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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 ...
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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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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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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.

Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • UPC: 043396074095
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD

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 Voice Only
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 Voice Only
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
Rick 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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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Introduction
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Commentaries
         Exclusive Director's Cut Commentary by Guillermo del Toro: On
         Exclusive Director's Cut Commentary by Guillermo del Toro: Off
         Isolated Score With Commentary by Composer Marco Beltrami: On
         Isolated Score With Commentary by Composer Marco Beltrami: Off
      DVD Comics
         Branching DVD Comics: On
         Branching DVD Comics: Off
         Index
            Ragnarok: The Gate of the Dragon
            Abe Sapien
            The Samaritan
            Pancakes
            Hellboy's Belt: The Talismans
               Lucky Marzipan Skull
               Saint Christopher
               Cornelius Agrippa Charm
               The Horseshoe
               Stone Figure, 3500 BC
               Silver Denarius
               Finger Bone of Davy Crockett
               Bottle of Tears
               Eye of Artum-Ra
               The Rosary
            Hellboy Scrapbook
            Rasputin: A Short Biography
            Kroenen
      "The Right Hand of Doom" Set Visits
         Set Visits: On
         Set Visits: Off
         Index
            Play All
            Abbey Ruins
            Broom's Office
            Machen Library Alley
            Subway Station
            Subway Tunnels
            Kroenen's Lair
            Egg Chamber
            Catacombs
      Storyboard Track
         Storyboard Track: On
         Storyboard Track: Off
      Dvd-Rom
   Scene Selections
   Set Up
      Audio Set Up: English
      Audio Set Up: French/Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French/Français
      Subtitles: Subtitles Off
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Introduction
   Egg Chamber
      Deleted Scenes
         Director Commentary by Guillermo del Toro: On
         Director Commentary by Guillermo del Toro: Off
         Breaking the Ice Wall
         Cab Ride
         Russian Warehouse
      Documentary
         Play All
         Pre-Production: From Graphic Novel to Film
         Pre-Production: Clay Monsters/Comic-Con '02
         Pre-Production: Creating Conditions and Atmosphere: The Look and Stunts of Hellboy
         Principal Photography: Day 1: John Hurt, Hellboy's Pop
         Principal Photography: Day 6: Resurrecting the Dead
         Principal Photography: Day 10: Reconstructing Liz
         Principal Photography: Day 12: Power Over Grace: Wire Stunt Work
         Principal Photography: Day 14: Westside Highway: Digital Effects
         Principal Photography: Day 21: Machen Library: Practical Effects on Display
         Principal Photography: Day 24: "Ron Is Hellboy": Prosthetic Make-Up Effects
         Principal Photography: Day 35: Constructing the Mecha-Glove
         Principal Photography: Day 38: Screaming Nazi Skull: Digital Effects
         Principal Photography: Day 58: Translating Conceptual Art to Film
         Principal Photography: Day 60: Abraham Sapien: Prosthetic Make-Up Effects
         Principal Photography: Day 70: Piecing Kroenen Together: Prosthetic Effects
         Principal Photography: Day 73: The Right Hand of Doom
         Principal Photography: Day 75: Sammael, the Desolate One: Creature Effects
         Principal Photography: Day 78: Digital Fish Man: Character Animation, Pt. 1
         Principal Photography: Day 82: Clothes Make the Boy: Costume Design
         Principal Photography: Day 85: Monster Brawl: Subway Platform Stunts
         Principal Photography: Day 103: Giving the Devil His Due: The Cinematography of Hellboy
         Principal Photography: Day 109: Digital Hellhound: Character Animation, Pt. 2
         Principal Photography: Day 113: Sketching Out the Bridge Sequence With Del Toro
         Principal Photography: Day 114: "Something Big": Digital Effects
         Second Unit: Day 8: Digital Demon: Character Animation, Pt. 3
         Post Production: Sound Design, ADR & Scoring
         Post Production: The Premiere
      Filmographies & Character Biographies
         Guillermo del Toro
         Mike Mignola
         Guillermo Navarro
         Ron Perlman
            Hellboy - Character Biography: Illustrated
            Hellboy - Character Biography: Text
         Selma Blair
            Liz Sherman - Character Biography: Illustrated
            Liz Sherman - Character Biography: Text
