Movie Review: HELLBOY (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

HELLBOY is based on Mike Mignola’s smash-hit comic book series from Dark Horse. The movie was directed by Neil Marshall from a screenplay by Andrew Cosby and stars David Harbour as the iconic half-demon superhero, Hellboy. The film also stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane , Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church. Additionally, the film features the talents of special effects makeup artist Joel Harlow and world-renowned prosthetics artist Norman Cabrera , bringing Mignola’s wise-cracking demon and other creepy creatures to life.

Hellboy is back, and he’s on fire. From the pages of Mike Mignola’s seminal work, this action-packed story sees the legendary half-demon superhero (David Harbour) called to the English countryside to battle a trio of rampaging giants. There he discovers The Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich), a resurrected ancient sorceress thirsting to avenge a past betrayal. Suddenly caught in a clash between the supernatural and the human, Hellboy is now hell-bent on stopping Nimue without triggering the end of the world.

Hellboy (David Harbour) has to go up against Nimue the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich), a 5th century sorceress who ends up being resurrected after being sliced and diced up centuries earlier with her body parts hidden all around the world. What happens is, Professor Broom (Ian McShane), Big Red’s adopted father sends the wise-cracking demon-human hybrid out on a mission where he ends up teaming up with Alice Monaghan (Sasha Lane) and Major Ben Daimio (Daniel Day Kim).

The small group of heroes take on the supernatural forces that are unleashed on Earth by the Blood Queen. Hellboy also gets a little help from a creepy old crone that definitely has eyes for him, if you know what I mean. It all leads to a big showdown once the Blood Queen becomes whole again but instead of fighting Hellboy she tries to lure him over to the Dark Side and join her. Nimue makes a big mistake when she hurts someone close to the anti-hero who just about crosses the line but in the end he does what a real hero is supposed to do and saves the day and proves that he’s one of the good guys.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. Each disc features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this Hellboy remake was a fun but flawed watch and unfortunately doesn’t come close to the two previous Hellboy movies, especially Hellboy II: The Golden Army because that sequel is pretty epic. Needless to say, the magic was missing. I’m not familiar with the Hellboy comics but I did hear that this movie got Mike Mignola’s blessing so I don’t understand all the “fanboy” rage out there. If it weren’t for the previous two movies this one would’ve gotten a little more love but sadly fans have something to compare this remake to and it comes up short. The story was interesting enough (for me) and I thought the cast did a good job with their characters. David Harbour looked the part (thanks to the makeup effects team) and I thought his comedic delivery was on point. Milla Jovovich also delivered as the supernatural villain the anti-hero had to go up against. The movie is packed with action and all kinds of special effects but this is another big flaw because some of the visuals didn’t look finished. There was something off about some of the scenes and you can tell. Neil Marshall has directed fan favorites like The Descent and Dog Soldiers but I’m pretty confident that this incarnation of Hellboy won’t fall in that category. One thing is for sure and that’s this franchise is going back on the shelf again for a while and that’s too bad because it has a lot of potential. Hellboy will be available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on July 23rd. Remember to watch through the end credits.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 121 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widscreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a 3-part documentary, some deleted scenes, previsualizations and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Tales of the Wild Hunt: Hellboy Reborn” a 3-Part Documentary (1:11:28)
  • Deleted Scenes (07:56)
  • Previsualizations (07:18)
  • Digital Copy
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