Cronos Cronos


Guillermo del Toro

Cronos (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • 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 McDonagh December 07, 2010

Guillermo del Toro understands the power of fairy tales. Not the prettified romances of Charles Perrault, who tamed the Brothers Grimm for French drawing rooms, or the charming animal fables of . . . Read more »



On the Channel: Adventures in Moviegoing with Guillermo del Toro

May 25, 2017

In visually daring phantasmagorias like Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro transfixes audiences with a unique brand of gothic storytelling that interweaves the . . . Read more »



On the Channel: Blue Christmas

December 08, 2016

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Criterion Designs


Designing for del Toro

By Eric Skillman October 26, 2016

Guillermo del Toro has worked with an incredibly deep bench of talented visual effects artists, production designers, storyboard artists, and creature designers over the years, and of course his . . . Read more »



Guillermo del Toro’s Influences

October 19, 2016

For over two decades, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has cast a spell on audiences with his visually audacious fables, which blend supernatural visions with deeply personal insights on . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries



Creature Feature

February 03, 2011

In a monster profile in this week’s New Yorker, Daniel Zalewski delves into the good-naturedly grotesque universe of Mexican horror auteur Guillermo del Toro (Cronos). Painting del Toro as a . . . 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 sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . 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 edition features choices from twenty-four “contributors, DVD distributors, and curators.” We’re . . . 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, Frankenstein!), Mexican movie maverick Guillermo del Toro jump-started his career with a . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Cronos: Beautiful Dark Things

By Maitland McDonagh December 07, 2010

Guillermo del Toro understands the power of fairy tales. Not the prettified romances of Charles Perrault, who tamed the Brothers Grimm for French drawing rooms, or the charming animal fables 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 a week before he sat down for an interview with the A.V. Club’s Noel Murray. After years of doubt . . . Read more »


Entering House

November 05, 2010

In a new interview at the blog Hamster Triathlon, Criterion’s Curtis Tsui reveals that he was a fan of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House long before it became cinema’s cult crush object du jour. Tsui, . . . Read more »


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