Meanwhile, Japanese folklore expert Professor Sakai obtains an ancient scroll containing the myth of two demonic brothers, Thunder and Lightning. Hundreds of years ago, the brothers roamed the earth, unleashing storms on the lands of a Japanese Lord. In exchange for mercy, the Lord promised to give them his beautiful daughter. One of the Lord's samurai warriors was in love with the daughter and hid her in a shrine to protect her. Armed with the Sword of Storms, a mystical sword imbued with an ancient spell to defeat Thunder and Lightning, the warrior fought the brothers and trapped both demons' spirits in the sword. Although his lands and daughter had been saved, the Lord was not pleased since the warrior's actions meant the Lord had broken a promise. In an act of vengeance, the Lord summoned the gods to turn the warrior to stone and then killed his daughter in the shrine.
After a professor opens an enchanted scroll, the BPRD have to face the threat of two gods(Storm and Lightning) returning, and awakening their brothers, the dragons, and ending the reign of man on Earth. Hellboy himself(who spends almost all of this isolated from the others, on a sort of spirit quest, defeating a handful of fairly distinguished mythical creatures from Asian folklore - spiders, cannibalism, those kinds of things... admittedly, that does lead to this having a video-game structure, with just one fight sequence after another, and there is only minimal connection between them; they just wanted a lot of these beings in the same production) has to protect the titular sword, which holds the power to release the duo. Abe and Liz are together on a mission, supporting each other and developing their relationship, with her having to deal with her powers(in that they are extremely useful, yet they make her feel like, as she puts it, \"a freak\") and him going far to help keep her safe. This is roughly 78 minutes, including the short end credits. Having not read the comics, I can't say if this lives up to the source material. The style appears to be pretty similar, and certainly quite non-threatening. Animation is nice, with some visual ingenuity and use of colors to set tone(this is effective at being creepy, at establishing mood and at very sharp turns in our perception of something as a positive or negative presence) if nothing terribly creative about the camera-work and editing(considering the possibilities, when one doesn't have the laws of physics that constrict live features). The voice acting is well-done. This gets some extra appeal to those of us who only know these great characters from the movies by it being the same trio, and they make the transition well(Perlman is just as enjoyable here as in the flicks, and steals the show here, as well). I suppose you could argue that Blair sounds slightly off, and slightly overdoing it here and there. The plot is sufficiently engaging and there is a fair balance between eerie, mysterious beings and the like and explanation so you aren't completely weirded out. This is well-paced, you're not bored and there's a solid amount of action, as well as catching up on what's going on, with consistently rising stakes throughout. The humor comes very naturally to it and is genuinely funny. Dialog is very well-written. We change locations numerous times, and you don't get bored with the setting. And yes, Red does get to swing that blade a bit. One could probably follow this reasonably going into it blind, not knowing who these people are, etc. The DVD comes with slightly longer extras put together than the picture itself: An informational commentary track by Mike Mignola, Tad Stones, Phil Weinstein, and interesting featurettes: 42 and a half minute Keepers of Hellboy(the first scene of the film, then a panel of the creators of this at a con), To Hell & Back(10 minutes), Conquering Hellboy: The Actor's Role(6 and a half minutes), View From The Top(5 and a half minutes), A New Breed(5 minutes), Hellboy Goes East: Tail Spin(3 minutes), Hellboy Goes East: Samurai Songs(3 minutes), Hellboy Goes East: Prop Prefecture(2 and a half minutes) and Hellboy Goes East: Origins(2 and a half minutes). There is violent and disturbing content in this. I recommend this to fans of the franchise. 7/10
With Easter coming up I started looking for an animated title that a pal would enjoy watching over the holiday.Seeing clips of the latest superhero flicks,I remembered hearing about an animated Hellboy movie from a few years ago,which led to me picking up the sword of stone.The plot:Reading an ancient scroll, Professor Sakai unleashes a number of demon spirits.Learning that the demons are after a mythical sword, Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense agents Hellboy, Kate Corrigan and Russell Thorne locate the sword.Shortly after picking up the sword,Hellboy vanishes into another dimension.Finding himself in a new dimension,Hellboy decides that he must untangle the myths entwined round the sword.View on the film:Making his (feature) animation debut,co-writer/(along with Matt Wayne & Mike Mignola) director Tad Stones gives the title a stylish,rough edge,Anima- inspired appearance,with the pulpy colours linking the film to its comic-book roots.For the screenplay,the writers stray into creepy horror,as flying heads and vengeful ghosts splat the screen.Taking a road movie approach,the writers disappointingly make the film feel a slow-paced,due to Hellboy being placed on an obstacle course which lacks any threatening atmosphere.Taking on the voice after playing him in the live action takes, Ron Perlman gives a wonderful performance as Hellboy,thanks to Perlman hitting Hellboy's action roar with a deadpan dry with,as Hellboy discovers a new sword in the stones.
Ron Perlman is back as the voice of your favorite big, red, mutant superhero. The first installment in the animated movie series, Hellboy: Sword Of Storms sets the fast action pace for all of those to follow. Based on the comic book character by Mike Mignola, watch as our hero, after finding a lost samurai sword, is transported to another dimension and ends up in Japan. The excitement builds as he and his friends do battle with evil spirit sorcerers, and untamed dragons. The animation in this one is in itself magical, winning it a nomination for Most Outstanding Animated Program at the Prime-time Emmy Awards-2006.
Where to Watch Hellboy: Sword of StormsHellboy: Sword of Storms is available to watch, stream, download and buy on demand at Google Play. Some platforms allow you to rent Hellboy: Sword of Storms for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device. 1e1e36bf2d