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From visionary writer/director Guillermo del Toro (director of Blade II, The Devil's Backbone) comes Hellboy, a supernatural action adventure based on Mike Mignola's popular Dark Horse Comics series of the same name. Born in the flames of hell and brought to Earth as an infant to perpetrate evil, Hellboy (Ron Perlman) was rescued from sinister forces by the benevolent Dr. Broom (John Hurt), who raised him to be a hero. In Dr. Broom's secret Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy creates an unlikely family consisting of the telepathic "Mer-Man" Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), the woman he loves who can control fire. Hidden from the very society that theyprotect, they stand as the key line of defense against an evil madman who seeks to reclaim Hellboy to the dark side and use his powers to destroy mankind.
The Hellboy two-disc set is as loaded as our hero's Samaritan handgun. On the first commentary track, director Guillermo del Toro offers a lot of interesting information on the filming and background of the movie. Mike Mignola, creator of the comic book, is also on hand but seems content to wear his co-executive producer hat in support of del Toro rather than provide deep insight. Perhaps even more listenable is the actors' commentary, with Ron Perlman particularly good. Also on the disc are eight DVD comics (most of which are merely a screen of panels accompanied by rolling text) and behind-the-scenes footage--both of which are accessible through icons while the movie plays, or (thankfully) through separate indexes--along with storyboards and some of the "Gerald McBoing Boing" shorts that Hellboy watches in the movie.
The second disc is highlighted by a huge 147-minute making-of documentary that covers the original comic book, stunt work, visual effects, and more, separated into 27 clearly titled segments (kudos to the organization structure of Javier Soto's supplemental features). Deleted scenes, 3-D sculptures, animatics--there's too much else to mention, and yet there's more on the horizon. Enclosed is a mail-in rebate coupon good for $5 off the purchase of both this two-disc edition and a forthcoming director's cut. Yes, it's another double-dip DVD release, but give it some credit for being relatively up front about the follow-up release and for offering a rebate to those who end up buying both. --David Horiuchi
Classic comicbook stuff come to life here. Guillermo del Toro heads up a group of A List actors for a wild-ass ride through the world of fantasy and action.Published 5 days ago by Marie Minna Kaiser-Schmersey
Excellent movie, with a sequel that actually does better than the original, but both are awesome. If you haven't seen it, grab a copy!Published 20 days ago by DragonXero
Surprisingly good movie. I was not expecting it to be this good. So good, I bought it. Fun to watch when you just don't know what to watch. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Dan Kube
Hellboy is one of my favorite comic-book-to-movie films. Ron Perlman is a good as ever in his acting of Hellboy, staying mostly true to the original source material and then... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mitch
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|Which cut of the film?||
Check the running time...132 minutes. The theatrical cut was only 122 minutes. Also, if you click on the cover art image you will see that it says "Director's Cut" along the top.
May 24, 2007 by EhrHead | See all 3 posts
|Does it come with Spanish subtitles?||
i want to know if the blueray has spanish subtitles or not pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Dec 19, 2010 by Antarki | See all 3 posts
I have no reason to doubt that this is the same transfer as was used for the European BD release. That one had an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a running time of 132 minutes (which denotes the Director's Cut).
Apr 28, 2007 by EhrHead | See all 5 posts
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Sep 22, 2007 by mon-keyboard | See all 3 posts