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Format: DVD
Sku: 40244127
UPC: 043396056763
UPC 14: 00043396056763
Category Keywords: Ghosts  History  Spain  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The living will always be more dangerous than the dead.
His father killed in the brutal fighting of the Spanish Civil War, ten-year-old Carlos is sent to live at the desolate Santa Lucia School, now a makeshift shelter for war orphans. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a series of seemingly supernatural encounters: strange shadows, voices and, most frightening of all, the apparition of a brutalized young boy. Turns out that Carlos is not alone in seeing these strange phenomena, many other children have experienced the "One Who Sighs," as the entity has come to be called. A classic ghost story, haunting as it is moving, The Devil's Backbone is also a subtle allegory for the war that rages on just beyond the school's walls.

"A superior work! It is one of the absolute best movies you'll see this year!  Ain't It Cool News
"An elegant scare picture...  Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"Vastly more frightening and stylish than The Others.  Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

Editor's Note
During the Spanish Civil War, newly orphaned Carlos is taken to a school for the children of those who died fighting against fascism. He is given the bed that formerly belonged to Santi, a boy who recently died during an attack in which a bomb dropped, landing in the school's courtyard undetonated, a reminder of impending danger. As the amputee headmistress (Marisa Paredes, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER) and the embittered caretaker, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), engage in a love affair, the headmistress' cuckolded husband, the impotent but benevolent school doctor (Frederico Luppi) sits by passively. Meanwhile, after Santi's ghost repeatedly reveals itself to Carlos, another student spooks Carlos with a dark secret about the boy's death. War surrounds the school, violence infests it from within, and Carlos sets out to avenge the death of Santi.

Taking on themes such as the brutality of war and the loss of innocence, Guillermo del Toro's (MIMIC) film skillfully combines elements of war, gothic horror, melodrama, and adventure to create a work that functions as both a genre film and a politically resonant piece of nostalgia. THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE uses history as a means of transforming what would otherwise be a routine ghost story into a powerful and affecting statement.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/16/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 05676
Video UPC UPC: 00043396056763
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Spanish
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Spanish
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Eduardo Noriega
Video Cast Info Federico Luppi
Video Cast Info Fernando Tielve
Video Cast Info Inigo Garces
Video Cast Info Irene Visedo
Video Cast Info Marisa Paredes
Video Cast Info Antonio Trashorras - Writer
Video Cast Info David Munoz - Writer
Video Cast Info Guillermo del Toro - Director
Video Cast Info Guillermo del Toro - Writer
Video Cast Info Guillermo Navarro - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Javier Navarette - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Luis De La Madrid - Editor
Video Cast Info Pedro Almodovar, et al. - Producer

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...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..." 12/01/2001 p.101

Sight and Sound
"...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..." 12/01/2001 p.38-46

Box Office
"...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..." 12/01/2001 p.58

Entertainment Weekly
"...Richly atmospheric....Del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers..." 12/07/2001 p.70

New York Times
"...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..." 11/21/2001 p.E13

Chicago Sun-Times
"...The movie is richly atmospheric in its telling of a ghost story..." 01/20/2002 p.6

Washington Post 9 of 10
The air of sensuality is very much the film's operating style. Although the story includes damp cell - Desson Howe

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Noriega,Eduardo
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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