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HTF REVIEW: Hellboy - Special Edition

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#1 of 64 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted July 23 2004 - 05:33 PM

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#2 of 64 OFFLINE   Elijah Sullivan

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Posted July 23 2004 - 06:15 PM

I just finished spinning this disc and you hit the nail on the head on every point -- Hellboy looks and sounds superb. And there are enough features to keep me happy all weekend!

Shadow delineation on my setup wasn't so hot at times, with the opening shots in the clouds being the worst (almost completely muddled). But that's probably my uncalibrated system (based around a modest 27-inch screen) just being silly. Otherwise, I totally agree that it's reference quality. I haven't seen a transfer that attractive in forever.

I think I'm going to wait for the director's cut to buy, but if you plan on owning both copies, I don't think you're going to regret it.

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Posted July 23 2004 - 06:20 PM

I might make this a blind purchase, which is a rare thing for me. My last bp was Matrix:Revolutions which I've only watched once.

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Posted July 23 2004 - 10:27 PM

I would be cautious and rent it first. Matrix Revolutions is much better.

#5 of 64 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted July 23 2004 - 11:16 PM

Hell of a review Michael.Posted Image I've just ordered it. Hellboy hasn't had a theatrical release over here, I'm not going to wait until it does, yes it's a blind buy. I'm sure I'll enjoy it and I'm a sucker for extras packed discs.

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#6 of 64 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted July 24 2004 - 12:32 AM

When is the DC coming out? I'll wait and compare before making my final purchase decision.
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Posted July 24 2004 - 12:49 AM

Picked it up last night and watched it. I agree 100% with Michael-transfer was gorgeous. I'm not sure how the inevitable Superbit edition could possibly improve the PQ.
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#8 of 64 OFFLINE   Jonathan Carter

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Posted July 24 2004 - 05:48 AM

Posted Image Thanks for that. That was the funniest thing I've heard all day.

#9 of 64 OFFLINE   Jim Barg

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Posted July 24 2004 - 11:14 AM

Think I read over at CHUD last month that most of Europe is getting the DC in theatres... lucky bastards. IIRC, I think the DC's going to be out sometime before the end of November, since others have said the $5 rebate coupon expires then. So tempted to buy this... so tempted.

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Posted July 24 2004 - 01:07 PM

I enjoyed the movie in the theatre and I'm currently on the fence whether to buy this DVD or the DC. I'll wait until I can compare both versions.

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Posted July 24 2004 - 01:28 PM

"Thanks for that. That was the funniest thing I've heard all day."

I don't think it was meant as a joke either.Posted Image

#12 of 64 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted July 24 2004 - 08:10 PM

Guys If you are into special features - this disc must be part of your collection if you liked the film. I thought it was well spread out over the two discs. If it was a blind buy for me, I would have been very satisfied with this release! Regards! Mike

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#13 of 64 OFFLINE   Scott Leopold

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Posted July 24 2004 - 08:39 PM

Has there been any definitive word on which supplements will be included or left out of the Director's Cut? I loved the movie, but I'm not sure it's worth a double dip.

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Posted July 24 2004 - 08:47 PM

Everything is the same but the commentaries.

#15 of 64 OFFLINE   Sven Lorenz

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Posted July 24 2004 - 09:13 PM

Here's a scan of the mail-in rebate offer:


It mentions DISCS full of special features - so the features from the original discs (minus the old commentaries) should be included.

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Posted July 25 2004 - 05:07 AM

Well, I read the Director's cut will be three discs and include a disc of all new special features.
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#17 of 64 OFFLINE   Jorge Montes

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Posted July 25 2004 - 07:29 AM

I was pretty much on the fence about this edition, especially if the 3-disc DC has everything on the first set aside from commentaries. But the more I read about it, the more I figure "hey, if anything, I can just share the Hellboy love when the DC comes out!" Oh DVD. How you woo me!

#18 of 64 OFFLINE   Bill Thomann

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Posted July 25 2004 - 11:24 AM

Reading that review has me ever so close to being convinced to buy it but since the commentary is the only thing that is supposed to change + even more special features I think I can hold out for the 3 disc set. I think only the LOTR trilogy will be a "must have both" and that is due to totally different special features AND no theatrical cut on the 4 disc sets. I am as tempted as can be though from that glowing review.

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Posted July 25 2004 - 11:45 AM

So what previews are included?

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Posted July 25 2004 - 02:08 PM

When the DVD One opens, it presents an ad forThe Forgotten. No other trailers appear on that disc, but in the Previews area on DVD Two, we find promos for it as well as Seinfeld, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, 13 Going on 30, Secret Window, Seinfeld, Anacondas, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Kaena, White Chicks and Kingdom Hospital.
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