The Devil’s Backbone by Guillermo del Toro. It’s his best movie. Hopefully until Pacific Rim. It’s his best though, by a hair. Now it’s coming to the magic Criterion sex machine and coming out wet and sleek and all Mignola’d up. Good stuff. Here’s the details:


  • New 2K digital film restoration, approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer 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 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
  • Selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches alongside the sections of the final film they represent (Blu-ray edition only)
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode

El espinazo del diablo (2001) 106 min

After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

04.20.2001 (Spain)
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Antonio Trashorras
  • and 1 more credit
  • Marisa Paredes
  • Eduardo Noriega
  • Federico Luppi
  • Fernando Tielve
  • Íñigo Garcés
  • Drama
  • Horror
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