Criterion announces new “DEVIL’S BACKBONE” discs


Having already put out a sterling special edition of Guillermo del Toro’s CRONOS, The Criterion Collection will bring the director’s terrific 2001 ghost story THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE to DVD and Blu-ray in July.

Like his subsequent smash PAN’S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE sees del Toro exploring the horrors of wartime though a supernatural prism and the eyes of a child—in this case a 10-year-old boy in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War who confronts human evil and a lingering specter. Criterion’s Blu-ray and two-DVD set, streeting July 30, will present the movie in a new 2K digital film restoration in 1.85:1 widescreen, approved by del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, with new English-subtitle translations, plus 5.1 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Special features include:


• Video introduction by del Toro from 2010

• New interviews with Del Toro about the process of creating the ghost Santi and the drawings and designs made in preparation for the film

• ¿QUÉ ES UN FANTASMA?, a 2004 making-of documentary

• “Spanish Gothic,” a 2010 interview with del Toro about the genre and its influence on his work

• Interactive director’s notebook, with del Toro’s drawings and handwritten notes, along with interviews with the filmmaker

• Four deleted scenes with optional commentary

• New featurette about the Spanish Civil War as evoked in the film

• 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 alongside the sections of the final film they represent (Blu-ray only)

• Trailer

• Booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode

Retail prices are $29.95 for the DVD set, $39.95 for the Blu-ray.

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