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'Golden' DVD Plans for 'Hellboy II'

11 Jul, 2008 By: Fred Topel

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army hits theaters July 11, but director Guillermo del Toro is ahead of the game with his home video plans.

“We start the DVD the day the screenplay gets approved,” del Toro said. “Javier Soto and I, we've been working on the DVD since day zero. He was there the first day we opened the offices. He has been documenting every step of the movie.”

Fans of del Toro's previous extensive DVDs can look forward to the same wealth of material for Hellboy II.

“I like to let a very generous landscape come out for fans because I know the casual fan will never dwell into the DVD extras, really,” del Toro said. “But the kid who has no money to go to film school who wants to do short films, and do effects and do this and do that, can browse that the way I browsed Forry Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland or Starlog or Fangoria and listen and learn some of the craft.”

The model for del Toro was his director's cut of the first Hellboy film.

“We have more content than we can shake a large stick at,” he said. “We we're very proud of the Hellboy special-edition director's cut, which was three discs, and we want to top it.”

However, fans shouldn't expect a longer cut of the sequel.

“It's the same as what I said in Blade II. All the deleted scenes are deleted because they were crappy. If you want to see them, that's your problem. I think scenes that don't work sometimes are good scenes or bad scenes, but they are taken out, and learning why they were taken out is very useful. As you direct and as you work, sometimes the most beautiful shot is the one that gets in the way of the storytelling, so you end up taking it out. I think it's good schooling to know that. That crane that you spent half a day choreographing and beautiful Hitchcockian push-in, that's the one you have to cut out. It's nice for kids to learn that.”

The only problem may be for collectors. Since Hellboy was a Sony Pictures release and Hellboy II comes from Universal Studios, a DVD set of the two films is unlikely.

“I know, isn't that a bitch to figure out?” he said. “I have the same concern, and I think the answer is we won't unless someone strikes a deal that no one wants to make. I think that if at all possible I think the second and [eventual] third movie would get a package, but the first one won't be there.”

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