Hellboy

Hellboy

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair

     
 

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Guillermo del Toro knows what people want on their DVDs, and this three-disc second edition of Hellboy is proof positive of just that. Designed with extravagant attention to detail, all three discs are stuffed with enough bonus material to satiate any fan of the flick. With stellar treatments given to both the anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture and 5.1See more details below

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Guillermo del Toro knows what people want on their DVDs, and this three-disc second edition of Hellboy is proof positive of just that. Designed with extravagant attention to detail, all three discs are stuffed with enough bonus material to satiate any fan of the flick. With stellar treatments given to both the anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture and 5.1 English track, this release does a monumental job of presenting the director's cut of the film. With far too many extras to count, disc one presents the film plus multiple branching features and a storyboard track that'll give new meaning to repeated viewings. Also worth noting, Hellboy's creator Mike Mignola supplied some new animated comics that you can branch out or, just like the others, watch through a "Play All" feature as well. The movie also comes complete with two commentaries, the first a new lone commentary with del Toro as he opts against a screen-specific commentary and delves into the whole filmmaking process of realizing his vision of Mignola's world, while the second track features both an isolated score and a commentary from composer Marco Beltrami. The director's cut itself adds in ten or so minutes of cut scenes, mostly character moments that add a bit more feeling into the film, while another subplot involving Rasputin's eyes finally sees the light of day here. Disc two delves more into the nuts and bolts of the movie, with even more added extras to make one solid second half to one hot special edition. The two-and-a-half-hour "Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation" documentary starts things off, taking you chronologically through the shoot by way of behind-the-scenes footage and cleverly inserted featurettes focused on individual aspects of the production. It's an interesting way to tackle a making-of, and the disc's producers go a long way to present all of it in a fresh and engaging way. More del Toro is rarely a bad thing, so his commentary on all three deleted scenes is more than welcome (and in one case, better than the actual clipped scene), as are the exclusive character bios that he wrote for the main actors when they signed onto the project. The rest of the immense disc includes sections on Animatics, Motion Board-a-Matics (the technique of animating the storyboards on a somewhat crude, but effective level), Maquette 3-D sculptures of the film's creatures, a lengthy Poster Explorations gallery, and not just trailers, but nine TV spots as well! Disc three makes its debut with this set and its explorations of the production are expansive to say the least. First off is the cast commentary from the previous edition, though here it is presented as a video commentary, with footage of stars Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, and the always hilarious Jeffrey Tambor sitting in a recording studio as they view the film. For those interested in a more in-depth look at the movie magic in the film, look no further than the "Production Workshops" section. Including features on pre-production makeup and lighting tests, along with a few visual-effects how-to sections on some of the more complicated effects in the film, this area provides great insight to how the fantastical comic book designs were translated to the big screen. Speaking of comics, one of the set's greatest inclusions is the "Quick Guide to Understanding Comics" feature, hosted by none other than self-proclaimed comic scholar Scott McCloud. Taking many of the ideas from his acclaimed series of books on the subject, McCloud brings the viewers through history, showing how the comic art form has changed and developed as its social acceptance has broadened throughout the years. Also included is a 23-minute Q & A session at a 2002 Comic-Con, along with an expanded gallery section that holds an immense Mignola pre-production art section (complete with a 40-minute artist commentary) and a Comic-Book Artist Pinup area, where such comic legends as Frank Miller and others submit their versions of the big red guy. With incredible menu design and even more hidden features, this three-disc is the ultimate release of the film and should prove to be the one that most hardcore fans end up with when all is said and done. This set was also released in a Gift Set that included a collectible Hellboy bust.