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The Orphanage [DVD]

Belen Rueda , Fernando Cayo , Georgina Avellaneda    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Belen Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla
  • Directors: Georgina Avellaneda
  • Producers: Fernando Velázquez, Guillermo del Toro, Alvaro Augustín, Joaquin Padro
  • 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 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ3WU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,999 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Backed by Guillermo del Toro and yet made by a surprisingly inexperienced group of film makers (especially considering the end result), The Orphanage is a chilling, tense supernatural thriller that could certainly teach more established directors a thing or two about how to send shivers down the spine.

It tells the story of a woman, Laura, returning to the orphanage where she was raised as a child. Her plans are to look after sick children there, but it doesn’t take long for things to go awry. Without giving too much away, visions from her past and a threat to her own family are the starting points for a complex and quite haunting thriller, that stays in the mind long after the credits have rolled.

A film that works on more than one level, The Orphanage really is some piece of work. Juan Antonia Bayona, behind the camera, generates an incredibly atmospheric mood that underpins the film, and wisely takes time to put pieces in place. He’s aided by a terrific cast, and an unsettling screenplay that layers in an uneasy horror that’s as anti-Hollywood as it comes.

The result of all of this is one of the scariest films of recent times, and yet something that still manages to be that little bit more, that sticks in your mind for some time afterwards. Make no mistake, The Orphanage really is something different, and all the better for it. --Jon Foster

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Backed by Guillermo del Toro and yet made by a surprisingly inexperienced group of film makers (especially considering the end result), The Orphanage is a chilling, tense supernatural thriller that could certainly teach more established directors a thing or two about how to send shivers down the spine. It tells the story of a woman, Laura, returning to the orphanage where she was raised as a child. Her plans are to look after sick children there, but it doesnt take long for things to go awry. Without giving too much away, visions from her past and a threat to her own family are the starting points for a complex and quite haunting thriller, that stays in the mind long after the credits have rolled. A film that works on more than one level, The Orphanage really is some piece of work. Juan Antonia Bayona, behind the camera, generates an incredibly atmospheric mood that underpins the film, and wisely takes time to put pieces in place. Hes aided by a terrific cast, and an unsettling screenplay that layers in an uneasy horror thats as anti-Hollywood as it comes. The result of all of this is one of the scariest films of recent times, and yet something that still manages to be that little bit more, that sticks in your mind for some time afterwards. Make no mistake, The Orphanage really is something different, and all the better for it. --Jon Foster

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time and perhaps the most powerful and moving. Reviewers debate whether the film is a 'horror' or not - well for me at least, I found it genuinely chilling and scary and can think of few other so called horror films that had a profound and emotional effect on me. Infact I would go as far as to say very few films have ever given me the chills - but this did. More than that I was weeping like a emotional wreck by the end. It is fortunate that the wife hates watching sub titled films so I was able to 'experience' this without the indignity of others witnessing it!
Set in Spain and subtitled for nthe non spanish speaking, the film is a well conceived 'haunted house story' delivered in a manner similar to The Others and containing an atmospheric feel akin to the excellent Pan's Labrinth and Dont Look Now. For those who haveendured the loss or fear of losing a child - this story is both impactful and full of empathy. Carefully crafted, mature and intelligent in composition - a dark horse of a masterpiece. Supremely well acted and directed and highly recommended,
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT a horror but a heartwarming drama 27 Feb 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am baffled as to why this film is listed under horror as there wasn't anything in it that scared me in any kind of way. There are some supernatural references but the essence of the film seems to be very much about a mother's turmoil after her ill son's disappearance. Despite not being what i was expecting it is a great film. I was prepared to jump out of my seat and hide behind my hands but ended up being close to tears after the emotional and heartwarming rollarcoaster that it puts you through. I do recommend it but if you expect to be terrified you will be disappointed!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I have just finished watching this movie and I am in tears.
(And I'm a guy).

Tears, not through fear, but through emotion.

I have never before watched a film with such an incredible plot, twists, and final scene as this.

Yes it makes your hair stand up on end, (time and time again) yet there is little violence if any.

Yes there are creepy scenes and darkness, but this is after all a scary film. It meant to scare you and it does, I lost count how many times I said 'freaky' outloud and felt really un-nerved.

Yet it has a mind blowing end sequence that is just so moving, so touching that you must watch this utterly superb film.

10/10 - never seen anything like it.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller from the Spanish Team 8 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
The Orphanage, does bring sophistication in ghost stories which is rarely heard of, but Guillermo Del Toro manages to pull it off time and time again, and somehow he even managed to inject his magic into this one, which he only produced - as this very much plays out like one of his own films. Not to discredit Mr. Bayona, though, for he has done a fine job. This is a dark, powerful, and moving masterpiece that both adheres to convention and brings some new, more artistic elements to the table in the direction and storytelling.

