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Guillermo Del Toro Collection (Pan's Labyrinth, Cronos, The Devil's Backbone) [DVD] [2006]

Ivana Baquero , Ariadna Gil , Guillermo del Toro    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Doug Jones
  • Directors: Guillermo del Toro
  • Writers: Guillermo del Toro
  • Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, Belén Atienza, Bertha Navarro, David Ebner, Edmundo Gil
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 317 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42MV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,358 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If you're after something a bit more magical than the current crop of gory, torturous horror movies, this Guillermo del Toro Collection might be just what you're looking for. Del Toro weaves together dark fairy tales with bleak reality in each of these three movies, creating films which are clever, beautiful and incredibly haunting. Although del Toro has made more high profile movies--Hellboy and Blade 2, specifically--his Spanish language movies are clearly his real passion. More personal than his superhero movies, each of these films has something to say.

The earliest of the movies is Cronos. Released in 1993, it's a story of family loyalties as well as alchemy and vampirism. 2001's The Devil's Backbone sees a group of orphans battling for survival in a world populated by bullies and ghosts, with war torn Spain providing a stunning background; while Pan's Labyrinth, released in 2006 to critical acclaim, mingles real life politics and social drama with fantasy and magic to create a masterpiece. Pan's Labyrinth won three Oscars, though it also deserved the other three it was also nominated for.

With each successive film, Del Toro's filmmaking has grown ever more mature and powerful, and this boxset perfectly showcases an incredible talent.--Sarah Dobbs

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Booklet, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Storyboards, SYNOPSIS: Cronos (1993): A strange object, the 'Cronos device,' has been found inside the statue of an angel in an antique store. While the dealer, Jesus Gris, is holding the device, it springs open and its metallic legs pierces his flesh. Once 'bitten,' he develops a craving for human blood, and his body grows more and more youthful with each drink. As the addiction spreads through his body, he realizes he desires the blood of his innocent granddaughter...

The Devil's Backbone (2001): A deliciously dark horror, The Devil's Backbone tells the tale of a remote Spanish orphanage during the final days of The Spanish Civil War whose young inhabitants are brutally terrorised by Santi, a decomposing spirit who stalks the building's dark decaying hallways. But, as the film builds to a grisly, explosive finale, the children learn the true story of Santi's death and rise up to vow a deadly vengeance on his vicious murderer. Produced by Pedro Almodovar and brilliantly photographed for maximum suspence by leading cinematographer Guillermo Navarra, The Devil's Backbone is a truly haunting, memorable ghost story.

Pan's Labyrinth (2006): the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain, 1944 - after Franco's victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in ru...Guillermo del Toro Collection - 3-DVD Box Set ( El laberinto del fauno / El espinazo del diablo / Chronos ) ( Pan's Labyrinth / The Devil's Backbone / Cronos )

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122 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful DVD set; WARNING SPOILERS!! 19 Mar 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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This DVD set is wonderful value, released to tie in with the DVD release of 'Pan's Labyrinth' (2006) it also gathers together two related films from Mexican film-maker Guillermo Del Toro.

'Cronos' (1993) **** is an interesting take on the vampire genre, made on a relatively low budget like the early work of Robert Rodriguez it gives life to a genre sometimes close to parody. 'Cronos' was an extremely stylish work and is worth checking out if unfamiliar with Del Toro's earlier work or you'd like to see a novel take on the genre. In many ways this feels analogous to Poppy Z Brite's literary spin on the vampire cycle, the thoughtful side of vamp films, file alongisde 'The Addiction' and 'Near Dark.'

Del Toro then worked on the problematic 'Mimic' (1997), the experience of which made him want to produce a work that was much more personal, which he had control over. The result was the Almodovar-produced 'The Devil's Backbone' ***** By chance, I was lucky enough to catch an advert for this when at a cinema in Birmingham - the stylish advert (on the DVD) ensured that I watched the film. Set during the Spanish Civil War, 'The Devil's Backbone' is set in an orphanage run by republican/leftist sympathisers Carmen and Casares. A bomb has landed in the orphanage, but has not exploded and the young orphan Carlos arrives, his parents apparently killed by Franco's fascist forces. Upon arrival, Carlos begins to see the ghost of a child (Santi) as well as having to contend with the bullying of his peers. On a wider level, older orphan Jacinto (the great Eduardo Noriega) is using teachers Conchita and Carmen with an eye on the elusive gold hidden in the orphanage. All the while, Franco's forces get closer and Santi's ghost makes itself more apparent...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection by an amazing director 18 Jan 2014
By Tanya.x
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Del Toro's work is stunning as usual and is combined with a fantastic story line. His work is both tragic and beautiful and is worth every penny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilermo collection. 7 Nov 2013
By Bazza
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I love the way this director makes movies. They wont be to everyones taste, but really worth a watch. My favourite is Pan's Labyrinth. A mix of fantasy and the horrors of a civil war. Watch it if you can. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost worth it. 9 Feb 2013
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I've seen Pan's Labyrinth a number of times now, and never tire of seeing it. As such, I thought I'd buy this box set, as my partner had never seen it. She loved Pan's Labyrinth. But we were both disillusioned with Cronos. How Guillermo Del Toro managed to get another directing job after that is surprising, though relieving; don't expect too much from his directorial debut. The Devil's Backbone, sees him back at his best with a tense and enjoyable film, sure to have you on the edge of your seats..!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GDT's films make me feel. 17 Mar 2009
By rrwf
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I love these stories.
Rather than being overwhelmed with Hollowwood FX, these stories rely on real characters that I care about.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pans 27 Jun 2007
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Fantastic film, i thought it was a kiddy film so sat to watch it with my daughter, big mistake she is only 12 but she carried on watching it and enjoyed it as much as i, didnt realise it was subtitled but this didnt make any difference, thoroughly enjoyed it and would certainly watch it again
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