Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Widescreen) (2008)

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Rated  PG-13 (MPAA) for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language

Overview

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY begs any number of referential mash-ups to be used as description of its outlandish tonal and stylistic qualities. It's a little like a romantic and sophisticated live-action Ninja Turtles movie imbued with a cracked version of H.P. Lovecraft's monster storytelling. It's a feature-length version of STAR WARS's Mos Eisley Cantina mixed with a scrappy, proficient passion for creature design reminiscent of Ray Harryhausen. It's also kind of director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro's HELLBOY (2004) wrapped in a blanket of his PAN'S LABYRINTH. This sequel is all these things, but none of them can accurately capture the singularity of a movie which, in some ways, stands alone in its ability to capture the crass and literary luridness of reading a comic book. It's filled with gross creatures bursting with humanity, dark poetry, and slapstick comedy; in one scene, an argument between Hellboy and Johann Krauss, a formless gas contained in a mobilized suit, escalates to the point of Tom-&-Jerry-like violence.

As Hellboy himself, a heartfelt anti-hero who regularly eliminates supernatural threat as an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense alongside girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair) and comrade Abe Sapien, Ron Perlman again embodies the role with the kind of pathos and humor that one can only expect from a horned, red-skinned Hell-spawn who loves kittens and acts like a hardboiled detective who happens to watch TV and drink a lot of canned beer. HELLBOY II's rather interesting antagonist, Prince Nuada, isn't just an evil dude. In the mold of the complex villains typically found in Hayao Miyazaki's animated fairy tales, his intentions of restoring control over Earth to an Elvish race by regaining the key to unlock the indestructible Golden Army are at least based on a legitimately noble sentiment before megalomania kicks in.
Theatrical Release Date 2008
Format DVD
Number of Discs 1

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PG-13 (MPAA)

Rated  PG-13 (MPAA) for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Action/Adventure
  • Distributor
    Universal Studios Home Video
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    120
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Snap Case
    Widescreen
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - French, Spanish
    Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
    Additional Release Material:
    Audio Commentary - 1. Director Guillermo del Toro
    2. Jeffrey Tambor
    3. Selma Blair
    4. Luke Gross
    Featurette - 1. Troll Market Tour with Guillermo del Toro
    2. Production Workshop
    3. Zinco Epilogue Animated Comic
    4. Comic Book Builder
    Deleteed Scenes - With Optional Commentary by Director Guillermo del Tor
  • Release Date
    11/11/08
  • Theatrical Release
    2008
  • Rating
    PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Rating Reason
    for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N

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Premiere 07-07-2008 "[The film] arrives with stunningly beautiful set pieces, alien creatures that would make George Lucas catch his breath, and a color palette so bright and wondrous as to take your breath away."
Entertainment Weekly 07-18-2008 "[A] hard-driving psychedelic action-movie fantasia....del Toro stages all of the action brilliantly....Dazzling..." -- Grade: B+
Empire 09-01-2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "There is plenty of action....Del Toro's fondness for the macabre, and for clockwork, colour this film in a way that's instantly recognisable."
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Much better than expected

I saw this in theaters and wasn't expecting alot even though I loved the first movie. It was awesome, the characters were more developed, new characters were intersting, the animation obviously with del toro was great. Definately check this out if you haven't seen it yet


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