Devil's Backbone, The: 2 DVD Edition - The Criterion Collection

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Devil's Backbone, The: 2 DVD Edition - The Criterion Collection

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 tell 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 16 2013
  • Production Year 2001
  • Empire SKU 1652508
  • UPC Code 715515107815
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio Commentary Featuring Del Toro
Video Introduction By Del Toro From 2010
New 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 Gimenez's Storyboards With The Final Film
Essay By Critic Mark Kermode


  • Audio
    Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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