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The Devil’s Backbone Criterion Collection


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Blu-raySKU: 170210-62987-1
UPC: 715515107716
Part No: CC2279BD
ISBN-13: 978-1-60465-742-5
Weight: 0.11 lbs
Condition: NewDVDSKU: 170210-62987-2
UPC: 715515107815
Part No: CC2280D
ISBN-13: 978-1-60465-743-2
Weight: 0.11 lbs
Condition: New

Product Types: Products | Movies & TV
Lines: Cult Flavor
Formats: Blu-ray | DVD
Genres: Horror | Thrillers
Studio: Criterion
Original U.S. Release: September 2, 2001
Item Release Date: July 30, 2013
Rating: R
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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.

Special Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro and director of photography Guillermo Navarro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Del Toro
  • Video introduction by Del Toro from 2010
  • 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 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 (Blu-ray edition only)
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation by del Toro
  • An essay by critic Mark Kermode


  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Audio: 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Cast: Adrian Lamana | Berta Ojea | Daniel Esparza | Eduardo Noriega | Federico Luppi | Fernando Tielve | Íñigo Garcés | Irene Visedo | Javier González Madrigal | José Manuel Lorenzo | Junio Valverde | Marisa Paredes | Paco Maestre | Victor Barroso
Directors: Guillermo del Toro

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