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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comic-book Movie,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)The Hellboy comics are great, so when I heard about a movie, I began to fear a repeat of "League of Extoridnary Gentlemen" which was dire to say the least - but to my surprise it was a great story and a wonderful movie, even if fans of the comics disagree at times on this point.
Ron Perlman is great as hellboy even under all the heavy makeup. Along with a great suporting cast including the legendary John Hurt as the proffessor that found him.
Much to my surprise and delight, much of the movie's special effects are done practially with models, stunts & actual objects. Some of the key creatures are of course CGI as there would be no way to visualise them otherwise - but its done tastefully for once.
The Director's Cut makes alittle more sense and fleshes out some important scenes. The bouns features are interesting and informing, and give you a good idea of just how this movie was made.
The only down point I can make is that the PAL colouring spoils some of the subitle effects that are present in the NTSC version - but I'm a NTSC freak so dont let that put you off getting this otherwise great set, it's well worth the price.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION ALL MOVIE COMPANIES...,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)THIS is the way to do a 'special edition box set'. Three discs - theatre and significantly longer director's cuts on 2 of the three discs. A third disc which has a documentary which is longer than the film itself! AND more extras as well than anyone could reasonably want - photos, trailers, mini-docs, interviews, video introductions...
Heck there's even a documentary with Scott McCloud! (for those of you who don't know, an expert on comics generally.)
It's as though they had Peter Jackson in charge of the extras presentation! Has anybody actually watched and seen everything on here? You could spend days on it...
LOTR DVDs aside, this is probably the most complete 'special edition' I own and it lives up to the name.
In fairness, I thought the film was good rather than great but the DVD package is simply outstanding. In an ideal world all my favourite films would have this type of quality presentation.
If you are a fan of the film - why haven't you bought this already? It puts the standard edition right into the shade...
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the absence of light, darkness prevails,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)While some good directors never quite "get it," it took Guillermo Del Toro only one misfire -- the icky, slow-paced "Blade 2" -- to get the whole comic-book adaptation thing right.
In fact, just about everything is right with "Hellboy" -- Del Toro crafted an action blockbuster with a grimy, slimy cult-movie feel and a quirky sense of humor. It's graced with excellent acting, spectacular action scenes, and the trappings of clockpunk and Lovecraftian horror -- not to mention that it stars a six-foot-tall scarlet demon with a soft spot for kittens.
In 1944, young Professor Broom accompanied an army regiment to a remote Scottish island, where the Nazis -- led by Rasputin -- were about to open a portal to another world, and allow the vast tentacled Ogru Jahad (Seven Gods of Chaos) to enter our world. Rasputin and the Nazis were destroyed, but something came through the portal -- a baby demon, whom Broom names Hellboy.
Fast-forward sixty years -- a grown Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his fishy friend Abe (Doug Jones) are working at a paranormal government agency that specializes in policing the supernatural, with the weirded-out Agent Myers (Rupert Evans) just joining the team. Soon afterwards, Hellboy is called on to kill Sammael the Hellhound -- but it turns out that Sammael can replicate himself indefinitely.
As Hellboy and his team try to hunt down the remaining Sammaels, the dying Professor Broom (John Hurt) finds that a revived Rasputin and his immortal Nazi followers have orchestrated all this. And Rasputin is continuing to pull the strings behind the scenes -- including using Hellboy's love Liz (Selma Blair), a depressed pyrokinetic. And when Hellboy suffers a devastating loss, his journey will take him right back to his roots -- and the potential destruction of the world.
Watching "Hellboy," it's easy to see how Guillermo Del Toro because world-famous for the exquisitely dark "Pan's Labyrinth," and why he's been chosen to direct the forthcoming "Hobbit" movies. This adaptation could have just been another paint-by-numbers comic-book story, but Del Toro gives it the kind of grime, quirk, brains and heart that a lasting cult movie should have.
Part of that cult appeal is "Hellboy's" distinctive look, with Lovecraftian tentacle-gods and some steampunky details. And the action scenes are pretty spectacular -- trains, slimy hellhounds, sword-swinging Nazis with chopped-up faces, giant clock cogs, and a fiery explosion in a mental asylum. And there are some truly spectacular action scenes in a vast underground labyrinth, full of ancient hammers and collapsing bridges. There's just enough action and grossness, without going overboard.
But Del Toro is able to balance out the action with some truly touching moments, such as the aged Broom's final scenes in his firelit study. And there's a lot of dark humor here as well -- and not all of it is Hellboy's dry one-liners. The movie is liberally peppered with dark humor moments ("1945, you mean. Hitler died in '45." "DID he now?"), including some hilariously macabre scenes involving a bad-tempered Russian zombie ("This is Ivan Klimatovich. Say hi, Ivan." "Go that way, Red Monkey!").
