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Hellboy (Bilingual)

Ron Perlman , Doug Jones , Guillermo del Toro    DVD
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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

Special Features

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film...okay I admit it...I'm biased Aug. 5 2004
Glenda Findley said it best, "we were all young once, try looking at this movie through the eyes of an 8 year-old". Don't ever believe because you age, your inner child must fade away. The newest reviews, stated that there was too much emotional or mental bagage...that's talk of narcissistic, self-righteous, over-zealous, egomaniacs, who are more or less likely not to keep in touch with their inner child, feelings, emotions or the sensitivity of others. I couldn't disagree MORE! It is because of the emotional/mental torment that makes these characters so lovable and easy to relate to. I agree, there were many clichés, and "one-liners" used time and time again in this crazy Western popular culture of ours...but remember that this is simply entertainment: take it for what it is and nothing more!
The special effects were spectacular, and as explained in the Bonus DVD are wonderfully executed, thought-out and well planned. This movie does deliver the best eye candy I've seen in a while, in terms of special effects. And it was thoroughly enjoyed by most.
I congratulate Guillero Del Toro, for staying as faithful as he possibly could to the comic book - which by the way is based on the "Seed of Destruction" series.
Although such characters like Abe Sapien (Doug Evans), Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) are not developed enough. I thought it wasn't necessary.(...)
Liz Sherman (for whatever reason's character and acting ability continues to be undermined by her beauty - again by crazy misogynists) represents the severely depressed, yet terribly intelligent, charming, compassionate and giving. Her abilities similar to Abe Sapien's, can only be accessed when they are heightened by emotions/feelings/energies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish fun July 19 2004
"There is a place, a dark place, where ancient evil slumbers, waiting to be awakened," a character warns in the first minutes of "Hellboy." And if you think that ancient evil is going to continue slumbering through a film with a title like "Hellboy," you must be dreaming. Awaken it does -- on two fairly spectacular occasions -- and to defeat it, the world must call upon a guy who could squash Spider-Man with one sweep of his rock-hard right hand, a scarlet-skinned avenger who makes the Hulk look not-so-incredible.
Hellboy, as readers of the Dark Horse comic know, is a half-man, half-demon and, as played by Ron Perlman, he's a whole lotta fun to hang around with. Although he's got brute strength to spare, his fireproof hide hides a tender side: He vainly tries to sand down the pair of horns that keep threatening to sprout out of his broad forehead, he consumes basins of chili and mini-mountains of nachos in one sitting, and he enjoys the company of ... kittens.
The dream project of the gifted Mexican screenwriter and director Guillermo del Toro ("Mimic," "Blade II"), "Hellboy" initially appears to be a flashy mishmash of elements lifted from "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "X-Men," "The Matrix" and other fantasies. But stick with it. Somehow del Toro gives the movie unexpected rhythm and spirit; don't be surprised if you get caught up in this weirdly affecting tale about a superhero bedeviled by his need for acceptance and companionship.
The screenplay by del Toro begins in 1944, as the Nazis and the diabolical Grigori Rasputin (yes, the Mad Monk himself) combine science and black magic to open a portal to Hell. The results are dire for all concerned, and in the midst of the mess a miniature red menace manages to cross over from the dark side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised... July 2 2004
If you are on the fence about seeing this movie, let me recommend seeing this highly. I am an avid movie watcher, and comic book reader, however I have never read a hellboy comic in my life, so I went into this movie with no pre-conceived notions of what to expect. I was a little hesitant, because of the directors previous effort "Blade II". I enjoyed that movie somewhat, but it just wasn't great for me. So needless to say, I really didn't think this movie would be all that. But I was pleasantly surprised. The effects were amazing, the story was great and the actors did a superb job. Ron Perlman was fantastic. I was little hesitant about the fact of him having the lead role, I just didn't think he was that strong of an actor (sorry Ron), but he fit this character like a glove, he was awesome. The other characters were great and the casting was well done. The character interaction in this movie was interesting and fun. This was just a fun sci-fi/action flick that kept me 100% entertained the entire time. I doubt you'll come away thinking this movie is oscar-worthy or anything, but I think most people out there will find it quite enjoyable. You will hear over and over comic afficionados bashing this movie for not being true to the comic books, but I loved it. Not only is it a great movie, but this DVD supposedly has tons of little "goodies" and extra features, that definitely makes buying this DVD worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Del Toro rules. June 20 2004
Sixty years ago Hitler's Thule Society performs a dark ceremony intended to summon a terrible demon into this world in order to usher in the apocalypse. Thwarted by the allies, the dark magicians fail...but not before a child slips through from the demon realm. An infant demon in which through the care and guidance from those who oppose the evil forces, would become Hellboy, the greatest weapon the forces of darkness ever had to face.
It seems Ron Perlman's performance as Hellboy is the closest thing ever to the second coming of Ash. You know, the guy from the Evil Dead trilogy that just ruled over every single person lucky enough to see him on screen. No one BUT Ron Perlman could've brought this character to life in such a glorious manner. However, it is very clear that without Ron Perlman and his clever dialogue, this movie could have been nowhere near as awesome as it turned out to be. But enough about Ron Perlman, on to Guillermo del Toro. Superb action director of Mimic and Blade II, del Toro also is known for his moody aptmospheres and gothic style (check out Cronos or The Devil's Backbone). Hellboy is the ultimate combination of both the intense dramatic action sequences of Blade II and the stylish cinematography of Cronos. Though not my favorite del Toro film (that would The Devil's Backbone), Hellboy is a lot more than dumb comic book fun if you give it a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie.
Published 6 days ago by Lee Soullier
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est parfait
very good
Published 15 days ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hellboy...
I really love Ron Perlman and think he is a fantastic actor. Enjoyed Hellboy II also but not as much as this one. Love a bit of humour in amongst the seriousness of a show.
Published 6 months ago by Diane Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellboy William Hoyland
I like Ron Pearlman and i do enjoy many of the fantasy adventure movies.
The special effects and cinematography are rather cool.
Published 21 months ago by Mark Bibeau
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining,but missing something
i kinda liked this offering from Guillermo Del Toro.it's a sort of
science fiction action adventure hybrid,with some humour thrown
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Published on May 29 2009 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Excellent
One of the few comic adaptations that is not horrible! Far from it in fact. Hellboy is dark and edgy without being horror; it balances fantasy, action, and humour, with an... Read more
Published on April 30 2009 by Cracked Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars In the absence of light, darkness prevails
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars A red hot love story
"There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow"
("Rasputin" by Boney M)

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Published on Aug. 3 2008 by Amanda Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars In the absence of light, darkness prevails
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... Read more
Published on June 14 2008 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars In the absence of light, darkness prevails
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... Read more
Published on June 5 2008 by E. A Solinas
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