         John Hurt
            Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm - Character Biography: Illustrated
            Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm - Character Biography: Text
         Doug Jones
         Jeffrey Tambor
            Dr. Tom Manning - Character Biography: Illustrated
            Dr. Tom Manning - Character Biography: Text
         Rupert Evans
            Agent John Myers - Character Biography: Illustrated
            Agent John Myers - Character Biography: Text
         Karel Roden
            Grigory Rasputin - Character Biography: Illustrated
            Grigory Rasputin - Character Biography: Text
         Lawrence Gordon
         Lloyd Levin
         Mike Richardson
         Patrick Palmer
         Marco Beltrami
   Kroenen's Lair
      Scene Progression: Ogdru Jahad
      Animatics
         Introduction
         Hellboy & Sammael (West Side Street)
            View the Comparison
            View the Animatic Full Screen
         Hellboy & Sammael (Subway)
            View the Comparison
            View the Animatic Full Screen
         Hellboy & Abe (Underwater Chamber)
            View the Comparison
            View the Animatic Full Screen
         Behemoth
            View the Comparison
            View the Animatic Full Screen
      Board-A-Matics
         Introduction
         B.P.R.D. Lift
            View the Comparison
            View the Board-A-Matic Full Screen
         Bellamie Hospital
            View the Comparison
            View the Board-A-Matic Full Screen
         The Bridge
            View the Comparison
            View the Board-A-Matic Full Screen
         Hellboy (Rooftop)
            View the Comparison
            View the Board-A-Matic Full Screen
         Supported Beam Tunnel
            View the Comparison
            View the Board-A-Matic Full Screen
      Storyboard Comparisons
         Ragnarok
            Proceed
         Machen Library
            Proceed
         Hellboy & Sammael (Subway Platform)
            Proceed
         The Corpse
            Proceed
   Maquette Video Gallery
      Baby Hellboy
         Proceed
      Abe Sapien
         Proceed
      Sammael
         Proceed
      Ogdru Jahad
         Proceed
      The Corpse
         Proceed
      Behemoth
         Proceed
   Bellamie Hospital
      Theatrical Trailers & TV Spots
         Play All
         Trailer #1
         Trailer #2
         Ancient Evil - Final
         Team
         Evil's Back
         Kroenen
         Bump
         Origin
         Only Hope - Cutdown
         Guillermo - English
         Guillermo - Spanish
         Previews
            Seinfeld
            Spider-Man 2
            Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
            13 Going on 30
            White Chicks
            Stephen King Presents Kingdom Hospital
            Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
            Resident Evil: Apocalypse
            Kaena
            The Forgotten
      Print Campaign
         Poster Explorations
            Proceed
         Final Campaign
            Proceed
   Previews
      Seinfeld
      Spider-Man 2
      Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
      13 Going on 30
      White Chicks
      Stephen King Presents Kingdom Hospital
      Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
      Resident Evil: Apocalypse
      Kaena
      The Forgotten
   Hellboy Merchandise
Side #3 -- Disc 3
   Introduction
   Cast Video Commentary
   Production Workshops
      Make-Up and Lighting Tests With Commentary by Guillermo del Toro
      Visual Effects How-To's: Bellamie Hospital/B.P.R.D. Lift Miniatures
      Visual Effects How-To's: Computer Generated Sets/Behemoth
      Visual Effects How-To's: Liz's Fire
   Q&A Archive: Comic-Con 2002 With Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola
      Proceed
   A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics With Scott McCloud
   Galleries
      Conceptual Art and Production Stills
         Conceptual Art
            Proceed
               Abe Sapien
               Baby Hellboy
               Behemoth
               Broom's Box
               Kroenen
                  Body
                  Gearbox
                  Gun
                  Hand
                  Mask
                  Syringe
                  Vest
                  Weapons
               Ogdru Jahad
               Sammael
               Talismans & the Samaritan
               The Corpse
         Production Design
            Proceed
               B.P.R.D.
               Ice Cavern
               Ragnarok Machine
               Spike Labyrinth Room
         Costume Design
            Proceed
         Set Photography
            Proceed
               Abe Sapien
               Professor Broom
               Grigory Rasputin
               Hellboy
               Kroenen
               Liz Sherman
               Dr. Tom Manning
               Agent Myers
               Special Shoot
               Guillermo del Toro
               Set Design & Art Direction
               Props
      Mike Mignola Pre-Production Art
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    In no way, shape, or form as good as the comic.

