The Dead Mother

Edition no. 24

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Directed by: Juanma Bajo Ulloa

Ismael (Karra Elejalde, Timecrimes) breaks into the house of a fine art restorer and shoots the homeowner dead, leaving her daughter orphaned and traumatized for life. Years later Ismael is working in a bar where he sees the daughter again. Paranoid that she has recognised him and will report him, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage, demanding that her hospital pay a ransom for her release. As he spends more time with her a strange bond develops that causes him to delay the ransom request or fulfil his threats of throwing her in front of a train. But he can’t delay forever… A gothic thriller with pitch-black humour that recalls the Coen brothers, Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s sophomore feature won a host of prestigious international awards and was a precursor to the Spanish genre explosion.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray/CD
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio: Spanish 2.0 PCM Stereo
Subtitles: English
Region: A/B/C/None
Discs: 2 Discs |  BD-50/CD
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  • Audio commentary by Juanma Bajo Ulloa
  • The Story of La Madre Muerta - a documentary on the making of the film featuring behind-the-scenes images and interviews with the cast and crew
  • Victor’s Kingdom [El reino de Víctor] (1989, 38 mins) - Goya Award-winning short film by Ulloa, restored in 4K
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes and promotional imagery
  • Trailer
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by Xavier Aldana Reyes, author of Spanish Gothic: National Identity, Collaboration and Cultural Adaptation, and newly translated archival writing by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, co-writer Eduardo Bajo Ulloa and an appreciation by Nacho Vigalondo
  • Limited edition soundtrack CD featuring Bingen Mendizábal’s sumptuous score [exclusive to the limited edition]

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