'The Devil's Backbone' Dated and Detailed for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:00 AM PDT by

Another Guillermo del Toro favorite will be getting the Criterion Blu-ray treatment with the fitting spine number of #666 in July.

In an early announcement to retailers, Criterion is preparing 'The Devil's Backbone' for Blu-ray on July 30.

Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, 'The Devil’s Backbone' tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets.

The Blu-ray will feature a 2K digital transfer approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentary featuring Del Toro; Video introduction by Del Toro from 2010; New interviews with Del Toro about the process of creating the ghost Santi and the drawings and designs made in preparation for the film; ¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary; Spanish Gothic, a 2010 interview with Del Toro about the genre and its influence on his work; Interactive director’s notebook, with Del Toro’s drawings and handwritten notes, along with interviews with the filmmaker; Four deleted scenes, with optional commentary; New featurette about the Spanish Civil War as evoked in the film; Program comparing Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez’s storyboards with the final film; Trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode; and a Blu-ray exclusive selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches alongside the sections of the final film they represent.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Devil's Backbone' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under July 30.

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The Devil's Backbone (Blu-ray)
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