Hellboy: Blood & Iron|
Writen by Tectonic
Posted on June 12, 2007 at 12:47:19 am
Hellboy: Blood &
June 10, 2007
With anticipation rising for the
release of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, “Hellboy: Blood & Iron” is a great
way to take the edge off. For those
craving more big-fisted brawling from our favorite Beast of the Apocalypse, “Blood
& Iron” is a sure way to get your fix.
For those that enjoyed the movie
but might not be avid readers of the comic, know that all the major voice
talent is carrying over into the animated endeavors. Yes, that’s right: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair,
Doug Jones, John Hurt – all credited right on the cover, so if you enjoyed the
classic verbal banter from the movie, you can be sure to find more. For the diehard fans, Mike Mignola (creator
of Hellboy) and Guillermo Del Toro (writer/director of the Hellboy movie)
helmed the project personally, so you can expect their determination for
While not boasting the best of
animation qualities, the fact that they crammed in as many extras as possible
into the DVD, this is a must-buy for all Hellboy fans.
Hellboy, Liz, and Abe venture to a
millionaire’s new estate he claims is haunted.
Suspecting an old vampire ‘friend’ from the past is behind it,
Bruttenholm ventures to the house with them.
But don’t worry – the professor may be old but he’s not stupid; armed
with a wooden steak, holy water, and calculated determinedness, the eldest
member of the BRPD is going to be sure she stays dead this time.
While you might think this is too
easy an assignment for Hellboy and crew, you’ll find yourself sadly mistaken
when Hecate, the Goddess of Witches, emerges to tempt Hellboy. If he can’t be tempted, she’s come prepared to
serve unholy judgment on the demon spawn-turned-demon killer. Hellboy, bored from playing Ghostbusters, is
more than up for the challenge.
What’s great about this plot is that
the story starts off like a classic horror B-film out of the 70s or 80s. The BRPD gang file into the house, set up the
heat sensors and motion cameras, but these guys have seen it all so they start
joking about poltergeists and cold spots.
Bruttenholm’s original run-in with this particular vampire priestess is
woven into the story ala Memento, and while it starts off by feeding the
classic cinema approach, it gets tiresome near the end of the film. Thankfully, by then guns are blazing, Liz is
blazing, and big red fists are being swung around, so it only at worst gives
you a break between action scenes.
While obviously not as pretty
looking as the comic itself (hey, it’s animated – whatcha gonna do?) the mystic
feel of the comic is still intact.
Backdrops are beautifully painted in rich dark colors, so to really
enjoy this movie, drop the blinds, cut the lights and turn up the bass. Otherwise, it’s actually kind of hard to see
what’s going on.
Each character is shaped so
drastically different from the next, that it’s great to see them all in one
room together. Mignola obviously took
his time making sure that each character was very distinguishable from the next
even though he couldn’t take his time with each shot.
The one problem? This movie seems to suffer from being
under-budgeted – which is crazy as it’s a great investment as a lead up to the
next Hellboy feature film due next year.
The problem is that they’re so
under-budgeted it makes the action scenes look bad. Not super-bad, it just seems outdated, like
it was made in the 90s. Mignola and Del
Toro did a great job with the funds they got, but if you were expecting
beautifully done action scenes, best to wait for the next feature film.
Does this make the film un-enjoyable? Dear me, no.
Just watching Hellboy beat Hecate’s obnoxious
face in as she continues to spew Bond-villain quality one-liners makes up for
the lack of fluid motion. Everything
else about this movie is done so artfully, you might not even notice.
…And The Package
DVD is selling for standard prices, it’s packed with as many extras as a
special edition! Expect typical features
like commentary, behind-the-scenes, and even Professor Bruttenholm’s story told
in chronological order, but there’s much more than that. Inside there’s a short bit of action called “Iron
Shoes” with an introduction by Mike.
Also there’s an E-Comic exclusive called “The Pananggalan” and a short
paper comic inside the box called “The Yearning”.
as spectacular as the feature film, “Hellboy: Blood & Iron” is worth
purchasing for any fan of the comics, and certainly worth at least renting for
any fan of the movies.