Guillermo del toro blu-ray triple boxset
GUILLERMO DEL TORO BLU-RAY TRIPLE BOXSET
“Cronos, a unique, terrifying mini-masterpiece” Empire
“Pan’s Labyrinth, compelling from first to last” BBC
“The Devil’s Backbone, both chilling and rewarding” Film Four
Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro is recognised as one of the world’s most spectacularly inventive filmmakers, balancing visually stunning blockbusters (Hellboy and Blade 2) with smaller, personal projects such as the three revolutionary films brought together in this Blu-ray collection– THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH and his debut feature, CRONOS. All three picture masters for this triple boxset special were supervised and approved by Guillermo himself and the effect is a visually enchanting masterpiece.
In each of these three beautifully haunting films, Del Toro weaves together black fairy tales with bleak reality. Guillermo has given film fans some of the most intelligent films in modern cinema and this box set perfectly showcases truly incredible talent.
Delve even deeper into the magical fairytale horror of the Guillermo Del Toro Collection with fabulous DVD extras such as behind the scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, featurettes aplenty and audio commentary from Guillermo himself.
Del Toro makes two kinds of film, Mainstream Hollywood Fantasy movies and his more personal nightmarish fairy tales. Optimum’s collection of his now classic trilogy – Cronos, Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth – deserves packaging that reflect the magical quality of his dream-like horror visions, so what better to house these amazing movies than in a deluxe pop-up book style box that pays tribute to a startling cinematic imagination…
The earliest of the movies in the box set is the acclaimed Cronos. Released in 1993, it’s an inventive and compassionate reworking of vampire mythology, a story of family loyalties as well as alchemy and vampirism.
An old antiques dealer, Jesus Gris, finds a mechanical device called the “Cronos device.” Whilst holding the Cronos it springs open and its metallic legs pierce Jesus’ 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 realises he desires the blood of his innocent granddaughter…
Cronos is peculiarly compassionate, approaching the question of immortality poetically as well as horrifically and humorously.
* New extra Geometria short film
* New extra: Guillermo Del Toro interview
* New extra: Director’s notes
* Guillermo Navaro interview
* Guillermo Del Toro audio commentary
* Original Del Toro interview.
THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE
2001’s The Devil’s Backbone is a deliciously dark horror that tells the tale of a remote Spanish orphanage during the final days of The Spanish Civil War. Its young inhabitants are brutally terrorised by a spirit that stalks the building’s dark decaying hallways. A story of orphan children battling for survival against the spirit-world building up to a grisly, explosive finale where the children unravel the truth behind the spirit’s haunting.
* New extra: Video Prologue by Guillermo Del Toro
* Of Ghosts And Fauns
* Del Toro’s Spanish Civil War
* Behind the scenes featurette
* Special effects
* Guillermo Del Toro audio commentary.
Pan’s Labyrinth, released in 2006 to critical acclaim, mingles real life politics and social drama with fantasy and magic to create a masterpiece of modern cinema. An imaginative gothic fairytale for adults set in Spain during World War II, Pan’s Labyrinth is a beautiful, charming, graphic and deadly story of a young girl’s journey to her own fantasy world, created in order to escape a cruel and harsh reality. Entering a mysterious and enchanting world of fairies, fauns and giant frogs, she is told she must accomplish three gruesome, assignments before being able to see her father again.
* New extra: Motion comics
* Video Prologue by Guillermo Del Toro
* The Guardian Interview at the NFT with Guillermo Del Toto
* The Power of Myth
* DVD Comic Sketches: The Pale, the Fairies, the giant Toad and Pan, El Fauno y Las Hadas, The Colour and the Shape
* VFX Plate Compare: Guillermo Del Toro and the Green Fairy
* Director’s Notebook
* The Melody Echoes the Fairy Tale
* Mercedes’ Lullaby
* Poster Gallery
This is simply awesome, great to see these films getting the treatment they deserve with brand new extras!
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That does look nice indeed. I'm torn now. Looks like I'll end up owning two copies of Cronos as I'll probably be getting the Criterion. Definitely want Devil's Backbone and the UK BD of Pan's has always been better than the US version...
It'll have to wait for the £57 they're asking for it at Amazon though!
IT's not the cheapest set in the world but the company have really gone to town with the extras and packaging.
On the CULT LABS BLOG this week, check out details for two upcoming opportunities to see the best of Del Toro's work on the big screen, plus, I've posted the fascinating Del Toro "Masters of Horror" interview clip, which has some nice examples of the kind of B-Movie horror that fuelled the director in his younger days and clearly influenced the amazing movies he directs today.
Ok, here's a Monday morning Cult Labs exclusive for you. The new teaser for the Del Toro Blu-Ray collection....
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