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In a dark time for a young girl, Spain and the entire world, the haunting fantasies within her mind merge into reality, giving birth to a land of fantastical creatures and secret destinies--Pan's Labyrinth . . . El laberinto del fauno. 1944. Rural Spain. As Franco consolidates his brutal hold after years of civil war, lonely and dreamy Ofelia must come to terms with the cruelty around her. Living with her mother and adoptive father--a military officer under the Fascist government who is tasked with ridding last rebels from their area, Ofelia creates a fable, giving life to a secret inner world to help her cope with a world gone wrong. From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, Mimic) and produced by Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Y tu mamá también.

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Special Features

Audio Commentary: Feature Audio Commentary by Director Guillermo del Toro

Theatrical Trailer: Theatrical teaser, Theatrical trailer


Product Details

  • Actors: Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil
  • Directors: Guillermo del Toro
  • Writers: Guillermo del Toro
  • Producers: Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, Álvaro Agustín, Bertha Navarro, Frida Torresblanco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,534 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O76ZQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pan's Labyrinth" on IMDb

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836 of 924 people found the following review helpful By Maine Writer VINE VOICE on 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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161 of 178 people found the following review helpful By mothermaven on May 2, 2007
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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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100 of 112 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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Does the blu-ray version contain the 2 DVD version extras?
from DVDFILE.com:
"The supplements have been culled from the excellent 2-disc DVD release of six months earlier, and then a bit more has been added."

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Feb 18, 2008 by jadow81 |  See all 4 posts
Can the subtitles on the dvd be disabled?
I rented the DVD from Movie Gallery and it did give you the option to turn off the subtitles in the "setup" section of the main menu.
May 15, 2007 by Ferret |  See all 4 posts
which is which 1:66:1 or 1:85:1?
1.66:1 is the standard cinema screen in Europe, 1.85:1 is the standard for US.
The even wider format 2.35:1 is used almost everywhere.
Old TVs are 1.33:1 (4x3)
New TVs are 1.79:1 (16x9), in between the US and European sizes.
May 15, 2007 by Amazon Customer |  See all 5 posts
Subtitled only or English dubbed track??
Why is it that English language movies usually include French and Spanish soundtracks, yet this Spanish language film doesn't have such options? (And I speak Spanish, so it doesn't affect me much).

One of the best DVD presentations of a foreign film I've ever seen is Crouching Tiger, Hidden... Read More
Aug 27, 2010 by P. Carrubba |  See all 28 posts
JUST SUCK IT UP!!!!!!
First I must say that some of my favorite films (Pan included) are subtitled, and I prefer to hear the real voices of the actors even if I do not understand the language. But. . .
Do you really think that a French person wants to speak another language than French? A German, German? Not anyone... Read More
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