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Comics - HELLBOY ANIMATED: BLOOD AND IRON (DVD) (3 stars)

HELLBOY ANIMATED:

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(15) 75min (Starz Home Entertainment)

HORROR/SUPERHERO

The newest animated feature based on Mike Mignola’s hugely enjoyable demon ghost hunter graphic novels is somewhat hampered by the fact that it is based on what is arguably the weakest of the first six source novels. This is the one where Hellboy (here voiced as he was in the live action film by Ron Perlman) gets to repay the kindness of his adopted father Professor Broom (John Hurt) when long thought dead female vampire Erzsebet Ondrushko reappears. Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien and new agent Sydney Leach come along on what is supposed to be a simple haunted mansion gig, but soon things turn really scary . . .

This is actually a really impressive adaptation that has been accurately and faithfully rendered. A ton of extras includes Iron Shoes a Hellboy animated short, The Penanggalan - an E-comic exclusive from Mignola, an animated recap of Professor Broom’s story and a making of documentary.

(Paul Dale)

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