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Hellboy [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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Product details

  • Actors: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt, Rupert Evans
  • Directors: Guillermo del Toro, Javier Soto
  • Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Javier Soto, Mike Mignola, Peter Briggs
  • Producers: Javier Soto, Lawrence Gordon
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7ODI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,035 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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In the ongoing deluge of comic-book adaptations, Hellboy ranks well above average. Having turned down an offer to helm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in favor of bringing Hellboy's origin story to the big screen, the gifted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro compensates for the excesses of Blade II with a moodily effective, consistently entertaining action-packed fantasy, beginning in 1944 when the mad monk Rasputin--in cahoots with occult-buff Hitler and his Nazi thugs--opens a transdimensional portal through which a baby demon emerges, capable of destroying the world with his powers. Instead, the aptly named Hellboy is raised by the benevolent Prof. Bloom, founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, whose allied forces enlist the adult Hellboy (Ron Perlman, perfectly cast) to battle evil at every turn. While nursing a melancholy love for the comely firestarter Liz (Selma Blair), Hellboy files his demonic horns ("to fit in," says Bloom) and wreaks havoc on the bad guys. The action is occasionally routine (the movie suffers when compared to the similar X-Men blockbusters), but del Toro and Perlman have honored Mike Mignola's original Dark Horse comics with a lavish and loyal interpretation, retaining the amusing and sympathetic quirks of character that made the comic-book Hellboy a pop-culture original. He's red as a lobster, puffs stogies like Groucho Marx, and fights the good fight with a kind but troubled heart. What's not to like? --Jeff Shannon

Synopsis

Based on the comic book series by Mike Mignola, Guillermo del Toro's gleefully eccentric film follows the supernatural adventures of Hellboy (Ron Perlman), a cigar-chomping, horn-filing demonic hero enlisted by an occult scholar (John Hurt) to fight evil in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence. Along with the fire-throwing Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and the amphibious psychic Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, with the voice of David Hyde Pierce), Hellboy is joined by new recruit John Myers (Rupert Evans), a squeaky-clean FBI agent assigned to keep the big red devil's exploits in check. Things get out of hand, however, when a vicious monster is unleashed by the villainous Rasputin (Karl Roden), leading to events that may set off an apocalyptic nightmare for humanity. Echoing Peter Jackson's passion for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hellboy is a labour of love from del Toro, a long-time fan of the comic and its creator. The director's enthusiasm shows, since Hellboy is a wondrously strange slice of pulpy adventure, mixed with horror and humour, and enhanced by stunning visual effects. In the title role (and lots of red makeup), Perlman is pitch-perfect, giving the good-natured misfit a powerful yet surprisingly sensitive presence. Blair, Evans, Hurt, and other actors are similarly well cast, rounding out an ensemble intent on retaining the movie's dark yet superbly entertaining tone.

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Lore on 1 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
This is an incredibly well-presented DVD set, which contains one of the most uniquely dark and compelling comic book adaptations in recent years. The Reel Collection currently consists of quite a varied and yet oddly modest compilation of films, spread across genres as varied as horror, the historical war movie, science-fiction and some of the great modern classics of cinema. So I doubt that anyone except the most die-hard of film-buffs could justify to themselves purchasing all twelve of the movies in this eclectic compilation, at least not purely for the sake of owning every edition. But going by the quality of this particular example, I have to admit to being tempted myself.

I bought this DVD because I wanted a special edition of this film, a film that in my view breathes new life and dynamism into one of my favourite comic book creations and this edition is nothing if not special...

The Case - composed of a durable, thick card depicting a great image of the film's hero and with an aperture that reveals the tin inside.

Interior - thick protective black foam protects the old-style replica film reel tin that holds the two DVD discs - one for the film and the other for the special-features.

Art Cards (x4) - can be found stored behind the foam. These glossy high-quality images depict some of the best characters and scenes from the movie. On the reverse of each is a short anecdote on the making of the film.

Last, but not least - the menu's and extra's are well-presented and completely comprehensive, just as with the normal 2-disc version, no fan of `Hellboy' could wish for more. In conclusion - I recommend snapping up your copy before it disappears forever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Real Name on 22 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THE AMAZON DESCRIPTION. This steelbook IS region free. It was listed as such during during pre-order period but amazon changed description to B/2 a few days before release for some asinine reason and practically gave me a heart attack. ABC region free symbol is visible on back cover and on the disc. I live in region 1 and it plays fine.

run time is labeled incorrectly as well. this is the director's cut - 132 min.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By xandermac05 on 9 Jan 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This 2012 limited steelbook edition Blu-ray contains the following special features:

Director commentary
Making Of documentary
Deleted scenes
Production workshops
Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud
Trailers

The DVD set I bought in 2005 has all of the above, plus the following:

Director intro
Composer commentary with isolated score
Branching comics
Set visits
Storyboards
Screenplay
Script supervisor's book
Director's notebook

Selma Blair intro
Character biographies
Storyboard/scene comparison
Multi-angle breakdowns
Character sculpture vid gallery
Poster explorations
Filmographies

Ron Perlman intro
Cast video commentary
Comic-Con 2002 Q&A
Production Design galleries
Mike Mignola production art
Concept art galleries
Comic art pinups
+ easter eggs

NOT COOL, SONY.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim.T on 13 Jun 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First off, all those who think this rendition of a comicbook hero fails, have missed the point: Hellboy is very much an ANTI-HERO. How many big-and-bad action heroes do you know who like cats, and eating chillie? Hellboy would rather be eating chillie, and sitting among his many cats, than fighting evil. The juxtaposition of this big softy fighting evil monsters and the undead, accentuated by his comical self-deprecating one-liners which he mutters after vanquishing a villain, is funny. He'd rather be doing anything than fighting evil, and it's this conflict within him which forms the foundation for the film.

'Hellboy', to me anyway, was always a good old fashioned, tongue-in-cheek, good-versus-evil romp and there's now't wrong with that.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Web' on 27 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
When I first read about Hellboy I was a little unsure about the concept, don't get me wrong, I have a particular fascination for movies based on comic characters - especially Marvell comic characters, though being honest I'd never even heard of Hellboy, and based on what I'd read about the character; a red being/creature with one big stone hand/fist and a red pointed tail who, as a child was transported from another dimension (or hell if you like) during a Nazi experiment and is then captured and raised by a secret CIA type organisation and trained to fight evil in return for sanctuary just sounded a little too much for me. However, when I discovered that Ron Perlman (Blade2, Alien Resurrection) had been cast for the part of Hellboy, I decided to give it a watch, and I'm glad I did, it's brilliant!
Ron Perlman is a fine actor, and is brilliant as Hellboy. His fantastic deep rich voice and dry sarcastic wit combined with his cool facial expressions just bring the character to life in a way I don't think anyone else could... Ron Perlman IS Hellboy; He was made for the part!
The story/plot is pretty much standard fair; an evil adversary (Rasputin!) is planning to open a portal to hell and bring civilisation as we know it to an end, and yep you guessed it, Hellboy has to stop him. However, this evil enemy is also not of this earth and has the power to summon all manner of mythical creatures etc to help him achieve his goal; consequently the film is awash with all manner of high quality special effects and CGI, which only adds to this films appeal.
Definitely recommended, I loved it, I'm sure you will too.
Hellboy 2 is already underway; I just hope it's as enjoyable as this.
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