Most importantly, Del Toro is able to give his characters little human quirks -- hair plugs, love of cats, and Hellboy sanding down his horns in the morning. Perlman is simply amazing as "Red," whose gruff scarlet exterior hides a kindly, affectionate heart. Not many actors could emote through that many prosthetics (including a very lifelike tail), but Perlman makes it look natural.
Though he's playing a ninetyish old professor, Hurt plays his role with a quiet, powerful sense of goodness. Jones and Evans also do excellent jobs, one as an erudite psychic fish-man ("We lead a charmed life," he observes as cockroaches skitter around him) and an earnest young agent. Selma Blair is the one downside -- she sort of mumbles in a monotone most of the time.
"Hellboy" is one of the best comic-book adaptations that Hollywood has turned out, primarily because of the darker, eerier aesthetic Guillermo Del Toro brings to it. Definitely a must-see.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best super hero film to date,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)I was really surprised with Hellboy when I first laid eyes on it. It appeared to just be another average, run of the mill action romp. How wrong I was.
The character of Hellboy in itself is just fantastic. A demon turned demon hunter with the macho charisma and unstoppable burliness of a freight train. Hellboy rocks, no argument. The story is very well planned with the past, present and future all clearly depicted. I also find it's a fairly mature film in that along with all the brilliant action you also catch a glimpse of social interaction like how Hellboy is seen as an outcast. 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Hellboy.,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)If you were to guess a Christian theology graduate's favourite post-LOTR fantasy movie you wouldn't pick the big red monkey would you? Great action, cool villians plus a great cocktail of puppetry, physical effects and CGI create a memorable tale of charm and style. Add to this a great suite of extras and it becomes a classic DVD.
Many of you won't give a damn about my religious views (and quite right too) my point is this: despite my convictions I loved this movie. But bear with me when I say Hellboy has an understanding of the role of a hero that makes a pleasant change from the nihilism of Spidey, Bats or even Bond. Hellboy doesn't revel in violence; in fact it bores him- he'd rather try to reason with his foes and draws not an ounce of pleasure from his fights, really he sees his role as a super-powered pest-controller. He merely does what necessary to save the day. Ron Perlman gives a great performance giving Hellboy a poignancy, dignity and intensity that means we ignore his appearance and sympathise with his loneliness.
Profound but not preachy, thrilling but not inane - simply great.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellyes!,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)"Guillermo Del Toro is a force of nature". That's what Perlman said on the Hellboy commentary. I couldn't agree more. His films, although not all perfect, just have a magical feel to them. Cronos and The Devil's Backbone were spellbinding and Blade 2 kicked serious ass. I consider Mimic his only misstep to date but the atmospere was pure Del Toro.
Helloy was not really a mainstream comic but it gathered quite a large fanbase in the end. Bringing Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, along for the ride was the best thing Del Toro could have done. The film is probably as close you can get to the comic as possible, and believe me that's a good thing. It's really hard to imagine anyone else than Ron Perlman in the lead, he just owns the role and dominates the film. As a whole Del Toro manages to pull all the different elements together to create a truly remarkable world of wonder and monsters. It's too bad I already bought the other edition of this movie, but I might just get this one anyway. I recommend reading the comics as well, they are great fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun,
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This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)The film Hellboy is purely and simply good fun to watch. Lots of action with a lot of humour as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter classic,
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This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)Can't begin to say how much I love this film.
The Mood, the design, the music, the BRILLIANT prosthetic effects, and just a fantastic production all round.
Perfect level of Smart-Ass-ness, and Ron Perlmans' portrayal of Big Red is genuinely awesome, and strangely endearing.
Ah the pebbles on the rooftop...
Can't recommend it highly enough, and this edition has some fantastic extras, which only made it more of a great buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellboy for Fanboys!,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)£2 doesn't get you an awful lot these days (a bus ticket perhaps?) but it does get you this impressive 3 disc box set! The film itself, director's cut or theatre release, is worth buying on its own and I'd even argue that it betters the first few volumes of the comic series. The real value is the sheer amount of special features and commentaries that take you behind the scenes make this a great purchase. I thoroughly recommend buying this edition. So, if you are still enjoying DVD and haven't jumped ship for BluRay, this is a fantastic bargain.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal for the price,
This review is from: Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   (DVD)This a must for fan's of Hellboy of Del Toro. Three discs, new features and a new audio commentary by Del Toro on the extended cut make this a bargain for the price.
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Hellboy (Director's Cut) [DVD]   by Guillermo del Toro (DVD - 2006)
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