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Hellboy (2 Disc Special Edition) (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


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5.0 out of 5 stars In the absence of light, darkness prevails Oct. 9 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format: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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A red hot love story Aug. 3 2008
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow"
("Rasputin" by Boney M)

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. German military says "Ra Ra Rasputin" , and tries to open a portal to another dimension
2. US Army shows up and all Hellboy breaks loose
3. Forget music - it's a Baby Ruth that soothes a savage beast
4. Fast forward 60 years and Hellboy and his friends are attached to the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense
5. His friends include a fishy character named Abe, and a hot chick named Liz who's in denial
6. Rasputin and his gang show up and release a nasty creature named Sammael who goes forth and multiplies
7. Newbie from the FBI gets baptism by fire
8. Lots of killings follow
9. As Inigo Montoya (from Princess Bride) once said (several times) "......Prepare to die"

Lots of paranormal stuff, out-of-this-world special effects, and strong performances by Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, John Hurt, Doug Jones and Karel Roden, among others, make for an action-packed fantasy adventure in itself, and recommended viewing before watching Hellboy II

A red hot love story that's definitely not a chick flick.

Amanda Richards
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the absence of light, darkness prevails June 14 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the absence of light, darkness prevails June 5 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format: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. All this, and it stars a six-foot-tall demon with a soft spot for kittens.

In 1945, 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 supernatura. The nervous newbie Agent Myers (Rupert Evans) is kind of weirded out. 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie.
Published 1 month ago by Lee Soullier
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est parfait
very good
Published 1 month 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 7 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 22 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Flick for the Times
When I first watched this movie, judging the cover, it is as expected. A really good curios movie. I found it to be quite interesting, although not a fan of Selma Blair (Ultra... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2006 by A. Chaney
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad...more of a cult film.
As people know, cult films will always have people who love it, and people who hate it. I hate it. There's just too much stuffed in, not as much demon fighting as expected, the... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2005 by RICK
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Terrible
Quite simply, one of the worst movies I have ever had the unfortunate luck to sit through. There are always loyal fans for every possible movie, however, this is so bad, that for... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2005 by Kevin
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