Cronos Cronos


Guillermo del Toro

Cronos (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • Mexico
  • 1993
  • 92 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • Spanish
  • Spine #551

Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious American named Angel (a delightfully crude and deranged Ron Perlman). Featuring marvelous special makeup effects and the haunting imagery for which del Toro has become world-renowned, Cronos is a dark, visually rich, and emotionally captivating fantasy.


Jesús GrisFederico Luppi
Angel de la GuardiaRon Perlman
De la GuardiaClaudio Brook
MercedesMargarita Isabel
AuroraTamara Shanath
TitoDaniel Giménez Cacho
AlchemistMario Iván Martinez
ManuelitoFarnesio de Bernal
Funeral directorJuan Carlos Colombo
Narrator (Spanish introduction)Jorge Martinez de Hoyos
BuyerLuis Rodríguez
Bleeding manJavier Álvarez
DrunkGerardo Moscoso
Stoned manEugenio Lobo


DirectorGuillermo del Toro
Written byGuillermo del Toro
ProducersBertha Navarro and Arthur H. Gorson
CoproducersAlejandro Springall and Bernard L. Nussbaumer
Director of photographyGuillermo Navarro
Production designerTolita Figueroa
Art directorBrigitte Broch
Art designerMaría Figueroa
Composer and music directorJavier Álvarez
Special makeup effectsNecropia and S.A. de C.V.
EditorRaúl Dávalos
Associate editorPaul O'Bryan
Associate producersRafael Cruz, Jorge Sánchez and Julio Solórzano Foppa
First assistant directorSebastián Silva
SoundFernando Cámara
Special effectsLaurencio Cordero
CostumesGenoveva Petitpierre

Disc Features


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Optional original Spanish-language voice-over introduction
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring del Toro, the other producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and coproducer Alejandro Springall
  • Geometria, an unreleased 1987 short horror film by del Toro, finished in 2010, with a new video interview with the director
  • Welcome to Bleak House, a video tour by del Toro of his home offices, featuring his personal collections
  • New video interviews with del Toro, Navarro, and actor Ron Perlman
  • Video interview with actor Federico Luppi
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation, approved by the director
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and excerpts from del Toro’s notes for the film

    New cover by Mike Mignola

Film Essays

Cronos: Beautiful Dark Things

By Maitland McDonaghDecember 07, 2010

Guillermo del Toro understands the power of fairy tales. Not the prettified romances of . . . Read more »



Creature Feature

February 03, 2011

In a monster profile in this week’s New Yorker, Daniel Zalewski delves into the good-naturedly . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Cronos

December 10, 2010

“Long before giving us Blade 2, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and other freaky fantasies (next up, . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Cronos: Beautiful Dark Things

By Maitland McDonaghDecember 07, 2010

Guillermo del Toro understands the power of fairy tales. Not the prettified romances of . . . Read more »


Del Toro Reconsiders Cronos

December 07, 2010

Director Guillermo del Toro watched the new Criterion edition of his debut film, Cronos, about . . . Read more »


Entering House

November 05, 2010

In a new interview at the blog Hamster Triathlon, Criterion’s Curtis Tsui reveals that he was . . . Read more »