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Pan's Labyrinth [HD DVD]

Ivana Baquero , Ariadna Gil , Guillermo del Toro    Suitable for 15 years and over   HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)

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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: HD DVD
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYBP0A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,476 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, Jorge Luis Borges, and Guillermo del Toro's own unlimited imagination, Pan's Labyrinth is a fairytale for adults. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) may only be 12, but the worlds she inhabits, both above and below ground, are dark as anything del Toro has conjured. Set in rural Spain, circa 1944, Ofelia and her widowed mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil, Belle Epoque), have just moved into an abandoned mill with Carmen's new husband, Captain Vidal (Sergi López, With a Friend like Harry). Carmen is pregnant with his son. Other than her sickly mother and kindly housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verdú, Y Tu Mamá También), the dreamy Ofelia is on her own. Vidal, an exceedingly cruel man, couldn't be bothered. He has informers to torture. Ofelia soon finds that an entire universe exists below the mill. Her guide is the persuasive Faun (Doug Jones, Mimic). As her mother grows weaker, Ofelia spends more and more time in the satyr's labyrinth. He offers to help her out of her predicament if she'll complete three treacherous tasks. Ofelia is willing to try, but does this alternate reality really exist or is it all in her head? Del Toro leaves that up to the viewer to decide in a beautiful, yet brutal twin to The Devil's Backbone, which was also haunted by the ghost of Franco. Though it lacks the humour of Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth represents Guillermo Del Toro at the top of his considerable game. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Spanish fantasy story directed by Guillermo del Torro ('Cronos') with stunning sets, shocking scenes and effects - set in the mind's eye of a lonely young girl. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is a young girl in a remote mountain village in Spain in 1944 after Franco's ascension to power. To escape the upheaval and hardship her family faces (her father died in the war and her mother (Ariadna Gil) has been forced to re-marry to a despotic Captain in Franco's fascist army), Ofelia creates a world in her mind. It's a beautiful place though not without its dark side but she's guided by a ghastly yet kindly fawn creature. The Captain, it soon transpires, is more interested in the son Ofelia's mother is carrying, than he is in either Ofelia or her mother. Mercedes (Maribel Verdú), the Captain's considerate servant, and Dr. Ferreiro the Captain's physician, are, it transpires, in league with the revolutionaries in the woods surrounding the army encampment. These resistance fighters are intent on liberating the rationed food and medicines they need. As the increasingly manic and paranoid captain assassinates anyone who looks at him the wrong way with alarming regularity, Ofelia's secret quests set by the fawn creature to unlock the portal to another world become more and more urgent. With its deft mixing of CGI and actual character scenes, political and social statement, Pan's Labyrinth has been referred to already as 'The Citizen Kane of fantasy films'.


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126 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the labyrinth 25 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
If anyone wants to know where the dark, creepy fairy tales of old went, here's a hint: Guillermo del Toro is doing a pretty good job with the fairy tales for adults.

"Pan's Labyrinth" ("El Laberinto del Fauno") is a sequel of sorts to "The Devil's Backbone," a magical realism film about the Spanish Civil War. But this movie takes us deeper into a world that is half real, half ominous fairy tale, with a unique and imaginative story and some really excellent acting -- in short, a triumph.

Time and place: 1944, Spain. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her very pregnant mother travel to meet her new stepfather, the brutal and murderous Captain Vidal (Sergi López). Ofelia loathes her new stepfather, but is transfixed by the eerie forests around them -- and one night she is visited by a fairy, and encounters a giant faun who tells her that she is Princess Moanna of the netherworld, and must return there.

To do so, he tells her that she must do three things, and gives her a strange book. Ofelia menages first task, but is frightened out of her wits by the second task, which involves a hideous monster with eyes in its hands. Even worse, her mother's pregnancy is getting more dangerous. As the guerillas and the fascists clash, Ofelia faces being trapped outside the netherworld forever...

Fairy tales have become cleaned-up and cutesy over time, so that children can read them without nightmares. But del Toro knows that the best fairy tales are the eerie, bizarre ones for adults, that are connected somehow to the real world. That is what makes "Pan's Labyrinth" so brilliantly dark and heartfelt.

