The Devil's Backbone (Criterion Collection)

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The Devil's Backbone (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Disc one: Audio commentary featuring del Toro
    • Video introduction by del Toro from 2010
    • Trailer
    • Disc two: New and archival interviews with 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 del Toro
    • New interview with scholar Sebastian 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
    • Plus: An essay by critic Mark Kermode
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by , &
Produced by &
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 12/01/2001
"...Del Toro keeps things tense and, most importantly, keeps you guessing....Del Toro has crafted a creepy, lyrical movie that surges between unspeakable brutality and heart-bruising sentiment..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2001
"...THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE remains the work of a great stylist with a uniquely disturbing attraction to, and vision of, the frontier between life and death..."
Box Office - 12/01/2001
"...Throughout, Del Toro has composed vivid and riveting images that he has combined with an engrossing story, and the impressive performances of the entire cast keep DEVIL'S BACKBONE unabatingly compelling..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/07/2001
"...Richly atmospheric....Del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers..."
New York Times - 11/21/2001
"...Mr. Del Toro takes an almost sensuous delight in weaving aural and visual textures of fear....Mr. Del Toro provokes your screams and shudders, but he also earns your tears..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/20/2002
"...The movie is richly atmospheric in its telling of a ghost story..."
Wall Street Journal - 01/17/2013
"This is a horror flick that also functions as an allegory of the war that still haunts Spain eight decades later."

Plot Keywords:

Ghosts | History | Spain | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: November 21, 2001 (NY)

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