Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro (DVD)

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Throughout a career that encompasses both visually arresting art-house hits and big-budget Hollywood spectacles, director Guillermo del Toro has continually redefined and elevated the horror genre with his deeply personal explorations of myths and monsters. These three Spanish-language films, each a tale of childhood in troubled times, showcase his singular fusion of the fantastic and the real. Drawing inspiration from a rich variety of sources, from Alfred Hitchcock to Francisco de Goya, the gothic-infused stories collected here—populated by vampires, ghosts, and a fairy-tale princess—make evident why del Toro is considered the master cinematic fabulist of our time.

 

Cronos

Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious American named Angel (a delightfully crude and deranged Ron Perlman). Featuring marvelous special makeup effects and the haunting imagery for which del Toro has become world-renowned, Cronos is a dark, visually rich, and emotionally captivating fantasy.

FILM INFO

Guillermo del Toro

Mexico

1993

92 minutes

Color

1.78:1

Spanish

Spine #551

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION 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 on the Blu-ray edition

Optional original Spanish-language voice-over introduction

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 the director

Welcome to Bleak House, a video tour by del Toro of his home offices, featuring his personal collections

New video interviews with del Toro, Navarro, and actor Ron Perlman

Video interview with actor Federico Luppi

Stills gallery

Trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation, approved by the director

PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and excerpts from del Toro’s notes for the film

 

The Devil’s Backbone

One of the most personal films by Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, it tells the tale of a twelve-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro expertly combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish mélange that, like his later Pan’s Labyrinth, reminds us the scariest monsters are often the human ones.

FILM INFO

Guillermo del Toro

Mexico, Spain

2001

108 minutes

Color

1.85:1

Spanish

Spine #666

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro and director of photography 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 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 Sebastiaan 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 (Blu-ray edition only)

Trailer

New English subtitle translation by del Toro

PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Kermode

 

Pan’s Labyrinth

An Academy Award–winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro. Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Francisco Franco’s army, hunts down Republican guerrillas refusing to give up the fight. The violent reality in which Ofelia lives merges seamlessly with her fantastical interior world when she meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child’s imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.

FILM INFO

Guillermo del Toro

Spain

2006

119 minutes

Color

1.85:1

Spanish

Spine #838

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

Newly graded 2K digital master, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Alternate 7.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Audio commentary by del Toro from 2007

New interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and Pan’s Labyrinth

New interview with actor Doug Jones

Four 2007 making-of documentaries examining the characters, special effects, themes, and music of the film

Interactive director’s notebook

Footage of actor Ivana Baquero’s audition for the film

Animated comics featuring prequel stories for the film’s menagerie of creatures

Programs comparing selected production storyboards and del Toro’s thumbnail sketches with the final film; visual effects work for the Green Fairy; and elements of the film’s score

Trailers and TV spots

English subtitle translation approved by del Toro

PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson