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Van Helsing: The London Assignment
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 89 (Oct 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Hugh Jackman, Robbie Coltrane & David Wenham

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes a 28-minute Behind The Screams featurette for Van Helsing, a seven minute animation-to-animatic comparison (comparing storyboards to the final product), a four-minute interview with Hugh Jackman, and a seven-minute making-of the Van Helsing game. This DVD is not chaptered.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 24513
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $14.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 33
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/11/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sharon Bridgeman
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Meet Van Helsing (voice of Jackman) before he became legendary as a monster hunter. In The London Assignment, Van Helsing is summoned by the Knights of the Holy Order to track down and capture the elusive Mr. Hyde. Have discretion before allowing young children to watch this bloody, violent animated prequel to the 2004 summer blockbuster. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The animation on this non-anamorphic 1.85:1 DVD is presented with a style that closely resembles the look of the live-action feature-length movie. The color palette is often dark with deep shadows and lots of brown hues. The picture is also quite sharp, with satisfying dimension. There are no bothersome edge halos, and the animation is quite solid with little pixel breakup to be seen. (Suzanne Hodges)

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