Guillermo Del Toro
Of course, the main worry nowadays when it comes to comic book flicks is if the CGI is legit or poorly done. I’d give a thumbs up to them on this one, the only real noticeable effects are with the otherworldly creatures and even they aren’t done too badly. The character of Hellboy isn’t CGI and if this make-up and costume job doesn’t at least get an Oscar nomination at next year’s Academy awards, I’m taking a flamethrower to the Kodak Theatre! Perlman does an outstanding job showing the different layers to Hellboy - the sad, sweet and the sourpuss sides and it just makes me anticipate the second chapter to this great series all the more. Del Toro does a commendable job keeping the pace in the movie quick, yet not too dizzying. If that weren’t enough, there's also a solid message mixed in there somewhere about what makes somebody a ‘man’. Hellboy 2 is set to be released in 2006 and I’m certain you’ll be joining me in line right after you see this red devil superhero kick the living swastikas out of the bastards in this film. Enjoy…
Video Introduction by Guillermo Del Toro: A short, but sweet, intro by the ultra-cool director Del Toro on what you can find on this special edition 2-disc set.
Creator Audio Commentary: Director Del Toro and executive producer and creator of the Hellboy comic books, Mike Mignola, share duties on this commentary track. As I said in my CRONOS review regarding Del Toro’s audio track for that film…Del Toro is the mack! Once again, this cool Mexican with his even cooler accent talks like a regular fan, excited and genuinely interested in discussing his latest film. Mike is a great addition as well, giving some great background info on the characters he created. Good stuff here!
Cast Audio Commentary: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor (Hank from THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW) and Rupert Evans join in on the fun on this second commentary track. Excellent track with all four actors genuinely happy to be there and enjoying one another’s company. Selma comes off pretty cute in it and I’ll be damned if Ron and Jeffrey don’t sound exactly alike at times.
Branching DVD Comics drawn by Mike Mignola: This feature allows you to access some comics drawn by Mignola and new stories written by Del Toro whenever a comic book icon appears on screen. A great idea for picky and passionate fans!
“Right Hand of Doom” Set Visits: Same deal as the above feature except this time when an icon appears you get transferred to a set visit that happened during that scene.
Storyboard Track: You activate this feature and you get to see the storyboards drawn for the film in direct correlation with the actual scene.
“From the Den” Hellboy recommends…Gerald McBoing Boing animated shorts: One of these cartoons was featured in the film so they’ve added 4 full-length versions of it on the DVD. This is very odd and trippy stuff.
DVD-ROM: This includes a printable original screenplay, the script supervisor’s book and the director’s notebook.
Video Introduction by Selma Blair: Cutie-pie Blair lets us in on what to expect and where to find the features on the second disc.
Documentary “Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation”: Okay, this is 2 ½ hours long. You will discover every single detail of the world of Hellboy, from its origins as a comic book to the big screen. I have to give major props to Del Toro and the folks at Columbia pictures for giving fans of Hellboy such a beautiful, precise and intricate behind-the-scenes look into the film. From stunts to effects to comments from the filmmakers, if you liked the movie, you will become a bigger fan after watching this super cool documentary.
Deleted Scenes: 3 fairly short deleted scenes with optional commentary by the director. The only one that’s sort of interesting is “Cab Ride” which follows Liz and John in their cab ride from the institution to their headquarters.
Filmographies and Character Biographies: These character bios are very cool. This feature has some comic book illustrated (or text) bios of the characters from the film, all written by the director! You get a little more background of the people from the film in an extremely original way.
Kroenen’s Lair: Choosing this section gives you all the storyboard, animatic and board-a-matic comparisons you’ll need with the film. This stuff doesn’t interest me, but it should be a vital feature to screen for all young directors out there.
Maquette 3-D Character Sculptures Video Gallery: This is yet another cool extra for all you die-hard fanboys out there. Video sculptures that can be viewed from many angles featuring six characters from the film you can choose from. The baby hellboy one is damn sweet.
We also get Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots, the Print Campaign and Previews.