    Ooh...this movie is a spit in the face to a great comic. As a standalone film, it's passable, but the comic is supposed to be a horror series. They transformed it into a just okay super-hero flick.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hellboy Delivers With a Stone Punch!

    Hellboy (Director's Cut) is one rollercoaster ride and an unexpectedly good movie. Ron Perlman is great as the lead character and the images of the Cthulhu creatures are very realistic. This 3 disc special edition contains a new film cut of 13 minutes of footage not seen in the original version.<BR/>Hellboy is a creature brought into our world by the Nazi's. He is raised by a scientist and now works for a secret government agency that takes down paranormal activity. His love interest is a young lady (played by Selma Blair) who is a firestarter. All hell breaks loose when Rasputin (the man that brought Hellboy into our world) returns to capture Hellboy and open a rift that will unlease the Apocalypse on an unexpecting world.<BR/>Special Features are massive.<BR/>Disc one: New movie cut; Commentary and Video Intruduction by Guillermo Del Toro; Composer Commentary with Isolated Score; DVD Comics that branch with the film; Set visits and Factoids; Storyboard Track; DVD-ROM features<BR/>Disc two: Video Introduction by Selma Blair; 3 deleted scenes; 2 and a half hour in-depth look at the making of the movie; Charater Bios; Motion Board-A-Matics; Animatics; Multi-Angle Storyboard Comparisons; Galleries; Trailers and TV Spots; Filmographies; Posters; Weblink to Hellboy Merchandise.<BR/>Disc 3: Video Introduction by Ron Perlman; Cast Video Commentary; Production Workshops; Makeup and Lighting Tests; Comic-Con 2002; Quick Guide to understanding Comics; Director's Notebook; Photo Galleries; Pre-Production Art; Conceptual Art Galleries; Comic Book Artists Pin-Ups<BR/>The Hellboy collection also contains a booklet on an excerpt from the Diary of Gregory Rasputin.<BR/>Easter Egg's: <BR/>Put in Disc 1 for first egg: Watch the introduction, Highlight Introduction again, Press up on control and you will see 3 eggs in the left hand corner. Press enter on control, Watch Del Toro talk about a mistake <BR/>For the second egg on Disc 1: Go to special features, scroll down to main menu, Press down on control and you will see 3 eggs in the left hand corner. Press enter on control, Scroll through the "Overhead at the Monitor" <BR/>cards. <BR/><BR/>Put in disc 2 and go to Kroenen's Lair. You'll find 3 eggs here. <BR/>First egg: Go to Animatics, Highlight Back, Press down on the controller, You will then see 3 eggs, Press enter and watch the secret animatic <BR/>Second egg: Go to Board-A-Matics, Highlight Back, Press down on the controller, You will then see 3 eggs to right side of the picture underneath "Back", Press enter and watch the secret board-a-matic <BR/>Third egg: Go to Storyboard Comparisons, Highlight Back, Press Down on the controller, 3 eggs will appear, Press enter and watch the secret storyboard <BR/>comparison

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hellboy

    Never heard of the comic but the movie is quite entertaining and you'll just want to see it again and again, practically not getting tired off it that much. Del Toro is quite the director and does a good job with this movie with its humour and action sequences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Necessary Evil

