Hellboy 2 - The Golden Army 2007

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Second big screen outing for the popular cult superhero Hellboy (Ron Perlman), who originally appeared in Mike Mignola's Dark Horse comic series. In this highly acclaimed instalment, the mythical world starts an uprising against humanity in a bid to take over the Earth, and Hellboy and his team are all that stand in their way. Can the superheroic redfaced demon prevent the destruction of mankind once again? Guillermo del Toro writes and directs, and Selma Blair reprises her role as Hellboy's love interest, Liz Sherman.

Starring:
Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Brian Steele, Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, Thomas Kretschmann, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, Anna Walton
Director Guillermo del Toro
Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 8 December 2008
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones, John Hurt, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Thomas Kretschmann, Ron Perlman, Seth MacFarlane, Brian Steele, Selma Blair
Director Guillermo del Toro
Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 8 December 2008
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Hell Boy 2 is a tour de force of the mind and imagination of Guillermo Del Toro. Perhaps best known for his film Pans Labyrinth, he's a director who delights in dark fantasy and twisted beauty; something this film is awash with.

The story does a good job of following on from the original Hell Boy (also by Del Toro) but cleverly it manages to stay true to both of its original roots (the comic book and original film) whilst moving everything on, and giving us something new.

In this instalment of the Hell Boy franchise we're introduced to new characters who join the team and an equally memorable array of villains as was found in the first film - most notably perhaps Mr. Wink.

As you'd expect from Guillermo, the sets, costumes, scenery and creatures are both hideous and stunning in equal measure. We see leg less goblins, the angle of death, speaking tumours, and seed-like elementals, or forest gods, who in death explode to create new life covering vast areas of cities in flora and fauna.

Hell Boy 2, just as Hell Boy 1 was, is a visual masterpiece - but this time Guillermo has a bigger budget and the success of the first film behind him so, as amazing as the first film looked, everything is ramped up 10 fold here.

The extras on the Blu Ray revel that Del Toro had lots of ideas for creatures and monster in the first movie (most notably perhaps, Sammael; fans might remember him) but that due to budget restraints he simply couldn't do. However this time around he got use his ideas and bring them to life on screen.

Guillermo fans will recognise his work instantly anywhere, it's so stunning, original and distinctive. Yet for me it's the way he brings his creations to life and makes his films that make them so special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE on 15 Mar 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Now my feelings are quite different towards the first Hellboy film. I have to admit that although it did have its moments, I found myself becoming bored during the movie. The action sequences were the only relief I felt as when we entered into the emotion sequences I simply found my mind drifting. Guillermo Del Toro's work was completely alien to me until the first Hellboy, now although I did enjoy the original I didn't have many high hopes for the sequel. I guess when he entered into the Hellboy 2 project; Del Toro sought to give us a faster paced, action packed flick that can keep you hooked from the beginning.

In this movie life is great for Big Red (Ron Perlman), he's now in what some would call a perfect relationship with Liz (Selma Blair), and he has a lot of cats and is just enjoying life. Unfortunately the happiness isn't going to last very long as in the dark supernatural underworld, Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) is planning to rise the indestructible Golden Army once again to destroy the human world. His sister who he's linked to by life doesn't agree with his plans and tries to stop the prince reforming the golden crown which would give him ultimate power over the army. She seeks the help of Big Red and the B.P.R.D.

At an increased budget of $80 Million it's obvious from the start that Hellboy 2 is looking to use that budget well. Along with the introduction of a new boss Johann Krauss (Seth Macfarlane), this instalment seeks to introduce a plethora of new fantasy creature. The "Tooth Fairies" are especially bizarre and in a way frightening at their frantic carnivorous nature. A scene that takes place in troll market is especially wonderful with the number of different species going about their daily lives as if in a normal street market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 6 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
hellboy 2 is a lot of fun, if a bit on the predictable side script wise.
visually astonishing, and surely a shoe in for the visual effects oscar next year. the highlight is the superb troll market.
while you can pretty much guess how the story is going to end up, the creatures and monsters on display are absolutely extraordinary. del toro is a genius, and while not quite on a par with pan's labyrinth, this and the original hellboy are his best hollywood movies.
performance wise, it's excellent. ron perlman superb as hellboy, and there isn't a bad performance in the film, even though luke goss is essentially reprising his bad guy role from blade 2, he does what's required very well and makes for a good villain. it's also surprisingly funny and very toungue in cheek, and just to warn, it might be a bit much for young kids. while not as strong as the dark knight, there are several scenes in here that question what the bbfc are doing. i personally think they're just trying to make as many films possible a 12a just to sell tickets. i think a 12 on it's own would have been enough. oh, and anyone who hates fantasy or comic book movies or who has no imagination or sense of humour might want to give this a miss as well. very enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moritz Distelmaier on 1 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
...is the Impression I got when I saw this movie. It has many truly beautyful Scenes. It got the same likable Charakters and even managed to expand some of them - a bit. The Problem for me was, that with the Introductions and general premises out of the way (in Hellboy 1) this film could have taken the Ironies and the non-stereotypical characters and followed this through. It didnt. What we have here ist great popcorn Kino with awesome CGI and dramatic battles, with the aforementioned Depth shining through here and there. The Addition of the ectoplasmic Investigator was an especially tough one (at least for me) to swallow. He seemed to be there merely for comic relief and did not develop much of a characer at all. Even the "Change of Heart" near the end seemed forced and contrived.

All in all this may sound very negative for a 4 star Rating. But this is only the case because the actors/characters and regisseur have so much potential. The Film is NOT bad. And it is very entertaining. But that is also part of the problem- it aims too much to entertain. And so delivers a little less storytelling.
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