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Cronos [DVD]

Federico Luppi , Ron Perlman , Guillermo del Toro    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Tamara Shanath, Margarita Isabel
  • Directors: Guillermo del Toro
  • Producers: Bertha Navarro, Arthur Gorson
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Digital Sound
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CBEX5K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,631 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A modern-day vampire film which re-works the ancient themes of fear and desire. Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) is an antique dealer who, with his grandaughter Aurora, discovers a mysterious scarab-like object at the base of an old statue. The statue's previous owner was a 16th century alchemist who seeked eternal life and the object turns out to be the Cronos which grants the user eternal life in exchange for blood. Intrigued, Jesus is drawn into the grip of the Cronos and when Dieter and his nephew Angel (who hold the alchemist's diaries) hound the antique dealer, Aurora tries to save her grandfather but she too becomes a part of the thirst for blood.


Vampires and villains hold sway in this Cannes Festival Critics' Week Winner which tells the tale of the 'Cronos Device', a 14th-century golden scarab that holds the key to eternal life. Nightmarish and surreal, the film still manages to get across a healthy dose of humour as the characters battle for control of the insidious device.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He thinks it will help him live longer. 10 April 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Cronos is written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and stars Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook and Margarita Isabel. Music is by Javier Álvarez and cinematography by Guillermo Navarro. Plot finds Luppi as aged antique dealer Jesús Gris, who finds a weird scarab like mechanical device in the bottom of a statue now in his possession. It's an item of some importance, especially to a rich dying business man and his thug nephew. But once the scarab unfurls itself and becomes at one with Jesús, there's no going back, nothing will ever be the same again.

A unique debut feature from Mexican filmmaker del Toro that riffs on the Vampire formula whilst dabbling in grue and darkly comic values. While it's hardly the near masterpiece some 90s critics proclaimed it as, it's a hugely enjoyable film if taken as a pulpy fun horror picture. Toro plays on the fear of insects and the fear of death itself and then cloaks his film with Gothic mysticism; adding in some eye catching images as he goes. The cast are fine, Luppi is supremely cool and unflustered, while Perlman does a good thug portrayal as "nose job in waiting" Angel. The sound department also come up trumps, while Navarro's photography lends an ethereal beauty to proceedings.

Good, solid and interesting in the main, with flashes of greatness dotted along the way. 7/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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'Cronos' is a good film for Del Torro fans who, like me, wanted to see where it all started.

Make no mistake, this film is not great at all and with getting on for 20 years having past, it does look and 'feel' a little dated. There are, however, early glimpses of the proceeding genius of Del Torro. There is some fairly mild horror, some black comedy, some touching bits and the odd moment of madness. (Think 'Pans Labyrinth' all those years later)

I'm suprised that this is labelled as a 'vampire' movie. Whilst there are hints that the lead character has vampyric instints, it certainly isn't a film based soley on the vampire theme. 'Cronos' is actually a strange mix of 'returning from the dead', fantasy and revenge.

On the contray, I loved the way the grandfather/grandaughter was portrayed and there are definitely hints of 'The Orphanage' by means of the cuteness of the kid and the interaction between them.

If 'Cronos' wasn't directed by Del Torro, I'd probably dismiss it as average at best. However, knowing what we know now, this film is worth a look, even though it might not be in the same league as some of his truly great subsequent work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A quite good movie, but an awful DVD edition 14 May 2011
I'm a great fan of Guillermo Del Toro, he's one of my favorite directors and i'm always looking forward for his movies (will he ever direct "At the mountain of madness"??) with great expectations, so i just couldn't pass the chance to buy Cronos from Amazon, since it was his first movie and the only one that i have never seen. Well, to be precise he directed 2 more movies before it, but i'm pretty sure that they were never released on DVD, or at least they are impossible to find, so i suppose that i should simply forget about them.

