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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (20th Anniversary Edition)

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In 1988, it emerged as the shocking follow-up to the film that redefined the face of horror. Two decades later, it remains the most brutally original sequel in horror film history. Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence and Kenneth Cranham co-star in this hit sequel from executive producer Clive Barker that experiences the flesh like no other. The time to play has come again: Surrender yourself to the infernal labyrinth of hellbound: Hellraiser II – The 20th Anniversary Edition.

SPECIAL FEATURES

The UNRATED version of the classic 1988 release

Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew

60 MINUTES OF NEW FEATURETTES:

The Soul Patrol  - ALL-NEW interviews with Cenobite performers Simon Bamford, Nicholas Vince, and Barbie Wilde.                                             

Outside The Box  - ALL-NEW interview with Director Tony Randel about how HELLBOUND shaped his creative future.

The Doctor Is In - ALL-NEW interview with Kenneth Cranham on his experiences playing the villainous Dr. Channard.

Under The Skin  - NEVER BEFORE RELEASED IN THE US interview with Doug Bradley (PINHEAD)




Special Features

  • The UNRATED version of the classic 1988 release
  • Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew
  • 60 MINUTES OF NEW FEATURETTES:
  • The Soul Patrol  - ALL-NEW interviews with Cenobite performers Simon Bamford, Nicholas Vince, and Barbie Wilde.                                               Outside The Box  - ALL-NEW interview with Director Tony Randel about how HELLBOUND shaped his creative future.  The Doctor Is In - ALL-NEW interview with Kenneth Cranham on his experiences playing the villainous Dr. Channard. Under The Skin  - NEVER BEFORE RELEASED IN THE US interview with Doug Bradley (PINHEAD)              
  • On-Set Interview with Clive Barker and Cast & Crew
  • Lost in the Labyrinth - Produced by Clive Barker
  • Trailers & TV Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Imogen Boorman, Sean Chapman
  • Directors: Tony Randel
  • Writers: Clive Barker, Peter Atkins
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FU792G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. Watson on September 9, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First of all let me say this review is of the blu-ray itself and not the movie. The movie Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 is a 5 star movie....one of my favorite horror films of all time actually. Image Entertainment really put no effort into this release at all. No extras at all except a very grainy trailer. The picture quality alternates between very grainy and muddy to almost quite nice..literally the entire movie. Certain dark scenes are very bad and then other dark scenes are almost HD showcase quality. Light scenes tended to look better then oddly became grainy and muddy but still watchable. Skin tones also seem more red than they should be.

I know that this is a 20 year old movie but with blu-rays it's kind of expected that a remastered HD transfer is in order(...or else why upgrade?) and i understand this isn't Star Wars, so millions of dollars aren't going to be spent on the remastering process but i would have expected a better end result from Image.

I could actually forgive the image quality because i love this movie so much. What i can't comprehend is the lack of extras. The 20th anniversary DVD from Anchor Bay, which i also have, has audio commentary, interviews and tons of behind the scene footage. Even plenty of new interviews with the cast and crew. Image Entertainment saw fit to include NONE of that.

Sound quality is very good though. For the source material Hellbound sounds better than it ever has. Dialogue is clean and loud scenes will give your subwoofer a slight workout. Being a Hellraiser fan and owning all of the movies on DVD. Even Hellraiser: Hellworld..not something i'm proud of:-) i can say that i am happy to have this on blu-ray and being a sucker for anything Hellraiser related...
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This film is even more complex than the first one. It is a voyage inside the brain, not the individual brain of one person but inside the collective brain of humanity. The brain is a labyrinth and it is entirely dominated and controlled by desires. But this film transforms death into a fourth dimension of life because death is just a permanent imprisonment in this labyrinth facing a permanent non-satisfaction of one's desires that are thus perverted into suffering or the inflicting of suffering to new visitors or arrivers.

But this film gives an explanation of whom the cenobites are. They are men, and eventually women, who made other humans suffer when they were humans themselves. Thus Pinhead was a colonial soldier who enjoyed torturing people. Julia becomes a guide in this labyrinth after her rebirth because she was a killer, a criminal, an assassin in real life. But a new cenobites is born in front of our eyes. The psychiatrist is transformed into a torturer because he was such a man in real life, using scalpels and saws to manipulate and mutilate brains.

The twist of this film is that the cube produces a new shape, a double trihedra that is the very symbol of desires, of the flesh. And it is another victim of the psychiatrist, a young girl who was locked by her mother in the hospital of that man, who is able to solve the puzzle of this double trihedra in order to close the cube again, and it closes the labryinth of desires and the brain.

This film is a metaphor, an enormous metaphor, of society, if we consider the brain as a representation or a mirror image of society, and it is. Hence Clive Barker reaches here a social level that is not always present, in such a complexity, in his work.
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Take all of the delightfully sickening gore of the original Hellraiser, multiply it ten times or so, throw in a deliciously wicked new source of evil, and then provide some background on the origin of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, and you have Hellraiser 2: Hellbound. I love the original movie, but this sequel is even better in so many ways. It essentially picks up the story from the end of the first movie (providing almost too many flashbacks to make sure you are up to speed), where Kirstie (Ashley Laurence) has seen her uncle return to life sans skin to team up with her wicked stepmother to kill her father, and she has somehow survived two encounters herself with the Cenobites. Little did she know that her troubles were really only beginning. We find her in a mental hospital run by the cold and calculating Dr. Cannard (played to the hilt by Kenneth Cranham), who, as luck would have it, has been secretly delving into the secrets of the puzzle box himself. He manages to get the bloody mattress upon which Julia died and brings her back to life with the help of some of his most insane patients. He and Julia use a young girl unable to speak but gifted at solving puzzles to call forth the Cenobites and enter their world to satiate the mad doctor's deep need to "know." Kirstie and the mute girl follow them into the infernal labyrinth where they encounter Kirstie's old friend Pinhead, who allows Kirstie time to explore because, after all, "we have eternity to know your flesh." When Julia takes Dr. Cannard to Leviathan, lord of the labyrinth, god of flesh, hunger, and desire, he becomes a new force for evil in that realm. Before the movie ends, there are some very dramatic events that add much depth to the entire Hellraiser series.
This is a gory movie; make no mistake about that.
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