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The fate of mankind hangs in the balance when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. Its up to Hellboy and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!From the visionary director of Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army takes you into fantastical worlds with imaginative creatures and thrilling fight sequences unlike anything youve ever seen before!
The fate of mankind hangs in the balance when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. Its up to Hellboy and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!From the visionary director of Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army takes you into fantastical worlds with imaginative creatures and thrilling fight sequences unlike anything youve ever seen before!
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Format: DVD
Label: MHV
Catalog: 1100257
Rel. Date: 11/11/2008
UPC: 025195001861

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The fate of mankind hangs in the balance when a ruthless prince awakens an unstoppable army of creatures and wages war with the human world. Its up to Hellboy and his team of paranormal outcasts to face off with the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!From the visionary director of Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army takes you into fantastical worlds with imaginative creatures and thrilling fight sequences unlike anything youve ever seen before!

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Mexican writer/director Guillermo del Toro thrives at telling stories about old, supernatural, even magical shadow worlds that coexist alongside mankind. From his more outright horror movies, such as Mimic and The Devil’s Backbone, to 2006 art house hit Pan’s Labyrinth, beings from these other realms have threatened or comforted his human characters, and always for some pertinent reason. That reason isn’t so clear in del Toro’s sequel to his entertaining if slight 2004 comic book adaptation Hellboy, but don’t blame those otherworldly creatures—they’re the best things here.

That’s the major problem with Hellboy II: The Golden Army—humanity feels insignificant and boring. Hellboy coaxed a passable tension out of its outlandish characters: Hellboy (Ron Pearlman at his most deadpan gruff) is a demon who Rasputin summons to earth to fight for the Nazis during World War II, but ends up being supernatural muscle for the top-secret U.S. Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. It’s a rather obvious friction—it’s hard to be by-the-book when the book probably doesn’t acknowledge that Hellboy exists—but del Toro situated that struggle within Hellboy himself. Physically devil-like— he files down red skin, tail and horns to "fit in"—Hellboy also has human weaknesses, such as a sweet tooth, a childish temper and a spinster’s love of cats. He doesn’t move freely in the world, but in Professor Bruttenholm, the scientist who raised him, and the FBI agent assigned to him, Hellboy lived where the natural and supernatural met.

That mundane human element gets sidelined in Hellboy II. With Bruttenholm dead and Hellboy’s FBI handler not around, Hellboy and his partners—merman Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and firestarter Liz (Selma Blair)—are saddled with fighting the things that go bump in the night under the government’s company yes man Tom (Jeffrey Tambor), who asks only for obedience. So when a troll prince (Luke Goss) breaks an ancient truce between his people and man and threatens to reanimate the mechanized, indestructible titular army, Hellboy becomes conflicted—protect the people who won’t accept him or team up with a renegade prince who understands being an outsider?

Hellboy, naturally, chooses to fight for human good, but why? The netherworld of trolls and demons is more colorful, sympathetic and full of life. Del Toro’s imaginative gifts are in full bloom here, spectacularly showcased when the troll prince sends a woodland god to attack the city. This creature has moss-like skin, limb-like arms and an unopened lily of a head, and when it dies, it flowers sadly and disintegrates into a verdant forest, turning a city block into an oasis. No human in Hellboy II ever achieves such poetry in life, much less death.

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