The Devil's Backbone on Criterion
By DAVID WEINER
July 30, 2013
Guillermo del Toro's most frightening and emotionally layered film gets the Criterion treatment! Set at the end of the Spanish Civil War, a 12-year-old boy is sent to a rural orphanage after his freedom-fighting father is killed. Of course, the orphanage is haunted and full of terrible secrets. Bonus features on the director-approved, newly restored edition include a video intro and audio commentary by del Toro; deleted scenes; a 2004 making-of documentary; archived interviews with the director, storyboards and an interactive director's notebook; a new interview with scholar Sebastiaan Faber about the film's depiction of the Spanish Civil War; an essay by critic Mark Kermode and more.