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As dark forces gather to hasten the apocalypse, hellboy fights fire with fire in this mind-blasting supermatural action-adventure. Based on the celebrated dark horse comic book.


Studio Sony
SKU 40245094
UPC 043396013179
UPC 14 00043396013179
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Fathers And Sons
Good Vs. Evil
Secret Agents
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note Based on the comic book series by Mike Mignola, Guillermo del Toro's gleefully eccentric film follows the supernatural adventures of Hellboy (Ron Perlman), a cigar-chomping, horn-filing demonic hero enlisted by an occult scholar (John Hurt) to fight evil in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. Along with the fire-throwing Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and the amphibious psychic Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, with the voice of David Hyde Pierce), Hellboy is joined by new recruit John Myers (Rupert Evans), a squeaky-clean FBI agent assigned to keep the big red devil's exploits in check. Things get out of hand, however, when a vicious monster is unleashed by the villainous Rasputin (Karl Roden), leading to events that may set off an apocalyptic nightmare for humanity.^Echoing Peter Jackson's passion for THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, HELLBOY is a labor of love from del Toro, a longtime fan of the comic and its creator. The director's enthusiasm shows, since HELLBOY is a wondrously strange slice of pulpy adventure, mixed with horror and humor, and enhanced by stunning visual effects. In the title role (and lots of red makeup), Perlman is pitch-perfect, giving the good-natured misfit a powerful--yet surprisingly sensitive--presence. Blair, Evans, Hurt, and other actors are similarly well cast, rounding out an ensemble intent on retaining the movie's dark yet superbly entertaining tone.
Entertainment Weekly "HELLBOY is engaging." 04/09/2004 p.56
New York Times "Mr. del Toro lets loose with an all-American, vaudevillian rambunctiousness that makes the movie daffy, loose and lovable." 04/02/2004 p.E8
Los Angeles Times "There's no shortage of slick special effects and rampaging monsters here. Yet what catches the eye and captures the imagination is the lovingly hand-crafted feel of the design..." 04/02/2004 p.C1
USA Today "Guillermo del Toro has crafted a fiery action picture destined to please comics fans..." 04/09/2004 p.10E
Chicago Sun-Times "It's vibrating with energy, and you can sense the zeal and joy in its making." 04/02/2004 p.37
Box Office "[A]n engaging supernatural action film....It's easy to be captivated by del Toro's style and the film's overall panache." 05/01/2004 p.29
Sight and Sound "The bad guys have great looks....HELLBOY succeeds because it brings the visuals from the page to life with a beating red heart." 09/01/2004 p.50-1
Premiere "Perlman nails Hellboy's blue-collar ethos....[With] visual artistry and sly wit..." 07/01/2004 p.115-16
Uncut "Perlman is outstanding....Over-the-top fun..." 10/01/2004 p.144
Guillermo Del Toro
Ron Perlman
Selma Blair
Cast & Crew
Brian Steele - Actor
Doug Jones - Actor
Guillermo del Toro - Director
Guillermo del Toro - Screenplay
Guillermo Navarro - Cinematographer
Jeffrey Tambor - Actor
John Hurt - Actor
Karel Roden - Actor
Lawrence Gordon - Producer
Lloyd Levin - Producer
Marco Beltrami - Original Music By
Mike Mignola - Based On Comics By
Mike Richardson - Producer
Peter Amundson - Editor
Ron Perlman - Actor
Rupert Evans - Actor
Selma Blair - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 01317
UPC 00043396013179
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 132 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review My sense is that most comic book aficionados, regardless of whether or not they are familiar with Mi
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Slate
Review Guillermo del Toro is in a class with Peter Jackson as a fan-boy who gets it--a brilliant filmmaker
Reviewer David Edelstein
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Hellboy is one of those rare movies that's not only based on a comic book, but also feels like
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Surprisingly smart, graphically faithful live-action adaptation of the Mike Mignola series
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Bursting the bonds of its genre, Hellboy fills the screen with gorgeous imagery, vertiginous action and a surprising depth of feeling.
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