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Pan's Labyrinth [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Special Edition]

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  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, PAN'S LABYRINTH is a thrilling, violent fairy tale set in post-Civil War Spain. Ivana Baquero stars as Ofelia, a young girl who moves with her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), into the home of Captain Vidal (Sergi Lpez), in an abandoned mill in the middle of dark, dangerous woods. Vidal is leading his team of soldiers against resistance fighters--and he will do whatever is necessary to kill every last one of them. As Vidal bosses around the pregnant Carmen, a flying creature leads Ofelia through a garden labyrinth and into an underground cave ruled by Pan (HELLBOY's Doug Jones), who believes that Ofelia might be the lost princess of this strange yet magical place. To prove she is royalty, Ofelia must complete three tasks, each more difficult and terrifying than the previous one. Meanwhile, Vidal is becoming more and more paranoid, torturing and murdering seemingly at will. Del Toro (THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, HELLBOY, CRONOS) creates a marvelous battle between good and evil, between heroes and villains, in both the real world aboveground and the mystical land below. Baquero gives a compelling performance as the terrorized Ofelia, who is befriended by Mercedes (Maribel Verd), a woman who harbors some secrets of her own. Stellar production design, superb special effects, and a stirring score by Javier Navarrete add to the scary fun. Selected as the closing-night entry in the 2006 New York Film Festival, PAN'S LABYRINTH is a captivating story that is not for the squeamish.

    Academy Awards Best Art Direction 2006
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 2006

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    • Rating - for graphic violence and some language.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): N10887

  • Credits
    Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verd, Alex Angulo, Roger Casamajor, Ivana Massague, Ivana Baquero
  • Critic Reviews
    "For horror that fries your nerves and fires your imagination, Guillermo del Toro is the hellboy of choice."
    Rolling Stone

    3 stars out of 5 -- "In his highly atmospheric film, Del Toro extracts some excellent performances, especially Lopez, who makes his character a monster with some human qualities..."
    Box Office

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n exquisite, dark carnival destined to unspool again and again through troubled brains on many a sleepless night."
    Total Film

    "[Del Toro] is not only a skilled director mining a rich vein in fantasy/horror; he is an artist full stop....Not only del Toro's best film, but also his most demanding and accomplished..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 4 -- "Del Toro handles this rich narrative in a way that goes far beyond mere deftness -- this is incredibly passionate filmmaking..."
    Premiere

    Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "[A] supple mix of magical realism and surreal movie-technique magic."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "If this is magic realism, it is also the work of a real magician....[Del Toro is] a thoroughgoing cinephile, steeped in classical technique and film history."
    New York Times

    Ranked #15 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."
    Film Comment

    4 stars out of 4 -- "Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means for us to leave PAN'S LABYRINTH shaken to our souls. He succeeds."
    Rolling Stone

    "[A] most original picture that is at once a political melodrama, a poignant family drama and a macabre fairy tale."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[B]oth a mystical fairy tale and a brutal commentary on the horrors of war....There's no disputing the sheer beauty of del Toro's masterpiece..."
    Ultimate DVD

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