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Hellboy: Sword of Storms (Animated) (2006)

Phil Weinstein  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: Phil Weinstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJTFEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hellboy: Sword of Storms (Animated)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Supervising Producer/Director Tad Stones and Director Phil Weinstein
  • "To Hell And Back – How Mike Mignola Created Hellboy" featurette
  • "A New Breed – Creating The New Hellboy" featurette
  • "Conquering Hellboy – The Actors Role" featurette
  • "A View From The Top" featurette on "The "Heads" sequence
  • Keepers of Hellboy – A Comic Con 2006 Panel Discussion
  • "Hellboy Goes East" featurette on the inspirations, backstories and secrets of Hellboy: Sword of Storms
  • DVD Rom: weblinks, storyboards and more
  • 32 page Comic Book created by Mike Mignola

Editorial Reviews

In this first animated feature from Director Tad Stones (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command), and Creative Producers Mike Mignola (creator of HELLBOY comics) and Guillermo del Toro (writer/director of the HELLBOY movie), a folklore professor becomes unwittingly possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning. But when The Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense dispatches a team of agents to investigate, a cursed samurai sword sends Hellboy (Ron Perlman) to a supernatural dimension of ghosts, monsters and feudal mayhem.Now while pyrokinetic Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and fishboy Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) battle one very pissed-off dragon, a lost and cranky Hellboy must find his way home. Even if he can survive the perilous journey, how much crap does a guy have to put up with from the two most vengeful and ferocious spirits of Japanese legend?

Features:
Widescreen Presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Teaser Trailer

Still Galleries

Original Production Art

A New Breed: Creating - The New Hellboy

A VIEW FROM THE TOP - The "Heads" sequence

Also on DVD

Audio Commentary Featuring Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Supervising Producer/Director Tad Stones and Director Phil Weinstein

Conquering Hellboy - The Actor's Role

DVD Rom - Live Transcript; Live Transcript Search; Synced Storyboards; Enhanced Script to Screen; Documentary Sync; Kill count - which keeps track of each of the major characters' kills; Character sync; A ""Key Moments"" list; Weblinks

Hellboy Goes East: A Revealing look at many of the inspirations, backstories and secrets of Hellboy: Sword of Storms. This includes: Tale Spin - A deconstruction of the ""Spider Lady"" sequence; Prop Perfecture - A look at how ordinary objects animate to life; Origins - The filmmakers are inspired by Japanese mythology; Samurai Songs - Hellboy's music to live and fight by

Keepers of Hellboy: A Comic Con 2006 Panel Discussion

Motion Menus

To Hell And Back - How Mike Mignola Created Hellboy (Part I)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to a Hellboy fan's collection! February 1, 2007
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This animated movie's story is more in line with the Hellboy comic book stories than the live-action movie was, and while officially unrated, it's similar to the live-action movie and the comic books. I'd probably give Sword of Storms a PG-13, with [...].

I love, LOVE, the mythical creatures used in this movie, it's much like the comic in that way. I have a softspot for folklore monsters being used in comics, books, & movies, especially when it's normally obscure folklore stories (like the Japanese flying heads or the Baba Yaga, for instance... Hellboy comic readers know what I'm talking about). I'm just not into the Marvel spandex-and-cape-wearing superheroes, they don't appeal to me at all, so in contrast, Hellboy and his friends feel like the perfect superheroes to me.

Voice acting is great here, though I'm biased because I couldn't imagine Hellboy's voice before Ron Perlman took the part. The other actors do a great job as well, and the sound effects were great (I watched it with surround sound when it was on TV). The animation has great lighting and colors, I thought (I say "great" way too much, I know), although the characters do look a little, well, "Kim Possible". Just a little. Not a bad job, though. I kept up with the movie's production diary on another website, and Tad Stones (the movie's director) was saying why they had to do that style for the animation: Hellboy needed eyebrows to show expression, Kate looks younger than she does in the Mignola comics because in animation any lines on her face would make her look like she was 70, etc. Stuff like that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Ugh! I was breathing your burps?" December 31, 2006
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HELLBOY: SWORD OF STORMS is the first of two (so far) animated Hellboy films; it debuted on the Cartoon Network on October 28, 2006. The second animated offering, HELLBOY: BLOOD AND IRON, is slated to air in 2007. For those not in the know, Hellboy is a very popular and successful Dark Horse comic book character conceived, written, and illustrated by long time comic book artist Mike Mignola. HELLBOY: SWORD OF STORMS is not a follow up film to the live action HELLBOY, but, instead, bears a closer similarity to the comic book version. Here, for example, Hellboy and Liz do not have a romantic relationship and Abe Sapien is not psychic. However, pertinent cast members from the live action movie do lend their voices to this animated effort, with the exception of the film-uncredited David Hyde Pierce, who had originally voiced over Doug Jones's Abe Sapien role. Here, Doug Jones gets a chance to do his own vocal work, and he doesn't suck.

