Hellboy II-Golden Army (Widescreen)

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Author: Ron Perlman - Selma Blair - James Dodd - John Alexander - Doug Jones. Director: Guillermo del Toro. Runtime: 120. Get the most out of your audio/video system. Able to meet all needs and requirements. Satisfaction ensured.

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Studio Universal
SKU 209703595
UPC 025195001861
UPC 14 00025195001861
Format DVD
Release Date 11/11/2008
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
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Review The temptation is to remark that if Hellboy was the appetizer, then Hellboy II: The Golden Army is the main course. To an extent, that's true. The second film is more assured, better paced, and has a stronger emotional component. It takes chances, offers action, pathos and humor, provides a Barry Manilow singalong, and keeps the focus where it should be: on Hellboy. For all that it does well, however, Hellboy II stumbles at the end with two logic-defying plot holes that are so obvious it's inconceivable no one caught them or provided explanations. (Maybe there's some crucial information on the cutting room.) These flaws, minor as they might seem, damage the story and degrade the overall experience. Exhilaration gives way to a modicum of frustration...Hellboy II's story is more of a fantasy adventure than it is a straightforward superhero yarn. Visually and creatively, it is as much a close cousin to writer/director Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth as it is to its cinematic predecessor...From a plotting perspective, the film makes two large missteps during its denouement. Polished screenplays shouldn't have such readily identifiable flaws, which makes me wonder whether something important was deleted from the finished cut...It's hard to ignore such issues; they damage the integrity of the ending and that, in turn, makes the movie less special. Hellboy II is solid entertainment, but it's a shame such blemishes prevent it from achieving a higher level.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Imagine the forges of hell crossed with the extraterrestrial saloon on Tatooine, and you have a notion of Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." In every way the equal of his original "Hellboy" (2004), although perhaps a little noisier, it's another celebration of his love for bizarre fantasy and diabolical machines...There are also titanic battles in the streets of Manhattan involving gigantic octo-creatures and so on, but you know what? Although they're well done, titanic battles in the streets of Manhattan are becoming commonplace in the movies these days. What fascinates me is what the octo-creature transformed itself into, which was unexpected and really lovely. You'll see...The towering creatures fascinated me less, however, than some smaller ones...What else? Two love stories, which I'll leave for you to find out about. And the duet performance of a song that is rather unexpected, to say the least. And once again a strong performance by Ron Perlman as Hellboy. Yes, he's CGI for the most part, but his face and voice and movements inhabit the screen figure, and make him one of the great comic heroes. Del Toro, who preceded "Hellboy II" with "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006) and the underrated "Blade II" (2002), is warming up now for "Doctor Strange" and "The Hobbit." He has an endlessly inventive imagination, and understands how legends work, why they entertain us and that they sometimes stand for something. For love, for example.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News The endlessly inventive del Toro creates visual fantasies unlike any other, and the creatures on display here are truly extraordinary.
Helen O'Hara, Empire As much Tolkien's baby as Mignola's, this has more heart and humour than most fantasy films can dream of.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Hugely inventive -- and smashingly beautiful.
Richard Corliss, Time ...[del Toro] has the wildest imagination and grandest ambitions of anybody in modern movies.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com Poetic, funny, darkly romantic and beautifully structured...

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