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#1 masterofoneinchpunch

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:47 PM

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THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE
Guillermo del Toro

Spain, Mexico • 2001 • 108 minutes • Color • 1.85:1 • Spanish
The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil's Backbone tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro effectively combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish concoction that reminds us—as would his later Pan's Labyrinth—that the scariest monsters are often the human ones.


DISC FEATURES DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION
  • New 2K digital film restoration, approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Del Toro
  • Video introduction by Del Toro from 2010
  • New interviews with Del Toro about the process of creating the ghost Santi and the drawings and designs made in preparation for the film
  • ¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary
  • Spanish Gothic, a 2010 interview with Del Toro about the genre and its influence on his work
  • Interactive director's notebook, with Del Toro's drawings and handwritten notes, along with interviews with the filmmaker
  • Four deleted scenes, with optional commentary
  • New featurette about the Spanish Civil War as evoked in the film
  • Program comparing Del Toro's thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez's storyboards with the final film
  • Selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro's thumbnail sketches alongside the sections of the final film they represent (Blu-ray edition only)
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:47 PM

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  • DVD/BD Release Date: July 30, 2013
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:29 PM

I seriously lost my shit today when I saw this. Terrible Monday at work made up for by this announcement! Finally we'll get a good transfer of this one. Been keeping my fingers crossed this would be out, but I didn't want to jinx it and say something!

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:13 PM

The only thing that bothers me about having this and Cronos in the Criterion fraternity is that the films don't really resonate with me. They are nice for what they are but don't stay with me or make me want to see them again. Even Pan's Labyrinth, the best I've seen from him, is the same. I watched it on release but that was nearly six years ago now and I've not really itched for another viewing. 



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:46 AM

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I've seen all of his films multiple times and still think Pan's Labyrinth is the real gem of all of them. I'd put this in second place if I did that sort of thing (which I don't). I like the slowness of this film and the fact that it doesn't feel particularly tied to modern horror.


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