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Hellboy (Director's Cut) (2004)

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NOTE: Two different commentary tracks were available on the original, non-director's cut Hellboy DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Guillermo del Toro Rating:7.4/10 (14 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 2nd, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Wow, this is like ‘comic book 101’. For the first half or so, he talks about comic books; about the comic books he grew up with, about what he read later on as he became an adult and his favorite people in the comic book world. Every single influence for ‘Hellboy’ is mentioned, as well as what Mr. Del Toro likes and dislikes in the literature and comic book universes. After about an hour, he starts talking about the character and technical aspects of the movie. The movie was made for only $66 million. Mr. Del Toro talks a lot about the deeper meanings he put into the movie, which was probably missed by most people. He also talks about the comic book and the changes he made for the movie. The comments are insightful and interesting. He’s not as animated as on the ‘Blade 2’ DVD but he’s very passionate about this movie, and it definitely shows.
Reviewed by Gledster on July 18th, 2008:Find all reviews by Gledster
The commentary here by Del Toro is fascinating. Del Toro doesn't let up for a second. It is obvious he loved the film, concept, people and the whole Hellboy experience and this easily shows through here.

A lot of information about comic books, making a summer block-buster, filming techniques and everything is revealed here. The man is a commentary legend in my opinion. Great stuff.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on November 26th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
In typical del Toro fashion, you immediately get the sense that this is a guy who just LOVES doing what he does. He could've probably spoken about the movie for another two hours if they let him, ha ha. I don't recall a single moment of dead air. He talks about his history with the comic book, his inspirations for certain things, historical facts, literary history and mythological influences.

If I had to come up with a negative regarding this track, it's that it's more of a "Guillermo talks about various topics while the movie happens to play in the background"-track, if that makes sense. Only occassionally does he actually comment on what's going on in the movie at the time. That's not necessarily a bad thing (as I'm sure the commentary with him and Mike on the theatrical cut is more of a play-by-play). I really wanted to here him speak more about what was happening on screen instead of giving a 30 minute history lecture.

I really wish that the director's cut came with the other two commentaries available on the original release. If the DVD had an option to play the original theatrical cut AND the director's cut, that would've been amazing. But alas...
Commentary 2: Composer Marco Beltrami (with isolated score) Rating:5.2/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 5th, 2007:Find all reviews by pat00139
If you’ve heard one composer commentary, you’ve sort of heard them all. That doesn’t mean it’s boring. Mr. Beltrami enlightens you about how he got started in music and about how he works. He talks about his childhood and getting into movies. Talking about himself and how he started, you know this guy is no joke. He’s good. Anyway, he talks about his process of work and how little time he had to work on this movie. He basically wrote all the time he worked on the movie and had no time with the orchestra (or at least that’s what I understood of it). It’s nice and when he’s not talking his nice score comes out of the speakers, making you hear things you missed while watching the movie. It’s a nice track.