    I never read or heard about 'Hellboy' but I did enjoy the film. Ron Perlman seems to look better in makeup than he does in real life since that TV show, 'Beauty and the Beast'.This movie shows you that when you are fresh out of choices to battle evil, why not let a necessary evil do the job for you, and that's where Hellboy comes in.This being becomes more reliable than someone who is good because this 'evil' person(which is really a dark hero)is on the same wavelength with the dark side of humanity, and you know that he can pull it off. I highly recommend this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    faithful to the comic

    This movie was great! As a fan of the comic book I didn't know if I was happy that they were going to make a Hellboy movie, but they stayed true to the spirit of the book. I expected a lot from this movie and I was still surprised. By the way Ted Danson is NOT in this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised

    I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like this movie, but it turned out to be rather enjoyable. Good story, interesting characters (both good & evil). The special effects were great and not so overwhelming that they deterred from the story...which is really hard to do nowadays. There were a couple of glaring story holes though, which I found distracting. But overall I enjoyed this movie, a lot more than I ever thought I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Gothic Style Comic Book Hero Movie

    Wow! I didn¿t expect this one. I loved HELLBOY. Lately I¿ve been wondering if the comic book hero movie had run its course. I had been very disappointed in several in the past (LXG and the HULK), but HELLBOY redeems this genre. There¿s a plot. The set decorations are wonderfully gothic as are the characters. The villains were creepy but very interesting. The CGI is very good. The music goes with the story. There¿s action, plenty of action, and it makes sense. It¿s not unwarranted in the storyline. Ron Perlman brings the character of Hellboy to life. Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, and John Hurt are all great as the other main characters. I love the Lovecraftian monsters; they were beautifully realized. There¿s a love triangle. The characters have problems, but they don¿t wallow in them too much. The action continues on even though they might have troubles. That¿s so refreshing to see; you can have angst and action. The characters also have a sense of humor. This movie is stunning and artistic in its own eccentric way. Did you notice the statue of the Archangel Michael slaying the dragon (the devil) in the study, and in the masquerade scene the Del Toro is dressed up as a dragon and Mignola is Saint George? Goes with the theme of keeping hellish creatures in their place. Very fun. I understand a lot of comic book fans don¿t like this movie. It looks like the comic book creator, Mike Mignola collaborated on this movie and he seems to like it. I¿m a movie/film fan and that¿s how I judge it. As a movie, it was fun and enjoyable. -- Leslie Strang Akers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacular! A triumph!

    Awesome is the only word to describe the beauty of this movie. It had a real plot, short, but effective. It was a great movie. Not as funny as Men In Black, but it's not supposed to be. I really liked this movie. Ron Perlman is one of the most, if not THE most, underappreciated actors of our time. He is phenomenal to say the least as I'm sure his co-stars would agree. John Hurt is magnificent as Dr. Bloom. I love just about every movie John Hurt's starred in. His acting is beyond words. Selma Blair was wonderful as the love interest - although not as good as she was in Cruel Intentions, but it was a bigger part. Hellboy makes the Spawn movie look like a screen joke. In another artistic class altogether. That minion of Rasputin's gave me the ultimate heebie jeebies. I'm going to have nightmares about him. The horrible evil unleashed at the end reminded me of Lovecraft's Yog-sothoth!!! Hellboy rocks. The director and screenwriter deserves a nod for this. Art as its creator intended. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Superhero Movie

    This movie was excellent. Everything from the plot to CG was amazing. Ted Danson did a great job as the lead. After a movie like this I understand why all of the other studios jumped in to make superhero movies. Unfortunately some of those movies like Hulk and Ven Helsing were horrible. But others like X-Men and Spiderman really did a good job of imitating the Hellboy formula and making a good movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film!

    I loved Hellboy. I t was a great romantic action film. The cast they picked for this motion picture were great, but Selma Blair kind of brought down the movie. I think it would have been better if Selma Blair wasn't Hellboy's girlfriend. I didn't mind at first, but at the end I just though the film would have been a lot better with someone else playing his girlfriend. It kind of seemed realistic to me at first, but now I didn't like it very much at the end. But this film turned out to be really good.

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