Hellboy appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The presentation seemed to match the source.
The biggest issue stemmed to the movie’s dark look, as the many low-light shots could seem a bit dense and murky. While I thought this replicated the original photography, it still made the end result a little mushy.
This factor impacted sharpness, as those dim scenes could seem a little soft. Still, most of the flick appeared pretty accurate. I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and the film lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
Though much of Hellboy went with the modern standard teal and orange palette, it managed to open up with some more dynamic hues at times. These seemed vivid and full, and the disc’s HDR boosted a nice sense of these tones.
Blacks came across nicely. Even with the frequent dimness in the image, the dark elements showed rich material. The image replicated the original photography and largely satisfied.
I felt pleased with the solid Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Hellboy. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the mix offered plenty of opportunities for lively auditory information, and it took good advantage of these.
With all that action, the mix filled the speakers on a frequent basis. The track placed information in logical spots and blended all the channels in a smooth, compelling manner.
Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end.
Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both offered identical Atmos tracks, so no changes emerged in the sonic department.
As for visuals, the 4K UHD looked a bit tighter, and it showed superior colors and contrast. This wasn’t a major upgrade over the Blu-ray, but it became the more satisfying rendition.
Called Tales of the Wild Hunt, a three-part documentary spans one hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds. It provides notes from producers Carl Hampe, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner and Lloyd Levin, creator Mike Mignola, special character and makeup designer Joel Harlow, costume designer Stephanie Collie, property master Dirk Buchmann, sculptor Norman Cabrera, production designer Paul Kirby, screenwriter Andrew Cosby, and actors David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Sasha Lane.
“Hunt” examines the series’ reboot and story/characters, cast and performances, makeup and effects, stunts and action, costume, creature and weapon design, sets and locations. Inevitably, some happy talk arrives, but “Hunt” largely offers an informative overview of the production.
Under Previsualization, we see three segments: “Giant Fight” (2:51), “Gru Vs. Hellboy” (3:32) and “London Apocalypse” (0:54). These show the scenes in their crude planning stages and they become a fun addition to the set.
Three Deleted Scenes ensue: “Full Pendle Hill Opening” (4:25), “Shower Scene” (1:24) and “Blood Queen & Gru in Parking Lot” (2:06). All three add minor elements but nothing especially memorable.
The package includes a Blu-ray copy of the film. That disc opens with ads for Anna, Long Shot and John Wick Chapter 3. No trailer for Hellboy appears here.
After 11 years, Hellboy reboots the series with dismal results. Almost nothing about this massive misfire satisfies. The 4K UHD provides very good picture and audio along with supplements led by an informative documentary. A creative and financial flop, Hellboy crushes the franchise dead.
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