Del Toro obviously crafted this with care, directing it in a dreamlike style and brilliant visuals.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
By I. Curry VINE VOICE
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The idea of a child escaping from the misery of the oppressive, adult world into a fantasy land of fairy tales, monsters and legends is as old as storytelling. The success of the Harry Potter series and the recent cinema remake of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is testament to the desire of all ages to escape from the humdrum into fantastical worlds. Even Lord of the Rings sees the Hobbits take on a heroic quest away from their normal lives. Cinema in an age of exquisite computer graphics is perfectly suited to giving visual representation to the imaginations of even the most vivid and creative of souls.

And few people would have as creative or daring an imagination as the director behind Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno) Guillermo Del Toro. The vicious backdrop to the fantasy is the fisling, futile end of the Spanish Civil War. With Franco's forces victorious across Spain, the Republican forces are forced into remote areas, in to the forests and into hiding. The heroine of the story is Ofelia (Baquero), whose mother is heavily pregnant with the son of her step-father, the wicked Commandant grittily played by López.

The Commandant is posted to a rural area, and charged with rooting out and destroying the rebel forces. He has called for his wife and her daughter to be by his side, as it is proper for a son to be born in the same place as his father. It soon becomes clear that the ruthlessness and cruelty which has allowed the Commandant to forge a successful military career in civil war ravaged Spain is played out in his family life. His wife is firmly under his control, and the whimsical and dreaming step-daughter is terrified into compliance.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing 23 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
Let me start by saying that this film is quite possibly one of the best films I have seen in a long time, and if you haven't watched it yet then where have you been?

From the off set we are transported into a little girls mind during WW2 Spain. With a heavily pregnant mother and an evil stepfather the girl escapes into the pages of her treasured fairy tales.

With the promise of becoming a princess and escaping her tragic life, the girl embarks on her fairy tale adventures, some of which you may remember from your own childhood.

I don't want to give too much away, as ruining this film for even one individual would be unforgivable, and of course we have all read the synopsis.

All I can say is that this is a truly touching tale, with amazing acting and sensational visuals. If you haven't already seen this film then I suggest you buy it now.

Were the asking price doubled it would still be worth every penny.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie 10 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
I bought this film a while ago, but only just got round to watching it this evening. It is incredibly good - probably one of the best films I've ever seen.

For those expecting some kind of Disney-esque fairy tale or a pure fantasy film, you will be disappointed since this is far more in the vein of fairy tales as they were originally - cautionary tales or lurking danger. It is hard hitting and graphically violent, very much depicting the vicious reality of the Spanish Civil War and the brutality of the Franco regime. Nevertheless, it is a gripping tale of perils to be overcome, both real and fantastical, by the young protagonist, Ofelia. Disturbing, moving and unpredictable it is a film I would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind their reality painted in flesh and blood colour and their fantasy a little on the dark side.

Be warned, I am surprised this film got a 15 rating - it is not for the faint of heart and not one that I'd describe as a popcorn or family film by any stretch of the imagination!
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT AN ENGLISH DUBBED VERSION!!!!
NOT AN ENGLISH DUBBED VERSION!!! DONT BUY IF THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT!! JUST DOWNLOAD THE FILM!!!
Published 6 days ago by Alexander K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pan's Labyrinth DVD
Amazing movie. Don't let the Spanish audio and the subtitles put you off, this is definitely a must-see. The DVD itself arrived on time and in perfect condition.
Published 7 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have to concentrate on it
Published 16 days ago by miss j e a halford
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite horrifying and almost simultaneously delightful. A weird, ...
Quite horrifying and almost simultaneously delightful. A weird, dark, fairytale framed by the Spanish Revolution. The professional critics have said it all..I concur.
Published 16 days ago by Mrs C M Strachen Wishy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
No proper subtitles. It's impossible to understand a word!!!! Put it in the bin straight away.
Published 1 month ago by Natalya A Woodward
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good fun
Published 1 month ago by anthony llewellyn
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FANTASY FILMS EVER MADE
The third great film given us by a young Mexican director in 2006 (along with "Babel" and "Children of Men"), and probably the one most inclined to future classic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Blenheim
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated?
In my opinion this is one of the most overlooked films to date. An adult fairy tale about a girl on a mission of self discovery involving 3 tasks set in the post-Spanish civil war... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully tragic and wonderful
This film is a dark fairy tale for adults. Beautifully contrasting the fantastical world of a young girl against the gritty realities of war and life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids
I just watched this last night for the first time after it being recommended. I heard it was dark and sad but brilliant and it is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Appleby
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