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The Orphanage (2008)

Belén Rueda , Fernando Cayo , Juan Antonio Bayona  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla
  • Directors: Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Spanish (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015ET3YO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Orphanage" on IMDb

Special Features

  • When Laura Grew Up: Constructing The Orphanage
  • Tomas' Secret Room (The Filmmakers)
  • Horror in the Unknown: Makeup Effects
  • Still galleries
  • Rehearsal studio
  • Marketing campaign

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Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (director of Pan's Labyrinth) presents The Orphanage, a chilling ghost story about a woman who discovers dark and horrific secrets hidden within her cherished childhood home and her desperate attempt to rescue her family from the nightmare into which she unwittingly led them.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Before I start I'd like to clear up a wildly popular misconception about this flick.
It was not directed by "Pans Labyrinth" director Guillermo Del Toro.
He only produced this.

That being said.....
This was the best ghost flick I've seen since "The Sixth Sense"
(yes better than "The Others" & "The Ring" too)
and easily one of the most atmospheric to date.
Every facet of this film is beautifully crafted,
Attention is painfully given to each detail
& every angle is expertly covered.
There isn't a single scene that is irrelevant,
regardless of how subtle some might seem.
The most seemingly insignficant of which,
are easily the MOST relevant.

The plot, the characters, the setting, the atmosphere;
everything was Genius, pure genius!!
I damn-near cried at the conclusion,
which in my opinion could have been viewed as either happy, or sad, or both.
All around, it's an excellent flick!!
A worthy addition to any cinephiles collection.
I personally couldnt recommend it enough!
especially for those who loved:
"Tale of Two Sisters",
"Skeleton Key",
"Devils Backbone", or
"Pans Labyrinth"

MORAL OF THE STORY:
That which was lost, can always be found, because
That which was loved, can never be forgotten.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
THE ORPHANAGE is the latest supernatural film from Spain which definitely has the feel of Guillermo del Toro's influence. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, based on the screenplay by Sergio Sanchez; the film is an enchanting, creative gothic horror film that follows the footsteps of "The Devil's Backbone", "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Others". Much like the aforementioned films, "The Orphanage" has a theme to it, it is not a fast-paced horror thriller with the usual clichés. The film is a clever, inspired production that gives a "nudge" towards our imagination. After all, our imagination and innocence gets lost when we grow up, corrupted by our own personal experiences.

Returning to her childhood home; a mysterious seaside orphanage, Laura (Belen Ruede) and her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) has plans to reopen the orphanage to help underprivileged children as well as those children with special handicap. They have an adopted son named Simon (Roger Pincep), who is also suffering from HIV and has quite a "posse" of imaginary friends. When strange incidents happen in their home, and Simon mysteriously disappears, Laura must confront the secrets of her past and the otherworldly secrets of the orphanage before it destroys everything that she cares for...

The Orphanage's plot is complex and intelligent, with a powerful script that grabs the viewer that may even give the feeling of a fable. The film has multiple themes as to what it is trying to say; such as listen to what children are telling you, interpretations of childhood and adulthood fears, and the danger of being stationary as time passes you by. The film is more of a mother's point of view of a certain fairy tale that takes a stab at our imagination and the things we take for granted.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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A true gothic chiller in every sense of the word. From the beginning, the viewer is made aware that there's something very disturbing about "The Orphanage" and its sense of dread and doom prevail through the duration. Laura returns to the orphanage where she once lived with the hopes of establishing a home for children with special needs. In tow are her adorable son and her loving, if, at times, skeptical husband. Life couldn't seem sweeter as they settle into the foreboding structure they now call home. Shortly upon their arrival, the boy (Simon) prone to fits of fancy announces to his mother that he has met a boy that lives inside a seaside cave, which they stumbled upon shortly after their arrival. This friend, Tomas, whom no one but Simon can see, starts revealing things to him; things that he would have otherwise never known, including among them, that he was adopted and that he is ill and will soon die. After several other unsettling incidents, Simon announces that he now has five additional imaginary friends. One afternoon, while Laura is preparing to host a gathering for prospective residents, Simon enrages her and she strikes and scolds him before heading out to attend to the arriving guests. During the party she has an unsettling feeling when she sees a child with a sack mask seemingly staring at her. A child that we later realize no one but she can see and one that bears a striking similarity to one her son drew earlier in a portrait of his new friends. She runs back inside the house to seek out her son but is unable to find him, ending up in the bathroom. As she stands in the doorway she notices the child with the sack mask standing at the end of the hall and who slowly starts moving in her direction. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Ghost Story.... Ever. March 16, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
I've seen thousands of horror movies over the years and currently this is my absolute favorite. Although technically a 'suspense thriller', this film will no doubt be catagorized with other ghost-oriented films. Not a lot of gore here. No graphic violence, either. What we have here is mostly atmosphere; and it's intensely unnerving. There are no 'quick-edit' scenes that seem to be in every horror movie these days. No cheap startles designed to make the viewer jump. It's just an incredible story of a mother's love for her child with the backdrop of a haunted house. There's not a single wasted scene in this film. Everything has its place and meaning. It's so masterfully put together that even if you're not moved by the story itself, you'll be transfixed by the actual techniques used in this film. This is not a 'special-effects' feature; just simplistic filmaking that could have easily been done forty years ago and still manage to creep the hell out of the audience decades later. See this movie. I cannot recommend it enough.

~nico~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase!
This "ghost story" is simply amazing, I watched it after learning Guillermo Del Toro produced it (Pan's Labyrinth is my absolute favorite movie) and it did not disappoint! Read more
Published 4 days ago by JB
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully creepy, mysterious, and full of the unexpected
If you want a new spin on a ghost story that avoids falling into a silly formula, you just may like this film. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Robert J. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorites
This has been one of my favorite movies for years. It's a bit unfortunate that I'm only reviewing this on Amazon now, well... better late than never, right? Read more
Published 26 days ago by Onna
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
no regrets. good movie with good acting and great plot. nice to rent something you dont regret. i like it.
Published 1 month ago by John Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars spooky but thought-provoking
This is a very well done psychological horror story. There is no gore. The horror lies below the surface. Excellent cast and script, atmospheric setting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bonita cee
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM!
Magnificent , richly textured & deeply moving -- everything (and more) you could ask for in a film. Thumb's very much UP!
Published 1 month ago by C. ercolani
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes you feel awful... but it is a beautiful movie!
This movie is beautifully made. The story is great and the acting is spot on. The ending made me weep like a little baby... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alby
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Beautiful. . .
A creepy and beautiful tale. . . definitely will have you suspense filled but not terrified. . . Ending could not have been more perfect
Published 2 months ago by Jill Griwatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film.
Still one of my favorites. It's interesting from start to credits. I recommend to anyone and everyone. A film well done.
Published 2 months ago by Raul Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ghost movie I've seen in a long time.
A superb ghost story. Definitely lives up to all its stellar ratings. This story caught me at the very beginning and held my attention throughout.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Robson
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Difference Between the 2008 and 2009 releasses.
I was wondering the same thing...

I noticed the aspect ratio is different. And it seems like the 2009 version doesn't have the Special Features. They could've been more clear about the differences. It shouldn't be so confusing. :(
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