Hellboy (2004) - Director's Cut

Genre(s): Action / Adventure
Columbia || Unrated - 132 minutes - $34.95 || October 19, 2004
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2004-10-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer(s): Mike Mignola (comic book), Guillermo del Toro (screen story) and Peter Briggs (screen story), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)
Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, John Hurt


Theatrical Release Date: March 19, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    Disc 1:
  • Extended Unrated Version
  • Video Introduction by Guillermo del Toro
  • Director Commentary
  • Composer Commentary
  • DVD Comics
  • "The Right Hand of Doom" - Set Visits
  • Storyboard Track


  • Disc 2:
  • Video Introduction by Selma Blair
  • Hellboy; The Seeds of Creation
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Character Bios
  • Motion Board-A-Matics
  • Maquette Rotations Gallery
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Filmographies
  • Poster Explorations


  • Disc 3:
  • Video Introduction by Ron Perlman
  • Cast Video Commentary
  • Production Workshops
  • Makeup and Lighting Tests
  • Q&A Archive: Comic-Con 2002
  • A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics
  • Photo Galleries
  • Mike Mignola Pre-Production Art
  • Conceptual Art Galleries
  • Comic Book Artists Pin-Ups


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

The Hellboy director's cut isn't a whole lot different from the theatrical version, save for a couple of scenes, one of which has our villains taking possession of the hell portal (or whatever it was) that would be used in the final act. Other than that, the film is pretty good, though nothing great. Guillermo del Toro certainly has a great eye when it comes to the look of a film (which was also evident in Blade II).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

DISC ONE:
The first of the three disc set has an all-new commentary track with director Guillermo del Toro who says what all directors say and that is he wishes he had done this or that, how he came to choose Ron Perlman and others, the struggles that this movie had due to its title (apparently some theaters didn't want to show it next to The Passion). I haven't listened to the original track with del Toro and creator Mike Mignola so I don't know if anything new is offered other than perhaps a more interesting conversation.

The second commentary track comes from composer Marco Beltrami (Scream trilogy). All of the dialogue is taken out so you only hear the score, which is actually pretty cool... for the first 10 minutes. Frankly, while Beltrami's score is good, that does not mean the track would be interesting, which it isn't.

The next three features can be turned on so, while watching the movie, you can click the ENTER button to view the feature. What I liked about these, however, is that in some DVD releases you must watch the film in order to see these features, but here they have an index to see them (quite a time saver). The Branching DVD Comics is primarily a tool for those who don't know the Hellboy mythos (like myself), one of which includes why Hellboy likes pancakes. "Right Hand of Doom" Set Visits and Factoids that are interesting, but lite since they are separated and cut up. Lastly are hundreds of storyboard images that I find worhtless not only in this set, but all DVDs with this feature, though Lord of the Rings is an exception.

DISC TWO:
The second disc has the usual stuff (that I believe was included in the initial two-disc release) which includes: Trailers and TV Spots, Filmographies (both standard), Poster explorations, Deleted Scenes with commentary from de Toro -- a few of these scenes were already included in this director's cut --, Animatics and Motion Board-A-Matics, both of which I found little interest in, which the same could be said for the Maquette Rotations Gallery, a feature that shows the statuette of some of the characters (like baby Hellboy or Abe Sapien). All of those features are pure throw-away stuff.

The biggie on this disc is the two-and-a-half hour featurette that does what I hoped the behind-the-scenes featurettes did not do on the first disc: it was extensive enough for me. The nice thing about this is, you don't have to watch the whole documentary: it has a good index system so that you can skip to whatever item or aspect you are looking for.

DISC THREE:
And finally the disc I think those who purchased this version for. So, is it worth it? Well, for those geeks out there who actually enjoy watching a commentary track, then yes. For this version, Columbia has given a video commentary from cast members Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor and Rupert Everett. This track could be heard on the original release so you won't (I don't think) hear anything different, however, I enjoyed watching the four of them banter a bit and Everett passing Perlman some M&Ms. This is only the second video commentary I have seen, the other being Jerry Maguire, and it is more interesting to watch a commentary than just listening to it (especially if you've already seen the movie a couple of times already).

As for the rest of the disc... I could've done without it. There are more photo galleries, pre-production art, a Director's Notebook as well as mini-featurettes showing makeup and lighting tests and production workshops. Also included: Quick Guide to Understanding Comics and a Q & A session from the 2002 Comic Con.

Each of these discs also has a video introduction from director Guillermo del Toro, Selma Blair and Ron Perlman, respectively.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Since this is a new movie, the sound and picture sure as hell better be good, and it is. Although the film has a dark nature to it (and the film itself is indeed dark), it still looks nice. As for sound, the output from the speakers seemed to be correct, although nothing ear-shattering...



.::OVERALL::.

If you already own the original two-disc version, you can skip this one. The only things added to the "director's cut" are a couple more character developing scenes as well as a little more blood and cuts. Other than that, save your money and own the one you already have. Now, if you don't own it, then shell out the extra couple of bucks...