As many reviewers before me pointed out, it's true that this movie is slow and it's not even remotely scary, but nonetheless it's an interesting twist on the vampires' theme. About 500 years ago an alchemist invented a device that could grant eternal life (or at least prolong life for hundreds of years), but at a price. The alchemist died in an accident and the device was lost, but a rich man, deadly sick, learned of its existence and now it's trying to find it at any cost, with the help of a ruthless man (played by Ron Perlman). An old man, an antiquarian, accidentaly finds the device and activates it.

To be honest, this is by far the worst of Del Toro's movies. This doesn't mean that it's a bad movie at all, in fact it's quite good if you're not put off by slow movies and if you aren't craving for a horror movie (which is not), it's just that it can't hold a candle to his later works.

Now the bad news. This DVD edition is just awful. I don't know how they could make such a mistake, but the interlacing of this movie is completely wrong and my DVD player (which never had a problem with hundreds of movies) couldn't deinterlace it properly.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Tom
I was given this as a present as a fan of horror and I really was not sure what to expect. I wouldn't say it was horrific and it does take a while to get going and the pace is not full steam by any stretch, but I really enjoyed this for it's depth and non reliance on gore to tell a story which really stays with you. You will recognise one of the main actors in it from Hellboy (Ron Perlman), clearly impressed Guillermo with his acting in this film. The plot is a nice twist on the original vampire story and the device and idea behind it is fantastic. I won't say too much as it would spoil the film for you, but it's well worth it and builds nicely. Gets you jumping in just the right spots. The acting is pretty good and the film gives me the impression it is set in the 1980's, even down to the credits style at the start and the score in it. I did think it would be in spanish for some reason with subtitles but it wasn't. This had no effect either way, but I do appreciate a good horror. Effected me in the same way as Let The Right One In [DVD] [2008] (the original) and the device made me think back to Hellraiser [1987] [DVD] a bit. All in all a great film with an interesting twist at the end. Don't be put off by the pace, it's just right, but be patient and you will be rewarded.

I would not say that this is strictly for Horror fans in a similar way to 'Let the right one in' wasn't. Horror fans should not expect too much in the way of gore, it's more about the device and the story. So when I say Hellraiser, i merely mean the device, not the gore aspect, just to clarify. :)

Oh and just one other point to make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey to the Underworld
A film which lost something within the plot. Whilst an interesting rework of the myth eternal youth, it had that European angst echoing throughout, the main issue was the one... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different
Guillermo del Toro makes his directorial debut with this great little horror film. I say little because at 92 mins this, for a change, is a film that does not overstay its welcome. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S J Buck
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Del Toros :)
Del Toros early films. An interesting twist to the vampire fable. Definately check out his other films, Pans Labyrinth and Devils Backbone. A worthy addition to the collection!
Published 12 months ago by Sir Richie Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars A vampiric "Christ"
"Cronos" is Guillermo del Toro's irreverent version of Jesus Christ's
death and resurrection, replete with the bloody images of suffering,
so common in the imagery of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Persistent Gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars subtitles, WHO CARES!!!! don't let those negative reviews fool you
Cronos by Guillermo del toro is a Spanish film set in the 90's. When grandfather and his daughter discover a golden object hidden in a old statue the grandfather becomes intrigued... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Krista Caspersz
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but hard to watch
Purchased because my daughter is doing A'Level Spanish and it works well for that.

As a movie, although well filmed, it is slow moving with no real horror and poor... Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Neale Hind
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fantastic
Simply one of my favourite vampire movies of all time.
Unique, clever, beautiful, wonderfully directed and acted.
Can't fault it.
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Jinjapewbs
4.0 out of 5 stars A great 90's horror-drama
Quite a dated film now (in 2011) but a great horror spectacle from the great Guillermo del Toro. This was his first film and a taste of things to come for the Spanish genius. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by T. BROOKES
1.0 out of 5 stars Eternity is a long time...
I hate dismissing a film without giving reasons why (I think it's lazy) but I have to confess that 'Cronos' managed to stupefy my critical facilities completely. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by Mme DLR
3.0 out of 5 stars Cronos review.
Cronos is very much for the fans of director Guillermo del torro, for it shows how he started and how his style of story and the actors he uses to great effect. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by kevin Scott
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