Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones

     
 

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Ron Perlman returns to the role of the big red BPRD agent in this sequel to 2004's Hellboy, directed once again by Guillermo del Toro and scripted as before in collaboration with original Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. For centuries, an ancient truce has kept the naïve citizens of the humanSee more details below

Overview

Ron Perlman returns to the role of the big red BPRD agent in this sequel to 2004's Hellboy, directed once again by Guillermo del Toro and scripted as before in collaboration with original Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. For centuries, an ancient truce has kept the naïve citizens of the human race safe from the horrors of the invisible realm -- but that's all about to change, and fast. A ruthless leader has emerged in the invisible realm, a tyrant just as comfortable walking the surface realm as he is living in the land of fantasy. When this power-mad ruler defies his bloodline to assemble an unstoppable army of fantastical creatures that he will use to wage a supernatural war on humanity, it begins to appear that humankind's days are numbered. But Hellboy (Perlman) isn't about to stand idly by as the planet is purged by a demonic despot, and with a little help from his team at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, he may just be able to send our otherworldly overlords packing. Of course, Hellboy's pyrokinetic girlfriend, Liz (Selma Blair), is always willing to conjure up an inferno or two when things get desperate, aquatic Abe (Doug Jones) is prepared to dive headlong into any battle, and protoplasmic mystic Johann (voice of Thomas Kretschmann) proves an invaluable companion in times of inter-dimensional conflict. Now, as the creatures who inhabit the spiritual realm gear up for an all-out attack on the human plane, the only one capable of saving the Earth is a tough-talking hellspawn rejected by both worlds.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Hellbound: Hellraiser II picks up after the carnage of Clive Barker's first film to find Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) in the hospital, encountering the expected skeptical reaction from her psychiatrist (Kenneth Cranham) to her tales of supernatural encounters as she plots to rescue her now-deceased father from his sufferings in hell. The Cenobites appear again, of course, and Higgins reprises her role as Kirsty's stepmother. There are also some stunning views of the netherworld opened up by the puzzle box; the dreamlike imagery is alternately gruesome and beautiful, but always compelling.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Guillermo del Toro and Co. have pulled off a fantastical feat of high entertainment in Hellboy II, a follow-up that bounds off its predecessor into new comedic and action-packed heights, giving this unlikely big screen hero a gleeful second installment that works its devilish tail off to satisfy and astound. Having already been through the rather transparent -- "This is who the big-horned fella is and yes, he's the leading man" schtick the first time around, round two finds its own groove as Mike Mignola's characters trounce through Del Toro's menagerie of fetishes, namely misunderstood monsters, clockwork gears, undying love, and a magical array of monsters that leaves the audience spellbound throughout its near-two-hour running time. If one thing is for certain, it's that Ron Perlman was born to play this cat-loving demon with a heart of gold. His nuances under the makeup are effortless, as is his interaction with the movie's biggest surprise, that of gill-man and best bud, Abe Sapien. Performer Doug Jones dons the suit once more, but this time, is given the humble task of supplying the voice for the creature (taking the reins from Frasier's David Hyde Pierce) -- the result being a homerun straight out of one of the Hollywood's most unexpected playbooks. Abe and Hellboy are an endearing duo to be reckoned with, and with their dual romantic subplots, are given the chance to play off each other in wonderfully silly ways. And if there weren't enough laughs already with returning cast member Jeffrey Tambor, here comes the newest -- and most delightfully bizarre -- BPRD member, Johan Strauss, infectiously voiced to a Germanic hilt by Family Guy-guru, Seth MacFarlane. On the flipside, Luke Goss provides another intriguing villain that's not unlike his sorrowful portrayal of the tragic Shakespearean baddie in Del Toro's highly underrated Blade II. Far separated from the sparse, atmospheric creation that makes up much of Mignola's comics, Hellboy II dares to cram as much creativity into every frame as possible, leaving no doubt that this big-screen incarnation is its own valid animal -- and one that's well worth the price of admission. From the exquisite production design to the top-notch creature effects, the film is eye candy of the highest order. Boasting the largest set of in-camera monster effects this side of Nightbreed, and featuring some of the most striking character conceptions of its time, Del Toro has crafted a uniquely beautiful creation that dazzles the eye as well as the heart. Add in its sharp comic instincts and wham-bam action and one gets a comic-book film that strives to deliver a rousing experience for audiences of all ages -- and really, who could ask for more than that?

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
UPC:
0025195001861
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
15,974

Special Features

Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary ; Troll Market tour with director Guillermo Del Toro; Feature commentary with Guillermo Del Toro; Zinco Epilogue animated comic; Set visits - an all-access pass to Del Toro's HBII set

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Perlman Hellboy
Selma Blair Liz Sherman
Doug Jones Abe Sapien
Luke Goss Prince Nuada
John Alexander Johann Kraus
Seth MacFarlane Johann Kraus
Anna Walton Princess Nuala
Jeffrey Tambor Tom Manning
Roy Dotrice King Balor
Brian Steele Actor

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Chris Symes Executive Producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Mike Elizade Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Filmefex Makeup Special Effects
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Chris Kenney Executive Producer
Lloyd Levin Producer
Mike Mignola Co-producer,Screenwriter
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Richardson Producer
Stephen Scott Production Designer
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernat Vilaplana Editor
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
1. Ancient Truce [6:58]
2. Fear the Dark [4:48]
3. Top Secret [5:57]
4. World, Here I Come [8:50]
5. You Had No Right [3:21]
6. The Good, the Bad & the Worst [4:47]
7. A Nice Open Face [3:48]
8. The True Nature of Things [5:53]
9. The Troll Market [3:53]
10. Delicate Situation [6:44]
11. A Forest God [4:08]
12. One of Us [6:22]
13. Fatal Flaw [7:18]
14. Fallen for the Princess [:01]
15. He's Here [3:10]
16. Running Out of Time [5:49]
17. Reason to Live [4:19]
18. The Army Awakens [9:14]
19. A Challenge [6:34]
20. End Titles [9:44]

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