Cronos [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1993]

  • SKU: 2463372
  • Release Date: 12/07/2010
  • Rating: R
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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Guillermo Del Toro and cinematographer guillermo navarro, with dts-hd master audio soundtrack
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring Del Toro, the other producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and coproducer Alejandro Springall
  • Geometria, an unreleased 1987 short horror film by Del Toro, finished in 2010, with a new video interview with director
  • Welcome to bleak house, a video tour by Del Toro of his home office, featuring his personal collections
  • New video interview with actor Frederico Luppi
  • Stills gallery captioned by Del Toro
  • Trailer
  • New and improved english subtitle translation, approved by the director
  • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and excerpts from Del Toro's notes for the film


This surreal variant on the classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who garnered international acclaim and several awards. The film tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi, in a role originally written for Max Von Sydow) who, with his eight-year-old granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath), discovers an ancient artifact secreted within a statue obtained from the estate of a 16th-century alchemist. Unbeknownst to Gris, the device -- which resembles an ornate, gilded mechanical beetle -- houses an immortal parasite which will grant eternal life to its host. Naturally, there is a terrible price for this gift, which Gris is doomed to discover after the object anchors itself to his body. He begins to develop an extreme aversion to daylight, as well as an agonizing thirst for human blood. To compound matters, dying millionaire Dieter de la Guardia (Claudio Brook) has learned of the device's existence -- thanks to an occult tome obtained from its inventor -- and wishes to obtain it for his own use. To this end he employs his vain, brutish nephew Angel (Ron Perlman) to retrieve it for him. Angel's techniques are less than subtle, and he inevitably winds up killing Gris in his futile search for the artifact... but death is not permanent for the host of the Cronos, and he rises from the mortuary slab to reunite with the long-suffering Aurora. Together they confront de la Guardia and his nephew one last time, hoping to find a way to reverse the horrible process before Gris suffers the same monstrous fate as the device's creator. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Federico Luppi
    Federico Luppi - Jesus Gris
  • Ron Perlman
    Ron Perlman - Angel de la Guardia
  • Claudio Brook
    Claudio Brook - Dieter de la Guardia
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    Margarita Isabel - Mercedes Gris
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    Tamara Shanath - Aurora Gris

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dark "Family Horror"


    From the director of 'The Devil's Backbone' and the Hellboy films comes this early film in 1993, Cronos,which sets in South America with a loving family consisted of grandparents and grandchild. The grandfather finds a magical device that grants its user immortality at a cost of being a vampire, it is used accidentially and wanted by a dying evil millionaire the grandfather sets not to have. More gorish than scary, the dark imagery is great. The Spanish-English speakings may annoy with subtitiles added.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Horror Film From Guillermo Del Toro

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Guillermo Del Toro debut film is a great horror film. The film centers around a mysterious device that provides eternal life. The criterion release of the film has plenty of special features, and fantastic picture quality, supervised by Del Toro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    beautifull gothic tale

    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    this is a beautiful blend of gothic tale mixed with catholisms themes and alchemy this is the definitive del toro

    I would recommend this to a friend

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