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Posted over at the digital bits:

 

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#hell

 

Morning folks. I wanted to jump in early with a bit of interesting news from director Guillermo del Toro about the forthcoming DVD release(s) of the forthcoming Hellboy. In an interview over at Countingdown.com, del Toro reveals that the film will be released as a movie-only edition in August, and then as a fully-loaded 2 or 3-disc special edition in December. The SE will also include a longer version of the film, as well as "a special box with a bust of Hellboy with the gun." Nice. Here's to hoping the flick rocks. Cudos to Bits reader Imran H. for the spot and link.

 

The interview in question:

 

http://countingdown.com/features?feature_id=3368843

 

CD: How long is the current cut of the movie?

 

GDT: 1 hour, 50 minutes.

 

CD: Is it gonna stay that length, you think?

 

GDT: It will stay that length until the DVD, yeah.

 

CD: Did a lot of footage get cut?

 

GDT: We cut 45 minutes of the movie. I think that the final cut on the DVD will probably be 2 hours and 10 minutes. We're including a lot of scenes that are more permissible to put back after the movie's release, because if someone is buying the special edition, they want to see more. As opposed to trying to be prudent...I think that an action-adventure movie shouldn't be longer than two hours, but that's my opinion.

 

Very similiar to the Lord of the Rings releases. Looking forward to Hellboy (and hoping its good). Glad to hear we'll be getting a good DVD.

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Seriously though if (and thats a bif if) Hellboy does end up being good its great to see these folks already planning a loaded special edition and even more importantly as Matt noted, being up front with folks off the bat.

 

I enjoy Del Toro's movie. After his job with Blade II (which I liked) I look forward to seeing how he handles Hellboy...

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The beauty of having Del Toro directing is that he pushed so hard to get this project made. Hellboy is far from a mainstream comic character, and the character recognition is nowhere near what we see with X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman. Del Toro, being the fan that he is of Mignolia's work, created this film as a labor of love. That, if nothing else, speaks to the good chance that this could turn out well.

 

That, and the casting of Ron Perlman (who I respect quite a bit, especially in this type of role) as Hellboy makes me hopeful for this movie.

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Good to know. I like it when the director's vision is followed through with in some form, so presumably the version we get on DVD will be the Del Toro vision and not just added on footage :P. Which the interview seems to indicate, so more power to it ;).

 

I tell ya, I've been pretty hyped for this since the trailer. Now, trailer does not equal movie, but even if it sucks Hellboy had a damn nifty trailer.

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Very similiar to the Lord of the Rings releases

 

It's becoming the in thing now it must be said. The Rings discs have kicked of a trend of theatrical sooner, deluxe edition later, and now even deluxe extended edition later. Daredevil is still coming as another special edition but this time a director's R rated extended cut sometime in 2005, now Hellboy. One has to wonder if the success of the rings discs has simply made some of the studio people think "oh people like longer versions, lets do one" regardless of whether a film may warrant an extended cut or not.

 

 

Wow, they're planning the DVD already? Before the movie's even released?

 

This has been the way of things for the past three years really. A lot of DVDs are all finished before the films theatrical release save for the authoring. Finding Nemo DVD was finished before it opened for example. It feels like madness, but when DVD sales can outdo box office gross, understandable however insane it may sound.

 

Daniel

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  • 1 month later...

I think this is the main Hellboy thread ;).

 

Anyway, caught this this afternoon, good little movie. Not the definitive superhero film to be sure, but a damn sight better than most of them. Action you could follow, characters that weren't annoying, and a decent plot.

 

They could have made the whole movie about that Nazi assassin though, he was the coolest damn thing going :D. Overall, very impressed, you could tell there was stuff cut from it though. I hope the DVD edition restores a bunch of footage to it, over and above the 9 minutes or so GDT was going to add in.

 

I might also add that for a two hour film, this movie in NO way feels like two hours, it just blew right by.

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Originally posted by Sam P@Feb 21 2004, 02:04 PM

Wow, they're planning the DVD already? Before the movie's even released?

 

Good stuff!

I think it's a good sign when movie makers are planning the DVD release along with making the movie. Remember they were probably done with the release weeks ago, maybe longer, so it makes sense to continue the work through to the DVD. It should give any edits they make to the DVD version more continuity.

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I really enjoyed seeing Hellboy in the theater, put me down for the DVD SE or EE or whatever. If they add even one more scene with that watchwork gasmask nazi assasian I need to own it ASAP. Best nasty comic villan since Darth Maul and 3x the screen time ;)

 

Odd thing is I thought all the characters were well developed and explained except Hellboy himself. He's definitely the strong and silent type so maybe just lack of dialogue left him a touch flat for me. Was really surprised how well Del Toro explained the origins and filled out all the supporting characters without dragging the pacing to a halt.

 

And there seriously needs to be an effort to make a video game with that nazi ginzu freak as the main char. Maybe someone can send an email to Team Ninja?

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Folks, here is some information on the Director's Cut release, along with some nice cover art for it too. It doesn't quite sound like it will be a sprawling special edition release in its own right alongside this months theatrical cut DVD however.

 

Those who have the July DVD already are claiming it contains a rebate coupon to claim $5 back on the purchase of the Director's Cut if you buy the July disc as well.

 

Daniel

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Guillermo Del Toro posted on the Columbia Pictures Hellboy forum and noted that the Director's cut is fifteen minutes longer adding to story and character development, and that the DVD WILL be three discs.

 

Disc 1 is the film with a new commentary, disc 2 will be the same extras disc found in this months release of the theatrical edition (the two and a half hour documentary being the highlight), and disc 3 will play host to even more exclusive supplements.

 

There is really no need to buy the July 2-disc release at all unless you genuinely want the theatrical cut with its accompanying commentary track.

 

Daniel

 

PS: Check the link which also includes his comments on how pleased he is with the Devils Backbone Special Edition release too.

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