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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Three-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 137 (Dec 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Seth MacFarlane & John Hurt

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.0
DD Sound Rating: 5.0
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Bonus features on Disc One of this three-disc set include two commentary tracks: one by Director Guillermo del Toro and the second by cast and crew; seven behind-the-scenes mini-documentaries in Set Visits; a 12-minute Troll Market Tour With Guillermo del Toro featurette; a five-minute animated comic Zinco Epilogue; six deleted scenes with optional commentary by del Toro; and an Easter Egg. Disc Two contains a prologue by del Toro; in Pre-production Vault there is an interactive Director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 61105622
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Sequences of sci-fi action and violence and some language
(Retail Price): $34.98
(DVD Type): Three-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/11/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Guillermo del Toro
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A creature found off the coast of Scotland, Hellboy (Perlman) is now working as an agent for the secret U.S. organization Bureau For Paranormal Research And Defense. Now Hellboy must rise and defend humankind against The Golden Army, who have been dormant for many years. Will Hellboy be able to defeat the royal usurper Prince Nuada (Goss) and send the 4,900-strong Golden Army back into hibernation for good? Based on the comic book by Mike Mignola. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD shows decent resolution, but fine details are somewhat smeared. Shadows are delineated nicely, but black levels are inconsistent, appearing too high at times. Fleshtones are highly contrasted, but contrast is generally balanced well. The color scheme is dominated by golds, browns, and greens, but saturation is fairly well balanced. Source artifacts are not noticeable, and compression artifacts are rarely a distraction. Edge enhancement, though, can be a distraction throughout, especially over high-contrast transitions. (Danny Richelieu)

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