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Great movie! Criterion so you know it is a great blu-ray as well.
on October 2, 2013
The movie looks incomparable to older versions. The picture and sound on this transfer are leaps and bounds above what you will find anywhere else. Guillermo Del Toro always does great supplemental material on his films as well. There is a lot of insight behind the storytelling and the technical side as well. This is a great movie...better than El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) in my humble opinion. I love Pan's Labyrinth as well but there is something more tangible here and the message is more precisely delivered. Even though they are "sister" movies each should be judged on their own merits.
The supernatural element device in this film is not meant to insight horror in the same way a typical Hollywood scream flick would. There is meaning in each carefully orchestrated encounter that you do not fully realize until the the conclusion. The cinematography, story, setting, characters, direction, editing, even the sometimes brutal violence is all beautiful and none of it is filler. I wish Guillermo got to do more of this type of work instead of his mainstream projects as of late. Without a doubt he is one of the most talented and passionate directors/storytellers in the business today.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves a great story, great characters, and above all else a memorable experience. To quote the movie itself..." What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber." This movie is a beautiful creation trapped in amber awaiting you to view it with the respect and awe that it deserves. Slasher fans need not apply this is a great period piece with a hint of the supernatural and realistic brutal violence which is not glorified. It is a restrained and delicate movie that requires attention and thought to be completely enjoyed and appreciated.
It is probably obvious at this point but this is one of my favorite movies. Should I have to narrow my collection of over 150 carefully selected favorites on blu-ray down to 10 or even 5 this one makes the cut without question. Criterion has some great films in their collection and this one has earned the right to be included along with the best of them. Love it or hate it (an unlikely outcome) you have to respect the passion that went into this movie and all the things that set it apart from so many forgettable blockbusters.
My only minor complaint is that I am a bit anal about continuity on my movie shelf and the different size and color case don't fit in with the rest of my collection (I know, I know). If I had the luxury of owning more Criterion titles this might not be an issue and of course many people simply wouldn't care. There is no hope of moving the artwork over to a regular blue case though since it comes in different dimensions. So, it sticks out like a sore thumb on the shelf but it is completely worth it.