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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 (291 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla
  • Directors: Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (291 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015ET3YO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,308 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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59 of 62 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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23 of 25 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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39 of 45 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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11 of 12 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 bella!!!
Una de mis peliculas favoritas! Las actyacion es increible te deja pensando hasta el final! La recomiendo!!!
Published 2 days ago by Sandra Aguilar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
If you like the thriller and the horror movies, that is an amazing one, perfectly played, not any hard scene, and the script is really good.
Published 3 days ago by La Cava
5.0 out of 5 stars a great suspensefull movie from beginning to the end
Though the spanish movies have little or no publishing this one is not a 10 a 100 suspenseful from beginning to the end highly recommend it and if you don't speak spanish press the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent!
Published 10 days ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I loved this movie. It is one of the better scary movies out there, with more of a plot and meaning than the usual stupid horror movies these days. Read more
Published 12 days ago by A. Datugan
5.0 out of 5 stars very spooky DVD
I have a cool seller and very good d_v_d great movie from back in the day
Published 15 days ago by ralph urias
2.0 out of 5 stars I tried to watch it last night and it is ...
I tried to watch it last night and it is all in spanish... bought it a year ago but didnt get a chanc to watch it till now... Read more
Published 21 days ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome for Spanish or English speakers. My wife loved it and she doesn't speak Spanish. It is a quality film, not your typical dumb ghost show.
Published 23 days ago by bookaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars discomfiting
As an old hand at horror movies, I have seen my fair share of scary flicks. This one has been particularly discomfiting though.
Published 23 days ago by Petersen Velma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant.
Published 1 month ago by Donna
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Apr 29, 2008 by David Tucker |  See all 3 posts
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. :(
Aug 20, 2010 by Amber D. Hughes |  See all 3 posts
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