Some more background for the casual viewer: Hellboy, a baby demon summoned to Earth by Nazi occultists in 1944 - during WW2's final days - and subsequently adopted and raised by the U.S. Army from infanthood on, is one of the good guys. Hellboy makes a powerful ally as his demonic origins equip him with superhuman strength, near invulnerability, an immunity to fire, and a gigantic stone hand (called the Right Hand of Doom, which is prophesied to be instrumental in bringing about the Apocalypse; but that's got nothing to do with this film). Hence, the big coat-wearing, big gun toting, now mature Hellboy has become the primary agent of the U.S. Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, an entity dedicated to defending humanity from supernatural threats. Which now brings us to HELLBOY: SWORD OF STORMS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely Hellboy February 19, 2007
By Simon
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Hellboy: Sword of Storms is the titular character's first-ever animated adventure. While investigating an ancient Japanese sword, Hellboy is sucked into a mystical world and is forced to do battle with monsters and demons before he can return home. And if he makes it home, he must face two ancient gods ready to destroy the world. But hey, nothing's ever easy.

Fans of Mike Mignola's comics or the recent Hellboy movie will love this adventure. True it doesn't use Mignola's distinctive art style, but it maintains a look that is distinctively 'Hellboy' while at the same time being much easier to animate. Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and Doug Jones return to voice their movie roles, and seasoned vets Peri Gilpin, John Hurt, and Phil LaMarr carry the supporting characters. Perlman again proves he is the only choice for Hellboy, and his deadpan delivery is amusing in itself as well as emphasizing some of Hellboy's actions.

This dvd is fully loaded. Lots of featurettes, audio commentary, and footage taken from the panel at the San Diego comic-con. With the first release, Hellboy blows away all previous DTV efforts from Disney, Marvel, and Warner Bros.

I recommend this to anyone in search of a good comic book story with sharp writing and good animation. Truly fills the gap left open by the departure of Justice League Unlimited, and is far better than the recent Marvel efforts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation of Mike Mignola's Comic February 19, 2007
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Usually, these direct-to-video animated comic adaptations are pretty bad, but this one is great. It has an involving story and decent animation. It is NOT a watered-down version of a story taken from the comic; although it is not as bloody as the comic but that was to be expected.

Well worth your time and $$$.
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Published 19 days ago by Bradford Uyeda
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellboy. Hell yes!
This is a good animated adventure of Hellboy. I liked the first two live action movies and this complements them.
Published 4 months ago by Don Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I am a fan of the hellboy comics and I thought that this movie was decent for the average fan
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Published 8 months ago by vampire mother
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A huge fan of Hellboy, I've always wanted to finish my animated collection and was glad I was able to attain this. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasing animated Hellboy
Sword of Storms(released Feb/06)stars the voices of Ron Perlman in the title role of Hellboy,Selma Blair as Liz and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Me Explain...
...this is an animated film, based on the Hellboy comics as much as on the live-action movies. All the original voice cast from the live-action movies, is still here. Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Sci Fi Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars hell why did they make it
The quality of the video was good but the plot was thin. Ron Perlman and the other actors played their parts well but were limited by the script. Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by A. Glatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the live action Hellboy!
Sword of Storms makes the transfer from graphic novel to animated feature brilliantly. This story centers around Japanese mythology, beginning with the BPRD (Bureau for Paranormal... Read more
Published on July 10, 2010 by Isaac J. Mahoney
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