The Devil's Backbone

Edition no. 666

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Licensor
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
One of the most personal films by Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, it tells the tale of a twelve-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro expertly combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish mélange that, like his later Pan’s Labyrinth, reminds us the scariest monsters are often the human ones.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary featuring Guillermo del Toro
  • Video introduction by Guillermo del Toro from 2010
  • New and archival interviews with Guillermo del Toro about the creation of his film
  • ¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary
  • Interactive director’s notebook
  • Four deleted scenes, with commentary by Guillermo del Toro
  • New interview with scholar Sebastiaan Faber about the film’s depiction of the Spanish Civil War
  • Program comparing Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez’s storyboards with the final film
  • Selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches
  • Trailer
  • Insert featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode

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Release Credits

Producer: Curtis Tsui
Artwork: Guy Davis

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