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

  • SKU: 6002114
  • Release Date: 07/30/2013
  • Rating: R
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Overview

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



Overall customer rating

5
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • 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

    Posted
    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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