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The stylish direction of Guillermo del Toro makes this colorful adaptation of Mike Mignola's graphic novel a lot more entertaining than it might have been in less capable hands. The principal character, after all, isn't just some costumed do-gooder; he's a supernatural being whose origin is considerably less benign than that of the average comic-book crime fighter. Hellboy (portrayed by Ron Perlman), a genuine spawn of the netherworld, is found in the waning days of World War II by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (John Hurt), who also looks after other mutants kept safe from prying eyes in a secret compound. When the reincarnated Grigori Rasputin -- yes, that Rasputin -- unleashes long-suppressed demonic forces against America, the FBI enlists Hellboy's aid in combating the inhuman creatures doing the evil mesmerist's bidding. Perlman, having played bestial characters before, brings much-needed warmth and humor to Hellboy. He's well supported by Hurt and Selma Blair, properly enigmatic and more than a little wistful as Liz Sherman, whose pyro-kinetic abilities make her dangerous to be around. Doug Jones, totally unrecognizable in makeup and prosthetics, turns in a fine performance as Abe Sapien (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), the half-man/half-fish who aids Hellboy when the FBI comes calling. Very much like the comic books it brings to life, Hellboy pulsates with energy and teems with dynamic visual effects. While the film has wry, humorous moments, it never condescends to its audience. That's more than can be said for many comic-book movies; and for that, del Toro deserves considerable credit.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Completely original and stunningly realized, Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy is a masterstroke of awe-inspired entertainment that sparkles with bold storytelling that dares to go where no monster movie has gone before. Adapted from the original Hellboy comic miniseries The Seed of Destruction, the film takes creator Mike Mignola's dynamic graphic style and molds it into its own cinematic marvel, using a color palette that explodes around one of the strangest lead characters ever brought to the screen. However dark his origins might be, Hellboy (as brilliantly embodied by Ron Perlman) fits the American action-hero role to a T; full of witty one-liners and the first to fearlessly jump into the fray, the character is immediately personable and a perfect fit for the kind of bigger-than-life heroes to which people have flocked for years. What's wonderful, too, is that there's an incredible amount of heart to this beast -- in fact, to the whole film. When the movie's not wowing you with its stellar production design or thrilling you with its wall-to-wall action, the filmmakers have instilled real emotion into a story line that, for all good measure, probably wouldn't have been this juicy if it were not for del Toro. Bringing a loving humanity to each of this film's strange clique of characters isn't something that any storyteller would just pull out of their hat for a flick like this, which is all the more reason to soak it up here. For your buck, you not only get over-the-top action, but also a comical adventure that's based around a gothic tale of love and belonging (oh yes, with a whole lot of Lovecraftian horror for good measure). If that sounds like a little too much, don't worry, because all of those pieces only fit together only for the sake of pleasing you, the viewer. With a genuinely quirky score from Marco Beltrami that thankfully strays far away from Danny Elfman's recent cut-and-paste superhero jobs, Hellboy in every way looks, feels, and sounds completely different from anything else out there. If ever Hollywood had the cards stacked against it while selling a comic book idea to general audiences, this is it. The fact that it works is unbelievable. The fact that it's as fun as it is makes it that much more satisfying.
Washington Post - Richard Harrington
Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
One of those rare movies that's not only based on a comic book, but also feels like a comic book. It's vibrating with energy, and you can sense the zeal and joy in its making.
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
So forget about taking anyone under 12. But if you want to see what a benign demon looks like when he's eating nachos and unwinding to Al Green, this is the movie for you.
Slate - David Edelstein
Guillermo del Toro is in a class with Peter Jackson as a fan-boy who gets it--a brilliant filmmaker who has a kind of metabolic connection to horror and sci-fi that helps him transform secondhand genre material into something deep and nourishing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0043396074095
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:12:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Never-before-seen extended, unrated version of the film; All-new commentary by Guillermo del Toro, exclusive to the director's cut; Video introduction by Guillermo del Toro; Composer commentary with isolated score; Branching DVD comics drawn by Mike Mignola, with all-new expanded text from Guillermo del Toro; "Right Hand of Doom" set visits and factoids; Storyboard track -- Now with hundreds of new images; DVD-ROM printable original screenplay, script supervisor's book, director's notebook; Video introduction by Selma Blair; "Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation" (2 1/2 hours): An in-depth look at the making of the film, including the origin of the comic, prosthetic effects, visual effects, set design, stunts, and more; Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Guillermo del Toro; Character bios written by the director; Motion Board-a-Matics; Animatics; Multi-angle storyboard comparisons; Maquette rotations gallery; Trailers and TV spots; Filmographies; Poster explorations; Web link to Hellboy merchandise; Video introduction by Ron Perlman; Cast video commentary with Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, and Rupert Evans; Production workshops; Makeup and lighting tests; Q & A archive: Comic-Con 2002; "A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud"; Director's notebook; Photo galleries; Mike Mignola pre-production art; Conceptual art galleries; Comic book artists pin-ups; Includes exclusive collectible: Excerpt from the diary of Grigori Rasputin, created by Mike Mignola

