- Actors: Belen Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla
- Directors: Juan Antonio Bayona
- Producers: Guillermo del Toro, Álvaro Augustín, Joaquin Padro, Mar Targarona
- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0019GJ3WU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,847 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Orphanage [DVD]
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Chilling ghost story produced by Guillermo del Toro. Laura (Belen Rueda) has fond memories of the orphanage she grew up in. She was well cared for by the staff and she loved her fellow orphans like they were her own flesh and blood. Thirty years later, accompanied by her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and her 7-year-old son Simon (Roger Princep), she returns to her childhood home with a dream of restoring the now abandoned orphanage and reopening it as a home for disabled youngsters. However, it's not long before Simon starts communicating with an invisible new friend and telling strange stories. Carlos is skeptical of his son, believing that he is just seeking attention. Then Simon disappears without trace...
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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Top Customer Reviews
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,
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.
(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.
Tense and touching, terrifying yet utterly tear-jerking, the plot twists snake-like and leaves you guessing right up to the last 20 minutes; which for me are amoung the most powerful I've ever seen.
Once in a blue moon you watch a film that for whatever reason 'changes' you. The Orphanage re-set my expectations and made me sit up and realise that the vast majority of films are actually dross! Watch this film and you too will be saying 'Now that's how you make a film' over a post-viewing box of tissues.
The Orphanage - An all too rare marvel that I couldn't recommend highly enough.
I was expecting the slow-moving "Orphanage" to descend into routine shock and horror movie, or even into the pits with the slasher pictures. But it doesn't. Most of the movie is all waiting, anticipating and dreading. The jolts that come about midway are of a similar magnitude to movies such as Sixth Sense and Blair Witch Project.
The story (no spoilers here) of `The Orphanage' focuses on Laura, who as a young girl was raised in the orphanage before being taken away one day and adopted. Now in her 30s, she has returned with her husband and their young son Simon (who has imaginary friends). They have plans to turn the Orphanage into a home for sick/ disabled children. But before they can embark on this venture, Simon vanishes.
Laura is the main character in this movie; we are inside her tormented mind. Her husband only appears in a few scenes and all the other characters in the move are minor parts compared to Laura. Laura spends months trying to find her son and she seeks help from a psychic, the Police, and her son's imaginary friends.
All the while Laura embarks on a quest to retrieve him that will push her to the limit of sanity.
The film is slow moving, but it manages to expertly linger to create atmosphere, a sense of place, a sympathy with the characters, instead of rushing into cheap thrills.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do not waste your money. You will fall asleep in one hours time. One of the worst and one of the most borring movies ive ever watched.......Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this on the strength of the five star reviews but now wish I'd heeded the three star comments. The film is very watchable but, after around fifty minutes, starts to drag. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Davis
I have watched this film several times with GCSE Spanish students and they have really enjoyed it. It is atmospheric and chilling at times with many students watching it through... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wilburkins
I'm giving this two stars because I was left devestated by it and couldn't stop thinking about it. If I could in watch it I would! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katy p
In ghost story terms, there’s nothing particularly new about ‘The Orphanage’ – it follows the modern ghost story formula pretty well, i.e. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Albatross
One of the most amazing movies ever made. It's not a horror. It's a thriller and what a thriller at that. Read morePublished 4 months ago by syphern