$4.99, Save 50%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection

 United States

$249.99 $155.33

Frozen Planet

 United States

$54.98 $14.99

Fairy Tail: Part 8

 United States

$54.98 $26.99

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices