Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil arrives on the screen in vivid form in this adaptation directed by distinctive horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. During World War II, the Third Reich has joined forces with the evil Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden), who has used his occult powers to summon up a young demon from the depth of Hell to be used as the ultimate Axis weapon. However, the demonic creature is captured by American forces, and put in the care of Professor Broom (John Hurt), the founder of a top-secret organization called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Under Broom's tutelage, the creature develops empathy and a desire to do good while his physical powers and paranormal talents are honed to a fine point. Sixty years later, the demon, now known as Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is part of an elite secret defense team alongside Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a beautiful young woman who can create fire with her mind, and Abe Sapian (Doug Jones), an aquatic humanoid with the power of telepathy. Despite his many years of fighting for right, Hellboy finds himself facing his greatest challenge when the powerful Rasputin returns, determined to bring the demon back to the forces of darkness so that evil may finally rule the world. Hellboy's supporting cast also includes Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Evans, and Brian Steele.~Mark Deming
Video introduction by Guillermo del Toro
Creator audio commentary: Guillermo Del Toro (director) and Mike Mignola (co-executive producer)
Cast audio commentary: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor and Rupert Evans
Branching DVD comics drawn by Mike Mignola
"Right Hand of Doom" set visits
"From the Den" Hellboy recommends...Gerlad McBoing Boing animated shorts
DVD-ROM printable original screenplay script supervisor's book director's notebook
I was blown away by this disc. I have a Sony 60in.950E 4K without Dolby Vision and this transfer has me looking at the OLED models as this is what 4K HDR is all about. Top of my list besting Apocalypse Now. Lion King (2018), and The Shining to name a a few. Guillermo DelToro a master at sight and sound and film making. This one is going bc to be hard to beat for PQ...this year.
It took a little longer but the wait was well worth it to finally get the Original film version of Hellboy to be issued on 4K-UHD disc. Not only did Sony provide the sought after theatrical cut of the film but we also get the Director's Cut of the film boosting this set along with a full range of extra's on the remastered Blu to boot. Welcome to the wonderful world of writer/director Guillermo Del Toro whose ultimate visionary style of whit for humor makes this film version the best. Ron Pearlman is perfectly cast as he gives this big beast a great touch of humor and compassion that takes you inside this fantasy world and keeps you on the hook to the final credits. Doug Jones as Abe, Selma Blair as Liz and John Hurt as Professor Broom all give fantastic performances that make this a fun entertaining film. Sony UHD looks perfect with a natural film grain and deep colors. The HDR pass really represents this film well with each catacomb of darkness looking good. The Atmos track is clean and clear, not a completely fully ranged track but solid nonetheless. Just some commentaries are found on the UHD for extras. The BD contains just the Director's Cut with a huge amount of extra's that makes this title a welcomed member to the UHD family and collectors alike.....