CRíA CUERVOS (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Carlos Saura
Shot in the summer of 1975 as General Franco lay dying, Sauna's masterpiece takes its title from a sinister Spanish proverb: 'Raise ravens and they'll pluck out your eyes'.
A subtle yet unmistakable indictment of the family as a repressive force in Spanish society, Cría cuervos centres on an eight-year-old orphan (the spellbinding Ana Torrent, The Spirit of the Beehive) who believes herself to have poisoned her cold, authoritarian father (Héctor Alterio), a high-ranking military man whom she blames for the death of her adored mother (Geraldine Chaplin).
One of cinema's most hauntingly vivid depictions of a child's fantasy-imbued reality. Cría cuervos is a darkly unsettling and deeply touching film which stands as a landmark of Spanish cinema.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definiton
- Portrait of Carlos Saura (José Luis López-Linares, 2004, 60 mins, DVD only)
- On-stage interview with Carlos Saura (2012, 23 mins, DVD only)
- Original theatrical trailers
- Optional English language soundtrack
- Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes from Maria Delgado, Mar Diestro-Dópido and Michael Brooke.
UK | 1976 | colour | Spanish language, with optional English subtitles | 109 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)
Region 2 DVD
Region B Blu-ray
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Linear PCM ), Spanish ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Film drama set during the final days of Franco's Spain. Reminiscing in adult life, Ana (Geraldine Chaplin) reflects on her childhood, growing up in a wealthy part of Madrid. Her childish world is haunted by visions of her beloved dead mother (also played by Chaplin) and the conviction that her philandering, neglectful father (Héctor Alterio) was responsible for the onset of her mother's fatal illness. Following her father's sudden, suspicious death in an act of adultery, Ana (played as a child by Ana Torrent) and her sisters (Conchota Pérez and Maite Sánchez) are raised by a stern Aunt (Mónica Randall). As tensions grow within the family and previously hidden passions rise in the confined household, Ana is poised to take drastic action... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, Golden Globes, ...Raise Ravens ( Cría cuervos ) ( Cria! (Cria Cuervos) ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)