||Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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Deleted Scenes with Optional Director's Commentary
Troll Market Tour with Director Guillermo del Toro
Feature Commentary with Guillermo del Toro
Zinco Epilogue Animated Comic
An all-access pass to del Toro's HBII set
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 120 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
The fate of mankind hangs in the balance when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. It's up to Hellboy and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!
I thought for a while that I had a crush on Hellboy - hands down, he's more attractive to me than any silly guy in a bat suit. I think, though, that it's really Guillermo del Toro I'm after. That man can direct horror, humor, and heroes, and he does it all with such passion and heart that it's impossible not to be swept up and transported into whatever world he's created.
Once upon a time there occurred a violent, brutal war between the world of the elves and the world of the humans. Finally, after devastating loss of life on both sides, King Balor, leader of the elfin race, declared a truce that granted the humans ruling rights over cities and left the minding of the forests to the magic types. As part of that truce, he also divvied up control of The Golden Army, a virtually unstoppable mechanical brigade of soldiers, by snapping the crown that led the Army into three parts, keeping two and giving one up to the humans. That was a long time ago, and now it seems the King's son doesn't like how we're handling our part and he wants it back. Enter Hellboy (Ron Perlman), Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), and a few more good guys hoping to save a world that shuns them as freaks, and what you've got is a grand battle over nothing less than control of the world.
What this film does that's so astounding is it creates the world in which it exists in such a way that we, as an audience, never question even the most fantastical elements, instead accepting that everything we see is as it should be. Even better, much of the effects are costumes and practical effects; there's actually a minimum of CG, which when you see the creations flitting about in The Troll Market alone, will blow you away. "Hellboy II's" greatest asset, though, is in the hearts of its core characters. Hellboy himself, as well as Liz and even Abe, fight the good fight because it's in there nature, even in a world that spits on them and labels them evil. Every performance is full and layered, and even with the world in danger, we still care about the love stuff between Hellboy and Liz. "Hellboy II" could've been complicated with its history or relied to heavily on easy jokes and dazzling CGI, but instead, it uses everything in its arsenal and rounds out a superhero film with deft del Toro balance.
So, again, my director crush is justified in the Special Features section. For one, there are TWO Audio Commentaries, one just for del Toro, the other for actors Jeffrey Tambor, Selma Blair, and Luke Goss (they're actually both great listens, but you really get a sense of del Toro's affection for his project in his). "Troll Market Tour" is a look at all the fantastical creatures of the Troll Market, serving as a showcase for the wizardry that should've won the effects guys an Oscar. Then there's the Making Of documentary that shows all others of its ilk how to do it - "Hellboy: In Service of the Demon, " a 19-part, over two hours long "Hellboy" extravaganza Making Of documentary). Rounding it all out are "The Director's Notebook," some Deleted Scenes, some galleries, a gag reel, and the pre-requisite-nowadays digital copy.
So much color, so much funny, lots of action-"Hellboy II" is all I want in a movie, and with a set of Extras that's almost like two more movies for the price of one, this is a DVD worth its purchase price.