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Pan's Labyrinth [HD DVD] (2007)

Ivana Baquero , Sergi López , Guillermo Del Toro  |  R |  HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,132 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López
  • Directors: Guillermo Del Toro
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WSLCAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pan's Labyrinth [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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782 of 864 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding. January 27, 2007
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This is the way fairy tales used to be -- before they got bleached, pressed, and de-linted by half-wits trying to protect tender ears. Before they got Disney-fied. Sure, there's violence here, some of it shocking, but none of it gratuitous. Could it give a kid nightmares? Maybe. But given today's pablum stories, maybe it's about time.

Pan's Labyrinth takes us directly into the subconscious, and into the storyforms that infuse all of the great myths, fairy tales, and religions. It's a rich and satisfying stew of symbolism, mystery, and redemption. Multilayered and inspiring, it's a film you'll want to see again. It's hard not to gush, but it's been so long since a movie this good has made it into the quasi-mainstream.

What makes Pan's Labyrinth most effective is it's juxtaposition of harsh "reality" and the mysterious world that lives side by side with it. The heroine, a young girl who may carry a magical seed of immortality (the soul of god's only child who once ventured into the world of men, suffered, and died long ago), is contacted by shapeshifting fairies who lead her to a faun (much like the mythological Pan) who says she may reclaim her throne and escape the mortal world by performing three tasks. The faun in Pan's Labyrinth is every bit as complex as the mythological Pan, a creature perhaps older than the gods themselves. There's something sly, and perhaps even sexual about this elegant and almost alien faun, as he represents the forces at play inside this sensitive young girl. In fact, like every good fairy tale, all of the strange, wondrous, and chilling creatures represent facets of the subconscious, including baby-eating ghouls, flitting fairies, and gluttonous toads.
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135 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting and Beautifully Crafted Film May 2, 2007
Format:DVD
First of all, this film is not suitable for children. It is intended to be an adult fairytale with a young girl as its protagonist. Everyone I know who have viewed this film has loved it, including my 75 year old father, who is not really into foreign films or art films.

The is not suitable for children for a few scenes of torture and violence. While difficult to watch, it serves to create a sense of real peril, ugliness, cruelty and evil that propels our protagonist to seek comfort in another world of grotesque beauty. She is a young girl in the midst of a brutal civil war where both sides reside under her roof, and the only reason she is safe is because her mother is pregnant by a fascist general. There is a sense that this safety is precarious and could evaporate quickly due to circumstances beyond her control.

The protagonists other world is sparked by a discovery of an old labyrinth by the old house where the general holds his position and has a doctor see to the pregnant mother's ailing health.

This other world that is created is amazingly done and is beautiful in its grotesquely Gothic way. The original score is perfect for the film with its haunting humming lullaby. The young girl is perfect young heroine that is flawed but lovable. You want her to fulfill her destiny and escape to her throne in a magical place. The rest of the cast are amazing showing the full range of humanity in a time of war from immense cruelty to amazing courage and compassion. The film itself has a great sense of pacing, almost poetic writing, and is able to keep up the feeling of suspense.

The movie is sad, beautiful, cruel, agonizing, and has kept haunting me. The film made me cry and at times took my breath away. It made me feel great to see such a well-made movie in the era of over hyped corporate films. This had the craftsmanship of an expert watchmaker.

The lullaby still lingers in my mind.
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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the labyrinth October 12, 2007
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If anyone wants to know where the dark, creepy fairy tales of old went, here's a hint: Guillermo del Toro is doing a pretty good job with the fairy tales for adults.

"Pan's Labyrinth" ("El Laberinto del Fauno") is a sequel of sorts to "The Devil's Backbone," a magical realism film about the Spanish Civil War. But this movie takes us deeper into a world that is half real, half ominous fairy tale, with a unique and imaginative story and some really excellent acting -- in short, a triumph.

Time and place: 1944, Spain. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her very pregnant mother travel to meet her new stepfather, the brutal and murderous Captain Vidal (Sergi López). Ofelia loathes her new stepfather, but is transfixed by the eerie forests around them -- and one night she is visited by a fairy, and encounters a giant faun who tells her that she is Princess Moanna of the netherworld, and must return there.

To do so, he tells her that she must do three things, and gives her a strange book. Ofelia menages first task, but is frightened out of her wits by the second task, which involves a hideous monster with eyes in its hands. Even worse, her mother's pregnancy is getting more dangerous. As the guerillas and the fascists clash, Ofelia faces being trapped outside the netherworld forever... and being offered a terrible choice if she wants to get in.

Fairy tales have become cleaned-up and cutesy over time, so that children can read them without nightmares. But del Toro knows that the best fairy tales are the eerie, bizarre ones for adults, that are connected somehow to the real world. That is what makes "Pan's Labyrinth" so brilliantly dark and heartfelt.

Del Toro obviously crafted this with care, directing it in a dreamlike style and brilliant visuals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I really liked this movie it has an interesting story line that draws you in the little girl does great acting the ending is shocking and
really good
Published 3 days ago by Heather Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy
A friend recommended this movie to my husband and me, and we gave it a shot. Unfortunately, we didn't enjoy this at all and ended up eventually setting the dvd player to 1. Read more
Published 3 days ago by P. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for blockheads who can't read subtitles
A great take on modern farry tale
Not for children that's for sure
And not for blockheads who can't read and watch at the same time
If you are looking for a movie to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Joe Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Definitely not for kids although it almost seems like its made for them since it sorta follows a fairy tale plot.
Published 3 days ago by Ivan D. Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully disturbing
Amazing movie. It's raw and disturbing but it's simaltanioisky charming and beautiful. It's in Spanish and subtitled in English but that just adds to it's charm.
Published 3 days ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Graphic, but a Wonderful story
Before ever having the chance to watch this film I heard a lot of good things about it. After watching this for a college class I had to buy it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tristen Kocher
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a great movie!
One of my favorite movies for many reasons, from story to technical details. I enjoy the ambiguity of the main premise; although I feel it's also very plainly stated what the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Don P.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
One of the best movies I have seen in a while. Poignant but hopeful accompanied by a beautiful film score. Highly recommend!
Published 6 days ago by Gaurav Srivastava
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!
This movie is simply amazing ... I've watched it over and over again without getting tired of it! Great storyline and fantastic make-up/costumes.
Published 7 days ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars True Fairy Tail
Often a story takes a character into the land of Fairy and leads them on a quest outside of their own world. Read more
Published 9 days ago by James B Riches
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