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The Devil's Backbone [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2001]

  • SKU: 6002114
  • Release Date: 07/30/2013
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

    Special Features


    • Audio Commentary featuring del Toro
    • Video introduction by del Toro from 2010
    • New and archival interviews with del Toro about the creation of his film
    • ¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary
    • Interactive Director's Notebook
    • Four deleted scenes, with commentary by del Toro
    • New interview with scholar Sebastian Faber about the film's depiction of the Spanish Civil War
    • 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
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation by del Toro
    • Plus: An essay by critic Mark Kermode

    Synopsis


    The Devil's Backbone
    Guillermo del Toro, who quickly became one of the most talked-about directors in contemporary horror films with his first two features, Chronos and Mimic, takes on a more subtle tale of terror with this psychological suspense piece. Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that's used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Franco's troops, and an unexploded bomb waits to be defused in the home's courtyard. One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, looking for a place to stay after being left behind by his parents. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Inigo Garces), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Marisa Paredes
      Marisa Paredes - Carmen
    • Eduardo Noriega
      Eduardo Noriega - Jacinto
    • Federico Luppi
      Federico Luppi - Casares
    • Fernando Tielve
      Fernando Tielve
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      Inigo Garces - Jaime



    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Must See

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      Jaxlo
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      Guillermo Del Torro is absolutely brilliant. His films are works of art and smart. You get pulled in and they never disappoint. I loved this film when I first watched it and knew at that time that this man was a genius and would continue to deliver high quality and intriging movies. If you haven't yet watched this movie I highly recommend u do. It's in Spanish but has English subtitles so u can follow along and won't get lost. It's creepy and scary is such a fantastic way and well worth a watch or 2.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A WELL CRAFTED PIECE OF FILM

      Posted
      moviehulk

      **** / **** If Guillermo Del Toro continues to craft such powerful and compelling films as this gem and Pan's Labyrinth he will be worshiped by many if not all. The only thing I would like to mention is that this is not a horror film which it is advertised to be. But don't let that deter you from watching it.This is a must see. Also recommended Pan's Labyrinth.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      MissingNAxion1988
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      I have not seen a movie yet that Guiellrmo Del Toro directed that was bad. The cover looks like a Transformer style movie but it is SO MUCH MORE. Everything is awesome about this movie...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great early del Toro masterpiece

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      MoreHumanThanHuman
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      This movie got a lot of things right with horror and showed that Guillermo del Toro is a great director. A good pick for horror fans who love haunting movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      del toros best work

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      chicho
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      this is his best work and easily one of the best folk tale ghost story this is the essential del toro ghost tale

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic horror film

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      theWolfofWalMart
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      The film is a classic, and it's also one of my favorite horror films. I recommend that you watch it if you haven't,

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

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      jojonz
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      Part murder mystery, part coming of age story. Very atmospheric and entertaining.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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