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Christopher Webster [DVD News 04.30.13] Spain horror

Following their release of del Toro's breakout feature Cronos, The Criterion Collection have announced plans to release the director's 2001 film, The Devil's Backbone on Blu-ray.

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. In The Devil's Backbone, 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.

The new, director approved special edition includes:

- 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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Koolz (9 years ago) Reply

This was a genius Film!

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