Orphanage (Blu-ray)

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Haunting secrets of the past resurface when a child mysteriously disappears in the supernatural thriller The Orphanage, a spinetingler with a jaw-dropping twist that will take your very last breath away! Produced by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth).

Visionary Guillermo del Toro and acclaimed director J.A. Bayona present The Orphanage, a "positively terrifying" (John Anderson, Newsday) new vision of the classic ghost story. Returning to her childhood home -- a mysterious, seaside orphanage -- Laura and her family unknowingly unleash a long-forgotten, evil spirit. Now, thrust into a chilling nightmare that involves the disappearance of her young son, Laura must confront the memories of her past before the ghosts of the orphanage destroy her...and everyone she has ever loved.


Studio New Line
SKU 207534520
UPC 794043120794
UPC 14 00794043120794
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/22/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Rueda,Belen
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Belen Rueda - Actor
Elena Ruiz - Editor
Fernando Cayo - Actor
Fernando Velazquez - Original Music By
Guillermo del Toro, et. al. - Producer
Inigo Navarro - Art Director
J.A. Bayona - Director
Josep Rosell - Production Designer
Mabel Rivera - Actor
Oscar Faura - Cinematographer
Roger Princep - Actor
Sergio G. Sanchez - Writer
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Orphanage is an effective mixture of horror and fantasy, with the supernatural bleeding into dreams that teeter on the brink of reality. It employs a similar, although not identical, approach to the one that marked 2006's late-year success, Pan's Labyrinth. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan's Labyrinth, has lent his support to The Orphanage, allowing the opening credits and poster art to state "Presented by Guillermo del Toro." So his shadow looms large over the film and one can acknowledge that director J.A. Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez have learned well from him as they proceed down this unusual path...The Orphanage is not as good as Pan's Labyrinth. The set design fails to achieve the same level of inventiveness, the screenplay is less tight, and the secondary characters are not as compelling. However, for those who enjoy ghost stories and are willing to be patient with a movie that gradually unveils its secrets rather than uncovering them all in an orgy of violence and terror, The Orphanage fills a need. The spell it casts early does not evaporate until the epilogue is finished.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Now here is an excellent example of why it is more frightening to await something than to experience it. "The Orphanage" has every opportunity to descend into routine shock and horror, or even into the pits with the slasher pictures, but it only pulls the trigger a couple of times. The rest is all waiting, anticipating, dreading...Hitchcock was very wise about this. In his book-length conversation with Truffaut, he used a famous example to explain the difference between surprise and suspense. If people are seated at a table and a bomb explodes, that is surprise. If they are seated at a table, and you know there's a bomb under the table attached to a ticking clock, but they continue to play cards -- that's suspense. There's a bomb under "The Orphanage" for excruciating stretches of time...That makes the film into a superior ghost story, if indeed there are ghosts in it. I am not sure: They may instead be the experience or illusion of ghosts in the mind of the heroine...The film, a Spanish production directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and produced by Guillermo del Toro ("The Devil's Backbone," "Pan's Labyrinth"), is deliberately aimed at viewers with developed attention spans. It lingers to create atmosphere, a sense of place, a sympathy with the characters, instead of rushing into cheap thrills.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Spanish, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Rueda,Belen
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
David Ansen, Newsweek A great horror movie is like a good shrink...It purges us through petrification. That horror movie, thankfully, has arrived.
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post Lures us in with extraordinary subtlety...it builds its suspense almost subliminally.
Justin Chang, Variety A fastidiously grim ghost story that rattles the bones of the haunted-house genre and finds plenty of fresh (but not too bloody) meat.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer By the end, you'll be chilled and disturbed by what you've seen -- and, rare as this is in a horror movie, touched to the heart.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post The acting is uniformly superb, the camera work and set design are haunting...
Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian Reaches truly terrifying heights...Like "Pan's Labyrinth," this is a movie about children made very much for adults.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Delivers more goose bumps than anything Hollywood has served up in years...

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