Guillermo del Toro

The Devil’s Backbone

The Devil’s Backbone

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.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Kermode

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$79.96

Collector's Set

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro

DVD Box Set

5 Discs

$79.96

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Kermode
The Devil’s Backbone
Cast
Marisa Paredes
Carmen
Eduardo Noriega
Jacinto
Federico Luppi
Dr. Casares
Fernando Tielve
Carlos
Íñigo Garcés
Jaime
Irene Visedo
Conchita
José Manuel Lorenzo
Marcelo
Paco Maestre
The Pig
Junio Valverde
Santi
Berta Ojea
Alma
Adrian Lamana
Gálvez
Daniel Esparza
Marcos
Javier González Madrigal
Owl
Victor Barroso
Luis
Credits
Director
Guillermo del Toro
Executive producers
Agustín Almodóvar
Executive producers
Bertha Navarro
Producer
Pedro Almodóvar
Director of production
Esther García
Director of photography
Guillermo Navarro
Coproducer
Rosa Bosch
Associate producer
Michel Ruben
Written by
Guillermo del Toro
Written by
Antonio Trashorras
Written by
David Muñoz
Music
Javier Navarrete
Art director
César Macarrón
Editor
Luis de la Madrid
Camera operator
Joaquín Manchado
Casting
Sara Bilbatua
Sound
Miguel Rejas
Sound design
Salvador Mayolas
Special mechanical effects
Reyes Abades
Special makeup effects
DDT
Special makeup effects supervisors
David Martí
Special makeup effects supervisors
Montse Ribé
Special digital effects
Telson
Makeup
Jorge Hernández
Hairdresser
Fermín Galán
Costumes
José Vico

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