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Perlman Hellboy
John Hurt Prof. Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
Selma Blair Liz Sherman
Rupert Evans Agent John Myers
Karel Roden Grigori Rasputin
Jeffrey Tambor Dr. Tom Manning
Doug Jones Abe Sapien
David Hyde Pierce Abe Sapien
Brian Steele Sammael
Ladislav Beran Kroenen
Biddy Hodson Ilsa
Corey Johnson Agent Clay
Kevin Trainor Young Broom
Brian Caspe Agent Lime
James Babson Agent Moss
Stephen H. Fisher Agent Quarry
Garth Cooper Agent Stone
Angus MacInnes Sgt. Whitman
Jim Howick Cpl. Matlin
Santiago Segura Train Driver
Guillermo del Toro Baby Hellboy/Kroenen/Samuel
Bridget Hodson Ilsa
John William Johnson Agent Clay
Mark Taylor Truck Driver
Daniel Aarsman Kid
Bettina Ask kid
Alvaro Navarro kid
Emilio Navarro kid
Rory Copus kid on rooftop
Tara Hugo Doctor Jenkins
Richard Haas Second Doctor
Andrea Miltner Doctor Marsh
Jo Eastwood Down's Patient
Charles Grisham Museum Guard
Jan Holicek museum guard
Jeremy Zimmerman lobby guard
Monty L. Simons orderly
Pavel Cajzl Sherpa Guide
Andrea Stuart Girl with Kittens
William Hoyland Von Krupt
Mille Wilkie Young Liz
Bob Sherman Television host
Ellen Savaria Blonde Television Reporter
Petr Sekanina German Scientists
Ales Kosnar German Scientists
Justin Svoboda Young Guy
Winter Ave Zoli Girlfriend
Albert May Train Driver
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Georgina Abanto Makeup
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Nick Allder Special Effects Supervisor
Simon Allen Animator
Peter Amundson Editor
Dovi Anderson Animator
Pete Anthony Musical Arrangement
Jason Armstrong Animator
Merche Arque Makeup Special Effects
Michael Axinn Editor
Cheryl Bainum Executive Producer
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
Dan Balcer Camera Operator
Jeff Barnes Executive Producer
Dave Beavis Special Effects Supervisor
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Pavel Bezdek Stunts
Kay Bilk Makeup
Beverly Binda Makeup
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Petr Bozdech Stunts
Peter Briggs Original Story
Ronan Browne Animator
Zuzana Brozová Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Brunet Animator
Keith Bryant Producer
Todd Bryant Stunts
Craig Davis Stunts
Zuzana Drdacka Stunts
Chuck Duke Animator
Zdenek Dvoracek Stunts
Hana Dvorska Stunts
Will Elder-Groebe Animator
Jiri First Stunts
Grant Fletcher Stunts
Karin Fong Art Director
Peter Francis Art Director
Victor Garcia Makeup Special Effects
Kameron Gates Animator
Justine Gerenstein Editor
Aaron Gilman Animator
Richard Goodwin Asst. Director
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Lee Greenwood Animator
Rene Hajek Stunts
James Hambridge Art Director
Jim Hart Stunts
J. Michael Haynie Asst. Director
Mark Holding Sound Mixer
Traci Horie Animator
Louie Horvath Stunts
Andy Howard Asst. Director
Spectral Motion Incorporated Special Effects
Eric Ingerson Animator
Roman Janecka Asst. Director
Julie Jaros Animator
Timothy James Kane Camera Operator
Michael Kitchen Animator
Juan Leiva Camera Operator
Lloyd Levin Producer
James Likowski Editor
Paul Loewe Makeup Special Effects
Jan Loukota Stunts
Joaquin Manchado Camera Operator
Brian Mendenhall Animator
Jose M. Menses Makeup Special Effects
Mike Mignola Associate Producer
David Mottl Stunts
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Olina Norkova Makeup Special Effects
Luke O'Byrne Executive Producer
Patrick Palmer Executive Producer
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Tomas Peterac Stunts
Jan Petrina Stunts
Gabriela Polakova Makeup
Morgan Ratsoy Animator
Ljuba Reznickova Costumes/Costume Designer
Silva Reznickova Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Richardson Producer
Miguel Rodriguez Makeup Special Effects
Jules Roman Executive Producer
Matt Rose Makeup Special Effects
Marco Bittner Rosser Art Director
Alonzo Ruvalcaba Executive Producer
Marc Sadeghi Executive Producer
Buck Sanders Producer
Stephen Scott Production Designer
Jaromir Sedina Camera Operator
Phillip Lee Seegar Asst. Director
Juan Serrano Makeup Special Effects
Jiri Simbersky Stunts
Sergio Simenovic Asst. Director
Klara Slavikova Stunts
Dita Moers Strouhal Production Manager
Ivan the Terrible Stunts
Tomas Tobola Stunts
David Listvan Tomas Stunts
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision
Kamila Zenkerova Stunts
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Start
2. Closing the Portal
3. Hellboy
4. Resurrection
5. Bump Back
6. The Rest of the Family
7. First Sammael
8. Westside Highway
9. Fireproof
10. Liz
11. The Seed of Destruction
12. "I'm Learning to Control It."
13. Inferno
14. Underwater Chamber
15. Doing His Job
16. Man Down
17. Home, Sweet Home
18. On a Mission
19. His Destiny
20. "Something's Wrong."
21. Moscow
22. "Something Big"
23. "That's It for You, Pinhead."
24. Egg Chamber
25. The Right Hand of Doom
26. Apocalypse
27. "How Big Could It Be?"
28. The Kiss

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