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Winner of three Academy awards, Pan's Labyrinth (2006) written and directed by Guillermo del Toro is a dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War. Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Franco’s army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child’s imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.
This is a Director-Approved Blu-ray with special edition features, its restoration was supervised by del Toro. Additionally, there is audio commentary by del Toro from 2007; 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and an alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround soundtrack; a new interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and Pan’s Labyrinth; a new interview with actor Doug Jones; four 2007 making-of documentaries that examine the characters, production, special effects, themes, and music of the film; an interactive director’s notebook, footage of actor Ivana Baquero’s audition for the film; animated comics featuring prequel stories for the film’s menagerie of creatures; programs comparing selected production storyboards and del Toro’s thumbnail sketches with the final film; visual effects work for the Green Fairy; elements of the film’s score, trailers and TV spots, and an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson.
- Running time: 119 minutes
- In Spanish with Spanish and English subtitles
- Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
- Rated R