There was nothing about this film I didn't like. The acting, the thrills, the cinematography, the story, and the atmosphere. Everything was not short of sheer brilliance. The chilling moments freaked me out a couple of times, which I'm glad they did. That was what I wanted out of this film, but I was offered so much in return. Since I knew Guillermo Del Toro was involved with this project, I had a feeling it would be good. I just didn't think it would be THIS good. It was also very heart-warming, which was something I did not expect.

The acting is great, Belen Rueda as Laura is magnificent. Fernando Cayo as the husband Carlos is also good; he looks like a Spanish version of Josh Lucas. The kids do a decent job. And seeing Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin's daughter) was a surprise, and she delivered an excellent performance as the 'seeing' medium. The bond that Laura, Simon, and Carlos shared is very sensitive and is carried out well throughout the movie.

This is definitely one of those horror films you should see more than once. The horror films you see nowadays are weak, not scary, and most of all; not worth your time. This one is WORTH the time. Believe me, his film has absolutely everything you need to know on how to make a well-executed ghost story and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed 4 Feb 2009
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Format:DVD
This film was well received by the critics on it's relatively recent release. It exceeded my expectations. It does have the supernatural feel of The Others, another film I thought was underrated.Basically it's about a couple who "lose" their son, and the subsequent events that occur in the old orphanage in which they live and plan to open a childrens home. There is a great story and enough surprises along the way to keep it ticking at a fair pace, it's also quite melancholy. I don't want to give away the story but the device of the treasure hunt which is used twice is quite brilliant. It does have a great resolution or ending but I recommend you watch it to find out what it is. It is a more than worthy follow up to Pans Labyrinth and I think that says it all.Incidentally if you haven't seen Pans Labyrinth then try films both you will not be disappointed by either of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
For the past few months I, a huge fan of movies, have been eagerly anticipating the latest Guillermo Del Toro film to hit our screens. After all of this angst, the day finally arrived and I can't tell you how pleased I was with the result.

"The Orphanage" by debut director Juan Antonio Bayona, is a truly mesmerising tale produced by the visionary director of "Pan's Labyrinth" (another superbly executed Spanish fantasy movie).

At the start of the story, children play a "knock, knock, knock on the wall" game in the grounds of an orphanage. However, these images soon melt into blackness to be replaced by wallpaper (for the title sequence) which is then ripped away by young hands, with tormenting music echoing in the background. I soon gathered that this was not going to be the most pleasant of tales.

Around thirty years on, we slowly slip into the world of Laura who has just moved back into her childhood home, the orphanage. The setting is now slightly more sinister: darker clouds, stormier seas and creaking doors galore. As the film progresses it becomes apparent that Laura's adopted son, Simón, has HIV and is therefore on constant medication, not great when, in a moment of carelessness, Simón vanishes. What evolves from this scene is a harrowing tale which examines the reality of loss, insanity, horror, and, most importantly, challenges our imagination, the one thing that when in the darkness of the orphanage, we cannot control.

Some scenes in this movie are utterly horrific, there is no doubt about it. Although gore is of the minimum, suspense and horror and childhood games are not. There is one section of this film that scared me witless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I did enjoy watching this film - it was well-scripted and acted and had a decent storyline. Not as scary as I had hoped but enjoyable nevertheless.
Published 2 months ago by Skugzee
2.0 out of 5 stars the orphanage
this film wasnt what i expected, didnt get the story, so was disappointed,will not be recommending to my friends, poor
Published 2 months ago by Mr kevan greep
4.0 out of 5 stars Attachment Loss
Details the everyday abuse occurring with orphanages which now are pouring out within the courts as lived testimony and this film explores some of those aspects, along with the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I have all Guillermo Del Toro films. All fantastic NEVER disappoint. If you are a fan of his films you are so going to love :)
Published 6 months ago by Mandy Thorburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Film was okay
I don't think it mentioned anywhere that the film was in Spanish with subtitles, the subtitles were very hit and miss to start, but soon got it sorted, and enjoyed the film very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Bagwandeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
A very good story and well acted. Brought the tears to my eyes. One I will watch again and again
Published 7 months ago by lovely ladybird
3.0 out of 5 stars Very pale compared to James Herbert's Secret of Crickley Hall
Whilst there are similarities between the two plots, James Herbert's Secret of Crickley Hall, (BBC Series, based on the book, 2012, Suranne Jones) blows The Orphanage out of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaky Movie
I was watching this movie with a frind who enjoys the odd horror like myself. We would consider ourselves to be hardy enough and able to handle quite a lot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by B. Appleby
5.0 out of 5 stars film
This was quite goox film one i hadnt seen before worth watching if nowt on tv happy brought this item
Published 9 months ago by Hayley Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent film, you would never of guessed the ending. My daughter and I loved it and recommend it. A must see.
Published 9 months ago by britishrose
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