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Van Helsing: The London Assignment

Hugh Jackman , Robbie Coltrane , Sharon Bridgeman    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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In this animated prequel to the Van Helsing movie, Van Helsing travels to London to deal with the mischievous Dr. Jekyll

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good July 6 2004
By Leanna
Being a Hugh Jackman fan and having only recently heard about "The London Assignment," the short animated prequel to the film "Van Helsing," I decided to see what it was like. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The animation was better than I expected and much easier to watch than the animation in some of the segments of "The Animatrix." I also was intrigued by the story of Van Helsing's struggle against Mr. Hyde. It gave much needed background and meaning to the Paris chase sequence of the film and introduced viewers to Van Helsing's connection to Carl. I really wish that I had seen "The London Assignment" before I saw "Van Helsing" in theaters. However, the most enjoyable aspect of "The London Assignment" was the fact that the principal actors (Jackman, David Wenham, Robbie Coltrane) lent their voices to their respective characters. The dialogue was similar to that in the movie, especially between Van Helsing and Carl. :-)
Also worth mentioning are the bonus features on the disc. There is a fairly good making-of documentary that is approximately thirty minutes long. It has plenty of snippets of cast/crew interviews. There is a *very* brief (as in three-four minutes:-() interview of Hugh Jackman as well as another short documentary about the making of the "Van Helsing" video game. The only truly "London Assignment"-related bonus feature contrasts the early storyboard sketches with the final product.
Bottom Line: Entertaining for Hugh Jackman fans and "Van Helsing" fans. Definitely worth renting at least once, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it (well, not yet at least;-)).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Setting the Stage. May 24 2004
By tvtv3
VAN HELSING: THE LONDON ASSIGNMENT fills in the rest of the story that makes up the introductory sequence to the movie VAN HELSING. In this animated story, Van Helsing is sent to London to find out who is responsible for several recent killings of young women of the night. Van Helsing soon finds out that the killer is a brutish monster who calls himself Hyde who has some sort of connection to Queen Victoria's personal physician, the mysterious Dr. Jeckyl. The Doctor is up to something no good and Van Helsing is going to find out exactly what.
VAN HELSING: THE LONDON ASSIGNMENT is not a cartoon meant for the really young. It shows a lot of violence and includes some sexual induendo. Were it a live action piece, it would garner a PG-13 movie rating.
When viewing the piece as a whole, it seems somewhat choppy and spliced together as though it were a television show. Which in fact is what this animated feature is intended to be. THE LONDON ASSINGNMENT isn't just a prequel to the successful movie, it's also the pilot for a planned animated series.
The DVD includes several extra features: a "Behind the Scenes" look at the movie, movie storyboards for the animated story, a making of look at the animated story, and a making of look at the Van Helsing video game. The extra features might not seem like much, but for a 33 minute cartoon, it's quite a lot of stuff. Overall, a nice gift for anyone who likes VAN HELSING.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good little animated prequal. Horrible DVD. May 23 2004
By A Customer
This is a 4 star movie and a 2 star DVD. Van Helsing The London Assignment is a half hour animated prequal to the Van Helsing live action movie. The movie staring Hugh Jackman was a fun action romp that so exciting and entairtaining. So I quickly found intrest in this. Hugh Jackman does the voice of the animated Van Helsing which adds credibility. It deals with his tracking of Mr. Hyde before the events of the movie. It has a lot of action and doesn't shy away from being quite bloody. Probably more so then the PG-13 movie. The animation is quite good especially combined with computers. Some elements don't quite make sense like wear all those zombies came from but it is a fun little movie that will satisfy fans of the movie. The DVD is pretty bad however. Worst thing it is widescreen but not anamorphic encoded. While many websites advertise it as anamorphic watch the movie and it is clearly not. What is otherwise a great video transfer with a clean print and high bit rate (due to the short length) is ruined by the lack of anamorphic encoding. They might as well did this is 1.33 fullscreen if there not going to take advantage of anamorphic encoding. Dumb move by Universal. Almost as dumb is the lack of chapter stops. Making continueing the movie from any spot in the middle a pain. Also the extras are also minimal. While there a a lot of extras most are for the live action movie and video game. Extras on The London Assignment are very minimal. Less then two minutes in length. Warner gave The Animatrix a similar project great DVD treatment Universals The London Assignment is cheapened out and a huge dissipointment DVD for a pretty good cartoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the live action movie! May 11 2004
better acting (well voice acting anyway), played serious instead of campy, gore & plenty of it. VH works much better in animated form instead of live action. The super-human type of behavior is more believeable in this media than the other. Only complaint is that i wish the feature was a little bit longer, as it's only 33 minutes. hopefully more will come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This would make a good animated series. May 11 2004
The London assignment is an animated prequel, that shows the battle against Mr. Hyde which concludes in the live action theatrical film. The animation is quite good, with nice use of shadows, and some neat 3d effects too. The story is just as outrageous as the one in the movie, but it's tighter, and makes more sense, and fortunatly the surprisingly whiney, and irritating "Re-Vamp" of Dracula they did in the live action movie is nowhere to be found here - which is good, since he was by far the worst thing about the otherwise fun movie. There is lots of action, much of it violent with a fair amount of blood splattering about. The extras are enjoyable as well, with good making of type stuff. Overall, I enjoyed this show, now if only they'd do another featuring the Wolf Man, who RULED in the Movie!
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3.0 out of 5 stars J'aime
Published 16 days ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable Van Helsing adventure
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I enjoyed the Van Helsing (2004) feature film, and am a fan of classic horror films of the 20th century. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2009 by Richard Daystrom
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I really liked this DVD. I loved the cartoon and the bonus features were great! What was everyone camplaining about? If you like the movie, you will enjoy this DVD.
Published on July 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Jewelless Clown, err crown..........
WELL! This is certainly a silly little piece of fluff suitable for the Saturday morning toons and featuring dreadful, flat animation ..... Read more
Published on June 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
hi i saw the Real movie and it was really good i love all things about Count Dracula and i would love to see it again it had a lot of axsion in it that is y i like it u sould... Read more
Published on June 1 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars overpriced
Not a bad animated film but it only lasts about 40 mins. in my opinion it should have been included on the Van Helsing motion picture DVD as a bonus feature, that would have... Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by password
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth renting, not buying
I rented the DVD so I'm not overly disappointed in my money spent. The animation is actually quite nice, and the motifs vaguely reminiscent of Batman and Vampire Hunter D (the... Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Alex S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch it. Just watch the making of.
This reminded me of an afterschool special. You'll apologize to your friends I know I did. But watch the making of featurette.
Published on May 19 2004 by Raul Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST PLAIN COOL!
THE LONDON ASSIGNMENT is a remarkable short film. It captures the fun and excitement of the Van Helsing character and universe as it tells a remarkably rich and sophisticated... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by An American Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
It pains me to write a bad review about this because I love the actors, but this was poorly written and poorly animated. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Rita D. Maloney
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